Red Bull Mayhem

“Sarah Miller” <sarah@vimes.u-net.com> wrote in message
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> Red bull mountain Mayhem = a 24 hour endurance MTB race.

Sarah, Great writeup - damn I wish I could’ve joined you all. What a blast. If
you beat even one team on bikes that was serious enough to enter and finish the
course…that would be amazing! Did you win first place in the contest to have
the most fun?

—Nathan

Red bull mountain Mayhem = a 24 hour endurance MTB race.

Team Muni = 5 unicyclists who entered the Red Bull Mayhem. Roger Davies, Leo
White, Miark. Paul Selwood and Sarah Miller

We did it, Team Muni survived the Red Bull, they said we were mad, they said we
must be in some other shorter race, they said “good on yer mate” as they
overtook us. Just about all of them (1795 other riders) said that last one.

After last year’s 24 minute race at the RB mayhem, sarah plotted with Paul to
get a unicycle team in the main race. Following a tip off from Chipps that the
forms were out, we phoned up some other likely characters and put a team
together. Making our entry as nondescript as possible and neglecting to mention
the word unicycle we sent our entry off early and waited, and waited. Finally
came the confirmation, we were in, the organisers hadn’t rumbled us yet.

Weeks later a phone call out of the blue, Pat Adams the race organiser was on
the line accusing me of pulling the wool over his eyes, the hawk eyed Mrs Adams
had spotted my name on the form and remembered I was a unicyclist. Thankfully
Pat laughed, called us mad and said that the cheque had been banked and he
wouldn’t chuck us out. PHEW.

June 23rd finally rolled around, team Muni meet up for the first time in 3
months at the Campsite on the friday evening. We did our inspection lap, other
riders started to question the lack of second wheel. Saturday 2pm and the start
of the Mayhem, we send our best runner out to do the first lap, he brezzes back
in after doing the 10 mile lap in about 1 hour 20
min. Now the unicycles are realy getting noticed, the event commentators are
curious about us. The TV crew covering the event have started filming us as
one of their featured teams. As the afternoon rolls on we each get our
first taste of racing on this course, 10 miles of short uphills, sharp
desents, twisting single track, gravel tracks, field edges even tarmac,
this course has every thing. We even cross the Motorway twice and cruelest
of all have to ride up and round the campsite before the home stretch with
a wicked hill climb just after the last tent.

We are all riding Cokers for these early laps, the big wheel rolls easily over
the lumpy ground, but the single track is tough and we have to jog or walk
chunks of it. As dusk gathers Team Muni switch to smaller wheels, Roger had the
lap into dusk, then at 10.30 I started my night lap, hopeing my lights would
hold out on me trying to use them only when needed. I came a cropper early on
with a fall on gravel that holed my leggings and my knee, but it was dark and I
didn’t look to closely. I had chosen to use the smaller 26 inch wheel at night
thinking it would be easier to get on after falls. It was, but the smaller wheel
was badly affected by the lumpy fields and falls became more frequent. I was
also a lot slower, the night lap took me 2 hours… The single track descents
were less scary than on the big wheel but clearly a lot slower.

The next two riders in the team also had to cope in the dark, while I went and
tryed to get a couple of hours kip. Waking at Dawn as Paul finished his lap. By
this time, 4.30 am the lack of sleep was taking its toll, Paul was leaning
against the car trying to eat, but not wanting to. Drinking litres of water and
still feeling dehydrated, sick of malt loaf and energy drink. Leo had hit the
bonk on his night lap, I was lieing in my tent unable to sleep, Miark was
juggling to keep himself warm, we were in a bad way.

Daylight helped. I started my third lap at 7am ish, haveing chosen to use the
26inch wheel again, my knee hurt, I was tired and not at all certain I’d be able
to freemount the big wheel on the rough ground. With hind-sight I made the wrong
choice, this lap was even slower than my night lap. Following a couple of stupid
falls on easy ground I realised I was headed for the bonk and stopped to force
another cereal bar down. Energy levels re-set I managed to enjoy the single
track ride, riding most of it and haveing a great time, but I was sooo slow.

