It would (hopefully) cover several areas:
Build a complete listing of all unicycling records. We’ll start with world records and work our way down. I’m a lot less interested in age group records, national records, etc. That could get messy pretty fast, but if we set it up in a modular way, it should be possible for people to work it together with more sub-divided lists of records.
Establish standards for record-setting. This may take a while, with plenty of discussion and arguing. That’s the fun part. Some record types will be very easy while others, like the hour record, will be more complicated.
Competition records will, of course, be easier as they will be set under pre-qualified conditions.
- Set standards for record categories. Right now, all we really have is 'racing unicycles," a bare beginning of 700c, and 'unlimited." There is room for more.
This will also cover different situations where the same record might be broken. For example:
a) A 100m record set at a big convention, like Unicon. This is harder to do, because you only get one try. That would be a “competition record,” or “Unicon record.”
b) A 100m record set at a sanctioned event, on a regulation track, but separate from the official 100m race. This allows multiple times to try for even faster times. This was how my 1987 Guinness record was set. We ran the race about 10 times. This is an “easier” record to break than the competition one because of the multiple tries.
c) A 100m record set independently. This would have stricter requirements on course measurement and timing, because it would be outside our “accepted” competition conditioins. This would be more similar to Pete’s recent hour record, with lots more documentation needed. In one way, this is the easiest form of record to break, because, in theory, you have unlimited tries. But the setup and documentation will be harder.
Of the three examples above, assuming all used the current standard for racing unicycles, the fastest time would be the world record. If this fastest time was not set in a competition, the competition record would be known as a competition record for that event (such as the Olympic record).
The current Unicon 100m record is not the world record. I don’t know what the world record is, but it was probably set in Japan. I think they have done times faster than Peter Rosendahl’s Guinness time.
In a case like this, Peter Rosendahl could be listed with the Guinness record. The Guinness record is always significant, as it’s more “real” to the vast majority of the world than some record that cannot be seen in every bookstore. Having a Guinness record is very powerful, as I know from using mine in my work with the National Circus Project as something schook kids could look up.
I am the world record holder in the 50m Juggling Race, recognized by the IUF (and/or the USA) but not Guinness. Woohoo! That and a buck will get you a cup of coffee, but not at Starbucks or an airport…
I would like to set this up. Please respond here or to my email address to get involved.
NOTE: Almost none of the above is official until the IUF makes it so. Most of it is off the top of my head, based on discussions about records-keeping we’ve had over the years.
I have yet to see a correlation between geared unicycles and higher speeds. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, but there is a diminishing return with gears. The higher the ratio, the harder it is to ride it fast. The harder it is to ride, the more risky/difficult/scary it is to ride it at higher speeds!