Second tournament of the year completed.
Canberra hosted their first tournament for the newly formed Australian Unicycle Hockey League (AUHL) over the weekend.
Teams that took part in the competition were the Canberra Bushrangers, SWS Wombats, NBUC Stingrays, NBUC Riptides, North Canberra Roos, Newtown Zombies, and SWS Vikings.
Though only the second tournament of the year, it was clear from first bully off that all teams had improved since the competition a month before.
The previous tournament winners, South-West Sydney Wombats, found themselves with many tough games as teams aimed up in an attempt to shut down their players. They played well to grind out enough wins to take second place.
The Stingrays from the Northern Beaches managed to pull their team together after seventh spot in the previous tournament. Focusing their aggression on winning games instead of fighting with each other on court, they managed to keep it together to take third place.
The clear stars of the tournament were the South-West Sydney Vikings who despite fielding a four man side pillaged their way to tournament champions. Through skilled passing and excellent court coverage they shut out enough opposing teams to take the top spot.
It was great to see that many teams outside of the top three managed draws with teams on the podium. This showed that the level of unicycle hockey in Australia is improving rapidly with many teams dedicating more time to team practice and skills sessions. This recent improvement in Australian hockey is most likely due to the newly formed AUHL.
You know when the sign says "3 have died! Walk bikes", there will be some technical riding.
A well shot video showing some very extreme trails at Moab Munifest in southeastern Utah. The two day mountain unicycling festival concluded on March 23 last month and this video was released soon after.
Keen eyes will recognise many well known mountain and trial riders throughout.
A new seventeen-minute video has been released featuring current World Flatland and EUC Street Champion Krisz Kovács and EUC Trials Champion Márk Fábián.
"This Fire" contains footage filmed over the last two years and was edited by "Sinco", a household name in extreme unicycling.
Sit back and enjoy some skilled street, flatland and trials, filmed against an amazing European backdrop.
Here is a collection of all the stories, videos and public photos we know about for APUC/Uninats 2013.
If you have photos or videos we can add here, send details to aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au (the editor) or contact us. Either links or reasonably sized attachments are fine.
The best video and the best photo of APUC/Uninats 2013 (as judged by the Uninats13 organising comittee) that is received before Feb 14th will win a $50 voucher from Unicycle.com AU!
Uninats 2013 Street/Flat Video - Isaac Conyers
Uninats 2013 Playlist - Hippo Unicycles - 10 Videos
Uninats 2013 - unicycleking
This year, when you enter the Uninats 10km ride, you will also be entering a charity ride with Samuel Johnson!
Sam, who is riding 15,000Km around Australia by unicycle, will be in Canberra during UNINATS and will be entering the 10km ride. We thought this would be a great chance to raise some more money towards the $1million Samuel is trying to raise for breast cancer research through his ‘Love Your Sister’ Foundation.
We have attached a SPONSORSHIP FORM for you to download at the bottom of the page. If you plan to enter the 10km (or 5km!) ride please print this form and collect as many donations from friends and family as you can.
Please bring the completed form and cash to the registration desk or the 10km Charity Ride start line where you can hand in your collected donations or have your form stamped to say you have completed the ride, if you have donations that need to be collected once you finish.
If you have money that you still need to collect after the race we will give you banking details for Love Your Sister at the collection point.
Remember, you can still change your mind and enter the event even if you did not put it down on your registration form
APUC/Uninats 2013 Online Registrations are Closed
Advanced Registration for APUC/Uninats 2013 has now closed.
You can still register on arrival at Uninats in Canberra - the full registration fee is $100 - no online or early discount is available.
You must be a current AUS member to participate - you can join or renew your AUS membership at the registration desk on arrival.
Please note that only cash/cheques can be accepted at the door - no credit cards!
Free Registration for Non-Riders
If you have any non-riders accompanying you (friends, parents/guardians etc.) they should register as non-riders when they arrive in Canberra (for free).
This is so they can be covered as volunteers by our insurance. If they are not registered, they can't help out at events (or help you) or be in some areas of some of the venues.