The othr guys on the team managed to pull off rather beter times than I for
their third laps. Paul achieved his best lap time with 1 hour 20 min, but he
could hardly breathe after he finished it. Our final rider on the course was
Miark. He was sent out with intructions to Lurk as none of us wanted to ride
another lap. Miark managed to get a good place in the scrum across the line
at 2.01pm.

How did we do? Well, we don’t really know yet. We managed 15 laps in 24hrs 1min,
we suspect we came last but its not certain. At mid-day there was another team
on the same number of laps as us only ten minutes ahead, its possible that Paul
and Miark managed better times than that other team to claw our way off the
bottom. We await the results with interest.

In conclusion, 24 hour endurance racing against two wheeled MTBs is hard work on
a unicycle. But you guessed that, didn’t you?

sarah

Re: Red Bull Mayhem

Sarah,

As normal great write up, the event was fun and we did get a great reception.
Here is one of the comments on rec.uk.cycling about reb bull, check out no.
8.

dave@ phased.co.uk wrote: Top 10 things about this year’s Red Bull:-
9) The course, well designed and about the right length
10) It didn’t rain
11) The solo riders, NUFF RESPECT DUE
12) The tent Playing “Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West”
13) Same tent playing “I am a Cyder drinker”
14) The night section, perfect !
15) The timing system, very well worked
16) The smiling unicycle riders, even after 24 hours
17) The friendly and helpful Shimano mechanics
18) Every St John’s ambulance volenteer looking and sounding like Jasper Carrot

I must say the one of the things that I really appreciated was the masseurs that
would attack you and get rid of all that pain after each lap. Before my first
lap on the Sunday I had to go there because my knee was really playing up so
much, I could ride but could not walk. They looked at my knee, iced it and then
showed me how to deal with it: moving knee cap in circles and then sweeping
movements with your hands up and down your leg next to the knee cap. 10 minutes
of this and I was ready for anything, in fact I did my fastest lap, even
overtaking one of the Rally riders! (I think he was not running on all
cylinders.)

Generally great fun. We have another weekend of Cokering this weekend. It is
going to be hard.

Cheers

Roger

 The UK's Unicycle Source <a href="http://www.unicycle.uk.com/">http://www.unicycle.uk.com/</a>

Re: Red Bull Mayhem

Sarah Miller wrote: [a wonderful story]

Dear Roger, Leo, Miark, Paul and Sarah,

let me tell you (and thereby expressing my deepest respect) that you are really
mad. And let me also tell you that I’m very very sad, to not have (or to not
know) such mad people around here.

Congratulations for your great achievement: 150 miles in 24 hours is fantastic,
even if it was done by 5 alternating riders.

Wish I could have been with you :frowning:

lars


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Re: Red Bull Mayhem

Well Done!!! I’m writing this from my Girlfriends computer, (I replied to your
earlier post) and will admit you managed around 3 more laps than our team did! I
admire your unicycling skill, I only use a 20" wheel for street riding and have
still not experienced MUNI although I want to purchase a bigger wheel

