Its been said before and we will hapily say it again , the UK don’t DO
freestyle. So how come at UniconX the 30 plus pairs freestyle had more UK
participants than all the other contries put together?
Are you sitting comfortable, then I’ll begin.
Roger Davis agreed to do a pairs freestyle to keep Keligh happy, shes the 14
year old Brit that had the unicycle welded to her bum all convention, and had to
prised off it long after her bed time. Shes also one of the VERY few Uk riders
to actully be fairly into free style type riding, and we like to keep her happy,
coz grumpy 14 year olds can be hell to spend a fortnight with
Then I’d agreed to do a routine on Cokers ( to keep Jack happy ( hes the **
year old, and grumpy ** year olds can be …) It was the first Coker pairs
routine in a freestyle competion, we found the area way too small and relyed on
the free bit to carry us through as the style was a bit rough and ready. Cokers
aren’t really suited to demontrating skills in a small space ( they want to run
free, in the wild etc…) and easy stuff on a twenty suddenly becomes very hard
on a coker.
But the UKs finest contribution to the mayhem that was the 30plus pairs was
surely the Lunis hockey team appearence in Angie and Steves tribute to Roger
Davis. Clearly labeled as “props” our boys made their acting debut in cameo
roles celebrating the Lunis World Hockey victory down the pub.
Roger Davis ( played by Steve compleate with glasses, and bandaged nose) is
celebrating his finest moment with a few beer and the boys, when sudenly, The
pub door swings open and who should be looking for him but CLAIRE. ( played
beautifully by Angie). And Claires not to happy to find Roger boozing with the
boys, a chase ensused with the pair weaving between the Lunis players as they
bob to the juke box muzac. Claire threatens Roger with a sawn off hockey stick,
he finally manges to get her off her uni and carries her off into the sunset .
Or something like that, I found it difficult to concentrate for laughing so
much. After the dreadfully earnest and rather samey free style stuff we had seen
from the younger riders I found the 30 plus pairs a breath of fresh air, people
were laughing with us. These were not routines that had been practised till they
shone, none of them had been practised before unicon began. Jack and I had never
even met before the event, Roger and Keligh had put their routine together in a
corner of the gym. Steve had worked out thier routine in the bar with the Lunis
the night before, then woken Angie up at 1am to practice it in the hotel lobby.
So no the UK still don’t DO freestyle, but we don’t mind having a giggle,
helping someone out or indulging a 14 year old.
And the folk danceing? Thats not freestyle, thats fun.