After Uninats, Tony Melton and Tynan Rollo have headed straight to Tasmania to join Aubin Gill and a few other keen Australian riders in a ride from Launceston to Hobart via the scenic route. You can follow their progress at the 2nd Tasmanian Unitour website.
Geoffrey Huntley from Sydney is with Ken Looi and 5 other big wheel riders in the last few days of their 12 day, 500km ride across north-eastern India. Internet access has been rare, but you can see some photos and follow their adventures on the Induni blog.
If you were awarded any ribbons or the Uninats medal and were not able to collect it at one of the presentations, we'll be posting it out to you at the address recorded for your membership. Make sure you let us know ASAP if you've moved and haven't updated your details.
For some reason we managed to run out of 2nd place ribbons, so we'll be ordering some more, which means it will be a few weeks before we can send those out - this will affect 2nd place winners in Trials, Street and Muni.
Video Comp entries
There are 2 Uninats articles in the Illawara Mercury
- from Friday Unicycle Convention Converges on Wollongong
- on Monday Unicyclists ride in for convention with a photo of Jaryd Harris in the long jump
There should also be coverage of the event and footage of the Trials on the WIN evening news on Monday 13th, according to the cameraman. We'll post it here if we can get a copy.
If you have photos or videos to add here, send them to aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au (the editor) (photos or links).
Uninats 2009 is over! It was great to see both familiar and new faces at all the events and we hope you all had a great time.
Thank you to all the people who helped organise Uninats 2009 and made it run as smoothly as it did, including whoever organised the torrential downpour this morning to stop on cue in time for the Street comp to start!
Please send us copies or links to all your photos and video and we'll start putting together the picture gallery...
Cris & Rochelle, Sydney and for Scott, Wollongong
The official program of events for Uninats is now available in PDF format. Printed copies will be available at check-in, but if you want to read or print your own advance copy, you can download it here.
(This file is intended to be printed double-sided on A4 landscape to give an A5 booklet).
The muni course will be out at Appin. The test run of this course was too good to turn away from. That, and I don’t know of any other place suitable. And who could turn there back on a place where frogs and turtles come out in the rain. There will be three options available:
1) For the young, beginner and tentative muniest – 1km easy out and back course
2) For those who like muni – 4.9km
3) For those who love muni and are a bit fitter than others – 9.8km (2 laps of the 4.9km course)
This is a great cross country track set up by the Wollongong Mountain Bike Club (www.wmbc.org.au). How good, the mountain bike State Championships were held at Appin in 2008. There’s plenty of single track, some drops, a creek crossing and if it’s been raining there’ll be some decent puddles.
Start time: 11.30am
Meet: Appin Scout Hall. From Wollongong, head up Mt. Ousley and take the Appin Road near Bulli. After entering the 60 kph zone in Appin, turn right into Burke St and drive to the Scout Hall at the end of the road. About 30 minutes from Wollongong.
Unicycle.com will be at Uninats 2009 & look forward to catching up with clients new & old! We will have an assortment of stock, including gloves, armour, saddles, DVD’s magazines, and of course a range of unicycles. We will have some demo stock that can be tried out & we will have some “show special” prices over the weekend of Uninats.
After the success of the Games Lab at the 2008 Melbourne Juggling Convention (MJC) it will make a reappearance at Uninats 2009. Presented by Scott Griffin and his lovely assistant Julian Orbach. The Games Lab is an opportunity to try out a variety of games on unicycles. For example: clumps, fruit salad and chain tag. Any game you can think of is worth trying. Fun and whimsical. Something for all ages and beings. I give it a 4 out 5.
This year will hopefully be the year of workshops. A chance for all riders to learn new skills and share skills they currently have. I would like to open up this skill sharing to literally anything you would like to share. For example, at previous Sydney Juggling Convention’s Julian Orbach took a photography workshop and Scott Griffin took a workshop on how to put a latex glove on your head and blow it up. Both workshops were well attended. There were of course numerous juggling workshops. Scott plans on running the glove workshop at Uninats. Added to the glove workshop will be ‘how to put a balloon sculpting balloon up your nose and out your mouth’.
The workshops are going to work like this. There is going to be a large piece of butcher’s paper stuck up somewhere prominent. The butcher’s paper will be divided into tree columns representing three different workshop areas, and will also be divided into hourly segments. Anyone can then write up a workshop they plan on teaching.
If you’re interested in running a workshop then raise your typing fingers now and tell us what’s on ya mind by emailing uninats [at] gmail [dot] com or just turn up and do your thang. If you tell us what’s on ya mind, we can tell others and get them excited. Spread the word and go in peace.
We are fortunate again to be graced by the multi talented Mr. Tony Melton from New Zealand. Tony took out the open male freestyle in 07 and is also fantastic at street, flatland, trials and muni. Workshops Tony can run are: wheel walking, seat drag, pairs freestyle, group freestyle, seat on side, spins and pirouettes, and 1 foot variations. Tony plans on competing in a few event on the Saturday and thus will not have time to run all the above mentioned workshop but hopefully will teach at least two workshops. If you want Tony to teach any of the above mentioned workshops email him at: tony [dot] melton [at] gmail [dot] com
By the way, don’t tell Tony where you got his email address from.
Uninats can only happen with the enthusiastic, willing and helping hands of volunteers. Due to budget restrictions, we cannot offer helpers any financial incentive, or useless crappy gifts. However, each volunteer will receive a personal handshake from me (and/or hug if you prefer), and may feel that warm fuzzy feeling of contributing to something and being appreciated.
Positions that need to be filled include rego desk, timekeepers, marshals and starters (track and field, 10km, muni), judges (freestyle, street, trials), workshop teachers (in any area you think you can teach), hockey referees, trials construction, and more.
If you would like to be involved in any of these areas, please register your interest by emailing uninats [at] gmail [dot] com.
Uninats 09 will feature a small display of unicycle artworks and artefacts. Presently, we only have a few items for this, so we are calling on anyone who would like to contribute to this collection. Any form/medium is accepted. Examples include (but not limited to): posters, shirts, photos, paintings, drawings, sculptures, memorabilia. All contributions will be returned. Anyone who would like to contribute to this display, please email the details of your proposed contribution to uninats [at] gmail [dot] com and we can discuss collection arrangements. Photos of the items would be most appreciated.
About 15 people participated in a test ride of a potential muni course in Appin on 17 January. The course provided for a variety of riding, incorporating creek beds, fire trails, single track, tree roots and drops. While there may be another site test closer to Wollongong, Appin looks quite suited to the diversity of skill levels that Uninats attracts. Thanks to all who came along and offered their input.
At the last Uninats, there was a pennyfarthing and a bike with two offset wheels and some pogo sticks (pogo sticks aren’t wheeled but they are jolly good fun) getting around on the first day. Great fun. Please bring your fun contraptions along. For example: ultimate wheel, impossible wheel, kangaroo unicycle, giraffe, wheel on top of wheel unicycle etc.
Keith McKay, that octarian unicyclist from Wollongong, (who built a unicycle and learnt to ride that same unicycle at the age of 65 and still rides most days and has since built a couple of geared unicycles), is in the process of building an off centre impossible wheel that he plans on bringing along.