Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

All unicyclists! (This message originally sent on 4/20, but apparently never
made it to the ng)

I’ve been in contact with a guy at Fox TV named Josh Uranga. He’s producing
segments for a TV show about Guinness records. This show is planned for this
summer, and is directly connected with the Guinness company. Records set (or
established) on this show should later appear in the Guinness Book.

After looking at some of our web stuff, Josh is looking for neat unicycle stuff
that will look cool on his show. It has to be interesting, so don’t suggest
doing a stillstand for 24 hours.

We can either break existing records or possibly get new ones established. One
of the first ones I thought of was to set an overall speed record for unicycles.
Floyd Beattie set one in 1986 at about 23 mph on a big wheel on level ground. I
know Brett Bymaster can go faster than that, without even pedaling.

They also want to see some “neat, cool, sexy, exciting, etc.” stuff offroad.
It’s up to us to come up with ideas for records we can do. Like other TV people,
he seems to want to see high speed downhill stuff. It’s hard to communicate to
people that unicycles have to be pedaled, so they don’t go real fast.

But he did suggest that he might be able to set up something where they bring
together 5 or so of the best unicyclists, to try riding on a super-difficult
piece of trail, or to ride a downhill course faster than it’s ever been done.

Right now they are looking for ideas. If you can think of anything you can do,
or something someone else might do, and a record-setting quality that might go
with it, please let the newsgroup know. I’ll be talking to Josh again in a few
days, and I told him that you folks should be able to come up with good ideas.

Who wants to be on TV?

John Foss unifoss@calweb.com (writing from work)

Re: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

How about the world record for the most performers doing the same finale (3
dangerous objects <or fire> on a giraffe).


> From: Foss, JohnX <johnx.foss@intel.com> To: ju@lmnotv.com;
> unicycling@winternet.com; unifoss@calweb.com Subject: Stunts needed for
> Guinness TV show Date: Tuesday, April 28, 1998 6:00 AM
>
> All unicyclists! (This message originally sent on 4/20, but apparently never
> made it to
the
> ng)
>
> I’ve been in contact with a guy at Fox TV named Josh Uranga. He’s producing
> segments for a TV show about Guinness records. This show is planned for this
> summer, and is directly connected with the Guinness company. Records set (or
> established) on this show should later appear in the Guinness Book.
>
> After looking at some of our web stuff, Josh is looking for neat unicycle
> stuff that will look cool on his show. It has to be interesting, so don’t
> suggest doing a stillstand for 24 hours.
>
> We can either break existing records or possibly get new ones established. One
> of the first ones I thought of was to set an overall speed record for
> unicycles. Floyd Beattie set one in 1986 at about 23 mph on a big wheel on
> level ground. I know Brett Bymaster can go faster than that, without even
> pedaling.
>
> They also want to see some “neat, cool, sexy, exciting, etc.” stuff offroad.
> It’s up to us to come up with ideas for records we can do. Like other TV
> people, he seems to want to see high speed downhill stuff. It’s hard to
> communicate to people that unicycles have to be pedaled, so they don’t go
> real fast.
>
> But he did suggest that he might be able to set up something where they bring
> together 5 or so of the best unicyclists, to try riding on a super-difficult
> piece of trail, or to ride a downhill course faster than it’s ever been done.
>
> Right now they are looking for ideas. If you can think of anything you can do,
> or something someone else might do, and a record-setting quality that might go
> with it, please let the newsgroup know. I’ll be talking to Josh again in a few
> days, and I told him that you folks should be able to come up with good ideas.
>
> Who wants to be on TV?
>
> John Foss unifoss@calweb.com (writing from work)

RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

Lisa (Ms. Lady),

>Sounds like great coverage for the sport of unicycling! Off hand I think
it
>would be great to perform breaking the world’s record in jump roping on the uni
>on TV–especially if it has not been listed as an official guiness
record.

Andy and Connie did that record, in England, just a few months ago. It’s not

listed in the American Guinness book, but apparently is in UK. They wrote about
it, I think in the current On One Wheel.

>(standing and sitting) and wheel walking…and the longest anyone has been
>imprisoned for unicycling :-).

