Every weekend, 20 or so bicyclists gather under I-95 at José Martí Park in downtown Miami.
They line up on opposite sides of the basketball court, men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who ride to the park from as far away as Hialeah and as close as Brickell. There’s a guy on a racing bike, a woman on a mountain bike, even a kid’s bike makes its way in.
Starting time is 7 p.m. Fridays, but like many things in Miami, it’s closer to 7:15 before everyone finds their place. They take their places on the edge of the court, leaning forward on their bikes, like they’re ready to lunge on wheels.
The call goes out: “Three! Two! One! Polo!”
And so begins Miami Bike Polo, a 3-month-old league that is catching on in the cycling community. Players pedal to the center of the court to try to steal a dirt-striped orange ball a little bigger than a tennis ball. The mission: Score a goal in the pee-wee soccer net on the opposite side, using a mallet made out of a ski pole welded to a six-inch PVC ABS pipe...