A canadian unicycling association?

Hello all!

My Name is Michael, call me mike, and I’m approximatelly a level four unicyclist. I’ve been accepted to the quebec school of circus arts, spetializing in unicycling and juggling, and I’m working as a unicycling instructor and secretary for the schools unicycling club. I would like to begin networking with other unicycling groups to expand the clubs horisons and attract more people to the sport. I’ve checked out the unicon XIII wite and decided that I could probably find unicycling events closer than switzerland.

I want to know if there is such a thing as a canadian unicycling championships, UNICON style? Is there such a thing as a canadian unicycling federation?
If not, seeing as there are by and far enough unicyclists in canada to form one (the toronto unicyclists seem quite organized and we invade ottawa regularly), let’s! I’m thinking our first event could be sometime early next summer, before unicon 13.

How many people would:

  1. Participate in a canadian unicycling championships (unicon style -whatever that means), even if it meant traveling across the country,
  2. Organize local teams for a group freestyle event,
  3. Help organize a canadian unicycling championships unicon style,
  4. Think that it would work?

The Toronto Unicyclists hosted the USA National Unicycling Convention/Championships in 2001. The Unicycling Society of America welcomes members from all over the world, and has subsequently changed the name and scope of our annual convention to North American Championships instead of just U.S.

But Canada needs a national organization of its own. From the IUF/Olympics point of view, the more countries with national unicycling organizations the better!

One of the things you will have to decide for your championships is whether you will admit competitors from outside Canada. On the one hand it dilutes your Canadian champions, but on the other hand it encourages top riders to attend, and show everyone the state of the art from other places.

Good luck with (finally) getting the Canadian unicycling organization off the ground!

A canadian unicycling association?

Hello all!

My Name is Michael, call me mike, and I’m approximatelly a level four unicyclist. I’ve been accepted to the quebec school of circus arts, spetializing in unicycling and juggling, and I’m working as a unicycling instructor and secretary for the schools unicycling club. I would like to begin networking with other unicycling groups to expand the clubs horisons and attract more people to the sport. I’ve checked out the unicon XIII wite and decided that I could probably find unicycling events closer than switzerland.

I want to know if there is such a thing as a canadian unicycling championships, UNICON style? Is there such a thing as a canadian unicycling federation?
If not, seeing as there are by and far enough unicyclists in canada to form one (the toronto unicyclists seem quite organized and we invade ottawa regularly), let’s! I’m thinking our first event could be sometime early next summer, before unicon 13.

How many people would:

  1. Participate in a canadian unicycling championships (unicon style -whatever that means), even if it meant traveling across the country,
  2. Organize local teams for a group freestyle event,
  3. Help organize a canadian unicycling championships unicon style,
  4. Think that it would work?

I’m over here in NL, but a trip to a uni-con here in Canada is FAR cheaper than the flight to Memphis. For me, meeting other unicyclists would be worth it, completely aside from any sort of championships. Having a weekish event where all the different types of riding and more can be shown off and participated in would be sweet though. I’m for it :smiley:

I think that it could be really nice. I would go for sur, well if I have enough money to travel.

why did you do 2 threads?

"I think that it could be really nice. I would go for sur, well if I have enough money to travel.

why did you do 2 threads?"

I didn’t realize I had… :slight_smile:

-as for having enough money to travel, well, that’s the problem! If they could get to it for free, everybody would come!

Perhaps what we could do is make it a week long event full of activities so that the cost per-day of attendance decreases. If we could attract large numbers of people, we could get sponsors to aleviate the costs of transportation.

John -thank’s for your input :slight_smile: -have any other suggestions based on your experience? how did the american unicycling organization get going?

My intuition is that the association should start as an event within the toque games, and grow from there. What I would most like to see is a group artistic freestyle event, as I mentioned earlier. That way groups of beginners would have a way of participating.

Deffinatly interrested. I’ll keep my eyes on this thread.

