The Beginnings of Scary Larry KBP

Category: History

Scary Larry Kansas Bike Polo began in October, 2009 with just four friends playing around on their commuters.  

Peter on the court!

Peter on the court!

Kyle on the drive!

Kyle on the drive!

Charley and Malakai on 'the dozens' again!

Charley and Malakai on ‘the dozens’ again!

Malakai Edison and Charley Berry were two of the organizers of the Lawrence chapter of Critical Mass and Color Crew fixed gear riding club.  They were contacted by CoMo Polo (Columbia, Missouri Bike Polo Club) after the Color Crew hosted The Scary Larry Alleycat race on Halloween, October 31st 2008. Re-Cyclery Bike Shop agreed to sponsor the new bike polo club.  Peter Lewis, Charley Berry, Malakai Edison, Chris Klee, Jimmy Footdown (Matthew Farnsworth), and Matt “The Harold” Brown participated in the 7th Midwest Bike Polo Championships in CoMo the first weekend of November, 2009.  Midwest 7 ended up being the largest tournament in hardcourt bike polo history at that time.  

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Scary Larry KBP came back to Lawrence with great passion to get better and create one of the best clubs in the poloverse.  Scary Larry soon made a name for itself as The Purple of the game.

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Scary Larry held pickup Bike Polo Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7pm to 11pm and Sunday Afternoons at Veterans’ Park and The Riverfront Parking Garage in bad weather.  Sean Ingram of Blue Collar Industries began playing bike polo with Scary Larry and founded Fixcraft, offering to help support and sponsor the club.  With the support of Fixcraft and Re-Cyclery Bike Shop Scary Larry sent two teams to the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.  

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After North American’s Scary Larry was in full swing having turnouts of up to 30 players and spectators.  

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After a complaint by a citizen, Malakai was contacted by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation asking to meet to talk about the future of a court for Scary Larry.  Scary Larry had presented a proposal to the LPRD Advisory Board attempting to acquire an official place to meet and play bike polo, but were basically ignored.  Malakai, Spencer and Sean met with the LPR and were able to come to an agreement on renovating and renting the court at Edgewood Park.

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Scary Larry has gone on to hold friendlies and tournaments at the SLKBP Hardcourt at Edgewood Park and continues to upgrade the court.