Sunday 9 November 2008, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
In conjunction with Sydney Bicycle Film Festival, AUS is holding an invitational trials competition at the Newtown Festival
Top Australian riders - Rhys Kember, Dan Cowling, Matty P, Kev Wharton and Isaac Conyers will be competing against 2 wheeled riders for honour and glory!
There's also a chance that one of these guys will attempt a unicycle back-flip, which would be a world first in competition!
The trials will be held between 12.00pm and 3pm at the trials site at the festival - approximate location is shown on the map below.
The Newtown festival is on all day, with stalls, food, shows and bands, so make a day of it! Full details at the festival website.
Riding and Hockey at Sydney Spring Cycle
Sunday 19 October 2008
Sunday 19 October 2008
Ride in the Spring Cycle event or come and entertain with your uni skills at Olympic Park in Sydney on Sunday 19 October. The Spring Cycle is one of Sydney's most popular rides. There are four routes to choose from: Ride North Sydney (40km), Ride The Park (7km), Ride Liverpool (20km), Ride Blacktown all finishing at Olympic Park, Homebush.
Sydney Unicycle Hockey will be playing a demonstration match on the Olympic concourse at 1pm till 2pm. The organisers are also planning on doing a live cross to the hockey demonstration, so people can watch it on the big screen. If you want to join in the game, bring a red and black T-shirt!
You can read more details about Spring Cycle and register on the website.
Unicycle Trials at Sydney Bicycle Film Festival
9 November 2008, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
If you are a keen unicycle trials rider, Sydney Bicycle Film Festival is building a trials course at the Newtown Festival, and is inviting the AUS to select riders to participate.
If you are keen to ride, contact the aus_secretary [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au (AUS Secretary) ASAP with your contact details. This should be a blast, with a big crowd ready to be wowed by your skills!
26 July - Copenhagen, Denmark.
It's too late to register, as the event is full and registration is closed, but for information and updates check the UNICON website
Good luck to all the Australian unicyclists (go you good things) in Denmark for UNICON!
AUS at the Melbourne Juggling Convention
26-28 September 2008, Collingwood College
With support from the AUS, the Melbourne Juggling Convention will host a mini unicycling festival for the first time as part of its festivities. Melbourne AUS members are working to put together a programme of organised unicycle events, in addition to the free riding in the dedicated unicycle hall - see below.
CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Special Guests
- Dedicated Unicycle Hall
- Lentil As Anything - Caterers
- Juggling and Unicycle Olympics
- Open-Stage "Renegade Show"
- Huge Juggling Gymnasium
- Large Outdoor oval
- 2 Public Shows
MJC Pre-registration is available now through the MJC website.
To be covered by insurance, riders need a 'Unicycling Pass' - this is FREE for AUS members, or otherwise can be obtained for $5 at the event. (The pass provides a 3 day temporary AUS membership). Non-riders (spectators and "just jugglers") can enter the unicycle hall and watch, but can't ride.
With many fun activities planned over the weekend, the Unicycle Pass allows everyone involved to have as much fun as possible whilst still being legal! Expect some good hockey matches each day and Coker rides as well as freestyle & some racing (eg 100M and maybe a slow board), as well as tours of the area!
16 June Nova Scotia, Canada
35 teams representing 13 countries, many from the US as well as South Korea, Singapore, UK, will take part in Ride The Lobster, an 800km unicycle race in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 16th, 2008. There's still time to arrange your trip to Canada if you've recovered from Vietnam! More details at the website.
25 July-4 August, Copenhagen, Denmark
A reminder that unicyclists are still wanted for the Australian team to participate at UNICON in Copenhagen. This is your chance to participate in the biggest international unicycling event, meet other unicyclists from around the world and learn new skills. The draft program is now available, as well as information about registering, facilities, accommodation etc. from the UNICON website. For those intending to go, please contact Ashley chickenloaf_au [at] yahoo [dot] com (Curtis) who is co-ordinating the Australia team.