While I’ve done some large-scale organization before (canadian improv games regional tournament anyone? 200 youngin’s, five nights of play), I most definitely don’t have time to tackle something as huge as this. I think everyone should have to pay their way there, but any way to cut down on costs past initial travel is definitely the way to go. A city with a large base of unicyclists is also definitely a plus, since billeting becomes an option, as hotel rooms are expensive. Then you need a schedule of events, possibly some awesome riders to spice things up a bit, locations to hold all the events, and there is also the possiblity of needing insurance. I’m sure there are lots of other fiddly details that anyone who has organized something liek this can let you in on, but it takes a lot of time. If you can snag any sponsors or find a way to make some $$ for it to justify the time you put into it, that’s often the way to go.

And if you plan it, I will come :slight_smile:

Documentaries of unicons?

Hi again!

The level of interest is encouraging :slight_smile: Personally I could not tackle the organizational chalenge right away, although if enough people are interested I would definitelly help our all I could.

Something I have realized is that when I started unicycling, all I was going on were vague images of clown, circus performers and unicyclists gleaned from various books, stories, etc. (including a bear on a unicycle that performed for the circus and finally did a number on a tight-rope) Also that I had been juggling for many years and people kept asking me whether I wanted to join the circus, etc. The clasic circus act being juggling while on a unicycle, unicycling can’t ever have been far from my mind.
One day, I discovered that there was a unicycle nearby, and for some reason I decided that I really wanted to have a go, to see finally what thing was all about, etc. To my great surprise (I was well versed in how long one has to practice some things before being successful), I was able to go about 20 feet within about 20 minutes. Now, a few years later, when people see me walking, they wonder what is wrong.
The point of this story is that only very recently have I learned of the existance of unicycling federations and organizations, and so I presume that a very large percentage of the population hasn’t yet. I think the best way to build interest in a canadian unicycling federation would be to get hold of a documentary of a unicon gathering with all the grandeur that it entails, and all the wild wonderful and wacky and world class unicycling that it would include, as a way of introducing people to some of what unicycling today is all about.

I taught unicycling to a circus class last winter, and tried to inspire them with some videos I had obtained, and discovered that amateur group freestyle preformances are not sufficient to inspire them. That is why I am looking for videos of world class performers (which I know do inspire them). With such materials in hand, I feel conficent that I could begin building more interest in unicycling, and ultimatelly bring groups to the point where they could present their own numbers, and be enthusiastic enough about their accomplishments to want to meet other unicyclists from accross the country, and foot the bill to get there.
If each of us could motivate a group in this way, and present our numbers at the toque games, I think the canadian unicycling federation could be considered to be well underway. -I can already think of three or four groups of people who might be interested in participating, one of which has fallen in love with me and unicycling and has prepared just such a (desperatelly simple to be sure) performance. -I would just like to get a hold of that video!

try showing them some videos of trial or street like DEFECT or U2

and owen…does that mean that we should create an army? :stuck_out_tongue:

near me, there is a friend that is interested in flatland after seeing defect…YAY

oh and i think that jeanmichael’s post was the longuest that i ever read on this site :slight_smile:

Not just Defect, but also the KOXX freestyle video. I think a good showcase of the best of the best doing what they do best in all the ‘standard’ aspects of the sport is a really good way to blow some minds. Frankly, I don’t think there’s enough going on in the canadian unicycle scene to do a documentary on it. Five minutes of wacky tricks showcasing just the amount of variety in styles of unicycling could definitely get some people interested.

You need a fair base of people before you can start planning a national gathering though. You need hundreds of people willing to come, because not nearly all of them will be able to make it, and … well, it’s crazy organizing large groups of people. I think you’d need the whole sport to be a bit more high profile before doing anything on a national level.

the freestyle thing…huuumm

I agree that it is the standard of unicycling but I dont like it, it could change (I hope it will)

How big is the Association de Monocycle de Québec? It looks like they’ve got a big group.

not exist anymore :angry:

Damn, their website did a couple weeks ago… :frowning:

That’s unfortunate. I didn’t know they were gone. The web site lives on.
It seems there are lots of unicyclists in the Quebec area, or at least they managed to gather a lot of people for the Association de Monocycle de Québec.

You can do regional meets. One of the clubs here does a regional meet. They’re a school club so it’s mostly the school kids but other people from the nearby area go there for the day. It’s a chance to practice up and have fun. It’s also a chance to practice hosting an event and practice up for hosting a NAUCC. I had a blast at the Toronto convention.

