Events Reports

A Guy who Unicycles to South America. And Back.

In 2013, Cary Gray applied for Kris Holm's Evolution of Balance Award with an application that frankly would have sounded unbelievable if not for his already impressive record of self-supported unicycle rides. Cary had proposed a convoluted, 24,000 km route along roads and trails through every single land-based country in North and South America.

Two and a Half years later Kris has caught up with Cary to ask him a few questions, read about it here.

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Are you planning a Unicycle adventure? Then maybe you should apply for the 2016 Evolution of Balance Award.

Simon Berry's 2016

Simon Berry's 2016.

Unfortunately, the Winter months are usually the quietest part of the year for people like myself. Most of our work is at summer events and festivals, which are all things that take place almost exclusively in the Summer.

Luckily though, 2016 is off to a great start!

After riding into the New Year with some of my best friends (video below), Mike Taylor, Sam Goodburn and I set off for a week of shows at the ExxonMobil Qatar Open in Doha.

We met early on the day of the flight to plan our shows for the week, designing a 5 minute performance that featured both Extreme Unicycling with an underlying theme of tennis.

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Our first day was spent setting up the demo rig, and rehearsing our show, before starting 6 days straight of performances, doing between 3 and 5 shows per day, in between Tennis matches. The event itself was great place to be, and the crowds were even better. On the last day, where Novak Djokovic took his first grand slam title, our crowds were huge and had a great time! ...

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Our schedule over the week was packed, but we still managed to take some free time to explore historic Doha! I hope we'll be there again soon to continue our adventures there!

Check our our Qatar Vlog on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/223313725448/videos/10153805802055449/

 

Two weeks later came EUC in Cologne. If you didn't already know, EUC is the Extreme Unicycling Championship, which has been held every year in the same location since 2009! EUC is one the the most intense, and competition packed events on the unicycle calendar, and is a must for anyone who's even remotely into Extreme Unicycling!

Myself, Mike Taylor, Hockey legend Gareth Walkom and Tirryn Nankivel arrived a day early, and were put up thanks to the kindness of Olaf Schote!

Friday began with the flatland competition. I had volunteered to commentate for the first time, which made a change from competing and was great fun.

Impact and Voodoo team member Mike Taylor took second place in Intermediate Flatland, behind Mimo Seedler (A German rider who's one to watch. He's CRAZY) Voodoo's own Rob Terry took the third place on the flatland podium too!

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Photo: Winter EUC (Facebook)

Elite flatland led to some of the closest battles I've ever seen! Lorenz Poham took first place, Kornel Auth second, and Pierre Sturney third. It really was a pleasure to commentate such a tense competition.

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Photo: Winter EUC (Facebook)

Saturday is the busiest day of EUC, with both Trials, High Jump, and Slopestyle Street taking place.

Mike Taylor once again took another podium, with a joint first place in high jump! Both Mike and Aidan Teleki landed 138cm to pallets, setting a new IUF world record!

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Photo: Winter EUC (Facebook)

Trials ran in two phases throughout the day, with some really imaginative and well built lines! Mark Fabian stormed both the qualifiers and the finals, landing 6/7 of the lines in the finals!

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Photo: Winter EUC (Facebook)

After the trials finals was street, which took place in the Slopestyle format for EUC. In Slopestyle, each rider has two attempts to qualify by riding a linear course, much like Slopestyle ski/snowboarding. The emphasis is heavily on style and linking tricks together smoothly.

As a result, it's no surprise that Josef Sjonneby sailed into first place! Closely followed by Pierre Sturney and Kornel Auth

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Photo: Winter EUC (Facebook)

After the street final, it was time to socialise and enjoy good food, great beer, and the best community in the world! (what unicycle convention would be complete without a Beer Pong competition, too?)

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On the Sunday, we were up early to travel back to the UK, we took the bus from Cologne to London, but luckily were so tired we all managed to sleep most of the way!

and now less than a week later, I'm writing this blog post waiting to board my flight to Minnesota, where I've been honoured (or should I say 'honored') to be offered the opportunity to fly out to lead some flatland workshops at Mondo, a Unicycling and Juggling event organised in part by the Twin Cities Unicycle Club.

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Photo: Rachel Sindelar

UPDATE:

Mondo was a great event! This was my first time in the USA outside of New York, and I had an awesome time. I need to thank the Twin Cities Unicycle Club, especially the Sindelar and Koehler family, as well as Lars Anderson for their generosity and hospitality over the week, you really made me feel welcome and at home.

Over the 3 day event, I taught a few Unicycling workshops, and participated in the gala show, where we staged a flatland competition. Hopefully there’ll be some video of this soon! In my free time there I went to ride with the Twin Cities Unicycle Club, learnt to ice skate, and spent president’s day in an indoor water park (which is possibly the most American thing conceivable)

To see some more of Mondo, check out this video that Kyle Alviani put together:

https://youtu.be/tNyE8comso4

I’m going to try and make Simon Berry’s 2016 a ‘thing’, so check back on the UDC blog soon for more Unicycling and adventures!

The Fourth British National Unicycling Road Race

For the fourth year there will be a National Unicycle Road race in Horwich will be held on Sunday 19th June 2016.

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(2015 Podium finishers)

The race will consist of 7 (1 mile) laps of Horwich Town Centre. The Unicycle race will start at 1pm next to the town hall. When the 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, with changing and showering facilities is at Horwich Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Horwich, BL6 5PY. The roads around Horwich will be closed so don't expect to park around the course.

Registration will be on the day but if you can let Julian Page know that you are coming via Facebook or E-mail [email protected] and supply him with a little bit of information about yourself for the commentator (if none supplied Julian will make something up!)

The cost of the race is £15 (adults) and £10 (under 18's) if you are under 16 you must get your parent or guardian to complete your consent form.

All the unicyclists usually gather on the small grassy area next to the town hall, bring juggling equipment 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 visit http://www.horwichfestivalofracing.co.uk/

Midwest Indoor MUni weekend

The First 2016 Midwest Indoor MUni weekend at Ray's Indoor Bike Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Looks like an awesome venue to go ride and develop your skills. Be nice if there was a place like this in the UK (or maybe there is?)

Here is a video that Christine Burke shot across the weekend.

Swinley Forest ride

As part of the BMW (British Muni Weekend) Series of rides being organized by our great friend and Awesome Unicyclist Edd Hawkes.

Duncan Codd has arranged a ride at Swinley Forest on the 14th of February (Yes Valentines Day) For more details have a look at the BMW Website

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Unicycle Marathon - Rennes France

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We are excited to hear that there is a new unicycle event.  A Unicycle Marathon in Rennes in France.

The Long Distance Committee of the CNM (i.e. the French unicycling federation), and the Rennes Monostars club are happy to announce the creation of the International Unicycle Marathon of Rennes.

Date & place


On Sunday the 12th of June 2016, late morning, in the forest of Rennes.

Types of races



  • half-marathon (21,097 km), categories Standard (29″) and Unlimited.

  • marathon (42,195 km), categories Standard (29″) and Unlimited.


Age categories


Rankings will be made within each age category containing at least 6 participants.

The course


The course, on bicycle paths and roads (in the countryside so almost car-free), is made of two loops, and is designed for SPEED.

Information & newsletter


More information will soon be available on this page…

Subscribe to the event’s newsletter: send an email to [email protected]nullrennes-monostars.fr

You can easily add this event in your agenda here.

Feel free to come discuss the event as well as ask questions in our forum.
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