2014 Asheville MUni Round-Up: September 12 – 14, 2014

The 8th annual Asheville, NC mountain unicycle gathering

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36er across the nation

Back in the spring I participated in a community ride in Asheville to promote cycling in the city. There were 300 riders and I decided to pull out the 36er for the ride. At the start of the ride, a curious cyclist eyed the big wheel and jumped right on. Later, he sent me a link to his blog/website. Turns out, the humble gentleman named Sky rode across country in 2011.

Does anyone know how many folks have crossed the nation on one wheel?


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Nude Unicyclist

Not much to say here. Ouch.

Photo Credit: Nick Saum Photography

Police in the town of Kemah, Texas, don’t take too kindly to folks who opt to ride around naked on unicycles. Cops busted 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley for doing just that, saying Farley’s tuchus was a distraction to drivers and that he was creating a hazard by falling off his unicycle and into lanes of traffic. For his part, Farley says he just likes the feeling of riding without his clothes on, which were found at the base of the bridge.

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Kris Holm – The Essential Guide

Just got my copy of Kris Holm’s new book. This guy’s always on the cutting edge of everything one wheel. I’ll have to say that nearly every unicycle book I’ve read is pretty lame (perhaps there are a few I haven’t seen that are good?). This one I really like. It’s safe to say that there’s no book like it on the market.  Great pictures and an inspiring introduction from John Long. I used to be addicted to John Long’s climbing lit, so it’s nice to see a celebrity among the munists.

Here’s a description of the book from KH himself in an interview from Pedal magazine:

What inspired you to write your new book, The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling?
KH: Mountain and Trials unicycling have grown into international sports while remaining nearly off the radar in cycling. In the past dozen years, I’ve appeared in 13 film festival shorts and around 200 magazine and TV features internationally, which has helped improve the sport’s profile, but it’s a narrow window into the sport. Imagine if your concept of mountain biking came solely from action videos!  The Essential Guide To Mountain Unicycling offers a complete picture of what the sport is really like, for all ages and abilities, describing a level of diversity that, in fact, rivals mountain biking.

How would you describe the book and who is your target audience?
KH: The book is an instructional guide and a photographic showcase of the sport, targeted at anyone who wants to try it out.  As a pro rider, it’s hard for me to argue that anyone can ride off-road on one wheel, but I can show it with photos of beginner through expert riders everywhere from North America and Europe to more exotic places like Bhutan and Mongolia. If you can ride down the street on a unicycle, this book will help you gain the skills to ride off-road, and if you can’t ride even a few metres, I include some resources to get you started.  The book is also targeted at multi-sport athletes who want to cross-train for balance and core strength.

Click here for a link to the publishers website.

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Camping at the Round-up

One of the changes of this year’s gathering is that we won’t be hosting a camping/base camp area. I really hate to make that change, but using a campground in the national forest requires that we pull a permit. The permit process is time consuming and kind of expensive (it requires we also have insurance!).

The flip side of choosing not to pull a permit is that we can’t have an organized event in the national forest. That’s the primary reason this year’s gathering will not have a central camping location. That said, there’s nothing keeping folks from choosing to camp together.

Click on the “Where to Stay” menu at the top of the page and you’ll see I’ve recommended Lake Powhatan camp ground in Bent Creek. It’s a lovely site with all of the amenities and very central to lots and lots of riding. While the rides haven’t been selected, I’m sure we’ll do a loop or two at Bent Creek.

Don’t hesitate to make a reservation since September is right on the edge of leaf season in the Blue Ridge.