Workshops and Tony Melton

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.

Volunteers Round-up

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.

Unicycle Exhibition – Items Wanted

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.

Wheeled contraptions

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.

Street and Trials riding around Wollongong

For those who are into hopping, grinding and sliding in our hard surfaced, concreted, giant purpose-built city jungle gym, then check out the following map for street and trials areas around Wollongong city:

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Full moon drumming, dancing and fire twirling

Friday 10th April 2009, 7pm to whenever
North Beach, Wollongong, where the bronze statue is.

Howl at the moon! Its full and the time for stuff is ripe. What stuff I hear you ask? Drumming, Fire Twirling and Dancing. Whatever you dig.  Bring a friend or five, pack a bunch of smiles and do your thing. A mix of amateurs, professionals and you. Family friendly, everyone friendly. Participate as much or as little as you like. Bring a drum, bring your dancing feet, bring something to play with or laze back and soak up the happy vibe. See the map for the location:

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Join the facebook group: full moon drumming

Social ride - Friday 10 April, 4:30pm Keiraview Accommodation

Here’s the plan, take the golden an, in the tan van, give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran, ya understan...


Interpretation: A social ride is planned for Friday. We’ll meet at the Keiraview Accomodation (where you will be staying) at 4.30pm for a 4.45pm ride. The ride will take us past Smith’s Hill High School (where hockey, freestyle, workshops and trials will be held and is only a minutes ride away), past the grassy patch at North Beach where folk will be meeting up for Full Moon Drumming, Dancing and Fire Twirling at 7pm that night (see above article for details).

You will dine on Wollongong’s coastline, harbour and Flagstaff Hill before retiring to the Five Islands Brewery (a micro brewery) for dinner and drinks.

Upon completion, make your way back to that grassy patch at North Beach for Full Moon Drumming and Fire Twirling.

You might want to bring a torch...

Here is a map of the course, outlining various features along the way:

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The scenic way to Wollongong

There are a couple of scenic entries to Wollongong depending on which direction you will be arriving from. If you are coming from the south along the Hume, take the 1st exit to Wollongong. This will take you along the Illawarra Highway, through the Southern Highlands and down Macquarie Pass through the Macquarie Pass National Park. Very scenic.

Coming from the north along the Princes Highway, take the Stanwell Park exit to follow Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Quite a nice drive in itself as you meander through Wollongong’s northern suburbs nestled between escarpment and ocean. Take note of the Sea Cliff Bridge at Coalcliff.

Both routes will add about 15 minutes onto your journey.

Track and Field

Beaton Park Leisure centre (where the track and field competitions are to be held) has many facilities available to the modern unicyclist. Spa for relaxing before, during and after races; unicyclemills (treadmills) for warming up and down and around and; a giant inflatable island in the middle of the pool from 12pm to 3pm on the same day as the track and field. The canteen will also be open from 9am onwards.

Uninats on Facebook

Uninats 2009 is now on facebook!

We have a Uninats 09 Event for your calendar and a Uninats 2009 Facebook group you can join.

Remember we also have an Australian Unicycle Society Group and an Australian Unicycle Society Page as well!

(If anyone can explain the difference between all these things, please let us know, but I do know that if you subscribe to our Facebook page, you will get updates every time something new goes on our website!)

Unicon XV registrations now open!

Registrations for Unicon XV in Wellington, NZ are open, as of 1 March 2009. Registration costs will increase over the year, so register early!
01-JAN-2008 to 01-APR-2009 Fee: NZ$ 200
01-APR-2009 to 01-SEP-2009 Fee: NZ$ 250
01-SEP-2009 to 01-DEC-2009 Fee: NZ$ 350
01-DEC-2009 to 08-JAN-2010 Fee: NZ$ 500
01-JAN-2008 to 01-APR-2009 Fee: NZ$ 75
01-APR-2009 to 01-SEP-2009 Fee: NZ$ 100
01-SEP-2009 to 01-DEC-2009 Fee: NZ$ 125
01-DEC-2009 to 08-JAN-2010 Fee: NZ$ 150
At current exchange rate:
NZ$1= US 49c = AU 77c = UK 35p = Euro 39c
Register Here
Hope to see you in Wellington this year!

Uninats Party

Join us for the traditional Uninats party - open to all - at Smith’s Hill High School on Saturday night.
Theme:  The theme is red and black, so get creative!
Catering:  You can bring your own food or pre-order pizza (fixed menu) at the registration desk on Saturday.  Pizza will be served during the video comp at the party.

Flatland competition

For the first time, Uninats will be holding a flatland competition. The flatland comp will be held at Smith’s Hill High School on Saturday 11 April, and will be judged by the judges of the freestyle comp. Not sure what flatland is? Here are the official IUF rules:
3.4 Flatland Overview
AGE GROUP: Junior (0-14) and Senior class (15-UP), male/female separated (3 riders are the minimum requirement for each category). If there are less than 3 riders for one of the categories, those riders will compete in the older age groups. If there are less than three females or less than three males overall, the male and female categories are merged.
TIME LIMIT: Two minutes. Competitors are allowed to go over the time-limit (as long the line was started before the limit elapsed, and as long the line is continued without interruptions).
UNICYCLES: Any type and any number.
MUSIC, COSTUME AND PROPS: Riders are encouraged to bring their own music, but it is not judged. Costume is not judged. Host can provide props (for example: a grind bar) for all, and they can be removed easily for riders who want them out of the way. Competitors are also allowed to bring props (for example: a Basketball, second person for acrobatic assistance, special small obstacle.....) but these props must be available for all competitors. Competitors must announce any planned props at least four weeks before the competition starts. If the host allows the announced props, he should also inform all registered competitors about it immediately.

Uninats timetable/venue updates

Here are some updates for Uninats 2009:

  • the 10k race is confirmed for 7am Sunday, 12 April 
  • the street comp will be held at 8:30am Monday, 13 April, at Fairy Meadow skatepark, (Guest Park, Cambridge Road, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong)