We had a great day today in Danville, California at the 24th annual Mount Diablo Challenge. Last year I was the only unicyclist. But this time Scot Cooper, Mike Scalisi and my son Beau joined me. We cranked up the 10.8 mile course climbing 3300’ or so, in perfect weather. Scot was gunning for a record time and did manage a personal best at 1:19. Beau and I finished a bit under 1:30 and Mike took a relaxed pace, just beating 2 hours. I think we all were on Cokers with 152mm cranks. The unicycle record was set a couple of years ago by Glenn Drummond at 1:13 and seems safe. Well, if Beau keeps getting stronger at the rate he is, maybe only for a year or two. Glenn was on hand again this year, riding with his son on a Trail-a-bike. Gary Kanuch, Mt Diablo unicycle pioneer (and 2nd place record holder) was also sharing a Trail-a-bike with his 5 1/2 year old son - he said it was the hardest ride he ever did in his life. Since he once took 3rd place overall in this race on a bike, that is pretty amazing.
This was the biggest turnout ever, with about 1200 cyclists supposedly starting. I didn’t get all our places, but Beau was 615 and I was 621. The fastest bike was just under 48 minutes. It was great fun as usual, starting behind most of the bicyclists and passing passing passing, all the way up. I squeezed past my last 2 victims 10 feet from the line. Unicyclists get a lot of respect at this event. At the awards ceremony, they had all of us get on stage and introduce ourselves.
Here’s a link to: GPS/Heart Rate/Elevation data. (with one little glitch - no my pulse did not go up to 186, but did make it just above my theoretical max of 173.) The dip at mile 5 was a one minute seat repair stop.
Sorry, no photos this year. Here’s an album from 2002 when we had 8 unicyclists including Scot on his giraffe: http://community.webshots.com/album/51853941qJbiGO
Anyone interested in unicycling this race next year is welcome - always the first Sunday in October and you get a free ride from the airport & place to stay if you come in from far away.