Unithon III notes

Special event: Unithon III, 6/2/01

The Unithon was held today in perfect weather. About a dozen riders
braved weather reports, black clouds, and rain all around, but for us and
the lucky people of Long Beach Island, there were only clear skies and
dry roads.

Briget Sprouls, 15, and her parents, Roe (Rosemary) and Kevin, organized
the event, now in its third year. With the help of several police cars,
unicyclists rode most of the length of the island, around 18 miles, the
ride culminating at the site of a beautiful lighthouse.

Riders hailed mainly from parts of New York and New Jersey and varied in
age over about five decades, the youngest being 10-year-old Shane, one of
the two female riders. Wonderful volunteers gave us rest stops about every
four miles replete with fruit, Power Bars, and water.

The ride started at about 10:30am and ended for most of us around four
hours later. First to arrive was David Bagley on his beautiful 43”
Semcycle. Shortly after, David Kaplan, Briget, and a young man named Matt
arrived. Riders trickled in after that, some holding their seats to try to
lessen the pain. This pain was caused in equal part by their uncomfortable
Viscount seats and also by the awareness that a few others were riding on
air seats. Most riders had Cokers, tho Shane borrowed a 24” (to avoid
having to ride the 20” she’d brought); she completed about 10 miles of the
ride. I rode back and forth on the route in order to get in a bit more
distance and help out wherever I could, and I finished with 28 miles.

Kudos to the Sprouls and the volunteers for putting together such a
wonderful day. It was great to meet new riders and their families and to
put faces to those I’d only ‘met’ on line. Everyone was really nice, and
it was fun afterwards at the barbecue to see people trying out various
unis and tricks. David B had brought along a carful of cool things
including an ultimate wheel, a 20” uni, and lots of great juggling
apparatus. I demonstrated a few new tricks, and valuable discussions
were held on such matters as foot-on-pedal placement and, of course,
those air seats.

I know many of us look forward to riding again next year. Riders I can
recall: Too young to vote: Shane, 10 Jax, 14 (?) Briget, 15 James David
K, 16 Matt

Not too old to vote: David Bagley David Stone (me) Jim (?) Larry Raphael

The 3rd Annual LBI Unithon, as David indicated, was indeed a
splendid affair.

I’d like to add that the Asbury Park Press ran an article on us in the
Sunday June 3rd edition in the Local Front section. Unfortunately they
se= em not to have posted it (as of this writing) on their web site.
They are at:

http://www.injersey.com/app

if anyone would like to try locating it. I could not find it. Aside from
some errors regarding the sponsorship of the event, the article included
= the line:

“It took Bagley just under two and a half hours, riding a unicycle with t=
ires of 43 inches diameter”.

Two and three wheeled giraffe riders notwithstanding, an amusing bit
of p= rose.

Unless it can be located on the APP site, I plan to scan the article and =
post it (yes in violation of copyright). I’ll send a URL when it’s up.

If any riders who participated see this and would like a copy of the arti=
cle, please send me your address and I’ll be glad to forward one.

And a minor correction to the below: Shane is 9 years old. Some of us tol=
d her and her dad about the USA and rec.sport.unicycling and she may be
joining= our ranks!

Raphael Lasar Matawan, NJ

David Stone wrote:
> =

> Special event: Unithon III, 6/2/01
> =

> The Unithon was held today in perfect weather. About a dozen riders bra=
ved
> weather reports, black clouds, and rain all around, but for us and
> the lucky people of Long Beach Island, there were only clear skies
> and dry roads.
> =

> Briget Sprouls, 15, and her parents, Roe (Rosemary) and Kevin, organize=
d
> the event, now in its third year. With the help of several police cars,=

> unicyclists rode most of the length of the island, around 18 miles, the=

> ride culminating at the site of a beautiful lighthouse.
> =

> Riders hailed mainly from parts of New York and New Jersey and varied i=
n
> age over about five decades, the youngest being 10-year-old Shane, one =
of
> the two female riders. Wonderful volunteers gave us rest stops about ev=
ery
> four miles replete with fruit, Power Bars, and water.
> =

> The ride started at about 10:30am and ended for most of us around four
> hours later. First to arrive was David Bagley on his beautiful 43=94
> Semcycle. Shortly after, David Kaplan, Briget, and a young man named Ma=
tt
> arrived. Riders trickled in after that, some holding their seats to try=
to
> lessen the pain. This pain was caused in equal part by their uncomforta=
ble
> Viscount seats and also by the awareness that a few others were riding =
on
> air seats. Most riders had Cokers, tho Shane borrowed a 24=94 (to avoid=

> having to ride the 20=94 she=92d brought); she completed about 10 miles=
of the
> ride. I rode back and forth on the route in order to get in a bit more
> distance and help out wherever I could, and I finished with 28 miles.
> =

> Kudos to the Sprouls and the volunteers for putting together such a
> wonderful day. It was great to meet new riders and their families and t=
o
> put faces to those I=92d only =91met=92 on line. Everyone was really ni=
ce, and
> it was fun afterwards at the barbecue to see people trying out various
> unis and tricks. David B had brought along a carful of cool things
> including an ultimate wheel, a 20=94 uni, and lots of great juggling
> apparatus. I demonstrated a few new tricks, and valuable discussions we=
re
> held on such matters as foot-on-pedal placement and, of course, those a=
ir
> seats.
> =

> I know many of us look forward to riding again next year. Riders I can
> recall: Too young to vote: Shane, 10 Jax, 14 (?) Briget, 15 James David
> K, 16 Matt
> =

> Not too old to vote: David Bagley David Stone (me) Jim (?) Larry Raphael

The Asbury Park Press, Sunday June 3rd article on the 3rd Annual Long
Beach Island Unithon is now available at:

http://members.aol.com/klbarker1/unithon1.doc

It is an MS Word document, photo included. I scanned it with the latest
McAfee VirusScan and it came up clean.

Raphael Lasar Matawan, NJ