Two teams have been selected to represent Australia at this years Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships in Canberra. The teams were chosen by a selection panel. The teams, whose names are still to be revealed are;
Charles Allum - NBUC
Ashley Curtis - Revesby
Luke Hilderbraat - Revesby
Tom Lambert - Canberra
Jamey Mossengren - NBUC
Nic Vevers - Canberra
Cris Bailiff - Sydney
Nic Ballantyne - Revesby
Cameron Blight - Revesby
Ryan Chadwick - Sydney
Luke Machon - NBUC
Shane Machon - NBUC
Matt Price - Sydney
Congratulations to all of the above mentioned people. In the case of unavailability, please notify us, and a replacement will be selected.
You will be contacted in regards to training details shortly.
If you are a Newcastle rider, there's a new unicyclist in town by the name of Chris. He would like to meet up with other riders. If you want to connect, please email the AUS newsletter editor at: aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au
A Gala, Charity Dinner with Samuel Johnson
6.30pm til late, Thursday 12th December 2013 - Rydges Lakeside Hotel, London Circuit, Civic
Ticket Sales for the One Wheel Action Gala Dinner are now closed.
Sorry, it is not possible to purchase tickets at the door - all seats must be pre-booked.
The Australian Unicycle Society and The Cancer Support Group ACT Eden Monaro's Own are banding together to host a Gala Dinner and Charity Auction.
We will be raising money for The Cancer Support Group, to ensure they can continue to support cancer sufferers in the Canberra community; and will be generously donating to Love Your Sister.
Samuel Johnson is unicycling 16,000 km around Australia to raise awareness of breast cancer and fundraising towards breast cancer research.
Samuel and his sister Connie founded Love Your Sister in response to Connie's terminal breast cancer diagnosis. She is a wife and a mother to two beautiful young boys.
On the 12th of December Samuel is riding into Canberra and will be special guest, along with Connie, at the One Wheel Action Gala Dinner.
UniNats 2013, hosting the 4th Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships (APUC) 2013 - will be held in Canberra ACT from the 12-16th December, brought to you by the AUS and the ACT Unicycle Riders Society.
The detailed event timetable is available on the ACTURS Uninats + APUC website
Samuel Johnson, well known the Australian actor, is setting off on February 15th on a marathon 15,000 KM unicycle ride around Australia, to raise $1 Million for breast cancer.
Samuel has contacted the AUS to invite all Australian unicyclists to join in and help out with this mammoth ride, which is going to take him a year to complete!
Here's what Samuel has to say to all unicycle riders:
My name is Samuel Johnson. My sister has terminal breast cancer.
She is the mother of two beaut boys and as such is keen for me to help her remind every mum in the land to be breast aware.
How? Well, starting on the 15th of February, 2013 I will ride my unicycle around the entire country, hitting up hundreds of communities and every capital city.
We are officially attempting to break the Guinness world-record for longest distance traveled on a one-wheeler (15,000 kms) and are proud of our lofty aim to raise $1 million for the Garvan Research Foundation.
Extreme unicyclist, Kris Holm, recently spoke about the sport at FEAT (Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks), an annual evening of presentations by adventure sportspeople. Check out what he had to say: http://www.featcanada.ca/2013/07/kris-holm-mountains-and-unicycles/
US unicyclists recently held their North American Unicycling Convention and Championships. There are loads of videos circulating on YouTube about the event. Here's one compilation:
but also check out the high jump (highest jump cleared 125 cm!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZCgPKSI7Bc
For Aussies needing a prelude to Uninats in December - the NZ Unicycle Nationals are happening in October, in Dargaville. There'll be high jump, long jump, muni, street rides, hockey games and more. Find more info on the Facebook Event Page http://www.facebook.com/events/153656898139295/
When: 25 Oct 2013 to 28 Oct 2013
Read the best advice I've heard on packing a uni for travel from an expert. Ken Looi posted this advice on his Adventure Unicyclist site: http://www.adventureunicyclist.com/articles2/unitouring/packing-unicycles/