Thanks to Ashley curtis for sending this report through.
UNICYCLING FOR TBSM IN KOREA.
I just got back from South Korea, the Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships.
Awesome experience, 3 days of unicycle events. Day 1 track races, day 2 was the 10km & day 3 was unicycle hockey.
There were 400 competitors, mostly in junior categories. There were 10 riders from Australia. Other countries competing were Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the host country South Korea.
Team Australia won the hockey, we beat South Korea 4:2 in the final. Unicycle hockey is the most awesome sport I have ever played. It’s similar to inline hockey, fast and so fun to play. We beat Singapore 11:1, Hong Kong 4:1, Korea under 21s 3:0 and drew with South Korea in the rounds 2:2. Our team was made up of 2 riders from Canberra, 1 Melbourne and the rest Sydney-siders, all rapt for the win.
My other main event was the 10km, I completed it in 30.03 minutes. I received first in my age group but was beaten overall by a rider from Japan in the age group under me. But happy with 2nd overall.
I came 4th overall in the 100m, first in my age group, with a PB time of 13.86 seconds, that is a new Aussie record. The three that beat me were all teenagers from Japan, The fastest rider was under 12 seconds, which is around world record time.
There are world unicycle titles every two years (Unicon), the next is August 2012 in Italy, that I am hoping to get to.
Australia has a national unicycle competition (Uninats) every couple of years. Events include track, road & mountain races, street, trials, artistic, unicycle hockey & basketball.
I reckon anyone with a bit of perseverance can ride a unicycle, give it a go.
Also big thanks to all the TBSM guys, for always giving us the best advice & help.