26-28 September, Collingwood College, Melbourne VIC
With insurance assistance from the AUS, the Melbourne Juggling Festival will be able to welcome unicyclists for the first time in 2008. The plans include a dedicated unicycling hall and unicycling events and workshops. More details will be forthcoming at the MJC website.
Unicycle Hockey mini-meet in Sydney - April 20th
As preparation for Unicon 14 (see below), Sydney Unicycle Hockey and Canberra riders are planning to get together for a day of hockey on April 20th.
The proposed plan is to meet at 11.30am (to give ACTURS riders time to come from Canberra) at the usual Hockey location in Newtown, Sydney. All riders welcome. See the Sydney Unicycle Hockey page or contact chickenloaf_au [at] yahoo [dot] com (Ashley) to confirm details, or just turn up for hockey as usual!
News and Notices
UNICON XV in New Zealand in 2009/2010
Just announced! Wellington, New Zealand will be the host for UNICON XV from 27 December 2009 to 7 Jan 2010 - it's so close, there's no reason for you not to be there! The Kiwis are planning a full complement of events so get preparing! See what goes on in Wellington
As Unicon XV is going to be in 2009, the AUS will be considering plans for the next Uninats to ensure we don't run them too close together but still make sure that the Australian team is on top-form for Unicon!
Australia wins in Asian Pacific Unicycle Hockey Convention!
What a fantastic competition! If you haven't heard by now, Australia took out the inaugural Asia Pacific Unicycle Hockey Convention in Singapore in November. Team players (in alphabetical order) Cris B, Ashley Curtis (Captain), Ty P, Matt P and Nic V were outstanding in tough conditions - 33 degrees and 90% humidity, playing with no reserve team members (but exceptional support from their single person cheer squad and blow up mascot). The competition was friendly but fiercely competitive and there's no doubt that Australia dominated:
Australia vs Hong Kong 1 - 0
Australia vs Singapore 10 - 0
Australia vs Singapore (under 21s) 5 - 1
Australia vs South Korea 3 – 2
Positions second to fourth were determined on goal difference, with all of the other teams winning two and losing two games. Hong Kong finished second, South Korea third, Singapore fourth and Singapore (under 21s) finished fifth.
UniNats 2007 - totally rad!
How good was UniNats 2007? Well, feedback from cyberspace rated Uninats as varyingly: "rad" "wicked sick" "mint" "awesome" and "grouse" - so we're very happy about that and hope that you all enjoyed yourselves!
For those keeping stats, we had 90 registered riders and another 50 or so non-riders, which is just mint.
The official results are now available on the Uninats results page - you'll need the password 'uninats2007' to access this page (to keep peoples personal details out of search engines).
The collection of photo and video links is also growing - we have more than 300 photos linked in different albums, half a dozen video links of Uninats action, and the place-winning videos from the video competition. Check out all the updates at the photo and videos page.
You can submit own photos and links to the page, and there will also be prizes for the best pictures and video.
So many thanks to those that volunteered before, during and after the event - especially the non-riders - you're awesome!
A big thanks to everyone who came along and participated - it was great fun and we can't wait to watch the next one!
Australian Unicycling Nationals - UniNats 2007
The 4th Australian Unicycling Nationals (Uninats) took place in Sydney, NSW from Saturday September 29th to Monday October 1st, 2007.
Uninats is now over - we hope you had a fantastic time!
A new page for collecting your Uninats photos & Videos is now online. Add your links and enter the "best photo" or "best video " competition!
The Official results are now available - see the 2007 results page. You need this password - uninats2007 - (this helps keep the page private from search engines).
Only 2 weeks to go until the biggest event of the Australian Unicycle Calendar - we hope you've been practicing! Here's what we've been up to in the last few weeks:
The detailed timetable of events has been put up on the Uninats website - check it out so you don't miss your favourite event.
We have hired a minibus to help transport people without their own vehicles on Sunday (between the 10K and track) and Monday (for the Muni). Please share/offer rides where you can, but we'll be able to make sure nobody is stuck.
After another Trials/Street building day in Sydney (thanks to APEC), we have quite a pile of 'stuff' to challenge your skills. Sydney riders have not been allowed to practice on it!
