Questions about this summers NAUCC and UNICON

I’m hoping to attend one or both of these events. I have some questions for
any who have been to previous unicycling events of this sort.

  1. I’d like to bring my wife and three kids (ages 6, 4, and 2). Are these
    events generally considered “family friendly”?

  2. Are there any particular requirements to compete in events? If so,
    what?

  3. Is it generally expected that to “fully” enjoy the experience one should
    be able to ride a unicycle? Or will spectators and pedestrians find the
    event enjoyable as well?

  4. Is it usual for attendees to participate in competitive events or is
    that left entirely up to the interest of the attendee?

  5. How much in advance does one need to register for these events?

-mg

> 1. I’d like to bring my wife and three kids (ages 6, 4, and
> 2). Are these events generally considered “family friendly”?

Yes. Lots to watch. If the kids can’t ride, they will be highly motivated to
learn (maybe not the 2 year old).

> 2. Are there any particular requirements to compete in
> events? If so, what?

Racing has size requirements on the unicycle and safety equipment
requirements. The basics of this are on the registration forms:
http://www.nwcue.org/
Hmmm. For some reason, the registration forms do not seem to be available
yet.

For track racing (adults), wheel size is max. 24" and crank length is max.
125mm. Kneepads and gloves or wristguards required.

For offroad events helmets are additionally required (but there are no
restrictions on wheel and crank size).

For the artistic events you’ll want to read the rules so you know what
you’re getting into:
http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/
http://www.unicycling.org/usa/competition/

The 2002 editions of these books are coming, but the changes in them are
mostly minor.

> 3. Is it generally expected that to “fully” enjoy the
> experience one should be able to ride a unicycle?

If you’re competing it generally helps :slight_smile:

> Or will spectators and pedestrians find the
> event enjoyable as well?

Many of them do. The only drawback is that the days are mostly filled to the
brim with competition events, so you have either real busy competitors, or
lots of downtime for non-competitors. This is more true at NAUCC than
UNICON, but applies to an extent for both. But the experience is
unforgettable, and should not be missed. Especially this one–it’s going to
be the big one!

> 4. Is it usual for attendees to participate in competitive
> events or is that left entirely up to the interest of the attendee?

The NAUCC is designed for lots of people to compete. If you can ride, you
should definitely try some events. UNICON has less age groups, and the
competition is already much stiffer, so it’s less so for that one.

> 5. How much in advance does one need to register for these events?

The forms indicate a deadline date beyond which the price goes up. But I
don’t have that with me now. I’m sure someone will read this and nudge the
Webmaster of the NWCUE Web site to put up those registration forms and get
the ball rolling.

You will have to be a USA member to compete at NAUCC. The On One Wheel has
been delayed, but as soon as we can get it out everyone will receive a
double issue, which will contain the registration forms as well.
http://www.unicycling.org/usa/join/

Stay on top,
John Foss
President, Unicycling Society of America
President, International Unicycling Federation
jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

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Hi Michael

My name is Chris Taylor

I went to Toronto last summer for the National Unicycle Convention (now c=
alled the NAUCC). This was only 11.5 months after getting my first unicyc=
le. I loved it!!! =20

  1. The event was very family friendly. There were lots of kids riding uni=
    cycles (the youngest one I saw riding was 3 years old). There were severa=
    l moms or spouses who came even though they didn’t unicycle.

  2. There is no particular requirement to compete. However, you must regis=
    ter as a competitor.

  3. You don’t need to ride a unicycle to enjoy the experience. However, if=
    you don’t ride I would recommend bringing a unicycle anyway and see if y=
    ou can learn. The other unicyclists are very helpful especially with new =
    unicyclists.

  4. Last summer in Toronto I would estimate that about 75% of the riders c=
    ompeted at the convention. Lots of them only competed in one category of =
    competitions, i.e. artistic unicycling (like figure skating but on a unic=
    ycle), Track and Field (mainly Racing events), or MUni (Mountain Unicycli=
    ng).

  5. You can register as late as you want. Some people just showed up and r=
    egistered after they got there. However, I wouldn’t recommend this becaus=
    e the planners need to know about how many people will be attending. If y=
    ou register before March 31st you can get a lower rate. The fee keeps goi=
    ng up as you get closer to the convention.

There is some more information on my web site about the conventions. http=
://Unicycling.net/unicon.htm

I think you should go to both the conventions. You will NOT regret it!

Chris Taylor
http://Unicycling.net

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Grant
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 4:25 PM
To: rsu@unicycling.org
Subject: Questions about this summers NAUCC and UNICON

I’m hoping to attend one or both of these events. I have some questions =
for
any who have been to previous unicycling events of this sort.

  1. I’d like to bring my wife and three kids (ages 6, 4, and 2). Are the=
    se
    events generally considered “family friendly”?

  2. Are there any particular requirements to compete in events? If so,
    what?

  3. Is it generally expected that to “fully” enjoy the experience one sho=
    uld
    be able to ride a unicycle? Or will spectators and pedestrians find the
    event enjoyable as well?

  4. Is it usual for attendees to participate in competitive events or is
    that left entirely up to the interest of the attendee?

  5. How much in advance does one need to register for these events?

-mg

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Michael,

I believe our estemed President is still feeling the effects of slamming his head into an electrical box (he rode his unicycle into a wall at full speed during a heated hockey match at NUC 2001 in Toronto). The registration forms for NAUCC 2002 and UNICON 11 are, indeed, available at http://www.nwcue.org.

Are non-riders welcome at this summer’s events? Certainly! They are even welcome to become the head of the local organzing committee!

I recomend that non-riders register as non-competitors. Non-competitors get all of the same benefits as competitors (workshops, use of the inter-venue transportation buses, a seat at the closing dinner, etc.) with the exception that they can’t enter any of the competitive events.

I hope to see you and your family in the Snoqualmie Valley this July!

Tom Daniels (a person who has never tried to ride a unicycle)
President and Communications Director
Northwest Committee for Unicycling Events, Incorporated
Post Office Box 790
North Bend, Washington 98045-0790 USA
+01.425.831.4906
fax +01.425.831.4907
mobile +01.425.785.5661
tadaniels@centurytel.net
http://www.nwcue.org