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Old March 19th 07, 01:31 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I have started a new thread, to save people having to search through the
old one.

Well, what can I say?

Wow! What a weekend!

I was totally gutted when Kit, Pete, Joe B and Matt couldn’t make
it and I thought the weekend was going to be a disaster. Jo and I spent
most of the week tidying the house to make room for people to stay, at
least the house is tidy now! Ha Ha!

I went to bed Friday night a little disappointed to say the least. When
I woke up Saturday morning, I felt good, but the sun wasn’t
shining and it looked fairly miserable. However the weather forecast
was good, so I piled the uni,s onto the car and headed off to collect
Leo. We loaded up the car with all Leos bits and bobs and headed
onward, to the woods!

Due to Leo’s “relaxed” nature, we were a little late
and had to drive “rally style” to gain a few minutes! We
got to the woods and were met by Rob. Leo ummed and ahhed about which
uni he was going to use (His 19” trials or the 26” with
100mm cranks!). After a while of trying to tell him that he
wouldn’t be able to ride muni on a 26” with such short
cranks, he decided on the trials uni!

So, at last we set off! We talked as we rode, getting to know Rob and
just riding a very gentle route through the woods. We got to a giant
dip in the woods and attempted some of the steeper slopes with varying
degrees of success. Although Rob told us that he was having trouble
with some descents, I thought he did fine and was taking some slopes
with more control than Leo and me. I was also impressed with his one
footed muni-ing!

We messed around in the woods for a little while longer, then started
to make our way back towards the starting point. Not before finding and
riding through the six gates of hell!

We got back to the car park and café, stomachs rumbling. A quick bite
to eat and we were joined by Andy, Robs friend, who lives round the
corner from me, although iv never seen another unicyclist in town!
After eats we set off past the monument along the wheelchair track, we
took the interesting route that wove in and out of the trees and found
some more dips to play in.

We decided to ride to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon, which is a rather
tall and windy hill, just outside of the woods. It didn’t take
very long to get there, but because we had been riding all day we were
getting tired and numerous UPD’s followed! We got to the base of
the beacon and Andy shot off up the hill, only stopping once halfway up
(I think)!! Once at the top we decided it was a little too windy to
hang around, we started the descent! Rob, who had never made it down
before rode it hard and made it all the way to the bottom in one go!

Really tired now, and doing more walking than riding, we made our way
back to the carpark, about halfway Rob and Andy rode ahead because they
needed to get back. Leo and I limped back to the car. Talking about the
days riding and how much we had enjoyed meeting Rob and Andy.

Despite there only being 4 of us, I really enjoyed myself Saturday. Its
been ages since I had done any Muni and I am definatly going to get out
on it more!



Leo stayed round mine Saturday night and despite us waking up early we
were still rushed to get to the coachway on time to meet AJ. We met up
with AJ and drove to the city centre where we planned on meeting the
rest of the group. We arrived at the meeting place with about 10
minutes to spare. GK arrived pretty much bang on time, and after
waiting for 10 more minutes, decided to move closer to the train
station to get out of the wind!

After a slightly worrying wait, we spotted uni’s being unloaded
from a car, we made our way over and said hi and introduced ourselves.
It turned out to be Ivo, Jamie and Euan, 3 really cool dudes and good
riders! After everyone had got padded up, we were ready to ride! We
made our way to the first spot, a giant set of stairs! Leo rode the set
a couple of times, whilst people messed around attempting crankflips
and the like.

I was riding a bit of BC, and was trying to hop over a strange
automatic ramp thing in the entrance to the car park with limited
success! Soon after, I was just riding my uni and hopped and BANG! My
seatpost snapped! I thought “Noooooooooo! My seatpost snapped at
the first spot!” I was really looking forward to riding the
skatepark too!

We rode to the next spot where there were various walls and benches.
People were learning crank grabs, which was really good to see, AJ
pulled several good ones by the end of the day! Leo was doing his huge
rolling hops here, there and everywhere! We were met by Tod and his
mates who had found us! Really cool guys, good to meet you all! We got
fairly hungry by this time, so decided to move on for eats! A quick
stop at subway, then Ivo, Euan and Jamie decided to head off. We said
our goodbyes, with talk of meeting up to ride some northshore sometime.

The skatepark was next, which is were Tod and crew left, due to the
crappy weather I think they all got pretty cold and wet trying to find
us! Hopefully we will see you guys again, it was good to ride with you!
We rode the skatepark for a while, until some roller bladers started
getting in our way and we could no longer stand the cold. After the
skatepark, we moved to one of the many underpasses in milton keynes. By
this time it was Gavin, AJ, Leo and I left. We sat and chatted, GK
taught me to idle better and gave me some tips! AJ practiced his crank
grabs and Leo was messing around on his freestyle uni. It was getting
on and the wind was cold, GK decided to call it a day and when he left
AJ, Leo and I did too.

