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!


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?)


Track day

MUniCross race

Full set of pics

Selected good ones


John’s Rob-ish Ride

Continuing the tradition of devising mixed road-and-dirt rides for big wheels (inspired by Rob’s Ride), John invited us up to Folsom for a birthday ride on a route he’d devised near the lake and the prison. We had a good group, 13 riders I think, with good riding weather. Four hours on the trail, followed by a sushi smorgasbord (provided by Jacquie), four kinds of cupcakes, and nine holes of disc golf at a nice course up there. It was a party!

The birthday boy

Corbin on the embankment

John's Rob-ish Ride

Full set of pics


Tom’s Rob-ish Ride

Six hours of MUni on Saturday wasn’t enough for some of us, so we decided to spend five hours doing Tom’s Rob-ish Ride on Sunday. Once again we had beautiful weather, once again Ricardo won Best Biff (on a truly painful-looking attempt to ride down Two Dollar Hill on a 36″ wheel), and once again much fun was had by all.  Grace came along as possibly the first recumbent ever to ride the trails in Joaquin Miller.


Nathan levitating

Geoff and Jimbo

Nathan climbing on Big Trees

Ashley on Trestle Glen

Full set of pics

Mount Diablo cross ride

Nathan suggested a Mount Diablo ride; it has been a while since we did a casual group ride out there (though Jimbo and Portland Geoff rode the Mount Diablo Challenge in October). I suggested taking the trails on the way down because, hey, dirt is better than pavement.

It turned out to be another gorgeous autumn day, with views to the Farallons and the Sierras. It was a bit windy up top (Yu was blown off his unicycle) but otherwise great riding conditions on the road. The trails were still a bit damp and we had a couple of short bits of slippery/sticky bay mud, but mostly they were in fine shape, nice and soft with lots of pine and leaf litter.

I didn’t see any biffs, but Ryan won Best Bonk after making it about three-quarters of the way up on his second-ever unicycle ride.

Stefan, Geoff, and Nathan descending with the Sierras in the background

Nathan, Yu and Stefan matching the leaves

Stefan and Yu

Yu and Stefan

Full set of pics