You beat me to the post Brian.
While the English (hats off to you guys and gals, especially Joe!) were at
the Redbull 24 hour event this past weekend a 5 person unicycle team in
Ontario also participated in a 24 hour event.
Brian MacKenzie, Richard Aschenbrenner, Ian Cox, Jeff Groves and myself
decided to enter the 24 Hours of Summer Solstice held at Albion Hills,
Ontario only a few weeks before the event snagging one of the last team
spots available. It turned out to be quite the event … 290 teams with
over 1900 riders in total.
The course was 17.5km (approx 11 miles) and the most technical 24 hour
course I’ve ever seen (I’ve done 9 thus far … most of which were on
bike). The course definitely wasn’t Cokerable as tough rooty singletrack
made up a quarter of the course. The rest of the course was rolling double
track with a few short and steep climbs. Ian and myself pre-rode the course
last Wednesday and were able to clear it all except for 3 of the uphills,
which proved more efficient to walk up.
The course changed dramatically come race weekend. It rained Friday causing
the rooty singletrack to be extremely slippery and there were some nice
muddy sections. For the most part the course wasn’t too bad, but it was a
long ride. It was extremely hot and humid both days (31 Celsius … 38 with
the humidex). Our lap times ranged anywhere from 1:45 - 2:45 and we each
pulled off 2 laps for a total of 10 laps. The night laps were extremely
tricky, even bikers were falling all over the place and a few people broke
All in all it was a great weekend … tough, but all the comments from
people made it amazing.
The coolest thing … we didn’t come last!
I’ll post pictures soon.