Events Reports

UK Trials Championships 2018

There hasn’t been a UK trials competition for 5 years so STFU London are doing something about it and hosting the UK trials championships in May.


May 25 @ 4:00 pm - May 28 @ 5:00 pm

 



The competition is to be hosted by STFU London over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The Venue is Radical Bikes Trials & Jump Park in Essex. The weekend will include the main trials competition. You can also expect there to be lots of other riding-based activities, including speed trials, high jump, long jump and a variety of silly riding based games.

This will be a very relaxed and inclusive event. The trials course will be open for riding over the whole weekend except during competition times. After the main competition for the UK title, you will be free to move and adapt the course as you like (only the mobile parts. A lot of the course is heavy and permanent).



Camping for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night will be included in the ticket price. This includes the use of the on site toilets and showers. There will be a BBQ on the Saturday evening which is also included in the ticket price. There is a possibility of additional food & drink vans in attendance over the weekend.

A full weekend schedule will be released closer to the event.

Check out this video from a similar event at Radical bikes to give you an idea of what the weekend will be like.

https://vimeo.com/135056323

Full details and tickets are available on the STFU London website. Check out the Facebook event or Unicyclist.com thread to ask questions or general discussion about the event.

The 6th British Unicycle Road Race

The 6th British Unicycle Road Race





The Horwich unicycle road race is now in its 6th year!!


June 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm









The race will be held on the 17th June 2018, with the Unicycle race starting at 1:05pm

Entry fee


£15 (Adults) £10 (u18)

The race consists of 7 (1 mile) laps of Horwich Town Centre course. You need to be at the start, next to the town hall well before 1pm. When the race leader has completed 7 laps, all other competitors will be finished as they pass the finishing line. Some competitors may be finished earlier to ensure the course is free for the next race.


Parking


This year it is likely to be difficult as Horwich Leisure Centre (BL6 5PY) is being redeveloped and has lost its car park, so parking will be in local streets. Be aware that the roads around Horwich are closed for the day but you can still access the Leisure Centre from Exit 6, M61.

Entry


You can enter on-line before the event but it’s much easier to complete the TLI Cycling entry forms and pay (cash only) on the day. As I need to sort the race numbers out, please facebook message or e-mail me at [email protected]. The commentator likes to have some information on the riders so could you give me some brief details or I will make it up!


Registration on the day:


On arrival, register at the Horwich Bowling Hut (behind the town hall), Jones Street, Horwich, BL6 7AQ. You MUST sign a form for the insurance and get your race number. Entry Fee £15 (Adults) £10 (under 18) payable in cash on the day. If you are under 16 you must get your parent or guardian to complete a consent form.



We usually gather at the small grassy area next to the town hall, bring juggling stuff and make a day of it. Toilets are next to the bowling hut and there are a few shops and pubs around to buy food.



There will be trophies for first, second and third male, first and second lady, and, first and second under 16.



You MUST wear a cycle helmet.

For more details go to:-

http://www.horwichfestivalofracing.co.uk/


Unicycle around the world with Ed Pratt, Australia

Ed Pratt is the young man who is riding around the world on his 36" unicycle.  He is currently making his way across Australia.



Don't forget to subscribe to Ed's YouTube channel so you will see when he up-loads his next video.

See where Ed is right now by clicking here

Not only is Ed having a great adventure but he is raising money for the School in a Bag charity. If you would like to find out more click here

Deal of the Week - 20" Club Freestyle - Chrome

Get the 20" Club Freestyle Unicycle for only £85 for one week only.


20" Club Freestyle Unicycle - Chrome with White TyreThis version of the 20" Club freestyle unicycle comes with a chrome plated 400mm frame.  We can custom fit this unicycle to most riders. Included in the price we will cut the frame to your required length.

What some of our customers said about the 20" Club Freestyle:


Fuseemender
Having bought this unicycle for my daughter in December (then age 12) it has been put to regular hard use in both a Circus environment (practice and performance) and "on the street". During this time it has performed reliably and given excellent service with a minimum of maintenance required. I can honestly say after 18 months, that this has been a terrific buy In terms of the service and the pleasure it has given.  From the build quality and simplicity of design, I can see no reason why it should not continue to do so for some time yet.

