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Liverpool Santa Dash - by Julian Page

Yet again this year there were 5 unicycling Santa's at Liverpool's now famous Santa Dash round the city centre. Julian, Heather, Olli, Ed and Johnny, started at the back of the field and majestically weaved through the forest of Santa's. Steve would have unicycled with us, but a back injury meant he decided to join the 10,000 runners. It was a fantastic time -with the most frequent comment "that's cheating", our reply -you try it then!

unicyclistsclaire&Julan getting-dressed lotsofsantas medal

Julian Page on the Monsal Trail

The Monsal trail is about 9 miles long , running along a disused railway line from Bakewell to Buxton in Derbyshire. The trail goes through five amazing tunnels and two spectacular viaducts with views to match. The trail stops 2-3 miles short of Buxton and the link road is narrow and busy, so it’s best to start from the East end at Hassop or Bakewell. Map

There is plenty of parking at Bakewell or Hassop. My favourite start is Hassop (DE45 1NW) as there is a good café, toilets and a bike hire shop- parking is pay and display. Going west is a gradual climb so you get the benefit on the way back. The surface is good all the way so it’s easy on a 36” wheel. At weekends its quite busy with walkers and cyclists.

There are toilets at Millers Dale and a small snackbar/bike hire shop (open Spring to Autumn) at the west end.


The most impressive feature of the trail are the tunnels –five in number the longest is over 1/3 mile. They have only been opened up in the last three years. The have a good surface and are well lit.


IMG_2049-850The viaducts are worth a stop, there is often a group of abseilers on one of themIMG_2053-850

Views to die for!


The surface is excellentIMG_2044-850

It's one of my favourite railway trails and well worth a ride.

Julian Page

Ride the Lights Blackpool 2013


Yet again Ride the Lights Blackpool 2013 was a fantastic success. On the Tuesday after the bank holiday weekend, Blackpool Promenade is closed to motor traffic from 7 to 10pm and reserved for cyclists. The famous Blackpool illuminations are turned on before their official opening. There must have been over 10,000 bikes so it was busy, busy, busy.  We had over 30 unicyclists, most from the facebook group "Unicycle North West", Pete and JL from Blackpool did the local organising -many thanks to them.


We all met at the Southern end of the prom at Star Gate


Unicycle.com sponsored riders, in their UDC hoddies participated: Julian and Claire Page, Matt Morris and JL Coldham.


Julian Barrow did us proud with his illuminated suit


At the start it was packed with wall to wall bikes


We had a break at the tower and received the attention of the local Granada News



With a strong headwind we battled to the north end and filled up with chips, before being blown back to the start, it was about 12 miles round trip in 3 hours. Its is a wonderful experience, with it going dark, the sunset and the illuminations. Don't miss next year, I won't !!


Julian Page

UDC at Horwich - The National Open Unicycle Road Race

The National Open Unicycle Road race was a great sucess! It was great to see so many 36" Unicycles in one place.

Lots of Sponsored riders were out and the Sponsored shirts looked amazing!

The racing got underway and there was a lot of support from the crowd. There were a few falls along the way. Julian Barrow won best crash! Other crashes included one from JL and Katie Lambert. Emily Johnson went down quite spectacluarly later on in the day!

People looking nicely worn out after the race!

Thanks to Sponsored rider Julain Page for organising such a great day. Check out all the photos in the gallery.


1 CatoTveit First Male
2 Duncan Clark Second Male
3 Matt Morris Third Male
4 Roger Davis
5 Paul Stacey
6 Dane Smith
7 Robert Day
8 (+1 lap) Steve Coligan >50
9 Cameron Peacock First U16
10 Nick Curwen
11 Emily Johnston First Female
12 Nora Tveit Second Female/U16
13(+2 lap) Ollie Baker Third U16
14 Geoff Bond
15 Claire Page Third Female
16 JL Coldham
17 Julian Page
18 Julian Barrow
19 Ged Hall
20 Jackson Laybourn
21 Oswald Miller
22 Lucy Cobb
23 Jon Barton
24 Bobbie Byrne
25 Matt Barton
26 Andrew Lendon
27 Dave Downs
28 Katie Lambert

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BUC 2013 Sponsored Riders Reviews

Well it's over and done with.. :(  Let's hope it doesn't take so many years to have another BUC.   Here is what couple of our Sponsored Riders had to say about the event, cheers Guys.

Cameron Peacock
BUC was amazing! It was lots of fun, it was good meeting some new people, and meeting up with some friends. The competitions were really fun, i'm pleased about where i placed in trials, Flatland and High jump. Overall, BUC was a really fun weekend and i cant wait to meet everyone again next year.


Julian Page
As someone who is not particularly into trials and street, the BUC did have something for everyone. Roger did a couple of excellent workshops on unicycle maintenance and wheel building. On the strength of it I straightened out a kink in my 29" when I got home and the brake no longer catches. A couple of rides out to the sea and up the Taff trail were great. The evening entertainment was well worth watching especially Roary's parents juggling -further inspiring me to get my clubs out and juggle some more. It was good to see the enthusiasm and passion from "our" special family of unicyclists. Long may it continue.


Mike Taylor
One on my favorite BUC's so far everything was organised well and everything went to plan. Nofitstate was a great little venue which suited BUC perfectly with its own sleeping accommodation which was good for the riders. The indoor facilities were also good and suited the unicycling scene well with the hall/freestyle area and trials/street/flatland areas all being close to each other so everyone got to see a bit of everything while competing at the same time. I thought all the competitions were carried out well and everyone had a really enjoyable time in taking part plus the weather couldn't have been better! apart from the slight sun burn. All in all I think every BUC that happens is such a great atmosphere for younger and older riders. Younger riders get to meet the pros and vise verser, people learn new things from each other and many friends are made in the process. I think BUC is essential every year to keep the unicycle community active and to keep riders working for the competitions and for the great times of course. Amazing Weekend!


Claire Page
It was my first BUC ever and the best unicycle event I have been to. I met SO many new people. The female flatland competition was the first proper competition I have ever entered and was really fun. The thing I liked most about BUC is that there is always someone to give you any tips or advice. Throughout the weekend there was always something going on for all abilities. The evening performance was a great ending to Saturday and included things I have never seen done before! If you didn't come to BUC this year, I strongly recommend you go to next years!

Delamere Muni

UDC Sponsored riders Julian Page and Matt Morris descended on Delamere Forest with four other riders JL, Elaine, Julian B and Alex. They had lots of sun and blue sky to begin with and followed the trails to the mountain bike area for a play, then a ride back to the station cafe for a monster cooked breakfast bap. Finally a ride up to the viewing point.

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