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

The 8th annual Asheville, NC mountain unicycle gathering


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DuPont State Forest, NC

I wasn’t planning on riding DuPont for this year’s gathering since we’ve done the classic Cedar Rock ride the last couple of years. However, it’s such a great ride. Hank and I hit it a couple of weeks ago – so maybe we’ll reconsider!

 

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MUni Virginia

I noticed on unicyclist.com a planned MUni gathering in the Roanoke, VA area. I spend a bit of time 80 miles southwest of Roanoke in lovely Wytheville, Virginia; my spouse’s hometown. On Sunday, when the fam heads to the church of the Episcopalians, I head to the church of the Seven Sisters. Here’s a handheld flick of one of the best rides around. If you happen to be heading up (or down) I-77, the Seven Sister’s trailhead is a stone’s throw from the exit on the south-side of the Little Walker Tunnel!

 


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mtbr.com Review – Mountain and Trials Unicycling by KH

Take a read of this kind review of Kris Holm’s Mountain and Trials Unicycling on mtbr.com. I’d argue that Kris’s hard work has added another significant layer of dignity to the sport – and hopefully entice a few more folks to jump in the saddle.

One takeaway from “Mountain and Trials Unicycling” is some insight into the mentality of people who ride unicycles. At the risk of generalizing it seems that unicyclists are persistent, patient people who like simplicity and can do more with less. Another takeaway (and eye-opener) was the extent of trails and terrain in which you could ride unicycles ranging from smooth rides of the Colorado Trail from technical features of Vancouver’s North Shore. The other message is that if bike riders think they know what mountain unicycling is all about and all they’ve seen is videos, they should think again.  For the first time this book shows what the sport is really all about, in context, as the sport’s participants see it.  What’s remarkable is really how unremarkable it is – a sport much smaller than biking but that spans the same demographic range and nearly the same diversity of riding styles. – mtbr.com


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Unicycle – Bombadil

What a fine unicycle ditty from Durham, NC band Bombadil. Strange and sweet. Like a unicycle.

Unicycle

Two wheels is too much for me
And handlebars are too easy
Spin my pedals on just one wheel
Put me on the saddle I’m outta here

Give me a unicycle dear
Give me a rubber dusty keel
Give me an edge that I can feel
As I bump up and down the hill

Goin fast is overrated
And falling off is what I’ve traded
It’s unbalanced but what a steal
Inefficient is my onliest fear


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MUni Round-Up — Friday night

While the Asheville MUni Round-Up doesn’t officially begin until Saturday, September 29, I’d like to add an “un-official” Friday night event. I’d like to host a BYO beverage and meat gathering at my house Friday evening.

I live directly across from a school that is an excellent concrete trials playground. The neighborhood is very welcoming of unicycles (so they tell me).