NOTE: I am answering this in public becuase this information should be of GREAT
interest to all unicyclists.
>There are a couple of details about unicycle racing that I hope you can take a
>moment to answer for me, because your knowledge is more firsthand.
>1. The Wheel Walking records from Japan are incredibly fast. Can you confirm
> for me that it’s indeed a standing start, and that the distance is 30
> meters? I find 6.81 seconds hard to imagine! At 8 seconds (the old men’s
> record) I feel getting the record back is still within my grasp. I can’t
> come close to Kato’s 6.81.
Sorry to disapooint you, ol’ man, but it’s for real: the world record for men is
by Yuichiro at 6.81 for 30 meters from a standing start. And he is not the only
one who can do it in less than 7 seconds. The women’s record goes to Lisa
Shofuku at 8.11 seconds. I guess your days of glory are over
Another, even more important subject. Here are what should no doubt be world
records for 100 meters on a 24".
5" cranks Yuichiro Kato 12.68 seconds 4" cranks Yuichiro Kato 12.29 seconds
Kato’s father told me that the latest edition of Guness Book as 12.11 seconds
for Peter Rosendahl. Is that really true? And under what conditions has this
been done? Where is Peter hiding, anyway…
The women’s record is as you state in OOW, Yumiko Ichikawa 14.9, but at the
Japanese NUM in Aomori Ai Hiroe did it in 13.65 seconds with 5" cranks BUT with
a flying start, so it doesn’t count, but is interesting info anyway. I guess
that the day for breaking the 12 second barrier is not far off…With my best
time at about 15.5, that’s a staggering difference
IMPORTANT news from Japan. Our rules committee, under the strong guidance of
Kato’s father, has formally abandoned the free crank length for experts and went
back to 5" to stay in line with the IUF. But ironically we are now going the
other way !? I’ve always maintained that crank length should NOT be
Ken, the above can perhaps be incorporated into an article for UI, including
John’s info on world records – a subkect everyone is no doubt interested in.
>2. Are the Funabashi races held on a standard track, or something else?
Yes, completely standard.
>Note: The JUA 1 Foot race is non-compatible with the IUF and USA version. We go
> 50m with a 5m starting distance, JUA goes 30m with a 7m starting
>The purpose of both questions is to make sure these events have all been held
>under similar conditions to what are used at UNICONS or at USA competitions. My
>new spreadsheet with the speed records has all times for IUF-legal racing
>unicycles, a few extra ones for those unicycles on indoor (200 m) tracks, a
>third section for unlimited unicycles (including those old 1888 records), and a
>section for 24" wheels with unlimited crank length. When I get it finished I’ll
>upload it for public consumption.
And for translatino to Japanese. Thanks for you efforts, John.
Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President