I was the only unicycllist there, and would have come 3rd out of 7 in the expert category, and last place in the pro-category. The only section I did well in compared to the bikes was the one in this picture, which was cleaned by 4 out of the 25 pro and expert riders including the top 2 finishers.
There were quite a few sections that weren’t possible on a unicycle because of the high hops required- several sections required hops higher than 6 feet but could be rolled up on a bike. On the other hand, there weren’t any really hard balance lines except for the beam on its edge and a loose chainlink that was a lot easier on a bike because they could nose their front wheel up and off the end of it (see the picture).
Designed properly, I think you could create a course with smaller, more balanced-oriented riding where unicyclists would do well against even the best bikers though, and this could be a lot of fun.
Bikes don’t have an advantage for riding thin rails. But on a bike you can do MUCH bigger moves due to the mechanical advantage- for example some lines had 9 foot gaps. You can also hop much higher to rubber, and hook your front wheel over things. For example, on of the sections was to go directly up the 6.5’ high vertical side of the spool in the background of the top picture, without any kind of jump (and then jumps are another story)…
The better question of course is who is having more fun!
how come u didnt go to test of metal this year?? and r u coming to backyard bash this year? should be fun! im sponsored by george white so let me know if your goin and ill tell the other guys to come to. Ive gotten quite a bit better since the 2003 test of metal so ill give ya a run for your $$$ lol
but im trying to get dan heaton to go to. so plz come because we need to show the bikers what the uni scence is all about.
I did go to the Test of Metal, just one day early! I couldn’t make it on the sunday so went on saturday when it was being set up, and rode the sections. Nice and peaceful, actually- I quite enjoyed it. Sounds like there was a good turnout- glad you could make it.
Regarding using the U-system on this event: They essentially made up their own relative point scoring system and used that. It worked pretty well although I don’t think it was necessary- the results would have been similar even if each obstacle had only one point, because everyone had plenty of time to try all the obstacles.