Ant
I gave this to my son for his 15th birthday. He kept at it hour after hour and eventually he succeeded. Now he can ride around the garden and is slowly becoming more elegant - less frantic arm waving. I personally know nothing about unicycling, but it worked for my son.

EUC17 Summer Report

EUC17-GroupThe 2017 EUC (Extreme Unicycling Championship) Summer Edition was held in Hungary at the Factory Sport Arena for the third time. The goal of EUC17 Summer is to give the best event experience for it's participants while also showcasing the sport to the media.



As EUC17 Summer was a week-long event it allowed the riders more time to enjoy the event.  There was a wide variety of fun competitions:

Rolling-wrap Sprint / Prelims, plus 1on 1 battles where riders had to reach a finish line as quickly as possible, doing only rolling wraps.

Slow race / Prelims, plus 1 on 1 battles where riders had to ride a line as slowly as possible.

Uni-sumo / 1 on 1 battles where riders had to push their opponents from a circle without dismounting.

Dizzy slalom / Riders had to race an easy obstacle course with jumps and skinny riding. Before each rider could attempt the course they had to drink a glass of beer (or coke if under 18) and complete 5 spins/rotations.

Coasting competition / Longest distance coast won.

4x Unicycling / 4 riders starts in one heat where they have to ride an easy obstacle course with sharp turns and narrow sections in the fastest time possible.

Auth-The-Game / Same rules as Out-The-Game, in the name of Kornél Auth (pronounced the same as OUT).

Foam-Pit Best Trick / Riders had to perform their best (party) trick into the foam-pit. Judges were using large scorecards to gain more of a show-feeling.



These fun competitions gave a good opportunity to bring all the participants together and a great opportunity for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders to take part.



The official competitions started on Friday, with the High Jump and Flatland preliminaries. On the Saturday there was the Trials prelims. Although due to the unfortunate weather conditions (heavy rain) they had to cancel the Trials finals. The Flatland final in the city center was a big success with a lot of spectators and a nice atmosphere. On Sunday they had the Street competitions and the Award Ceremony.

The official photos and results may be found on the following links:


Daily moments (daily update posts during the event):
https://www.facebook.com/pg/unicikli.hu/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155313483102626

Official album:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/unicikli.hu/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155353441222626

Offical Results:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/damdmpdm04qqxbz/EUC17Summer_Competition-results.pdf?dl=0 

Fifth National Unicycle Road Race Year 2017

The fifth national road race was held in sweltering heat at the Horwich Festival of cycling today. The results are as follows.

Male


1st Robin Whitfield
2nd Adam Foley
3rd Tom Ledger (U16)
4th Eddie Baxter
5th Julian Barrow (Over 50 champion)
6th Cameron Peacock
7th Julian Page

Ladies


1st Lucy Cobb
2nd Susan Boe (RAF)
3rd Bobbie Byrne

Under 16


1st Tom Ledger
2nd William Turton
3rd Bobby Byrne

Under 14


1st Morgan Byrne
2nd Matthew Ledger
3rd Toby Middleton
4th Tom Gillard
5th Murphy Pilling

We would like to thank unicycle.com for sponsoring the prizes.

Robin Whitfield won the men's race in his first outing, Tom Ledger was third and won the under 16 category. Lucy Cobb won the ladies event with Susan Boe from the RAF a close second. Cameron Peacock suffered a puncture but still crossed the finish line in 6th position. The under 14 was won by Morgan Byrne from Blackpool, with creditable performance from local lads Toby, Ton and Murphy. Susan Boe won a special prize for best crash in front of the finishing line, although Elaine Blanchard's also deserves a mention.

We had two riders Phil Crystal and Dean Williams who had never ridden with another unicyclist before.

Julian Page
Race Organiser

[caption id="attachment_8725" align="alignnone" width="300"]group-picture The usual mad picture of most of the competitors[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8724" align="alignnone" width="300"]winners-picture The winners from left to right William Turton, Lucy Cobb, Robin Whitfield, Morgan Byrne, Bobbie Byrne, Adam Foley and Susan Boe[/caption]

 

British Muni Weekend - Snowdonia April 2017

Having held a British Muni Weekend in exactly the same location two years ago, we knew Coed Y Brenin was a great place to ride and camp, so we decided to meet up over the Easter bank holiday for some muni fun. Our plan was to do two rides on Saturday at the Coed Y Brenin trail centre and then ride mount Snowdon on the Sunday.

