Today was the annual Sydney to Gong Bike Ride. It is a 90km (56miles) ride between Sydney and Wollongong. Check out the map at http://www.msnsw.org.au/oe/syd-gong-bike2002/docs/map.php
Although the start and finish are at about the same elevation the highest point is about 200m (650 feet) which you hit twice, with a trip to about sea level in between.
I have done this once before on a Bike (in 1999) which I did in about 3.5 hours. Today I tried to do it on a Unicycle. As I had only had the Coker for a week I knew that I would be doing very well if I managed to finish. I set my goal to get to Waterfall (40kms, 25 miles) which I did manage to achieve.
I must say that it was an absolute blast doing the part of the ride that I did. I got so many positive comments from people that a few times I thought that if I got one or two more my grin would be that big that the top of my head would fall off. I had several people take a picture of me as the rode past and some stop ahead of me to take a shot.
I also had a lot of fun riding up hills and passing people. As the event is held on main roads I also had many people drive past cheering me on.
Distance: 41.51 kms
Average Speed: 14.54 kms/hour
Trip Time: 2hours, 51mins, Real Time: about 3hours 30mins
Max Speed: 44kms/hour (I suspect that this may have occurred during a failed mount, I think my real max was mid to low 20’s)
UPD’s: 4, one uphill, one downhill (put the brake on too hard), one on the flat (hit a dip in the road) and one turning a corner.
I took a break at each scheduled rest point plus a few others along the way (mainly to give a particular part of the anatomy a blood supply again).
As far as I know no one has ever completed the 90km leg on a Unicycle, Joel Penson did the 58km leg in 1999 on a 24”. So as I failed this year the title still stands, hopefully I can do this next year with more training.
I had two people mention that they could ride a Unicycle, one guy who owns and rides a 20” had a go on it as well, he did well considering that he had only ever ridden a 20” before today.
From the trip I think I have a pulled muscle in my Left Thigh that is a bit painful when I walk and my right knee was a bit sore on the trip between the station and home but apart from that I am feeling pretty good (I will see how I feel in the morning).
One question that I do have is what sort of saddle do people use for Long Distance Unicycling, I was using a Miyata Air Saddle with an Air Pillow and Roach Cover, it was fine for about 10-15kms and then I started to go numb.