We have put together the electronic timing equipment needed for speed trials, so there will be a 'flying 100' competition, to determine the fastest Australian unicyclist, at the track event on Sunday. We have clocked Ashely at an unofficial 21.9km/hr on a 24" wheel. Helmets required, Coker optional!
Uninats 2007 Sydney is now only 8 weeks away! If you haven't registered already, the early registration discount is still available, so register now to make sure of your place!
Unicycle.com at Uninats
Unicycle.com Australia have offered to sponsor a number of prizes at Uninats and will have unicycles and accessories from across their range available to try and buy at the venues. Thanks for your support guys!
Uninats Street/Trials Building
Sydney riders have the trials and street course construction well underway - here are a few photos of the recent 'build day'. Thanks to Dan Cowling, Ashley Curtis, Marc Grunseit, Ty Peters and Matt Price - Cris.
Ashley supervises the workers:
Some of the pieces ready to go:
Some things to remember when you're planning your trip:
Plastic pedals and non-skid tyres required for indoor riding
Any unicycle you plan to ride for the indoor events in the main hall on the Saturday needs to by 'gym-safe' - that is, not cause any damage to the wooden floor. You must have plastic pedals, and you should check that your tyre is non-marking (non-skid) on wooden floors.
Less than 12 weeks to go until Uninats 2007 Sydney! We hope you've been practicing... Here are the latest updates from the Sydney organisers:
Registration is OPEN
Registration for Uninats 2007 is now OPEN. Reserve your place for Uninats by registering at the uninats registration website
Early registration saves you $15 off the full price, and early registrations take priority if any events are over-subscribed, so register now!
We had 50 responses to the Uninats survey, which is fantastic. Statistics will be published on the website soon, along with a summary of peoples suggestions (and what we plan to do about them)!
Due to a number of requests in the survey, the AUS has organised some information about accommodation options for Uninats 2007, for those traveling to Sydney.
Need a bed? If you are an independent traveler and you are interested in sharing group unicycling rooms, we have arranged with Billabong Gardens, Newtown (see above) to co-ordinate arrangements. See this page for more information.
Uninats Registrations will open soon - we're just waiting for confirmation of fees for public parks and catering costs for the social function.
Unicycle hockey match, Sunday 10th June - Brisbane
There's a unicycle hockey match being planned in Brisbane - all riders welcome.
Date: Sunday 10th June, 2007
Time: 2.30 PM onwards
Venue: The basketball courts in the park on Payne Road, The Gap
Uninats 2007 Dates and Venues Confirmed
The Australian Unicycling Society is pleased to announce confirmation of venues and dates for the 2007 Australian Unicycling Nationals (Uninats). Details can be found on the AUS website home page. Keep watching the website for more information on the programme and registration details.
If you haven't done it already, please take time to fill out the Uninats Survey
Singapore riders plan unicycle hockey tournament - 1 November 2007
Get your hockey sticks ready - there's a plan afoot to hold an Asia Pacific Unicycle Hockey tournament in Singapore in early November 2007. If you're interested in going and forming a team, contact the AUS secretary to be put in touch with other players who are going. More details as they arise, or contact Maxim: jinzhanglee [at] yahoo [dot] com
2008 Unitour call for interested riders
Ken Looi (Guiness Book World Record holder for longest distance ridden on a unicycle in 24 hours) is putting together another Unitour for 2008. The plan is for a southern hemisphere summer Unitour (Jan/Feb 2008). The choices being considered are:
North Vietnam "The Uninam Tour"
India "The Induni Tour"
2007 Alternative Cycling Festival and OzHPV Challenge
Saturday, 31st March & Sunday, 1 April, 2007
Casey Fields, Cranbourne, Victoria
As we announced in the last newsletter, AUS members are invited to take
part in the 2007 Alternative Cycling Festival and Australian Human-Powered Vehicle Association (OzHPV) Challenge, at Casey Fields, Cranbourne, Victoria. The event is generating a lot of interest and it looks like being a very successful, fun couple of days.