UNICON XVI - Early bird registration to close at end of September 2011

Stop Press - earlybird registration has been extended until 30th September

If you're interested in competing on an international stage, want to learn some new skills or just interested in meeting unicyclists from around the world, registration is open for Unicon XVI. This UNICON will be held in the beautiful Italian Alps in Brixen between 20 - 31 July 2012.

There are many events for competitors and non-competitors alike. Non-competitors can register to take part in workshops, courses and social events. Entry fees to all events, shuttle services, shows and more are included in the price of registration.

Competitors can enjoy all the advantages that non-competitors receive, as well as participating in their favourite events.

Register before the end of September 2011 to save with early bird prices. Prices are given in Euros:

Competitors

Phase 1 - 1 January 2011 to 31 July 2011 - €160

Phase 2 - 1 August 2011 to 31 December 2011 - €200

Phase 3 - 1 January 2012 to 30 April 2012 - €240

Non-Competitors

Phase 1 - 1 January 2011 – 31 July 2011 - €80

Phase 2 – 1 August 2011 - 31.12.2011 - €100

Phase 3 – 1 January 2012 – 30 April 2012 - €120

Unicycling in Tanzania

Check out this video of 'the JoltJoker' entertaining Tanzanian kids and adults alike with his unicycle - the locals had some moves of their own...JoltJoker

Muni riding at Falls Creek this winter, 30th and 31st July 2011

Mal from Unicycle.com Australia is organising another Muni weekend. This time it will be held in the snow on Saturday and either the snow on Sunday or in the Mountains around Mt Beauty depending on the rider’s evaluation of the Saturday riding. Bring your own Muni but Mal will also have the new Nimbus Oregon on hand for riders to test ride, plus his Surly with a Large Marge tyre. The wide tyre and disc brake on the Oregon should be in their element in the snow. Mal has been living in the Mountains at Mt Beauty/Falls Creek for years and knows the area well, so he can organise some downhill rides to suit riders’ ambitions on the Sunday if Falls Creek is too cold or unsuitable.

If you are not a current member of the Australian Unicycle Society you will need to join for insurance purposes. See www.unicycling.org.au for details. Mal will also have a thread on www.unicyclist.com

RSVP: Mal via info [at] udca [dot] com [dot] au (email )or phone 1800 864 292.

Unicycling across the country for charity

Several months ago, the AUS posted a story about David and Smanna who were unicycling across the country for charity - no mean feat - especially unsupported. Well, they made it! Seventy-eight days (and many sore muscles later!) after they set out from Darwin, they reached Glenelg in South Australia, raising money for the Little Heroes Foundation. You can read more about their trip and check out some great photos at Cycle Sports News.

Results of Revesby (Sydney) unicycle weekend

Revesby recently hosted its Unicycle Hockey and Unicycle Basketball Championship. The weekend was a great success with 35 riders from NSW, the ACT and a couple from Victoria competing. Activities included a city night ride on the Friday, with basketball on Saturday and hockey held on Sunday.

There was added incentive this year, as the champions would be the first to have their team’s name engraved on the perpetual trophies.

Five teams competed in the basketball: Revesby Blue; Revesby White; Canberra; Sydney Red; and Sydney White. A lot of competitors were new to basketball but most games were very close, with Revesby Blue taking out the title undefeated, beating Revesby White for second and Sydney White for third place.

The most anticipated event was definitely the hockey, with a fierce rivalry between the three super powers of Canberra, Sydney and Revesby. Five teams competed for the title: Canberra fielded an A & a B team, with Sydney putting up Red and Black teams, and a full strength Revesby team.

The play off for third was awesome between Canberra and Sydney Red, with Canberra winning in golden point extra time 3:2. The hockey championship was taken out by Revesby who proved too strong on their home ground. They left their best performance for the final against Sydney Black, taking out the title with a score of 11:2.

It was great to see everyone enjoying the competition and thanks to all the competitors and family/friends who all helped make this a successful weekend.

Also a big thanks to Mal & unicycle.com Australia who sponsored the perpetual trophies. These will remain in the hands of Revesby until the next competition, probably Melbourne Uninats in 2012.

Unicycle Hockey and Basketball Weekend Update

Only two weeks to go to the Unicycle Basketball and Hockey weekend at Revesby!

On the 16th and 17th of April, Ashley Curtis from the Revesby unicycle club is hosting the 2011 edition of this popular weekend unicycling event. All riders are welcome - if you don't have a team, you'll be found one to join!

A social ride is being planned for Friday evening (15th) around Sydney city, from about 6pm - if you are interested, contact Ashley on 0414 321 150 or abcurtis_au [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au for final details.

A reminder of the event details:

  • When: 16 & 17 April 2011
  • Where: Revesby YMCA, 184 The River Rd, Revesby NSW
  • Map: See the Revesby Club Page
  • Unicycle Basketball on Saturday, 16th - 11am - 3pm Unicycle Hockey on Sunday, 17th - 9am - 2 pm
  • Cost: $25 for the weekend

This is a great fun event and a chance to meet lots of other local and interstate riders. It's also a good chance to meet some of your fellow Australian team if you're planning on attending APUC 2011 in Korea.