A few keen riders turned up on Friday morning, so we headed out for a short ride in the afternoon. It was Tirryns first time mountain unicycling. He is an accomplished flatland rider but had never set foot on a trail before, so it was a good opportunity for him to get a feel for what the longer rides might be like. He was enthusiastic and couldn't help bringing some of his urban skills to the blue trail.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-2

Most others turned up Friday evening and got soaked setting up in the torrential rain. Roger from Unicycle.com UK was in attendance and lent the use of his gazeebo and BBQ, ensuring all us BMWers stayed warm(ish) and dry throughout the weekend.

Saturday morning saw us ride an easy loop of blue trail to gauge the skill level of the group. All being pretty competent riders, the ride was more of a warm up and a chance to do a bit of messing around.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-4

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-3

Andy showed off his 24" street skills on most obstacles we passed.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-6

Having assessed the overall skill level of the group, we decided to extend the morning ride by swapping onto a loop of red which took us up higher into the forest with some more interesting trails and features.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-10

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-11

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-9

Once back at the trail centre for lunch, we discussed options for the afternoon ride while Tirryn rode some 24" muni flatland.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-12

Some wanted to save themselves for the mountain on Sunday and decided to stay and play on the excellent skills loop at the Coed Y Brenin centre. The remaining riders headed out to do the shortest loop of red.
There was a lot of climbing on boring fireroads and the descent was rather brutal. Sometimes trails designed for bikes can be very unforgiving on a unicycle. Only one photo from that ride, from one of the nicer sections.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-15

Luckily the rain stopped on Saturday afternoon so when we got back to camp we could relax and enjoy the obligatory BMW BBQ & beers. With the BMW flag up and flying, the British Muni Weekend was in full swing!

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-13

We were even treated to a sunset of sorts.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-14

On Sunday we were supposed to conquer the mountain; however, the weather had other ideas. All Saturday evening we were checking the forecast and it wasn't looking good. -11°C and 37mph winds would make the ride miserable at best and downright dangerous at worst. We decided to abandon the plan to ride Snowdon and stay at Coed Y Brenin to ride a long red/black route instead. Andy decided to head home but we were joined by Adam.

We decided on Dragons Back, a 31km red trail with black features along the way. It rained on and off throughout the day, but it wasn't enough to dampen our spirits.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-18

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-19

In true British Muni Weekend style, there were plenty of rest/chat stops along the way with opportunities for posing. We even remembered to grab a group photo!

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-23

GROUP SHOT-1

The trail had a good mix of terrain to challenge even the most advanced riders among the ranks. There were plenty of spills (Mostly from Tirryn) and lots of laughter throughout the day.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-16

Halfway round we discovered a tearoom. No photos unfortunately, I was too busy stuffing my face with warm ginger cake and tea. After having a rest and re-energising, we continued on the long descent back to the trail centre. From here on out, the trail just got better and better. There were lots of lovely twisting, narrow singletrack sections through beautiful woodland. This is what group rides are all about.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-24

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-26

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-29

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-31

Once again, Tirryn busted out some street skills mid-trail.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-25

After 31km, most riders were feeling achy and tired but I think Tirryn showed it the most.

BMW Snowdonia - April 2017-32

Most headed home on Monday morning but some riders stayed for more riding. I headed off, so no photos from Monday unfortunately. Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a great group. We discussed options for the next event, so keep your eye out on the site for news and details for the next BMW. Overall, another successful British Muni Weekend!

A big thanks to Unicycle.com UK, who kindly offer a special British Muni Weekend discount to everyone who attends these events.

Report by Edd Hawkes.  Edd is not only a fantastic unicyclist, but he is a prime mover in the both UK and International unicycle scene.  He is also a professional videographer.  If you want to know more about the UK Muni events visit the British muni weekend website.

British Muni Weekend – April 2017 – North Wales

It’d be a shame to waste four days off work, so why not join us in North Wales during the Easter Bank Holiday to ride some top quality Welsh muni?

