Fifteen minutes of “fame”

We’re big in West Marin; this morning I got interviewed for the “Off-Center Sports” radio show by Steve Sarrafzadeh of KWMR (West Marin Radio). We talked about uni basketball, MUni, and other uni sports. I think they were pretty impressed, and there wasn’t a single clown or circus reference.

Not sure whether they leave these archives up indefinitely, but the link right now is at: http://kwmr.org/broadcasts/5619

 

Unicon 18

Earlier this month a number of us attended UNICON 18, the unicycle world championship event in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain. In addition to drinking lots of rioja and cider, some of us even competed in various events. We didn’t bring a basketball team, but Jimbo co-directed the basketball tournament and played on Eric Massoubre’s French team despite his injured shoulders and knee. A couple of locals (Lance and Kyle) played on the SLO Ballerz team that won the silver medal (losing to four-time champion WOOM).

The fields for most of the race events were enormous and strong; the best we had from a local rider was Corbin finishing second in the 30+ age group in the 10km and marathon (7th and 6th overall), as well as third in 30+ (14th overall) in XC. And Nathan represented for the old guys, finishing third in the 50+ male category in the 10km and the marathon.

Corbin also got style points for doing all the MUni events on his Coker.

And I had some fun MUni rides.

Unicon 19 will be in 2018 in Seoul, Korea. It’s likely to be a lot smaller just because of travel challenges.

Unicon18 opening parade

Corbin on the sea wall

Basketball championship game

Marathon

 

 

 

Nathan’s birthday weekend

Nathan had a three-sport party (disc golf, road riding, and MUni), plus beer and homemade pizza (thanks Massimo and Tim!) Great weather, great riding. Dragon won Best Biff both days, of course.

Mount Madonna ride

Nathan's Rob's Ride, on the fire road

 

Slugapalooza

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.

slugapalooza

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.

https://www.strava.com/activities/498274119

 

Modified Tom’s Rob-ish

K wanted a chance to try out a geared uni, which inspired us to go for Tom’s Rob-ish Ride. We hadn’t ridden it as a group in some time, although I often use it to crank out a quickie, so to speak.

The roads were dry but the trails were muddy after the week’s rains. We had fun playing in the mud, including a skidding contest in the meadow (Geronimo won). At Ricardo’s urging we modified the route to go down Cinderella, which was quite tricky given the conditions, but fun. And I was glad to see that the drains I dug at the trail maintenance day a few weeks back are working great.

We took a shortcut on the way back, on a route I had scouted but discarded as the main option for the ride. G won Best Human Cliffside Retrieval on the north part of Sunset Trail, which is also where Harrison won Best Unicycle Cliffside Retrieval. Unfortunately it wasn’t until after we got to the road that K won Best Biff, losing control on super-steep Castle Drive. Road biffing isn’t nearly as fun as mud biffing. No serious injuries, but the new route will be used on an as-required basis only. (It’s a little shorter.)

Climbing through Piedmont

Climbing through Piedmont

Butters Canyon

At the tree stunt

Bonus trail

Returning to the flats

 

BACAFest 2014

BACAFest was fun, even though we got skunked out of playing basketball on Friday night (Alameda High, I’m looking at you: changing the rules 48 hours before the event is not cool). Corbin had probably the coolest act in the show (does a cyr wheel count as a unicycle?) and we had fun rides on Saturday and Sunday.

Corbin Dunn, LED rue cyr

Party ride

My First MUni Ride

My First MUni Ride

Dimond Canyon MUni

 

 

UNICON recap

A little tardy, here’s a recap of some of the fun the locals had at UNICON 17 in Montreal:

  • Our two local world championships were Adam’s wins in the 3-point and free throw shooting contests.
  • The Berkeley Revolution was third after the first round of the tournament, but lost in the second round, finishing fifth overall. Two locals, Lance and Tristan, played for the SLO Ballerz team which finished third.
  • Nathan Hoover finished first in his age group in the marathon, and second in the 10K.
  • Tom finished second in his age group in the MUni uphill.
  • Ricardo won Best Biff in one of the Mont Tremblant mud puddles.

The results of the most critical competitions (disc golf and beer pong) aren’t listed on the UNICON web site; suffice it to say that fun was had by all.

See you in San Sebastian in 2016!

Uni basketball free throw shooting contest

Marathon race

MUni practice day at Mont Tremblant

Chris in the woods

Downhill competition, Mont Tremblant

 

Trials competition

Full set of way too many pics

BACAFest 2014

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The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival (BACAFest) is back for 2014! October 3-5 at Alameda High, we’ll be running a MUni ride for beginners (and also one for advanced riders), playing uni basketball, and doing our always-popular party ride through the streets of Alameda. There will be workshops on unicycling and other circus skills, both at beginner-level and for experienced riders.

Don’t miss Saturday night’s “Art In Motion” performance, which is slated to have another great lineup of diverse talent.

We’ll hope to see you there!

UniNationals

Two of us (Jimbo and Tom) represented Berkeley at the UniNationals in Pittsburgh. There were interesting and challenging courses in the road and MUni categories, and both of us did well in the Old Guys age group and the events we competed in (Tom won Old Guy MUni Uphill). Jimbo put together a basketball team which won the national championship. Some folks who’ve been visitors here (like Scott Wilton and Tomas Nemecek) did really well in overall placements.

It was a fun event with a lot of time spent outside (which is always better, right?)

Jimbo

Track day

MUniCross race

Full set of pics

Selected good ones