Potential Muni National Championships?

Hi.

Um, I was just wondering, if we (meaning unicyclists in general) were
to talk to the organizers of the National Mountian Bike Championships
if they would be interested in putting in a Muni catagory into the
race. Right now, I am not sure where the Canadian 2002 Mt.
Nationals are going to be, but I was just wondering if enough people
would be interested in going to them, even as part of a mountain bike
event, of if it would be preferred to keep unicycling separate from
mountain biking, and just continue developing as is. At road
nationals, they have the tandem races for the blind, and the hand cycle
races for people in wheel chairs, and at the cross country ski
nationals, they have sit-ski races for the same too. And there
are always the tim-bit challenges to get young kids started in the
sport, So… why not have a special catagory at a mountain bike
race help to get more people involved in another great sport?

Baically, right now I am just trying to figure out if there would be
enough people willing to travel, and race to make it worth while to
make a proposal to the organizing committee. Even if for the
first year it might just be a demonstration race, and then the
year after an actual catagory, of men and women. Maybe eventually
(for example) if there is enough support and interest, have it part of
the Canada Cup races. Because after all, are Muni courses any different
from Mountain bike Courses? And I do think that getting more
expose through another sport’s venue will help the sport to grow, and
bring it up to a higher level. (If people are interested of
course! This is just an idea that I’ve been playing
with, but I think it’d be fun to see if it could happen.

Have fun, eat popsicles!!

Kate

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I like the idea!

Joe Merrill

Um, I was just wondering, if we (meaning unicyclists in general) were to
talk to the organizers of the National Mountian Bike Championships if they
would be interested in putting in a Muni catagory into the race

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In the Uk there are muni riders and coker heads competeing agaist MTBs in
some races already. Not I admit in the nationals, but in some of the big
endurance MTb events like 24 hour races and MTB orienteering. So far we
try to compete on an equal footing with the bikes. It took us one year as
a demo sport before we were accepted in the Red Bull Mayhem race on an
equal basis.

Good luck with getting a muni race into your nationals. You might want to
race the same course as the juniors or what ever catorgary gets a slightly
easier ride than the elite men tho.

sarah

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