Video Competition

Uninats 2009 will once again hold a Video Competition!

Currently scheduled to be held during the party on Saturday night (as in 2007), the competition provides a chance to show off the best of your riding and editing skills to an appreciative audience. There might even be prizes!

Rules & Info:

  • You can't enter a film you entered in a previous Uninats!
  • Films should be no more than 5 minutes long.
  • We'll use a laptop to play the entries, so we can probably play most file formats and USB media (USB sticks/drives etc.), but to be on the safe side, you should probably bring a regular DVD as well.
  • You can make multiple entries, but if we have too many entries, you'll need to give an order of preference and we may play only 1.
  • Other rules might be made up as we go along!

For inspiration, see some of last years entries and winners at the Uninats 2007 Photos and Videos page.

Uninats 2009 Poster

Here is the Uninats 2009 Poster, designed by Ashley Curtis, winner of the poster design competition. Printed copies have been distributed to groups and shops, but you are welcome to download and print your own for your local group, shop or bedroom wall..

The file is available as a large size attachment below.

Ride the Apple Isle

14 - 21 April 2009, Tasmania
One of Australia's champion junior unicyclists, Aubin Gill, is planning to unicycle from the top to bottom of Tasmania from 14 - 21 April 2009 (just after UNINATs). The ride will be part of a school project and Aubin hopes to raise funds for charity, as well as drawing some media attention to the event.
Several experienced long distance unicyclists will be joining Aubin: Tony Melton (NZ), Barry and Nic Clearwater, Sid Rajan, Matt (mr impossible) Thomas and Tynan Rollo. The event is shaping up to get very good media coverage and is scheduled to finish in Hobart at the busy Parliament House gardens during the Saturday Salamanca market, then continue to the south tip of Tassie. Fortunately, Aubin has now grown the extra 1 cm to be able to fit on the required 36” ‘Coker’.
If you are interested in joining in this ride, then contact the AUS and we will pass on your details.

UNINATs Poster Competition Winner

Well done and thanks to those who entered the poster competition. Apologies for my slackness in uploading them to the website for judging by the public. In this absence, a small panel of judges has determined the winner to be Ashley Curtis.

Congratulations Ashley on winning a free ticket to Uninats.

Scott, UNINATS Organiser

Calling for unicyclists for Bike Week event at Kallangur, Queensland

from 3.00pm, 14 March 2009
Pine Rivers Uniting Church
30 Narangba Rd, Kallangur (QLD)
As part of Bike Week '09, a bike fair will be held in the Pine Rivers Uniting Church grounds at Kallangur in Queensland, from 3pm.  Organisers are looking for unicyclists to join in the festivities, set up a stand and put on a demo.  The fair will include stalls and displays from clubs (including MTB and Roadies, as well as a BUG so far), gym, running, stretching, spin clinic etc, videos, a BMX display, coffee van, children's bike safety check-up and more.... There will be a barbecue available from 5.30pm and the movie night kicks off from 6.30pm.
If you are interested in getting involved, please email wayne [at] jester [dot] com [dot] au (Wayne).

Induni 2009: The India Unicycle Tour

Sunday 5 April 2009 (Day 1) - Thursday 16 April (Day 12)
Ken Looi is organising another fabulous Unicycle Tour for April 2009, this time in India. Numbers are limited to 30, so best in, best dressed. For information about the tour, cost, itinerary and registration, see the website and the tour website.

Unicycling 'round the world....

For those who are heading off shore, here are some events to keep you entertained...

British Muni Weekend '09

Hosted by JUST
27 February - Sunday 1 March 2009
Hamsterley Forest, County Durham
For more information about the first British Muni Weekend for 2009 and how to register, see the website. 

Coupe de France de Monocycle 2009

11, 12 and 13 April 2009
Information is available about this event (in French).

North American Unicycling Convention & Championships 2009 (NAUCC09)

Sunday, 26 July - Saturday, 1 August, 2009
Kennedy High School, Bloomington, MN
Hosted by Twin Cities Unicycle Club
See the NAUCC09 website for information about this event and how to register.

Goodbye and good luck to Reubin and Dylan, off to join the circus!

The Sydney Unicycle Hockey players want to wish Reubin and Dylan all the very best for their move to Albury to join the famous Flying Fruit Fly circus. Reubin and Dylan have been a great asset to Sydney Unicycle Hockey, not only lowering the average age of the team by about twenty years but also playing a fierce game of hockey. But alas for Sydney, the boys have been spotted by talent scouts and are off to join the circus. We hope they have lots of fun and find some time to keep their unis spinning....