Remember you will need non-marking tyres and plastic pedals to ride, as this is an indoor hall. You will also need to be a current AUS member - if you registered for Uninats 2010 your membership is still current, otherwise you can renew or take out a temporary membership on the day.

Germany's 9th International Unicycle Marathon Competition

They do things differently in Germany. The seventh national unicycle marathon championship will be held in Duesseldorf in May this year. Competitors will ride across the city center - without concern for traffic lights and road rules - with the prospect of more than 400,000 spectators watching the event. The distance of 42.195 km needs to be completed within a maximum time of 4.30 hours. Unicyclists from outside Germany are welcome to participate.

When: 8th May 2011

Where: Duesseldorf/Germany Registration (you need to do this twice): -

first at: http://www.metrogroup-marathon.de/

second at: http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85637

Adelaide or bust!

Hats off to two intrepid unicyclists on a huge tour from Darwin to Adelaide, self supported. They are raising money for charity - the Little Heroes foundation.

You can follow the journey and donate if you wish:

http://unitramps.com/
http://twitter.com/UniTramps
http://www.facebook.com/UniTramps

Solowheel

For those who don't like to pedal, here's a self balancing unicycle that seems to defeat the joy of cycling... check it out: Solowheel.

W.S.U.C - Western Sydney Unicyclist's

Western Sydney Unicyclists are a dedicated group of people who enjoy the same passion. Our main discipline is 'Muni' with regular rides in the Lower Blue Mountains Region.

Contact information.

Charles Hardimon, Rob O'Brien, Michael Foster.
info [at] wsuc [dot] net [dot] au

Website www.wsuc.net.au

All riders are welcome to join us!

Unicycling basketball and hockey weekend

If basketball or hockey is your thing, or you just want to have a go, get along to the unicycling weekend in Sydney in April.

When: 16 & 17 April 2011

Where: Revesby YMCA, 184 The River Rd, Revesby NSW

Unicycle Basketball on Saturday, 16th - 11am - 3pm

Unicycle Hockey on Sunday, 17th - 9am - 2 pm

All riders are welcome.  If you don't have a team, you'll be found one.

Skills workshops are being planned.  There is likely to be a basketball workshop on  Saturday afternoon and a hockey workshop on Sunday afternoon. There may also be a social ride on Friday night.  More details to follow.

For info, contact Ashley Curtis: abcurtis_au [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au

UniNats 2012 - Melbourne

We are proud to announce the next edition of the national unicycle championships will be held in Melbourne from the 9th to the 12th of March 2012.

Melbourne is a great place for riding and we hope as many unicyclists as possible can join us. If you would like assist as a volunteer please contact geoff [dot] robinson [at] csiro [dot] au

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Coker Ride

The annual Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Unicycle Ride is on again, Sunday 6th March 2011. Meet at the Lilydale railway station car park at 9:11 am. The rail trail is mostly flat with a graded gravel surface. It is an 80 km return journey with lunch at Warburton. This is the only annual unicycle ride held in Victoria so don't miss out!

Muni Ride - Forrest, Victoria

On Sunday 20th February 2011 there will be a muni ride at Forrest Mountain Bike Trails. This is a social ride along the awesome trails designed by the award winning trail builder Glen Jacobs. Forrest is located in the Otway Ranges, about 2.5 hours drive west of Melbourne.

Meet up at the carpark off Boundary Rd, northern section of the park at 10:30 am. Riders of all skill levels are welcome however we recommend you bring a suitable mountain unicycle fitted with a knobby tyre. You should also bring a helmet, gloves, knee/shin pads, sunglasses, sunscreen and sensible shoes.

Map of trails link

If you require assistance with transport to Forrest from Melbourne, please contact Geoff Robinson at geoff [dot] robinson [at] csiro [dot] au we may be able find a car for you to share.

Monster Street Comp - Wrap Up

A blue Northcote sky in the early afternoon saw the concrete warming up for a top day of street unicycling at the local skate park. A collection of riders from Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate made the journey to compete at one of the few events held for street riders in Australia.

The spectators arrived early whilst the competitors turned up at a more traditional time (in the unicycle world) of about one hour after the official start. The riders spent some time warming up and familiarising themselves with the Northcote skate park before the competition began in earnest.

After a short rider briefing, our judge Luke Collalto took up pen and paper as the first competitor George took to the course. The only entrant in the “Masters” category, George put on a solid display of basic skills. After his two minutes was up Isaac rolled on and attempted some technically difficult tricks. Isaac had pulled off some admirable moves in the practice but found the pressure of live competition a challenge. A newly moustached Dan followed; he impressed the crowd with a drop in from the top of the quarter pipe and a well executed sequence of manoeuvres. Joe put on an excellent performance but struggled under the pressure of trying to match the world class efforts of Dan. Sam laid down some great moves, working hard to make the most of the course despite the limitations of the Northcote venue. After some last minute repairs to his vehicle, Andrew was the last man to make his way onto the course. A lesser rider might have been intimidated by the high standard of the previous riders but this did not bother Andrew who knew what needed to be done to make the final round.