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October 2006


By Rochelle - Posted on 19 October 2006

AUS Membership Renewals Special Offer

Sign up or renew your AUS membership now and save 20%!

AUS membership runs from 1st July to 30th June each year. If you haven't attended an AUS or affiliate event since 1st July, you probably haven't renewed your AUS membership yet for 2006/2007.

Membership renewal is still only $20 for the whole year, which is a 20% discount on the new members price, but this discounted price is normally only available for renewals completed within 3 months of the end of the previous membership (i.e. for renewals before 30th September).

The AUS has extended the offer of membership at the renewal price to anyone who has previously been an AUS member (in any year) until the end of October 2006.
Hurry to take advantage of this special price - only one week left! Details on membership renewals, pricing and the application form are on the AUS website

The AUS is a non-profit organisation - membership fees go towards the public liability insurance which allows us to support official events, and also to help support the Uninats (Sydney 2007!), which could cost several thousand dollars in up-front booking fees!

Upcoming events

Gravity Weekend

Last Chance Reminder! - Gravity Weekend - Victoria - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2006

Falls Creek Car Park, Victoria - 9.30am

Organised by Mal Bird, the weekend will be mostly downhill on a mix of terrain. The Saturday ride will start at Mt McKay at Falls Creek down to Mt Beauty, via unicycle/ car or a combination of both. The Sunday ride will be downhill from Trappers Gap area under Mt Bogong. Total distance covered over the two days could be up to 50 km!

For discussion about the rides, accommodation and other information please visit Mal's announcement on the unicyclist.com forums or for latest details, see www.municycle.com.au

This is an AUS event. For insurance purposes, all participants will be required to be current AUS members or join at the event.

Recent Events

Brisbane Unicycle Weekend

Pictures of the recent Brisbane Unicycle Weekend are now available at unicycles.com.au.

Brisbane Weekend

Thanks to Gary Land for his time and cash spent organising the event and providing the prizes - $1750.00 worth of Unicycles , helmets, pedals & basket balls were up for grabs by the 24 lucky participants! Thanks also to the volunteers who helped Gary run the event. Reports are that everyone had a great time.

AUS insurance also helped make this event possible!

Freestyling at Floriade

ACTURS performed a show at the Floriade flower show in the ACT on Sun 24th September. It was a bad day weather wise and this kept the crowds at bay but ACTURS took the opportunity to use the time-slot and all of the audio equipment to give some of their newer members a chance to polish up their freestyle work. Owen Carr and Tom Lambert who participated in the freestyle at the Darwin UniNats were also able to strut their stuff.

Active Lunchbox

Lyneham Primary School played host to unicycling workshops in September this year. David Buchanan, Cathy Watson and Rod Lambert, along with young Abbey and Sam Watson ran three consecutive unicycling workshops as part of an "active lunchbox" program.

Lots of the kids were able to have a sit on a unicycle and try it out for the first time. One of the most gratifying outcomes was that two previously unknown level 1-2 unicyclists emerged out of the school group along with another two of their friends from the Lyneham High School. Consequently ACTURS have another four participants at their regular Wednesday evening training sessions and potentially, a few more registrants for UniNats next year.

Extreme unicycling in the UK

Six unicyclists have just attempted the UK's National Three Peaks Challenge on unicycles (6th / 7th October 2006). If you're not familiar with this event it consists of reaching the summit of the highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scaffell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) in 24 hours. As far as we are aware this has never been attempted on unicycles before!

Five out of the six unicycle riders completed the challenge with only 15 minutes to spare to make the 24 hour deadline. The 6th rider (Gary) had to walk down the last mountain. He is having trouble walking but is otherwise ok.

The conditions for the ride were brutal. There were no major injuries to any participants though apart from massive wear and tear on their bodies!

See more details about the charity ride in the unicyclist.com forums and at unicycle.uk.com.

Riders Seeking Riders

Call for South East Queensland riders

In an attempt to include more unicyclists in rides that happen in and around Brisbane a new email list has been formed. If you would like to join the new list please register and join at: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/unicycling/

The only emails that will be posted to this group are concerning unicycle related activities, so you do not have to worry about getting inundated with unwanted emails.

Looking for other riders in Wollongong

Scott Griffin has contacted the Newsletter Editor looking for other riders in the Wollongong area to join six other riders. They have met three times in the past two months.

Contact Scott by sending your contact details via the newsletter editor aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] com [dot] au

The AUS receives regular requests from riders seeking other riders in their area. We don't give out personal information about our members, but we are always happy to place advertisements in the newsletter. To advertise for other riders or to publish information about yourself or your group, contact the editor!

Unicycle level testing

ACTURS passed seven people in levels 1-3 this term in the ACT, with Koh Bouckaert getting his level 3 and nearly ready for his level 4. If anybody wants advice on levels or wants to arrange to be tested, they can e-mail David Buchanan dbuchanan [at] netspeed [dot] com [dot] au. David travels interstate occasionally, so can arrange to test people at some interstate locations.