I appear to be getting older and wiser, and to celebrate my last birthday that can be represented in 5 binary digits and also my becoming officially able to call myself Dr Joe, I am going to do some muni riding. A whole weekend of it to be precise - 18th-20th September.
Yet another Peaks Muni Trip, I believe the 3rd one I’ve run. Riding unicycles off road, in the Peak District of the UK.
This time, no-one actually needs to camp, as I have cunningly moved house to be right near a load of riding, and just a few miles outside the Peak District National Park.
So, bring a sleeping bag/ mat or whatever you require in order to kip on our floor, or email me to try and bag one of our 3 comfy beds. If you really want to camp, we have a bit of room in our garden, but I dunno why you’d bother.
There’ll be unicycling, drinking beer, unicycling to places to drink beer, probably unicycling back in the dark from places that serve beer. I figure foodwise, on the Friday night, we’ll get chips from the very good local chippy, and probably cook up some pasta or sausage sandwiches or something on the Saturday.
Rides & distances will be dependent on who turns up, but rest assured I’ll make sure you get a decent amount of riding in whether you are a slow coach or a speedy type. Hills round here are quite big, so it might not be a good event for complete beginners, but pretty much anyone with some muni experience should be fine. For those who have lots of energy, there are always extra rides possible, there’s potential for a night ride (so bring your lights) or a long route to the pub. One other possible thing for the Sunday, is to do a quick little test run of my super short ride/swim/run course, which is a bit of a laugh - if you fancy that, bring some swimming shorts.
In terms of what unicycle to bring, personally I ride 26 for everything round here. There will be some technical stuff, rocks etc. and particularly if it is at all wet it gets a bit slippy slidy. You’re welcome to ride a 29 if you like that kind of thing and are happy to ride it on technical trails. A 24" muni will be fine too, personally I’d rather ride 24 than 29. A trials uni would be too slow and suck on the muddy sections.
It is easy to get to by train, Belper train station has trains from Derby, which has loads of connections. Also, there are buses from Manchester, Derby & Nottingham to Belper bus station. Bus & train stations are right near my house. Get there on the Friday, or early Saturday morning, or just come along one of the days to ride. If you’re not confident about your abilities and only want one day of riding, the Sunday would be best as we are usually hungover and slow by Sunday at these things.
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