Date: 14th – 17th April 2017 (Easter Bank Holiday Weekend)



Location: Snowdonia, North Wales


Suggested campsite: Cae Gwyn Farm


http://www.caegwynfarm.co.uk/index.htm

More details: We held a British Muni Weekend here in 2015 and it was a fantastic location for it. The campsite is run by a very nice couple who are fine with having us as a group, the trail centre are also very welcoming of unicyclists and have a good selection of trails to suit all skill levels.
As always, the weekend will be split into two main ride days but this time we’ll be riding the trails at Coed Y Brenin and Mount Snowdon. Below is a more detailed breakdown.

Friday – Those who turn up with enough time on Friday can take part in a short loop of either a blue/green trail at Coed Y Brenin trail centre. A warm up for the weekend rides ahead.

Saturday – The main ride day at Coed Y Brenin trail centre. We’ll start the day on an easy trail, typically we’ll ride a blue or green route and then have lunch back at the visitors centre/carpark. The afternoon will see us ride a slightly more difficult route. There are some good red and black routes.

Sunday – Sunday will be the Snowdon ride. It’s about an hours drive from the campsite, we can arrange lift shares etc. We’ll ride the Miner track up to the summit, which is ridable for a lot of the way. We’ll then ride down Llanberris or the Ranger path, both of which will take us to Llanberris. This is a full day ride. If the weather conditions are poor and we’re unable to get on the mountain, there is a slate quarry at Llanberris which has some good trials which could be fun or we could find an alternative route which doesn’t involve going up the mountain.

Monday – For those who want one last ride, we can do a shortish ride on the Monday morning before heading home. We’ll play this one by ear, but usually we have a play on the short training loops for a few hours.

You can join or leave the fun at any point during the weekend. Campsites may require a minimum number of nights stay over the bank holiday though. The Coed Y Brenin trail centre carpark is £7 for the day, you can find out more information about the trails here: http://www.beicsbrenin.co.uk/trails
You can watch a video of the 2015 Muni Weekend at Coed Y Brenin below

April fool - Unicycle Sportive

This was one of the better Fool we saw this year. But we almost wished it hadn't been a wind up.

April Fool

Uk Cycling events were advertising a Unicycle Sportive. This was the advertised text.

After much demand, we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new event, one of the first of it's kind, The Clown-in-Around Sportive! This epic ride will give you the chance to cover over 50 miles of gently undulating terrain at this one-of-a-kind sportive. We've been kind and left out the 25% climbs which aren't suited to a unicycle, but don't be fooled, the route has got it's challenges! Intrigued?

5th British Unicycle road race


But on a more serious note, if you live in the UK and would like to race your road unicycle around the closed streets of Horwich? Then you need to get yourself to Horwich on June 18th for the 5th British Unicycle Road race (more details to follow soon), but you can see all the details on the Facebook page here.

 

The Fifth British National Unicycling Road Race

For the 5th year Running, Julian Page has organized the British National Unicycling Road Race.

British National Unicycling Road Race

The Fifth British National Unicycling Road Race


The date: Sunday 18th June 2017 1-05pm start

As usual the race will consist of 7 (1 mile) laps of the Horwich Town Centre course.  The start line is just next to the town hall, so be there well before 1pm. When the leader has completed 7 laps, all other competitors will be finished as they pass the finishing line.

Parking this year will be difficult as Horwich Leisure Centre (BL6 5PY) is being redeveloped and has lost its car park. Currently the organisers are trying to source parking at a local factory, Up-dates of this will be posted when we know. Please be aware that lots of the roads around Horwich are closed for the day but you can still access the Leisure Centre from Exit 6 off the M61.

Entry


You can enter on-line before the event but it’s much easier to complete the TLI Cycling entry forms and pay (cash only) on the day. Entry fee £15 (Adults) £10 (u18).

Registration on the day:


On arrival, register at the Horwich Bowling Hut (behind the town hall), Jones Street, Horwich, BL6 7AQ. You MUST sign a form for the insurance and get your race number. Entry Fee £15 (Adults) £10 (under 18) payable in cash on the day. If you are under 16 you must get your parent or guardian to complete a consent form.

People can gather at the small grassy area next to the town hall. Bring juggling equipment and make a day of it. There are toilets next to the bowling hut and there are a few shops and pubs around should you need to purchase any food on the day.

There will be trophies for first, second and third male, first and second lady, and, first and second under 16.

You will NOT be permitted to race if you do not have a helmet, so don't forget it.

For more details go to:-
http://www.horwichfestivalofracing.co.uk/
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