These pictures are in chronological order, except the one Above. In it,
Dennis Kathrens waves (and makes the obligatory whooping echo noises) as
he rides from the blazing sun into the blackness of the Foresthill Road
culvert. This section is called the Culvert Trail.
Craig Milo Rogers also has a web page with MUni
Weekend '96 pictures at http://democracy.isi.edu/staff/rogers/uni/ca-muni96/
October 5, the first day. 35 people gathered to
ride the trails. A few were on bicycles, but they were support riders
and friends. The big Foresthill Bridge looms in the background.
Carbon fiber unicycles, built by Roger Davies
who came all the way from England to ride with us. These two belong to
Constance and Andy Cotter
This unicycle was dubbed the "Monster Truck"
by the other unicyclists, and of course it belongs to George
Peck of Seward, Alaska. It has a 7/8"
titanium axle, massive crank arms about 6 3/4" in length, and super
grippy bear trap pedals. It also has an elastomer seat post, gel saddle,
custom aluminum frame, a wide and very knobby tire, and many other features
for the MUni enthusiast to drool over!
The off road riding workshop was a collaborative
effort between Roger Davies and George Peck, with some help from Brett
Bymaster, John Foss and others. The big issue seemed to center around
how to mount uphill. Many different methods were attempted and demonstrated.
White from Pasadena, CA sprawls about
halfway up the hill in our Uphill Speed contest. The bridge in the background
looks big here, but sure looks tiny when viewed from the BIG bridge!
The Expert group takes off on their way up the Clementine
Loop. It's a long way down to the river, and getting longer! They are
about to be passing under the big Foresthill Bridge, which you can't see
from Cle Elum, Washington was not the first rider to lose his unicycle
off the side of the cliff; he was just the first one to be caught on film.
Fortunately, nobody's unicycle fell very far . . . .
Photo by Craig Milo Rogers.
The Novice group heading along the Quarry Road Trail, with ride guides
Gary Bundesen and Erin McGrath on bikes.
Things not to do: Trying to jump your unicycle over
a tree. Paul Bunson from Eugene, Oregon showing us a unique way of relaxing
after more than 1000 vertical feet of uphill riding. This was near the
high point in the morning's trail.
Cooling down in the river after the morning's ride, Andy and Constance Cotter,
Jim Hahn from San Diego, Dana Schneider
from Columbia Heights, Minnesota and Paul Bunson. The cool and clean water
was a sweet reward after riding nearly 10 miles in mid-90's temperatures!
Afternoon ride down the
John Foss' Caravan full of MUnicycles. All
those dirt covered, 24 and 26 inch wheels were being readied for the afternoon's
ride down the Stagecoach trail.
This is George Peck, showing us how it's done on the section of trail we said he
couldn't ride. He did this very steep section of loose dirt on the first
try. He didn't seem to understand what all the fuss was about! Maybe next
time we'll see if he can ride up it . . .
At the bottom of that steep section there
was a little stream with this luxurious bridge. Paul Bunson lost it on
the bump up, and the camera caught him just before his amazing "frog
jump" to the far edge of the stream, which left his unicycle to fall,
seat down, in the stagnant water.
Experts and Novices gather at the convergence
of the two parts of the Stagecoach Trail. Woody Hooten
of Granite Bay, California is taking a much-needed breather in the foreground.
In the background you can just make out the Foresthill Bridge. Notice
we're still quite a ways up! John Hooten photo.