I was interviewed by the East & Bays Courier about 6 weeks ago, just after the Australian UniNats. The article has finally appeared online today and may be in today’s issue of the paper. The photographer made me do ‘hands in the air’ to get the shot he wanted. Not too bad an article, I guess. Brief, but.
10 kilometer marathon? Surely unicyclists could handle a 26 mile (41.3k) race if people do it on foot in regular marathons. Ken did 160k at Taupo. Still 10k is still a pretty long race but I would call it an endurance event rather than a marathon. Nice work in beating those Aussies in six events Tony. When will you announce the establishment of your official New Zealand unicycle sporting organisation?
So, you are going to get Me, You, Ben, and Ken sponsored to go eh? Peter and Steve will have to sit this one out. Peter didn’t even compete in the NZUni 100m or 400m races, I wonder if he is as fast as Tony. I had the advantage of 7mm shorter cranks than Tony (145mm vs 152mm) and won via manipulation of the open entry rules.
Keaner, Tony is riding his Custom 20x2.5" TUni (if I am not mistaken), and that looks like a pose shot after he’d won the races and come home, rather than a race against himself.
Tony, what unicycles were you riding in the race events? Was there restrictions on wheelsize or crank length?
Yes, in the photo I am riding my custom made tuni, in Auckland (not Canberra).
Keaner - there were 60 riders at the 2003 UniNats. My main racing competition was Simon Wells of Queensland. He won the 100m, 400m, and numerous other events. Alex Toms set an Australian high jump record of 72cm and a long jump record of 1.90m. He says hes Australia’s best mountain and trials unicyclist, but I still beat him by minutes in the MUni race and Peter Bier’s long jump at UNICON XI (1.98m) is bigger than his; but we’ll forgive him, poor Ozzie! Here’s his site
Ken - the UniNats results haven’t been officially published yet. I have a copy of preliminary results if yr interested.
Rowan - normal IUF rules applied for racing - 24" wheel (diameter no bigger than 24 1/3" ie no Gazzaloddis) and 125mm cranks. (I used my MUni with a racing tyre on). Any size wheel and cranks are OK for the MUni race and high and long jumps. There was an ‘unlimited’ class for the marathon for Cokers, 26", 28" and 29ers.