Were you planning on doing an entire Ironman triathlon? Each leg is epic by itself (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile unicycle ride, 26 mile run). It’s amazing you were even thinking about doing it.
It’s not surprising that they don’t want a unicycle in a triathlon of that caliber. Even triathlons have standards for what they consider to be a legal bike. They’re not as strict as the UCI for professional cycling, but they still have a standard for what they consider to be a legal bike.
I worked out that I would make the cut-off fairly easily- you have to finish the swim and the cycle section within 10 1/2 hrs. I think I can probably complete the swim in just over 1hr. I know I can ride 160km on a hilly course in 7hrs44min on a 36"Coker/110mm cranks. But the course is flat and I’m assuming that I’d be riding a 29" Schlumhf with 100mm cranks by then- which I reckon conservatively should have got me an extra 20km in the same amount of time at the very least. And then the run section is actually going to be easier IMHO after a unicycle ride, since you’ve been pushing a lower gear with lesser leg movement over the last few hours- which should keep your legs in a better condition. And with the right shoe selection you save another few minutes at the transition point also.
It was worth a try anyway. I might see if theCoast to Coast guys will let me compete- but it means that I have to learn how to Kayak. On the other hand, there is a teams option, so I might be able to put together a team and only ride the cycle leg.
I used to do sprint triathlon and since I have entered the unicycle world I have had thoughts of doing them with a unicycle. If you have any luck with getting into triathlons with a unicycle let me know. Thanks
Did they give you a reason why?
For me they said “only bikes”.I threw the rule-book at them which said that novelty bikes may be permitted…Then, they said they didn’t have an adequate number of medical staff in case “something happened”…Whatever that means…Maybe you just gotta keep on going after them until they relent…