In quebec, I think that there is only the BUUC wich i dont know a lot about them and they are like at least 30 minutes away from my house. A few years ago, I think unicycling in quebec city was popular and they were a few good riders. But now we are like one rider here, another there… CUMON 06 wich is a trial competition could be back but its really not sure. Well, I hope it will be back because it look like the only meet for the quebec rider. I though of making a unicycling club to show people what we can do and to encourage them to start unicycling but I didnt got a lot of support since we are like 2 or 3 serious riders in my region and that I was the only one interesting in the organization of this club.

Like I said, there’s no way I would tackle anything national at the moment. Hence my idea of training up local groups, then coordinating a meeting between them.
As for all those videos you mentioned, I agree there are tons of them, all amazing. What I’m looking for though is not necessarilly video footage of individual unicyclers, or a documentary with all canadian content. What I would like is a documentary of a huge gathering of unicyclists doing all kinds of activities, including choreographed group performances, and with a certain amount of seremony.
I sympathesize with the people who want to promote non-freestyle unicycling, but that is the easiest kind for newbies to learn, and it seams to me that group choreography would be the easiest, dirtiest, cheapest way to get them feeling like they have accomplished something fantastic. Easier than getting them to fight their way through the levels of unicycling to the point where they can produce interesting things individually, and a lot less dangerous than trials stuf (or so it seams). Trail riding may be an even easier way to go, but it is a lot less interesting in terms of spectator interest. The more people we can get interested in what we are doing, the better.

Again, I’m trying to figure out how best to go about promoting unicycling. Clearly I am biased toward the artistic side of things. To each their own, and whatever works best!

As for the association de monocycle de quebec, it has become the quebec unicycling club. As far as I can tell at the moment, it has about 25 regular members, that is swelling to 40 or more. I am rapidly becoming it’s voice to the outside :slight_smile:

As for you thinking the buuc is the only active unicycling club in quebec, we’re honoured!

Is it just me, or do I sense a lot of frustration that there are not more unicyclers around and unicycling meets? Let’s throw out a date for the fun of it and see what you folks think: November 27th. You’re all invited to quebec sunday morning to meet the gang here. We’ll play some combination of basketball, miscelanious games, and other activities. If the weather’s good we’ll explore town a bit, or somebody will know aof a swell trail somewhere. If you have problems with this, let me know and perhaps we can straighten things out… :slight_smile:

As for montreal, you have the verdun school of circus arts, the national school, another school run by Etienne: racineetienne@hotmail.com, cirque du monde, and clowns without borders. I know of at least two montrealers that are into unicycling, colin monk: colinmonk7@hotmail.com and Craig Buntin: <aczmed@hotmail.com>

perhaps between them you can get something started in montreal?

Nonsense. The Unicycling Society of America was started in the early 1970s when unicycling had absolutely no profile. Now its profile is much higher, and it’s just as high in Canada, if not higher due to guys like Kris Holm. Unlike 1973, people have seen the non-circus side of unicycling, and understand it’s out there somewhere.

I also think it might have been several years before there were 100 competitors at the USA annual convention. The first one I went to, 1980, had about 159, and that was the biggest one to that point. You could attract that many riders easily, as long as you invite foreigners. :slight_smile:

But to start a national organization, you don’t need a convention. Also, you can host conventions without a national organization. That’s already been done many times. Toque is the most recent, but before that was the 2001 USA convention.

And in case you guys weren’t aware, before that were two Unicons:
Unicon V, 1991, Hull, Quebec
Unicon VI, 1992 Quebec City

Before that there were organized unicycling events at the International Cycling Festival in Hull. I first went in 1985 but there may have been events before that. In 1988 they actually had cash prizes for a couple of racing events, and of course for their main event; the basketball tournament.

So Canada has plenty of history of organized unicycling. Some of those organizers are probably still around (though others aren’t). The host of Unicon VI was Normand Beaumont (and family). I’m sure you could get lots of interesting information from them if you can track them down.

So you don’t really need to motivate any new people (though there’s nothing wrong with doing so!). All you really need to do is decide what you are able or willing to do. Then do it!