UNICON XI 10K - was - Lars's long uni ride

I saw the finish of the 10K. It was indeed a fast race. I believe Roger
Davies finished first just under 30 minute (27:??). There was a rider on a
24" just behind him (maybe 3rd or 4th place?). Most of the riders at the
front of the pack were on Cokers. Some of the Phillipinos rode on 20"
cycles. Some other notable finishers near the front were: John Foss (on a
wheel larger than a Coker), Greg Harper (on his geared uni), and John
Drummond (riding a Coker).

I wanted to participate but arrived late and left my Coker at home. I don’t
know what the course terrain was like but if it was a relatively flat course
I think I would have finished in the top 10.

My friend Guy Hansen had a bad crash during the 10K and broke a rib.
Despite his injury he competed in the pairs freestyle with his daughter the
next day.

-mg

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> David,
>
> Thanks for sorting, and forwarding the writings pertinent to this
> newsgroup. I am surprised Lar used 4-inch crank for most of the ride.
> 4 inch must be faster than 5 inch on most terrain. I am looking forward
> to giving them a shot.
>
> When you get a chance, let us know how the 10K race went at UNICON. I
> am curious to hear how fast the speedsters covered the course. If the
> course was fairly flat, and clean, I’m sure a few people were able to
> scream through it.
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Michael,

Thanks for the update. Seems to me the guys at the front should have been faster than the mid 20’s. Perhaps some nasty roads prevented them from going all out. Or perhaps everyone took it easy and enjoyed the ride.

Your friend Guy Hansen must be one tuff dude to perform the next day with a busted rib.

Since this was your first UNICON, and really didn’t know what to expect, when you get a chance, please share some thoughts with us. What was the atmosphere like, and what stood out the most as far as events you saw? How about your wife and kids, did they enjoy it as much as you did?

dan

Re: UNICON XI 10K - was - Lars’s long uni ride

michael_j_grant@msn.com writes:
>I saw the finish of the 10K. It was indeed a fast race. I believe Roger
>Davies finished first just under 30 minute (27:??).
Actually, his time was in the 24s (24 mins and change).

>There was a rider on a

>24" just behind him (maybe 3rd or 4th place?).
Worth noting: The 2nd place rider reportedly had TWO INCH CRANKS on his
24" uni. I can’t even imagine what that’d be like. The cranks probably
look like thick paper clips. Good luck stopping with those!

>Most of the riders at the

>front of the pack were on Cokers. Some of the Phillipinos rode on 20"

>cycles. Some other notable finishers near the front were: John Foss (on
>a

>wheel larger than a Coker), Greg Harper (on his geared uni), and John

>Drummond (riding a Coker).
>
>I wanted to participate but arrived late and left my Coker at home. I
>don’t

>know what the course terrain was like but if it was a relatively flat
>course

>I think I would have finished in the top 10.
I know Roger and I would have had fun with Cokers, but I was not planning
to bring mine and would have opted for (and lost in) the ‘limited’ version
(24" uni, 5" cranks). The top finishers in that category had times under
36 mins, which to me is even more impressive than Roger’s time (if you do
the math, it seems they were pedaling faster, and I think it’s harder to
maintain that speed on a smaller wheel. I finished the 800m race in 2:28
or so, huffing and puffing, and later realized that the winner would have
had to keep up my speed for the whole 10000m – amazing!).
>
>My friend Guy Hansen had a bad crash during the 10K and broke a rib.

>Despite his injury he competed in the pairs freestyle with his daughter
>the

>next day.
I’m glad he was able to compete the next day - how nice. He’s really
fast, too. I hope the rib is ok.
>

David Stone