I have just been informed that the event organisers ( The British Heart Foundation ) of the London to Brighton cycle ride have refused me entry on the event, and that they do NOT allow unicycles to take part.
Unfortunately my team mate did . . .at first they were all ‘That’s great, we would love to have you, could we do some film and interviews with you.’, and then they wrote back a week later and said that it contravened their terms and conditions.
They only allow two wheels - although they also allow people on trike’s using hand cranks.
They also said that it was an issue of ‘duty of care’. I explained that a unicycle is not dangerous unless ridden dangerously, and that we go as fast (if not faster) than someone using hand cranks - or a cyclist who has run out of puff and is walking.
How many cyclists when in training get stopped by complete strangers and asked what they are doing and why, and then have the stranger offer to sponsor them?
The morale of this story is . . .be subversive and don’t tell them.
Oh wonderful, looks like someone in their health & safety department was having a particularly vigilant day.
(Don’t get me started. No, really).
On a side note, I do hope this directive doesn’t cover all their rides, as I’ve enjoyed the BHF Gower bike ride on the uni for quite a few years now, and I’d be a bit ticked if there was a blanket ban on unis.
I have a tendency to have a comment about everything. I come from a very talkative family, and it gets me in trouble sometimes.
I would be outside on my uni, but I woke up today with my back crooked at an angle and I’m walking around the house in pain like an old man.
You know, despite them rejecting you. Sometimes you can show up to these kinds of things, and if you’re super nice and polite, or you get a really nice person at check in, you can sneak your way in. Obviously it would subjective to how they do their system.
I don’t know of the event, but it’s a charity event right? This seems extremely ridiculous that they would reject something as eye-catching as a unicyclist at a charity event.
If they only allow two wheels, show up with two wheels…one on the uni and one strapped to your back (an old 16", a cart wheel or even a wheel of cheese). When they inquire say your bike just broke, but in the true spirit of a charity ride, you’re willing to push on…
Well wait, we haven’t discussed it from the organizers point of view.
They may not know what kind of unicycle you will be riding. They might be thinking of a 6’ tall giraffe!! I could understand if that was what their mind brings up when they hear unicycle. Maybe it’s just a matter of showing them what road uni really is!
Unfortunately its was the HEAD of the event that I ended up speaking to.
I did offer to attach another wheel to the frame and turn it into a biycle (please all, excuse me for my sins), the response was that i would have to submit a picture to them. I was also imediatley informed that modifications were also not alolowed:).
At this point I wished her well with organising such a huge event, and apologised for the time that I had taken up in the run up to such a major event, adding that i hoped they would re-evaluate their policies regarding unicycles.
It seems to be a cruious bit of human behaviour at work here. No-one would expect someone to turn down two thousand pounds for a charity… I’m really curious about what the actual organisers of this event would think if they found out about this! A unicycle not only brings attention, I’m sure a unicyclist could potentially raise a lot more money for charity by just riding one wheel! People look at a unicycle like the silly vehicle it can appear to be, but for real if you were serious enough to try to get sponsors I’m sure many people would be up for it!