Let’s just cut to the chase: you’re horrible at chasing.
Or generally seeming like you’re even really trying that hard to go faster than a fly in molasses (or treacle for my British friends out there).
But much as your mother told you when you left for your first big date, it’s ok to take things slow. She’s right – and her concerned passive suggestion holds just as true in bike polo – you can be a contender without being a rocket; it just takes some intelligent maneuvering and foresight.
I know this because I am, I think it’s safe to say, the thunder thighed, blunderbussed, Snorlax of my bike polo club. I’m speaking from direct experience, unlike every other article I write for this blog which is strictly hearsay and lies.
So let’s say that you aren’t the wild colt of your club – the first thing you want to do is learn keep moving. This is probably the easiest way to get a head start on a jackrabbit player, as they might need to ramp up their speed from a stopped or slowed position. Keep pedaling around as much as possible and you’ll have a better shot at being on the move when faster players are just starting to get their gears in motion.
Next, learn to predict the play. What I mean is, learn to see where the play might be heading and get yourself in a position to be in the play after the current action. While you may not have made it into the first fight for the ball, you may be able to set yourself up to get the pass or to recover an errant shot. Read more