> Lars Clausen was mentioned on NPR this morning for having reached the
> 3000 mile mark in his ride across America. Lars’ ride website is
Way to go Lars! He is attempting to raise 5 million dollars for his charity,
and he’s got a long way to go. Go to the Web site and read about it. Jacquie
and I made a donation, and received a nice book about the organization,
which we didn’t even know was a perk. I would have said to put the money
toward the charity but they didn’t ask…
How many unicyclists are showing their support on this? I always make a
donation when unicyclists do charity rides and I know about it. You should
too, if you can. Support the unicyclists!
So after all these miles, how come the Web site’s home page still features a
picture of him falling off? Hope they’re taking some along the way…
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> *Of course, if you agree with their cause, right, John?
That is, of course, up to you. It is a religious organization, and I am not
religious. The main point of that particular organization is to help out
indigenous people in need.
I have donated to the Multiple Sclerosis society in Minnesota, and the
Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, TN. None of these causes has anything to
do with me or Jacquie. But we are proud to support our fellow unicyclists,
sweating and enduring for their causes.
Hi. I missed the NPR blip, I’ll check for it. I rode with Lars from Fargo to St. Cloud. Although I don’t know the complex details and history, the most important thing I heard Lars say repeatedtly, was that the endowment which he is raising support for will literally increase the financial independence of the Inupiat people in the Seward Penninsula. While the church is a source of support and resources (physical and spiritual), the church has also had some financial control over local decisions and factors there. This endowment will be providing long term financial stability, enabling functioning independent of the national level church. While this is a mission of the church, it is about local independence. Check out his most recent journal entry on his website - he talks about this a bit as he talks about riding through Minnesota.
To hear about Lars’ ride as it continues, e-mail him at
Further evidence that the unicycling world does not revolve around this
“Scott Kurland” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com…
> > Do any of you find it kind of odd that a person so obscure in the
> > unicycling community is doing such a long ride. Not to mention that I
> > only first heard about it last week.
> > -David Kaplan
> Nope, I figure I’m greatly ignorant. I didn’t recognize any of the names
> the Guinness records thread except John Foss, did you?
> Do any of you find it kind of odd that a person so obscure
> in the unicycling community is doing such a long ride. Not
> to mention that I only first heard about it last week.
All of the people who have ridden across the country have been obscure in
the unicycling community per-se. The least obscure was probably Wally Watts.
He started by riding across Canada in the early 70s. I think he may have
been pretty obscure then. But he got connected to Bill Jenack, who was
editing the newly-formed Unicycling Society of America’s newsletter. So when
he started preparing for his round-the-world ride, which he started in 1976,
the unicycling community of that time knew all about it.
But all those other cross-country guys were relatively unknown by the
American unicycling community when they did their rides. I think they were
all written up, but in some cases not until after their rides.
Steve McPeak did his cross-country ride in 1968 or so, before there even
really was a unicycling community. So I guess it applies to him as well. And
Walter Nilsson, who did it in 1933.
So what’s your unicycling community? Is it the small group of people who
write on the newsgroup and forums? That’s a fairly limited group, most of
which haven’t been involved in unicycling for more than a few years. There
are plenty of unicyclists out there besides us…
Peter Rosendahl is probably one of the most famous unicycle performers,
having worked in very visible locations for many years (Circus Circus, Bush
Gardens Tampa, etc.) I don’t know where he is or what he’s doing these days
though. Peter was also the men’s artistic champion at the first UNICON. The
only other one he attended was UNICON IV, where he was only there for less
than 24 hours, to compete in Individual Freestyle, in which he came in
I looked at the photo gallery on onewheel.org. It says Lars rode 202 miles in 24 hours!!! If this is accepted as a new Guinness record, it might be easier than 100 miles in 6hrs and 44 mins?? or maybe not.