3 Races, 2 Days, 1 Wheel - July 17-18, 2010

The first Butler County Stage Race is on! This is the first (hopefully annual) unicycle stage race in Western Pennsylvania (USA).

The short details:

Saturday, July 17th: City Parks Time Trial. A 6.6 mile (approximately) closed course featuring the parks of Butler. In addition to the regular smooth flat paved roads the course includes some hills, brick streets, and pockmarked pavement.

Also on the 17th: Main Street Criterium. This closed course includes a flat brick road section and a lollipop loop around the courthouse area. The bicycle course is around 1 mile per lap which is too long for unicycling- especially for those using less than a 36 inch wheel. We’re finalizing a good balanced unicycling course.

Sunday, July 18th: Renfrew Rás Road Race. This challenging 8.6 mile loop includes 900ft of climbing (and descending) per lap. (We may extend the 3 lap option a slight bit to get an official marathon distance, although it is plenty challenging enough already.)

We also have a local skatepark (which is getting some uni trials obstacles this spring!) and a lot of good muni riding for those who haven’t yet had enough riding.

Racing classifications are being finalized as are costs and many many other details. Definitely all unicyclists are welcomed in Saturday’s events. For the Renfrew Rás Road Race a virtual wheel size of 28 inches or greater is recommended as is a brake. The hills around here are rideable without, but they are steep.

The Butler County Stage Race weekend is being put on in conjunction with an elite amateur bicycling event (Cats 1-5). We’ll not only have the benefit of well constructed courses with ample markings, marshalling, and all of the amenities that go with an elite cycling event- We will be able to be ambassadors to the general public and bicycling public as well. Last year the 1-day Renfrew Rás drew 100 bicyclists, this year 200+ are predicted.

We’re hoping to make this the premier east coast (USA) unicycle weekend. We’re working on keeping costs down and the fun up. This will be a weekend for racers and non-racers alike. We’ve already got a lot of local support outside of the cycling community for events to fill out the weekend’s schedule.

I realize that NAUCC is slated for this weekend this year as well. We’re not trying to compete- this is the weekend that was available locally. If you’re not headed to San Francisco, you should check out Butler.

http://www.butlerwobble.blogspot.com will have more details as they develop. You can also email me at dave(dot)bikes(at)yahoo(dot)com. (Replace the dots and at with the appropriate symbols).

I guess this is a bit of a bump.

I’m realizing that I haven’t disclosed a whole lot of details recently, but I’m waiting on some finalized logistics before I go public with things that might not make the cut. One of the major sticking points is price. I don’t have a final bill, but the weekend of racing should be less that $50. I’m hoping to keep it a lot less than that, but we’re getting other things ironed out at this point.

Bottom line: the more people that commit, the cheaper it can be. Certain expenses are fixed (municipal things such as police and other services) so the bigger the base, the less each person bears.

Please comment or shoot me an email so I can start getting an idea of what the wheel count (which should be the same as the headcount) will be. We’re hoping to arrange host families for those who want them as well as some gatherings for the uni riders and we need to start putting ideas into action soon.