Friday, June 29, 2007

What's this all about?

What is Rollo?
It's bicycle polo played on children's sized bikes with 16" wheels or smaller (AKA a "16"). Two teams of Players use mallets (similar to croquet mallets) of their own making to hit a ball around a concrete court and attempt to score goals against one another. Games are more playful than physical but can be very competitive. Invention of Rollo is credited to the Zoobombers out of Portland, OR.

What is Mini-Cross?
Well for the purposes of our event it is a cyclocross race wherein riders use the same 16s to pedal their way around a dirt/grass course. A group of riders compete against each other and the first to complete a set number of laps first wins. There are also several obstacles and hazards which riders must navigate every lap around the course. Crashing is a high probablility so pads and helmets are reccomended.

What is SPROING?
SPROING (also known as whiplash) involves two riders on 16s with a length of rope and bungee/inner tubes tied between them. The riders pedal in opposite directions as quickly as they can. The bungee stretches tight and eventually one, or both, of the riders is pulled from their bike. The last rider to put a foot down wins.

What is Jousting?
Are you serious? You want to know what jousting is?!

What is Mini-Bike Bowling?
It's an all-against-all competition where riders on 16s pedal within a set circle and attempt to knock over water bottles by hitting the Rollo ball into them using their Rollo mallet. Water bottles may not be knocked down any other way, and the shot must be made within the circle. The first rider to knock down any three water bottles wins. Only one ball is used however and putting a foot down results in riding in a complete circle outside of the circular playing field. This is a serious game of skill.

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