Unicon IX

Hi there !

For those who want more information about the hockey tournement at Unicon IX
check this out: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/~krampsmc/U9/

There is also a small map of the center of Bottrop where you can find some
locations like the “Wettkampfzentrum” and other gyms.

holger

RE: UNICON IX

This was written by Steve Dressler and posted to iuf-discuss. He asked me to
forward it to rec.sport.unicycling as well:


[Alberto Ruiz had asked about UNICON stories & results]

Buenos Dias and I’m glad you asked! … I’ll just jot down a few
observations before hitting the “Jet Lag” pillow over here in Hong Kong. I DO
understand why most participants are still “out of it” or may even still be
touring Europe after leaving the event. Coherent comments should begin rolling
in as we all wake up a week or so from now!!!

Sadly, Unicon attendees all missed something special by not being able to
witness your Puerto Rican “Stars” in action!

“UNICON IX - ACCORDING TO S.G. DRESSLER” )–/================O

Congratulations to Christian and Rita of Bottrup, who led dozens of colorfully -
clad volunteers in organizing and presenting an unforgettable UNICON IX in
Germany July 25 to August 2! I believe that the final count of countries
represented was 15 or 16. (measured by the number of opening greetings in
different languages presented by Jack Halpern)

Great times, Frankfurters and Wiener Schnitzel was had by all present! Awesome
performances as usual by “Kato” of Japan and the USA entourage, and European
talent shined everywhere. We all learned a new meaning for the word “Money.” His
name is Julian Money (Monney?) from Geneva, Switzerland, and rumour has it that
he “coasted” bare-chested all the way to Bottrup on a custom, chrome-plated 20"!
All were amazed at his gravity-defying antics! We’d all love to see more of him
and perhaps the rest of the enthusiastic Swiss unicycling community at some
future UNICON in Switzerland!

And there was a “new star” (name?) from Japan who could spin / pirhouette at
will like a top! His team of “Post Cinderella” group freestyle riders left the
crowds with skinnless hands after a deafening applause for their opening
demonstration show which seemed to take 10 (or more?) riders at maximum speed
through graceful twists and configurations … all while stand-up
pull-coasting / spinning / gliding, and more coasting! My hands still hurt!!!
Like at David Copperfield’s magic “Flying” act, one is left wondering where they
hide their attached invisible safety strings!

Opening with a “Unicycle Disco” and a John Foss’ favorite impromptu “UNI SUMO”
competition, the fun and games of UNICON IX rolled on over 9 consecutive days.
Track events went on rain or shine, and the Mainland Chinese team seemed to have
set new records in every race! These guys and girls are
fassssssssssssssssssssssssstttttt!

Standard skills and freestyle events pushed, as usual, the limits to human
comprehension of what is possible on or in the vicinity of a unicycle.
Orienteering races and a 10 K marathon were held on a network of paths through
freshly rain-sprinkled forests, ensuring mud and fun for all including one guy
who did the entire 10K on a “Kangaroo.!”

And the words UNICYCLE HOCKEY became live “in your face” as team after European
team wowwed the crowds assembled with skillful mastery of this fast-paced
derivative of our sport! Although my Hong Kong team was a bit disappointed that
no “basketball” tournament was held, (the “Eagles” had prepared for and
anticipated such an event) still a new appreciation was gained by all for the
word “Teamwork” after having watched the Hockey events.

But for those few lucky riders (like us) who shifted gears and made the trip
from Bottrup, Germany up to Edinburgh, Scotland for the “British Unicycling
Convention,” there was basketball for all, and the “Eagles” finally did get to
fly … taking second place under beautiful sunshine in Roger Davies’
fun-paced Scottish UNI Basketball tournament. (More on BUC later … an entirely
different sort of event)

2 IUF meetings took place and many issues were discussed. The meetings were
well-attended and the issue on everyone’s minds and mouths seemed to be the
location of UNICON X! Discussions of possibly hosting the event in Switzerland
or Japan proved to be premature, and were quickly washed away by the Mainland
Chinese delegation who offered to host UNICON X in Beijing’s “Asian Games
Village” in the year 2000.

Unicon IX closed with 10 or so fabulous “Group Freestyle” performances with
music, costume, and attitude from all corners of the globe. The Hong Kong
“Eagles” proudly lead off the colorful competition by doing a “Hong Kong Kung
Fu” UNI - spoof. It was their (our) first - ever (real) appearance at a UNICON,
and the Eagles’ first-ever performance outside of Hong Kong; a proud moment for
this long-frustrated coach of “The Unicycling Society of Hong Kong!”

Germany, Denmark, Japan, etc, etc, rolled out and impressed the weary crowds!
Finally, the thrilling “Ghouls” of the USA team arose from the dead and
wheel-walked their way to a well-deserved gold medal in this event. I’m glad I
wasn’t a judge because picking among the other performances for a second or
third place would have been a tough act!!! They were all clever and unique and
every performer deserved a medal just for being able to hold up on the wheel (s)
after the 9 days and nights of UNI - PARTY German - Style!

Jack Halpern closed the event by exchanging T-shirts with the leader of the
Mainland Chinese delegation who promised an exciting, interesting, even bigger
event in Beijing in the year 2000. There’s even talk of another day-trip / 10K
marathon at the famous “Great Wall.” (Once they’ve given their final
confirmation, the IUF will work with the Chinese hosts to assure a safe,
innovative, and culturally - rich event for all)

Following UNICON IX, many hearty European riders strapped on their backpacks,
mounted their wheels and rode off into the sunset and in every other direction.
Some even drove vehicles away from the event and are still traversing the
vastness of Europe. Most will eventually come back to “real life” as office
workers, parks and recreation officers, or bus drivers in other lands still
further off, but will have been better off for having picked up many new
friends, new skills, and unforgettable moments at and around UNICON IX!

Here’s some good “UNI AIR” once again for Christian, Rita and all the other
organizers of this latest, biggest, and greatest UNICON event.

S.G. Dressler - “Team Leader” The Unicycling Society of Hong Kong

RE: UNICON IX

At 02:28 PM 08/12/1998 -0700, Foss, JohnX wrote:
>Steve Dressler wrote:

>>Opening with a “Unicycle Disco” and a John Foss’ favorite impromptu “UNI SUMO”
>>competition, the fun and games of UNICON IX rolled on over 9 consecutive days.

Traditionally, the best of the UNICONs has been the activities off the
competition. This is the first UNICON that I miss since UNICON I. I almost
feel like crying. Anybody that has not been to one, make sure that you
attend UNICON X.

>

>>including one guy who did the entire 10K on a “Kangaroo.!”
>
>It was UNICON XIII host Peter Philip! He didn’t ride the whole thing
>though, did he?

I am glad that Peter could attend and do his thing. Peter, hosted UNICON VIII
without ever having attended one. The IUF was doing OK in the USA, Japan, and
Puerto Rico. But the feeling of the IUF was that we had to grow in Europe, the
cradle of our movement, so we wanted to hold UNICON VIII. Peter and his group
stepped forward and did an amazing feat hosting an outstanding UNICON in
England. Things that we should all remember.
>
>>And the words UNICYCLE HOCKEY became live “in your face” as team after
>>European team wowwed the crowds assembled with skillful mastery of this
>
>Also the American team didn’t do too bad, making it to the quarter finals. This
>success is probably due in part to my not playing.
>
Agree.
>>2 IUF meetings took place and many issues were discussed. The meetings were
>>well-attended and the issue on everyone’s minds and mouths seemed to be the
>>location of UNICON X! Discussions of possibly hosting the event in Switzerland
>>or Japan proved to be premature, and were quickly washed away by the Mainland
>>Chinese delegation who offered to host UNICON X in Beijing’s "Asian Games
>>Village" in the year 2000.
>
>Yes, it’s “Beijing 2000” all over again, so start saving up last week already!
let us all try to make a goal of it. We have two years to prepare.
>
>IUF posts: President: Alberto Ruiz (that’s what he probably wanted to know!)
>Vice President: Jack Halpern Sec/Treas: Ken Fuchs Director: John Foss Director:
>Wolfgang Stroessner New Director: Steve Dressler
>
It is an honor for me to be President of the IUF. I just believe that for the
sake of the movement, the President’s term should not be too long.
>Tentative Newsletter Editor: Kevin Gilbertson
Great help. Why tentative?
>

>

>INDIVIDUAL FREESTYLE:
>1. Dustin Kelm (USA)
Great. Dustin have been a top rider for many years. At least since 1987 in
Japan. I always admired that he dared to be different.
>1. Dana Schneider (USA)
So, what else is new.
>
>PAIRS FREESTYLE:
>1. Dana Schneider & Andy Cotter (USA)
>2. (can’t remember their names boy/girl pair from Toyoda) (Japan)
>3. Bernadette Girshausen & Uli Kirsch (Germany)
I am not surprised. Bernadette and Uli are great riders.
>STANDARD SKILL:
>1. Julien Monney (Switzerland)
He repeated. As far as I know, Julien could be the best rider in the world. He
also knows how to credit people who has been a good infuence on him. Whoever
came in second is the first person in the 90’s whose name is not Javier to get
second place in Standard Skill.
>1. Dana Schneider (USA)
Do I see a trend that started a couple of years ago?
>
Alberto Ruiz IUF President
>
>
Alberto Ruiz ruizb@coqui.net

RE: UNICON IX

>Whoever came in second is the first person in the 90’s whose name is not Javier
>to get second place in Standard Skill.

I think the guy’s name was Javier Saborrosch.

Just kidding!

jf

RE: UNICON IX

>>including one guy who did the entire 10K on a “Kangaroo.!”
>
>It was UNICON XIII host Peter Philip! He didn’t ride the whole
thing
>though, did he?
Yes, Peter did the whole thing on a kangaroo. He fell near the end and took many
tries to get back on, but he finished it.

>STANDARD SKILL:
>1. Julien Monney (Switzerland)
He repeated. As far as I know, Julien could be the best rider in the
world. He also knows how to credit people who has been a good infuence
on him. Whoever came in second is the first person in the 90’s whose
name is not Javier to get second place in Standard Skill. Second place
was Uli Kirsch, Third Ryan Wood, Four Kevin Gilbertson, and fifth some
old balding guy who happened to have a good day:>) Std Skill was a
disaster for many of the males with many losing 30-57 points!

Re: UNICON IX

Steve Dressler wrote:

> But for those few lucky riders (like us) who shifted gears and made the trip
> from Bottrup, Germany up to Edinburgh, Scotland for the "British Unicycling
> Convention," there was basketball for all, and the “Eagles” finally did get to
> fly … taking second place under beautiful sunshine in Roger Davies’
> fun-paced Scottish UNI Basketball tournament. (More on BUC later … an
> entirely different sort of event)

The credit for the Uni Basketball tournament should not go in my direction at
all, it was the Belgiums who organised it and I am extremely grately for them
doing it. I do hope that we can include this event in more of our conventions as
it was a fantastic fun - thanks to Michelle for organising it (sorry I don’t
know her surname).

Cheers

Roger

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                      Stockton, North East England

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