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.