Uninats 2009 Accommodation

Update as of 4th April Kieraview is FULL on Friday 10th April. There are still 5 double rooms and 3 twin rooms available for Saturday & Sunday nights

Keiraview Accommodation and Keiraview Wollongong YHA

Email: backpackers [at] keiraviewaccommodation [dot] com [dot] au
Phone: 02 4229 9700, 02 4229 1132
75-79 Keira Street
Wollongong NSW 2500

Kieraview offers both Motel and Backpacker/YHA style accommodation and is very close to the 2 major venues - see map at bottom of the page.

Motel Accommodation

  • Double Motel Rooms x 10 @ $115 per room per night. The Double Rooms feature a double bed and include TV, air conditioning, an ensuite bathroom and a mini kitchenette.

  • Family Rooms x 7 @ $125 per room per night. These Family Rooms feature a double bed and a double futon bed and include TV, air conditioning, an ensuite bathroom and a mini kitchenette.

The kitchenettes in the motel rooms include a fridge, microwave and a kettle with tea and coffee provided. On the ground level in the backpacker section of the accommodation, there are 2 communal kitchens available for use. There is also a BBQ available for use, located in the courtyard area.

YHA Hostel Accommodation:

  • 4 Share Dorm Room x 3 (12 beds) @ $30.00 per bed per night. The 4 Bed Dorm has 2 x bunk beds with linen included. All facilities including kitchen and bathroom are shared.

  • Twin Share Room x 8 (16 beds) @ $42.00 per bed per night. The Twin Room has 1 x bunk bed and ensuite with linen included. Only kitchen facilities are shared.

Uninats FAQ

Here are answers to some common Uninats questions:

  • Will there be anything for me to do as a beginner/new rider if I come to Uninats?

Although Uninats is called a competition, it is intended to also be a festival and celebration of unicycling. Any rider, of any age or ability, is welcome to take part. There will be plenty of non-competitive activities, such as workshops and games, and there are separate age and gender categories for riders in the competitive events. You are guaranteed to learn a lot and be inspired!

  • Do I have to register in advance or can I register when I get there?

It's cheaper if you register in advance on the AUS website, but if you can't manage that, you can still register when you get to the event.

  • Do I have to be an AUS member? How do I join?

Yes, you must be a current AUS member to take part in Uninats. This ensures you are covered by our public liability insurance. You can join by filling out the form on this website (under membership) and posting it in or bringing it with you to Uninats, or you can fill out the form and join when you get to Uninats. AUS membership fees are separate from and in additon to Uninats entrance fee.

  • Can I just come and watch? Do I have to pay if I just want to go in a few events?

Anyone can come and be a spectator or non-rider at Uninats. If you want to ride a unicycle at any time, you must register, pay, and be a current AUS member. You could pay for just one day if you are unsure if you want to take part (although this will be more expensive).

Public responses to unicyclists dissected in BMJ article

In the British Medical Journal, Sam Shuster, Emeritus Professor of Dermatology, analyses the responses he received from the general public over the course of one year when he was out riding his unicycle. Public responses to unicycling were quite different between people of different genders and ages - from openly supportive and praising to verbally and physically aggressive.

See the entire article in the BMJ 2007, vol 335 (22 December) pp. 1320 - 1322. Thanks to David Buchanan for sending this one in!

Sydney Juggling Convention kicks off next week

If you like to mix circus and juggling with your unicycling, then make sure you're at the Sydney Juggling Convention next weekend - 24-26 January 2009! 
If you can't make it to the Convention, don't miss Sirkus Circus at the Factory Theatre on Sunday 25 Jan, featuring many top performers from SJC.

UNICON XV - New Zealand

While UniNats is only a few months away, don't forget that next summer UNICON is coming to a country near you. Check out the website for information on the program, registration, venues, and accommodation in Wellington and have your say in the forums:
Hope to see you all in the land of the long white cloud.

IUF Skill Level Testing News

Skill level testing is important as it reinforces a rider’s skill standards and provides a graduated development plan. It is good to know your skill level, especially if you want more higher level challenges and if you want to go to overseas competitions.

To be able to test riders for skill levels, you have to attend a skill level testing workshop at UNICON every two years or be trained and tested by someone who has been to the UNICON workshops. There are a few sites with information but the official IUF site is a good one because it gives hints on how to do some of the harder skills.

The Great Victorian Unicycle Ride

More than 4000 cyclists are currently making their way around Victoria in the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Mathew Thomas from Caulfield (VIC) is taking part on his 36" unicycle as part of his training for the upcoming Kenya & Tanzania unicycle tour.

The Warrnambool Standard newpaper has done a quick article up - IF you think cycling for 600 kilometres on two wheels is tough, try riding on one.

All the best, safe travels!

Update: Barry Clearwater is doing the GVBN with Matt and has been interviewed by Stateline on ABC1.