NUC 1999

It’s time to think about next year’s (US) National Unicycle Convention Site.

NUC 98 is in Monrovia, California. At the annual meeting, we ask for input from
USA members as to where the next year’s convention will be.

If you have or know of an active club that would be willing to host a NUC please
send an email Andy or Dirk.

Dirk Iwema, President dirk.iwema@ae.ge.com Andy Cotter, Vicepresident
cotter@skypoint.com


– Dirk Iwema USA president Internet: dirk.iwema@ae.ge.com

RE: NUC 1999

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Curtis Tipton wrote:

>>>Just wanted to thank you for coming to the state unicycle event back on
October 3. All of the kids had a great time learning from you and the other
guest riders.

I do have one question for you. Since you have seen our cyntrex track I was
wondering what type of tire tread you would recommend for next summer. I know we
will have the track packed down good. I was wondering if it would be better to
have more of a mountain bike tire (for traction) or would one with a smoother
tread still be okay?<<<

Since this affects all the potential racers at NUC 99, I’ve included the
newsgroup.

Cyntrex is a special kind of dirt for tracks. The track at North Bend is going
to be resurfaced before next summer, but it will still be unpaved. This is the
first time I’m aware of that we’ll be racing on an unpaved track in the history
of the USA Nationals. It is not an attempt by the MUni folks to undermine
things, by the way.

Unpaved tracks ride fine, and may turn out to be a little faster than soft
tartan ones. Rain won’t be a problem (the bleachers have a roof over them too!),
and traction should not be an issue. There are two main concerns:

  1. From a racing point of view, riders must be aware of irregularities in the
    surface. No track is perfectly flat, and bumps must be expected here. You
    must ride accordingly.

  2. From a safety point of view, this is a track you don’t want to crash on.
    Aside from the requisite knee pads and gloves, this track might be a good
    place to wear long pants and/or long sleeves. Better yet, practice a lot so
    you don’t fall much. Most people who have big crashes are the ones who are
    riding outside their experience – never tried it before. So practice!

So is this unpaved track “fair”? Of course it is. Everyone will be riding on the
same track.

As for tires, I don’t think any special tires are needed. Traction is more a
worry when riding on slippery floors, steep trails, or wet stuff. Any tire
should be fine.

Start training early for NUC 99!

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/

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