I’d like to thank everyone involved in making Motorama 04 such a huge success.
First thanks go to the Motorama hosts for being so open to us:
Brad Hostetter - Director of Motorama
Charlie Clement - Trials events director
Charlie and Brad have been extremely helpful and excited about promoting unicycling trials. Charlie provided us with tons of obstacle building supplies which included about 50 two by fours, a humongous tire, a 6’ high wood box, a funky obstacle that moved when you rode on it (it was a platform hanging from 4 chains), and several ramps.
Charlie’s crew was also really helpful, and provided forklifts, chain saws, and other services to help us set up. I’ll be giving Charlie a call to thank him for all of us.
Also of note, (and I’m guessing that Charlie was responsible) was the fact that the Motorama promotional materials listed trials unicycling as an event, and that all of the awards plaques at the show included an image of a unicyclist mixed in with the bikers and motorcyclists!
We were in a new hall this year - the “Equine arena.” This was a much classier and bigger space than last year, with nice spectator seats, great lighting and a dirt floor. The dirt was great because it hurt less when falling on it, and softened drops. It was also just nicer to ride on than concrete. (Course we all left smelling pretty horsey.)
The Friday setup crew consisted of Kris Holm, Bill Hamilton, Jeff Prosa, Brian Maw, and me. Setup was a blast and we learned a ton from Kris about u-system course setup. Even though it was fun, I really appreciate everyone spending the time and money it took to make themselves available. The course was great and couldn’t have happened without the input from everyone involved. Bill - Thanks for bringing all the wood, tools and building expertise. Jeff and Bryan - thank for all your hard work. Kris - thanks for everything, especially for rating the course and thinking up those crazy lines!
Next I’d like to thank everyone for coming on Saturday to ride, including the families! Walt, Mike and others - we can’t wait to see the photos!!! Also, I want to thank Walt for helping make sure the obstacles remained safe throughout the competetion Saturday.
Many travelled a great distance for this event, from Vancouver, Toronto, Virginia, and Boston. Even us “locals” travelled 2 to 4 hours. Car troubles prevented some from making it (sorry Dave and Lazslo. Wish you could have been there!), and nearly prevented others (Ben, Joey, and Dan). I’m really impressed with Kris, Ryan, and Jeff who travelled considerable distances. Ryan and Jeff took a twelve hour bus ride to get there!!
Lastly came the tear down of the course and everyone pitched in to make room for motorcycle trials. It was sad to take that stuff down!
I hope I didn’t forget anyone. Thanks to everyone. Looking forward to '05.