Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
FLAT IS RAD
I am officially announcing the first all flat pedal bench minor tournament which I have been organizing with the support of Lyon Bike Polo, a big thank you to these guys.
Here’s the brief:
Bench minor format in which all players must use flat pedals. The idea behind this is to see the changes in the game that flat pedals bring to the table (fluidity and potentially making it more interesting for spectators).
There will be 6 teams consisting of 8 players grouped by region (more or less, some actions have been taken to levelize the teams). For each region a captain has been appointed, they will have the responsibility of selecting the players. Each team (minus Paris) will draw in a foreign country with the possibility of using two players respectively. Here’s the team list:
Team 1: NORMANDY, Captain: Woods - Associated cities: Rouen, Nantes, Caen, Angers, Tour - Associated country: UK
Team 2: WEST COAST, Captain: Rob - Associated cities: Bordeaux, Perpignan, Carcassonne - Associated country: Spain
Team 3: SOUTH CENTRAL, Captain: Alex Capitaine - Associated cities: Toulouse, Montpellier, Sailies, Clermont - Associated country: Italy
Team 4: ALPS, Captain: La Grosse Momo - Associated cities: Lyon, Annecy, Grenoble - Associated country: Switzerland
Team 5: EAST SIDE, Captain: Ben - Associated cities: Strasbourg, Metz, Nancy, Besançon - Associated countries: Belgium & Germany
Team 6: CAPITALS, Captain: Hugo - Paris
Timings are not finalized but the format will be a round robin in which teams will compete on Saturday and Sunday in 50 minute games. The top 4 teams will compete in single elimination finals on the Sunday afternoon. The semi-finals and final game will be 2x30 minutes long. The ruleset will be very close to the current one with a few small adaptations (which all players will be informed about). One adaptation will be that using a horizontal area with the body as support is forbidden and will be penalized with a tap-out. More specifically: No right to touch any horizontal surface (ground, goals or top of boards) with your body. Specifically: Clinging on to the boards or using the ground as a balancer with your body. Of course there will be a leniency on this rule for example you will not be penalized for touching the ground when picking up your mallet or performing a ‘raclette’ move. The rule is mainly focusing players illegitimately supporting themselves.
Captains will announce teams on February 28th to allow players to organise themselves with travel and other means. An entree fee will be asked to cover the costs of the organisation, T-shirts, court usage, meals and referees. We are looking for a cheap and easy way to stream the tournament but in any case the games will be streamed. Each team will be asked to bring a GoPro and each game a different player in each team will wear the GoPro.
If you are interested in playing in the tournament add yourself to the following list. If you have any questions please feel free to message me. Here is the current list of players interested:
You can find more information about what make me decide to do this tournament in this interview:
The idea of the topic is not to talk about is flat good for the future or not, because as I said, we can talk about that for years, but to share informations related to this tournament and when it will be done, maybe it'll be more intereting to start debating with more interesting facts that just I like, I don't like.