Minimum coasting distance
Tracking coasting requires a minimum coasting distance of just 1
meter to qualify as actually coasting. Any shorter distance doesn’t
qualify as a coast and would be a disqualification for that coasting
attempt. Track coasting assumes the rider will coast until he falls,
so no transition back to riding is ever expected in this competition.
For standard skill, the minimum distance would be 4 meters. That is
half the 8 meter distance of coasting in a line which scores half the
points of a full 8 meter coast. Obviously, 8 meters would be better.
Standard skill requires that coasting be immediately followed by a
transition to riding or another skill; a fall results in negative points.
For freestyle, a coast could be even shorter than 4 meters and gain the
rider some points, though most judges would probably want to see at
least 1-2 meters of coasting per attempt. So here again, the absolute
minimum would be 1 meter, depending on the judges. Here a fall after
coasting a few meters would net the rider negative points, depending
on the judges.
In my opinion, 4 meters coasting is reasonably long enough to rule out
luck. However, when the coasting distance is this short, a transition
back to riding would most effectively rule out luck, beyond any
reasonable shadow of doubt.
In my opinion, coasting 4 meters and transitioning back to riding is
more impressive than coasting 20-30 meters and then falling.
However, back to the original question: How long does one have to
coast (beforing falling off) before it is considered be to be really
coasting? In my opinion at least 4 meters, and maybe 5 meters.
Of course the next step after consistently coasting 4-5 meters is to
transition back to riding or another skill. This is the point at which
one gains the respect of top unicyclists for one’s coasting skill.
Ken Fuchs <firstname.lastname@example.org>