Announcing an off-road race open to unicycles only.
This will be a 2hr race around a 3-4 mile lap course. Most laps in shortest time wins. If you cross the finish line at 1:59 you can go out for a final lap (or not). Race will start at 10am on Sunday 26 Sept. This format is great for a mixed crowd of skills, beginners can have fun with one or two laps while advanced riders can gun it for 5 or 6. [categories? Lets see how many entrants we get first]
The race will be held at the mountain bike trails at Central Park, Schenectady NY. These are awesome trails for muni, ‘semi-technical’, as the MTB’ers call them. It’s a great mix of terrain including flowey single track, logs to hop over, boardwalks to ride, and lots of short but steep hills. We will announce the final course route later, but will aim for a 3-4 mile lap that will take the fastest riders ~30min to cover.
The course also has one large jump and two
that will be optional parts of the race route. All of the obstacles on the course are ‘doable’ on a uni, all have been cleared at least once by at least one uni, but never all in the same lap (let that be a challenge to you). However, the course also has lots of open sections that even beginner muni riders can enjoy. A ‘something for everyone’ route, perfect for this race.
I have ridden this course on a 24, 29, and 36, so most any size wheel is possible here. The 36er was not optimal on the steep hills, had to walk it up, and so is probably not the ideal ride. The 29er is faster for the flowy sections, the 24 might be better for getting over some of the logs.
This is a no-frills race, there will be no prizes, no goodie bags, no cost to use the trails - so no charge for this stuff. If we go for insurance there will be a small charge for that.
WHAT ABOUT SATURDAY?
The race is close enough to NYC and Boston area that those riders might decide to just come up Sunday morning. Other riders may decide to come up the night before. For those folks, we will have group muni ride on another set of great trails nearby in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We’ll meet at 4:30 at the trailhead (165 Willow Street, 12084). Any riders driving in Saturday can meet us there, if you’re running late call me (518-859-5235) and I can ride back to bring you to the good trails (sunset is 7pm). We’ll offer some spaghetti, burgers, and beer at my house after the fun ride (3 Warren St, 12203)
Steveyo and I have large enough yards to accommodate a few tents, first come first serve (I can even offer the tent). Otherwise, plenty of cheap hotels in the Albany area.
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