I don’t supposed you’d like to go for that record… )-o

Was very sorry to hear about your un-fun day with the DC police. It’s comforting
to know that DC’s finest is out there protecting all us citizens from dangerous
criminals like yourself. Too bad there isn’t any car theft, drug dealing,
graffiti or even littering going on to keep those guys busy…

John Foss

RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

Brett Bymaster wrote:

>Sounds like a High Speed Gliding challenge to me. I think that speeds
of
>around 30 mph are possible (without cranks). I set my personal speed
limit

Yes, you were who I had in mind. I’ll certainly watch, but I don’t like the idea
of going faster than running speed with my feet up on a unicycle.

>Also, I think higher speeds than 23 mph are possible on a big wheel. I suspect
>that speeds closer to 26 or 27 could be achieved on a 45"
wheel.

Yes, I’ll be wanting to do that one. We will have to find out the rules (IHPVA
uses) for such things. I know it’s a 200meter speed trap, and I think you have
to ride it in both directions to cancel any wind factor. I know Floyd Beattie’s
record can be broken.

>I am considering attempting the Western States 100 trail (which goes
from

Even an attempt at this one would be a spectacular addition to a Guinness TV
show. That amount of riding, not to mention 15,000 feet of climbing, simply
boggles the mind!

>Another unicycling record could be the highest vertical climb in one
day
>(like climbing Pikes Peak or something).

Sounds like another possibility for Brett. Or, if they want something more
interesting, perhaps a shorter race up a steep and nasty piece of barely

rideable trail.

>Or the largest log that can be cleared (Peck would certainly win this).

Who knows? But again it would make for interesting video; more chance for
crashes and falling in this one.

Stay on top, John Foss

Re: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

John wrote:

> But he did suggest that he might be able to set up something where they bring
> together 5 or so of the best unicyclists, to try riding on a super-difficult
> piece of trail, or to ride a downhill course faster than it’s ever been done.

Can I come and play! :slight_smile:

Something that has been talked about by quite a large group of people of this
side of the pond is to set a world record for the coast to coast route. Max and
my self have already ordered a coker unicycle hoping this will the machine to do
it with. It is about 140 miles and is not flat! It would make a very hard
ride/race for setting the record. Michele Arrets also want to be involved in any
ride (he is the current holder of the lands end to John O’Groats record)

Cheers

Roger

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Re: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

>We can either break existing records or possibly get new ones established. One
>of the first ones I thought of was to set an overall speed record for
>unicycles. Floyd Beattie set one in 1986 at about 23 mph on a big wheel on
>level ground. I know Brett Bymaster can go faster than that, without even
>pedaling.

Sounds like a High Speed Gliding challenge to me. I think that speeds of around
30 mph are possible (without cranks). I set my personal speed limit at 25 so I
don’t kill myself, but I might be willing to go a bit faster for a Guinness
record. Anyone else out there want to try for a high speed gliding record? For
more info, see the HSG web page:
http://shay.ecn.purdue.edu/~bymaster/muni/hsg.html Also, I think higher speeds
than 23 mph are possible on a big wheel. I suspect that speeds closer to 26 or
27 could be achieved on a 45" wheel.

>But he did suggest that he might be able to set up something where they bring
>together 5 or so of the best unicyclists, to try riding on a super-difficult
>piece of trail

I am considering attempting the Western States 100 trail (which goes from
Sacramento to Reno) sometime in the near future. The Tevis Cup horse race and
Western States Endurance running race is held on this trail. It is 100 miles
long and has something like 15000 vertical feet of climbing. The endurance race
is considered the most difficult ultra-marathon event in the world (or at least
so I’m told). I think I can ride it in something like 23 hours, but it would
require a lot of training, and I don’t have a lot of time. Has anyone else done
an ultra-marathon type ride on a unicycle (ie a 24 hour ride)? As far as I know,
this would be the longest mountain unicycling ride ever attempted, and it would
certainly be the first unicyclist to attempt the Western States 100.

Another unicycling record could be the highest vertical climb in one day (like
climbing Pikes Peak or something). Or the largest log that can be cleared (Peck
would certainly win this).

Trying to get on TV, Brett Bymaster bymaster@purdue.edu
http://shay.ecn.purdue.edu/~bymaster

Re: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

Greetings

In message “RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show”, Foss, JohnX wrote…

>>Also, I think higher speeds than 23 mph are possible on a big wheel. I
>>suspect that speeds closer to 26 or 27 could be achieved on a 45"
>wheel.

I lost track of who is saying what. John, didn’t Floyd Crandal achieve an
instantaneous speed of seomthing like 52 kph on a big wheel back in the early
eighties or late seventies?

Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President Website: http://www.kanji.org

RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

> How about the world record for the most performers doing the same finale (3
> dangerous objects <or fire> on a giraffe).

How many would that have to be? Who wants to do it?

jf

RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

Hello, what is the recaord for rope jumping? How long and what frequency?
Cheers, Claus

On Tue, 28 Apr 1998, Foss, JohnX wrote:

> Lisa (Ms. Lady),
>
> >Sounds like great coverage for the sport of unicycling! Off hand I think
> it
> >would be great to perform breaking the world’s record in jump roping on the
> >uni on TV–especially if it has not been listed as an official guiness
> record.
>
> Andy and Connie did that record, in England, just a few months ago. It’s not
>
> listed in the American Guinness book, but apparently is in UK. They wrote
> about it, I think in the current On One Wheel.
>
> >(standing and sitting) and wheel walking…and the longest anyone has been
> >imprisoned for unicycling :-).
>
> I don’t supposed you’d like to go for that record… )-o
>
> Was very sorry to hear about your un-fun day with the DC police. It’s
> comforting to know that DC’s finest is out there protecting all us citizens
> from dangerous criminals like yourself. Too bad there isn’t any car theft,
> drug dealing, graffiti or even littering going on to keep those guys busy…
>
> John Foss

RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

Dear Guinness, etc:

How about the most number of Unicycle Jump Ropes done by an imprisoned Unicycle
Mime in full costume in the DC drunk tank?

It WOULD make great video, and even qualify for “America’s funniest
prison videos!”

I’m (WAS) from the DC-area too AND also have experiences in UNICYCLE court /
prison in Mexico and Hong Kong. I’m VERY fired up about the message from the
Legal type guy about the “Executioner impaling himself upon his own sword!”

Unicyclists are experimenteers, underdogs and entertainers … but we’re NOT
rogues or trouble makers (not usually.) And, most of us (except the JUA which is
often sponsored by COCA COLA) must call upon resources other than big bucks to
get our messages accross. Let’s use these two simultaneous opportunities
(Imprisoned Uni-Lady & Guinness Search) to once again cleverly trumpet the joy /
wonder / freedom of our sport to an amazed world!!

GOOD LUCK … Let’s hope this gets on TV SOMEHOW!!!

Still unicycling In “Red” Hong Kong.

S.G. Dressler - “The UNI MALE”

>–/=============O = :wink:

P.S. Anybody know where to find Tricia Hands or Tricia Hands - Dearing (as
she’s now called), who’s another famous old - school unicyclist / attitude
advocate from the DC area? I trained with her in those old days!!

SD

At 19:17 29/04/98 +0200, Willemer Claus wrote:
>Hello, what is the recaord for rope jumping? How long and what frequency?
>Cheers, Claus
>
>
>On Tue, 28 Apr 1998, Foss, JohnX wrote:
>
>> Lisa (Ms. Lady),
>>
>> >Sounds like great coverage for the sport of unicycling! Off hand I think
>> it
>> >would be great to perform breaking the world’s record in jump roping on
the
>> >uni on TV–especially if it has not been listed as an official guiness
>> record.
>>
>> Andy and Connie did that record, in England, just a few months ago. It’s
not
>>
>> listed in the American Guinness book, but apparently is in UK. They wrote
>> about it, I think in the current On One Wheel.
>>
>> >(standing and sitting) and wheel walking…and the longest anyone has
been
>> >imprisoned for unicycling :-).
>>
>> I don’t supposed you’d like to go for that record… )-o
>>
>> Was very sorry to hear about your un-fun day with the DC police. It’s
>> comforting to know that DC’s finest is out there protecting all us citizens
>> from dangerous criminals like yourself. Too bad there isn’t any car theft,
>> drug dealing, graffiti or even littering going on to keep those guys busy…
>>
>> John Foss
>>
>
>

RE: Stunts needed for Guinness TV show

Jack,
> I lost track of who is saying what. John, didn’t Floyd Crandal achieve an
> instantaneous speed of seomthing like 52 kph on a big wheel back in the early
> eighties or late seventies?

I think you’ve been listening to the tall tales of JeanPaul Jenack. He used to
tell some whoppers, didn’t he? I never heard of any 52kph record, though I know
when Cathy Fox set her 100 mile record in 1980, Floyd rode with her, for the
first half of the way! He was on a very heavy wagon wheel. And a Tom Miller big
wheel is heavy enough. I was riding mine this evening, finding out just how
steep the hills in my local neighborhood are!

jf