Feeler: Muni and Juggling Festival, East Tennesse?

i am 90% shure i can attend it also depends on my school situation

I will help in any way I can to make a festival happen. Even if it ends up being just 7 or 8 people camping out and riding the next day. It doesn’t have to start out as a big event. If we make it fun for the few who attend this time, then attendance will grow next time. Let’s worry about the “fun factor” and attendance will take care of itself.

Not too far from there ~100 miles (Chattanooga). I would love to go riding sometime. It would be nice to ride with someone. I do need to work on my endurance though. It is currently pretty pathetic.

same here, i am out of shape

Sounds like fun but I couldn’t commit to an 8 1/2 hour drive from Maryland. If you end up looking for a location that might interest the mid-Atlantic riders you should check out Douthat State Park in Virginia. I have not been there but I have heard from mtbers that the trails are great and leave from the campground. It is a 4 hour drive for me and probably about the same for a lot of riders in the mid-Altlantic region.

Well, Moab doesn’t have huge local rider levels. That was popular, right? It probably starts small. Make sure the trails are good and it’s cheap enough to get to/stay and some people will come. If they like it, and the next year there is potential to ride similar/better/different trails next time, they’ll probably come back again and bring more folks.

Regarding juggling, it’ll excite some people and not others. The presence of post ride juggling wouldn’t effect my choice to come visit, but someone that juggles more than ten times a year might be more likely to come.

Trials competition? It’s probably better for you to start with a small course for people to play on, and maybe have an informal thing. Perhaps a “who can do these two lines the most in ten tries” sort of thing. A dozen pallets, some 2x4/6’s, a couple stumps or rocks, some small stairs would probably be enough for a group of non-champion trials riders to have fun playing on. Especially if they’re exhausted from a day of riding trails. I can commit to helping suggest a few things to have or build and setting some lines, It’s something I have some experience with.

That’s my motivation, to have some folks to ride with for a weekend.

I have done plenty of “race organizing” and those events don’t really get at the social aspect that would make the event fun for riders and non riders. The problem with uni is the rider density is very low, so I don’t know that there is a core group in this region unless I do something closer to a major city. That said, how many riders live in and around Atlanta?

We don’t have the draw of Moab, which is a world remowned riding mecca. But, the riding is pretty durn good here and it would be a blast to ride with folks from afar, but so far I’m not getting enough interest.

Seriously, considering how much time and effort it takes to build a festival, I could buy a plane ticket or take time off for driving, then head for someone else’s festival.

I guess what I’m saying is that if enough folks in this region want a festival, they need to do more than say they could “probably” come. This is why I need commitments and offers to help in preparing.

So, who can come and help prep a trials course? I know zip about trials.

Any uni clubs in the region want to commit to attend? How about juggling clubs?

Sadly, this thread has only been viewed sixteen times, so that pretty much sums up the interest level.

Too bad, I’d really like to make it happen, but at best I’d get 10% show rate, so about 1.5 people :o

Dont give up hope too fast. Its only been 6 days. Cant expect everyone to see it right away. Some of us cant get on here more than maybe once or twice a week, if that. So dont be discouraged.

If it was closer to me than I would definitly go, but Its a long distance trek to go on that ride so…

Why not try to emulate what the Brits and others have done invade a some 24 hour race somewhere and form several teams? Comaradery, fun riding, what more can one ask? For the East I’m thinking possibly 24 Hours of Big Bear:

I know there are numerous other 24 hour races in Georgia, North Carolina etc… I’d definitely be willing to travel to one of these races (I’ve done it before travelling to a couple different 12 hour and a 24 hour race).

I’d love to take part in a team effort at a 24 hour race; would be a blast! I’m sure we could scrounge up enough folks to put a few teams together, if not we can always at least get by with a single team or a few solos?

I’m game, let’s just pick an event in 2011 and go for it!

Sounds like a great idea! I wont be back in Knoxville until early February but I love the idea of having an event at Haw Ridge.

If you do put this together, I would likely attend.

I still say that, if nothing else, we could put a couple (or more) of 4 person MUni teams together and pick a 24 hour Mtn Bike event to go do. I think it would be a blast! Folks not in the race can hang out and ride around, do some trials, cook out and camp. If there’s enough interest I’ll commit as long as the timing works out…

I’d like to express interest, but don’t count on me. I am still riding a relic, but am hoping to get a Muni at Christmas and start more work on the trail system around my house. If I got on a Muni, and found this is not as big a jump from road riding as I think, then I may be ready for a Munifest by summer, but I’ll wait and see for now. Cheers, and I hope you find enough interest.

