A handful of us (think it was six if you count Corbin and Aaron) made the trek out to Sedona for the first organized MUni Weekend there. We had beautiful scenery, great MUni weather, and fun riding with a group of about 50 friends. None of our local crew could compete with Bobby Deeden from Houston for Best Biff (he won it two days in a row, with bonus points for landing in a cactus garden on the first one). It was good to be back on the sandstone; been too long!
We haven’t been doing much road riding lately, but our friend Sam Anderson was running the Slugapalooza bike race down in Santa Cruz, and he was kind enough to let us race a uni heat. We got seven riders out there, with Corbin winning going away, of course, with Harrison second and me third. We got some of the coolest race awards I’ve seen, laser-cut sheet metal slugs which can double as bottle openers. It was a beautiful day, beautiful course, and people really appreciated having us out there.
According to Strava, Corbin’s average speed was 20.8 kph, with a max of 49.0 kph (over 30 mph!) That back stretch was certainly a fun place for a geared 36er.
Chris and I snuck out for a wet ride in Joaquin Miller, with a bit of Dimond. It cleared up nicely and we had some beautiful steam coming off the meadows and trails. With Dragon and Ricardo not around, Chris had to take Best Biff for himself. At the end of Palos Colorados the creek was running down the trail, maybe 6-8 inches deep in places. Fortunately we’d brought unicycles, so we didn’t need to get our feet wet.
We were contacted last year by Christina, who works for AJC Children’s Foundation, an NGO which runs a school in San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras. Someone gave a unicycle to the kids at the school, and several of them learned to ride and were really excited about it (as they should be!). Christina wanted someone to help her get more unis for the kids.
We worked with the California Unicycle Association, and Unicycle Latinoamérica to donate three new unicycles to the program. And now a bunch of the kids are riding and doing parades! We’re hoping to see them at a future U Games.
For our last ride of 2015 we had a visit from Down Under: Dave was in town from Sydney, and looking to hook up with some locals. No better thing to do than to take him up to Joaquin Miller for the tourist loop (Sequoia Bayview/Big Trees up/Chaparral/Sinawick to the overlook). Dave managed to win Best Injury, tweaking his ankle on Chaparral, but couldn’t beat Dragon for Best Biff (of course). The view was great and fun was had by all.
CalTV, a student-run station at Cal, did a piece at one of our weekly Tuesday basketball practices. 7:30 PM at San Pablo Park in Berkeley. As you can see from the footage, right now we’re doing a lot with kids, so the games are pretty mellow and welcoming to all.
Nate was in town from Phoenix, so we popped out for a couple of fun rides, a quick one on Whipsnake on Thursday, and then an epic one on Braille Trail on Sunday. We marked the last day of fall with a lot of falls. Nathan’s got some video on Brailled, though he didn’t manage to get any of Dragon. (Every season is fall for Dragon).
On a hot day late in the season, Joaquin Miller was extremely dusty, but fun as always. We had some firsts on Chaparral, me cleaning it on 29/137, and Chris cleaning it on 24/125. We like brakes. Josh cleaned the new Upper Palos Colorados trail alignment, and immediately vowed never to do it again. Dragon won Best Biff by getting acrobatically tangled with his unicycle on the bench at the end of the bonus trail.
The heat sapped our motivation, so we only did one loop, but it was nice to be back home.
Marin is doing a lot of stuff for bikes these days, and we’re along for the ride. After being the featured entertainment at the opening of the Marin Bicycling Hall of Fame, we went up to crash the Stafford Lake Bike Park grand opening.
Stafford Lake is a park way up in Novato that frankly doesn’t get a lot of usage, partly because its trails are all wide and boring, and the weekend parking fee is $10. But now Access4Bikes has worked with the county to build a great bike jump park, and for the grand opening, admission was free. So we hauled up there to see what we could do.
The dual slalom track was probably the most fun; fast and intense. Dragon won Best Biff there with extra points for spectator value. We also had fun on the intermediate jump track, and Josh really like the kiddie track for getting some air.
Stafford Lake also has an expedition disc golf course, which turned out to be quite cool, and a nice change from the intense crowds on the bike tracks.
It’s a long way to go for a playground without any decent natural trails, but it’s pretty cool for a built-in two sport day.
Just realized I never posted anything about Seattle MUni Weekend. It was a lot of fun, with a mix of bike park features, long epic rides, and nice scenery. Berkeley-related folks there included me, Ashley, Harrison, and Olof, and we got to ride with old friends Noli, Tomas, Steve, An’So, Nate, and Jason, among others. Good weather, and great riding, except when Noli destroyed his unicycle and sprained his foot on a 5-foot angled drop. Ow. I got a point for being the only person to make the 5km climb on Saturday with no dismounts (on my 29er, even).
Many thanks to Noli and Jason for hosting; see you back in CA next year!