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Though the California
Mountain Unicycle Weekend is primarily a noncompetitive trail riding get-together,
some competitions are fun too. This year we missed having a Trials course,
but we did the two events below.
- Singletrack time trial race
- BMX-style time trial race
This was an event we planned for MUni Weekend '97, but didn't have due
to time. Adventureland is a short singletrack trail at the bottom of the
mountain, right near the lift and lodge area (and the ropes course). Riders
will be timed on a ride through this trail, coming out at the end and
circling back on a wide dirt road to the starting point. It's a total
distance of about 1/2 to 3/4 mile. Dismounts are allowed, but no running.
Northstar UMX Race:
Joe and Jared Stoltzfus went to Northstar a day early, and found a tiny
little BMX track right near the parking lot. We decided to have a race
on that while we waited for our lift tickets to be processed and late
arrivals to get registered. Fastest time around the track was the winner!
We followed IUF
racing rules in general, and made up the rest on the spot.
Competitors were divided male/female. Then we looked at the age range
of riders present and drew the "adult" line for boys at 14,
putting 15 year old Jack Hughes with the adults. There were only two women
Make sure it only has one wheel. Okay, British MUnis with the tiny wheel
under the seat are allowed as well. No motors. No restrictions on wheel
size, crank arm length, or anything else.
Kneepads, gloves (and/or wristguards) and helmets! Helmets are required
anyway for all riders at Northstar. Though you can rent one there, you
should own (and wear) one.
As usual, our budget does not include the purchase of trophies, vacations,
or cars for the winners. However John Drummond of Unicycle
Source was on hand with some giveaways (swag, to use mountainbike-speak).
Also, though Dan Heaton could not make it due to school, he sent two copies
of his video, Universe.
Northstar UMX Race:
1. Julie Young (Cle Elum, WA), 1:12.19
2. Sierra Young (Cle Elum, WA), 1:56.32
1. Casey Drummond (Marietta, GA), 1:06.81
2. Beau Hoover (Los Gatos, CA), 1:17.29
3. Thad Arnold (Springfield, OR), 1:21.41
1. John Foss (Carmichael, CA), 46.40
2. Rob Bowman (Santa Cruz, CA), 50.37
3. Jeremy Shafer (Berkeley, CA), 51.09
4. Chris Reeder (Moscow, ID), 51.52
5. Jack Hughes (Shelton, WA), 54.19
Adventureland Singletrack Race:
1. Julie Young (Cle Elum, WA), 1:59.19
2. Sierra Young (Cle Elum, WA), 2:39.81
1. Casey Drummond (Marietta, GA), 1:56.67
2. Thad Arnold (Springfield, OR), 2:20.28
3. Jared Stoltzfus (Hailey, ID), 2:57.80
1. John Foss (Carmichael, CA), 1:36.14
2. Joe Stoltzfus (Hailey, ID), 1:49.18
3. Rob Bowman (Santa Cruz, CA), 1:51.07
4. John Drummond (Marietta, GA), 2:00.81
5. John Childs (Bellevue, WA), 2:07.00
6. Luke Arnold (Springfield, OR), 2:07.49