Simon Choppin Sarah Miller <sarah@vimes.u-net.com> wrote in message
news:71qdj8.1i2.ln@vimes.u-net.com
>
> Red bull mountain Mayhem = a 24 hour endurance MTB race.
>
> Team Muni = 5 unicyclists who entered the Red Bull Mayhem. Roger Davies, Leo
> White, Miark. Paul Selwood and Sarah Miller
>
> We did it, Team Muni survived the Red Bull, they said we were mad, they said
> we must be in some other shorter race, they said “good on yer mate” as they
> overtook us. Just about all of them (1795 other riders) said that last one.
>
> After last year’s 24 minute race at the RB mayhem, sarah plotted with Paul
> to get a unicycle team in the main race. Following a tip off from Chipps
> that the forms were out, we phoned up some other likely characters and put a
> team together. Making our entry as nondescript as possible and neglecting to
> mention the word unicycle we sent our entry off early and waited, and
> waited. Finally came the confirmation, we were in, the organisers hadn’t
> rumbled us yet.
>
> Weeks later a phone call out of the blue, Pat Adams the race organiser was on
> the line accusing me of pulling the wool over his eyes, the hawk eyed Mrs
> Adams had spotted my name on the form and remembered I was a unicyclist.
> Thankfully Pat laughed, called us mad and said that the cheque had been banked
> and he wouldn’t chuck us out. PHEW.
>
> June 23rd finally rolled around, team Muni meet up for the first time in 3
> months at the Campsite on the friday evening. We did our inspection lap, other
> riders started to question the lack of second wheel. Saturday 2pm and the
> start of the Mayhem, we send our best runner out to do the first lap, he
> brezzes back in after doing the 10 mile lap in about 1 hour 20
> min. Now the unicycles are realy getting noticed, the event commentators are
> curious about us. The TV crew covering the event have started filming us
> as one of their featured teams. As the afternoon rolls on we each get our
> first taste of racing on this course, 10 miles of short uphills, sharp
> desents, twisting single track, gravel tracks, field edges even tarmac,
> this course has every thing. We even cross the Motorway twice and
> cruelest of all have to ride up and round the campsite before the home
> stretch with a wicked hill climb just after the last tent.
>
> We are all riding Cokers for these early laps, the big wheel rolls easily over
> the lumpy ground, but the single track is tough and we have to jog or walk
> chunks of it. As dusk gathers Team Muni switch to smaller wheels, Roger had
> the lap into dusk, then at 10.30 I started my night lap, hopeing my lights
> would hold out on me trying to use them only when needed. I came a cropper
> early on with a fall on gravel that holed my leggings and my knee, but it was
> dark and I didn’t look to closely. I had chosen to use the smaller 26 inch
> wheel at night thinking it would be easier to get on after falls. It was, but
> the smaller wheel was badly affected by the lumpy fields and falls became more
> frequent. I was also a lot slower, the night lap took me 2 hours… The single
> track descents were less scary than on the big wheel but clearly a lot slower.
>
> The next two riders in the team also had to cope in the dark, while I went and
> tryed to get a couple of hours kip. Waking at Dawn as Paul finished his lap.
> By this time, 4.30 am the lack of sleep was taking its toll, Paul was leaning
> against the car trying to eat, but not wanting to. Drinking litres of water
> and still feeling dehydrated, sick of malt loaf and energy drink. Leo had hit
> the bonk on his night lap, I was lieing in my tent unable to sleep, Miark was
> juggling to keep himself warm, we were in a bad way.
>
>
> Daylight helped. I started my third lap at 7am ish, haveing chosen to use the
> 26inch wheel again, my knee hurt, I was tired and not at all certain I’d be
> able to freemount the big wheel on the rough ground. With hind-sight I made
> the wrong choice, this lap was even slower than my night lap. Following a
> couple of stupid falls on easy ground I realised I was headed for the bonk and
> stopped to force another cereal bar down. Energy levels re-set I managed to
> enjoy the single track ride, riding most of it and haveing a great time, but I
> was sooo slow.
>
> The othr guys on the team managed to pull off rather beter times than I for
> their third laps. Paul achieved his best lap time with 1 hour 20 min, but he
> could hardly breathe after he finished it. Our final rider on the course was
> Miark. He was sent out with intructions to Lurk as none of us wanted to ride
> another lap. Miark managed to get a good place in the scrum across the line
> at 2.01pm.
>
> How did we do? Well, we don’t really know yet. We managed 15 laps in 24hrs
> 1min, we suspect we came last but its not certain. At mid-day there was
> another team on the same number of laps as us only ten minutes ahead, its
> possible that Paul and Miark managed better times than that other team to claw
> our way off the bottom. We await the results with interest.
>
> In conclusion, 24 hour endurance racing against two wheeled MTBs is hard work
> on a unicycle. But you guessed that, didn’t you?
>
> sarah

Re: Red Bull Mayhem

Lars Burgstahler wrote: [… snip …]
> And let me also tell you that I’m very very sad, to not have (or to not know)
> such mad people around here.

Addendum:

didn’t take 20 minutes and I got a mail from Arne. He asked if I was seriously
interested in doing similar things. He things that it should be possible to find
some people over here to do similar things :slight_smile: Things start to look better.

lars


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