Mountain unicycling

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Mountain unicycling
Mountain unicyclist in England (Roseberry Topping)
Disc braked mountain unicycle (Qu-ax/Kris Holm)
Mountain unicycling

Mountain unicycling is an adventure sport that consists of traversing rough terrain on a unicycle. Mountain unicycling (muni) is undertaken on similar terrain to mountain biking. However, muni requires much more attention to the microfeatures of the short distance in front of the wheel.[1] Unicycles' lack of a freewheel means that descents must be controlled all the way, and the typical lack of a gear system (though two-gear hubs are available) prevents the rider from reaching high speeds. Muni usually takes place on specially designed unicycles, which are equipped with strong hubs, large, knobbly tires, high-grip pedals and rugged frames; some are also equipped with rim or disc brakes, having the lever mounted under the nose of the saddle. The brake primarily helps to compensate the downhill-slope force, while more expert riders also use it to decelerate or stop.[2]

Muni riders also need a few additional skills than required for either mountain biking or regular unicycling, with core strength, endurance and balance being key.[3]

Skills[edit]

The ability to jump over gaps or to stop pedaling to keep the crank clear of the ground features is helpful.

Highspeed gliding is a technique to rush down a smooth path with the feet off the pedals and braking with one shoe on the top of the tire.

Equipment[edit]

The unicycle typically has broad tires with grippy profile, filled with medium air pressure, the grippy pedals may have a tilt front contour (view from the side), the cranks should not be too long – relative to the rim size – to maintain clearance from bigger stones on the ground. Rims are rather broad to be sturdy and may have bores between the spoke holes to save weight, typical trial bike wheels; the banana saddle is fixed (not spring suspended) on the fork and carries a front and back bumper made of stiff plastics. The front bumper is used by three fingers from underneath as a handle, when the rider jumps or dismounts – or falls.

The rider wears shoes with grip, uses a helmet and protectors at shins, knees and at least gloves on the hands.

A helmet camera needs a wide angle lens and picture stabilization, because the rider makes sudden and quick head movements to watch the trail.

Events[edit]

  • Muni events recognized by the International Unicycling Federation at Unicons are: cross-country, uphill and downhill with the possibility of North Shore downhill.
  • In the United States, the California Mountain Unicycle Weekend and the Moab, Utah Muni Fest (ended as of 2009).
  • In the UK, the British Muni Weekend (BMW).
  • The first Colorado Munifest took place in October 2007, organized by Colorado Muni.
  • The first Arizona Mountain Unicycle Weekend was held in February 2009, organized by the Arizona Unicycle Club.
  • In Australia, Cross County and Downhill are included in UniNats, held by the Australian Unicycle Society every 12–18 months. -3-
  • In Liechtenstein and Switzerland, the Elsbet (abbr. for Einzigartiges Liechtensteiner und Schweizer Berg-Einrad Treffen, engl: unique mountain unicycling meeting of Liechtenstein and Switzerland)

Gallery[edit]

Riders[edit]

Austria

Gerald Rosenkranz[4] – First finisher of Red Bull Dolomitenmann on a unicycle (2015) Markus Pröglhöf[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling, Kris Holm, p128, ISBN 978-0-9868418-0-4
  2. ^ The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling, Kris Holm, p146, ISBN 978-0-9868418-0-4
  3. ^ http://cbs4denver.com/sports/local_story_229155140.html Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Website of Gerald Rosenkranz (German)
  5. ^ Getting to know: Markus Pröglhöf Red Bull, 6 June 2016, retrieved 5 May 2018. (German)

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