I found many more trials competitions!
I did end up competing it the trials competition. Thanks for convincing me to do so. I had a really really really really really good time and everyone was so supportive and friendly. I entered the intermediate category and I’m glad I did. My scores went 0, 5, 5, 0, 5, 0, 5. or something like that in the first round, something similar in the second, and in the final round I boosted one of those 5’s to a 1 with a nice strategic dab. The best news is that they’re going to hold one of these every month or two!!! The next is in about 6 weeks.
Some of the zones were actually very well suited to unicycles. The first one I did was a rock section and I got 0’s each time on it.
The second, see the attached picture, was my favourite. I made it up the ladder on my first attempt which I was really happy about. The rungs were spaced so that a wheel my size wouldn’t make it up by hopping in between them…I was forced to hop on top of them which I something I haven’t done much of at all so I was a bit worried about it. But i made it, and once at the top I decided to take the fun way down. I wasn’t trying to win the competition or anything so I chose to go down the tyres instead of just hopping straight down…maybe I should have just hopped straight down. I did the gap to the first tyre okay, but as I landed on the far side of it, my wheel slipped backwards and I did a big face plant from the stack of two truck tyres to the single one. I tried to land on my hands but they missed and went into the middle of the single tyre leaving my face vulnerable. Luckily I ended up only taking a tiny bit of skin off my nose and bruising it a bit and gettign a blood nose. The good news is we got it on film for our movie!
The third zone was not at all unicycle friendly. I got 5’s every time. I managed a few times to do a sketchy crank grab / dab onto the first big truck tyre and got around the first section of itbut then I was faced with a high A-frame that I couldn’t possibly hop onto nor effectively dab onto.
The fourth zone should have been easy for me, having only one wheel, but I screwed it up every time.
The fifth zone looked easy enough - all we had to do was get up and over two truck tyres that were between 50 and 60cm high. I didn’t have any energy left to jump straight up so I tried to crank grab them and almost did each time but the edges aren’t square so it was harder to do. Plus the whole course was on a bit of a slope.
The sixth zone was good fun and reasonably unicycle friendly. I got a 0 on my first attempt. We had to jump over a hole full of mud. The gap wasn’t very big but the problem was that the sidxes were also muddy. Then furthur on I made my first successful crank grab onto a truck tyre.
The last zone was really tricky for all of us. I’ll attach another picture after this post so I won’t bother describing it too much. There was lots of water. On one of my runs I landed in the creek which was about 30cm deep but managed to hop out onto the bank. On the other side there was a tricky hop onto a log. It was too high for me with the gap I also had to do so I aimed for a little cut in it’s side. I got there but slipped out. On my final run through I managed a nice strategic dab to get over the log. Remounting was a challenge but I took my time and landed it. My best score on that one was a 1.
I had a really great time and I’m really looking forward to competing in more of these events. One of the things I really liked was that it was natural trials. Most of the surfaces were at odd angles which added a tricky element to it. It’s very good for trials practise.