P.S. I worked at Oak Ridge last winter so I know the area.

Not losing hope, just not a lot of hope to start an event.

I held a ultramarathon at Haw Ridge a few years back, did a lot of advertising, promoted it with local riders, went to some local trail runs, still only managed two dozen runners.

With muni, there are so few that it would take a lot of regional involvementto bring together two dozen riders. I think the numbers are there, but folks need to commit.

The Asheville Munifest gets 15-20 riders plus family, not bad, but then they have a local uni “tribe” whereas I ride mostly alone or with my son.

For perspective, this coming weekened is the 1st Annual; Fall Festival for our local IMBA group, they are expecting 200-300 mountain bikers and one muni rider (me).

I just wish there were more riders, and believe me, I’m trying to promote, but it just ain’t easy selling the idea to folks. I have my teaching uni on loan most of the time, but rarely do I get a new rider to stay with the program.

Hey Cody, give me a hollar, I’d lobe to go for a ride!

Munisano, if you can find a ride that is doable, I’d consider being part of a team, the only caveat being that I don’t want to do any night riding.

my makeshift brother is lerning to ride so is my cousin so we will have 2 new riders soon so i will say yes if you can put it together

I live 50 miles west of Nashville. I would make an effort to come for sure. I would love to see more events closer to home. Please dont give up on this idea.:slight_smile:

NurseBen: as far as the ultramarathons go, timing and where you advertise is very important. I know because I help organize a local 1/2 marathon (now 25km) trail run that has grown from less than 100 runners to now we cap it at 200 and it fills relatively fast (definitely before race day). For us we had to carefully look at what other competing events were going on in the area and region and tried to find a time that fit w/o conflicts. Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a boon going on right now in the running community, races are filling in record times and so many more people are running. I bet it if you put your race back on, minimally, even as a FA type event at the right time of year, you’d get a lot more folks out.

As for the general attendance numbers, I’d say getting a dozen unicyclists to show at your event is pretty good per capita; 200-300 mountain bikers in a region of 1000’s of mountain bikers, while nothing to sneeze at, really doesn’t compare. So for a East Tennessee get-together I’d say just organize it very minimally, no thrills or extras, more like organizing a ride and see what happens?

As for a possible event: Right now I’m liking the BURN 24 Hour Challenge, in Wilkesboro, NC on May 28 – 29, 2011. Fairly “centrally” located for folks that may come from Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama (me) and Georgia. It’s $340 for a team of 3-6, so split up that’s not a bad price. The course is a 7 mile, hilly XC loop so the mileage isn’t too big a deal for a rider to do a lap or two spread out over many hours. If you’re not comfortable riding at night, I’d be happy to cover you. That’s just one option…

If next 12 hour of haw ridge and the muni riders doing a team i would do it but i am not as strong as a muni as a mtb rider.

Hey Ben I’ll for sure give a shout when I get back so we can ride. Keep this up and let me know if there is anything I can do to help out.

@munisano The BURN 24 Hour Challenge looks like a lot of fun. I’ve been busting my butt to get in shape this year and this looks like a great way to test my limits. I would be up for it if you started to get a team together. Just not sure if I could make the dates yet.

Hey Ben (and all others),

We’re looking at hosting a Muni/Trials/Polo weekend sometime next May or June. We’ve got a core of riders here (1/2 dozen or more off road) and great trails. We poured and built a few trials lines at the local skatepark a few weeks ago (we still need to snap a few good pics as time has left us without much light when we can ride).

I know it would be a haul from TN, but we could make the weekend worth it.

Things are in the preliminary stages, but look good. We actually hope to host 3 unicycle events here next year (BCSR- like last year, Muni weekend, and a marathon). We have complete control over the Muni weekend and the others piggyback on other (bicycling and running) events.

On a side note: I understand the frustration of people not committing to events. Unicyclists seem to be very individualistic- probably why we’re drawn to it in the first place. The Butler County Stage Race had 13 riders for the main events and 6-8 of them were local (depends on what you consider local for unicycling). It was a great event, but under attended. I learned from the experience. It was a good experience- we got some good ideas for the next time.

Our big lesson learned: we’re going to have fun no matter what anyone else says. We’re getting a good rider base to back it up.