After an uneventful drive home (With AJ in tow), we collapsed on the
sofa and watched the video footage and looked at the pictures. My
girlfriend, Jo and I cooked dinner (I was STARVING!) and we chatted as
we ate. After dinner, we took Leo and AJ home, when we got back Jo and
I collapsed into bed and I was almost asleep before my head hit the
pillow!


Despite there only being a fraction of the people that I had hoped
there would be, I feel that the weekend was a huge success! I really
enjoyed myself and I want to say a huge thanks to everyone that came
along! It was really good to meet up with GK and AJ again, and it was
awesome to get to know some new faces!


PICTURES!

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Leo, No footer

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Jamie (I think!), Bailing down the steps!

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Euan and Ivo getting ready, while GK enjoys the sunshine!

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AJ!

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Leo, hop up to bench.

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Socialising!

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Me, Breaking it down!

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Rob, cranking up a hill!

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Leo, riding a handrail!

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And finally, the newest member of the one wheeled club. Charlie, my two
week old nephew!

Full set 'here!' (http://tinyurl.com/2xr9wz)

Im sure GK and others will chime in with some better pictures, I have
more, but I will post them when I get home!

Phew!

Rock on!
Edd


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Old March 19th 07, 02:07 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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wicked write up man!!! it was an excellent day- and it was cool to see
some of the local riders who turned up later outside the (i think it
was) bowling alley?

we found a really old phone at which some of us cracked up seeing^^ and
chilling out at Subway was cool too... literally! the wind was pretty
unforgiving at the start of the ride and we had more or less seen four
seasons in one day by the end of it, with Rain, Sleet, Snow, Hail, Wind
and Sun all taking a look at the skillz being thrown down by our
riders.

thanks for all the tips provided by GKmac, Edd and Leo, and Jo's
cuisine and company afterwards- i had a wicked day!



oh and i gotta say thanx to edd for helping me rotate my tyre- i was
gutted that your seatpost snapped tho...

can't wait till the next ride!!


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Old March 19th 07, 05:43 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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sounds like a good time was had, shame i missed it. any video?


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its just too small

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Old March 19th 07, 05:45 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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amanda.gallacher wrote:
any video?




You will have to wait till BUC im afraid!

Rock on!
Edd


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Old March 19th 07, 05:52 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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ok i'll try wait. it'll be pretty hard though, a whole 31 days. did Leo
reali jump right up onto that bench? if he did then damn he has
improved a lot since i last saw him ride!


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Old March 19th 07, 05:56 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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amanda.gallacher wrote:
ok i'll try wait. it'll be pretty hard though, a whole 31 days. did Leo
reali jump right up onto that bench? if he did then damn he has
improved a lot since i last saw him ride!




Ha Ha, yeah thats real, no trick photography or photoshops here! We got
it on video aswell, just incase your still not satisfied!


In all seriousness though, Leo kicks my ass now. He is getting
seriously good!


Rock on!
Edd


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Old March 19th 07, 05:57 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Eddbmxdude wrote:
We got it on video aswell, just incase your still not satisfied!

Rock on!
Edd



i don't believe you. prove it?
lol ok might stop jackin this thread in a min


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Old March 19th 07, 07:33 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Looks like a sir-wheat week end!

Gutted we missed it but you'll have to blam Mr Branson and his
extortionate prices. Just been to the station this afternoon to see
about a ticket to Brighton at the weekend... Seventy five Earth
pounds!!!! Cheeky mo-fo's.

Anyhoo, the maccites'll catch up with you at BUC it's only four weeks
or so 'til that now isn't it.

Snapped seat posts are a bummer... Just be thankful you didn't end up
with the remnants of post in a sensitive area.


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Old March 19th 07, 09:50 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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As Edd mentioned I spent most of the day filming with my digital camera
(I really oughta get a proper video camera that can zoom and has decent
battery life) and got plenty of stuff together. I should be able to
make a video, I've already got some ideas for presentation and a
soundtrack.

Good things

- Meeting Edd again, and getting to meet AJ and Leo and the crew
properly (I saw them at BUC, but never got to talk to them then).
- Meeting a young BMX rider who knew how to unicycle, even jumping
and dropping stuff.
- Getting everyone to idle at the same time. Somewhat ridiculous for
a trials meet...
- Everyone being nice, friendly and sociable, even though I hardly
did anything daring, except...
- Riding down a set of four large steps on my muni!

Bad things

- Completely forgetting how I rode down those steps, with various
bruises trying to remember why.
- Not being able to make Saturday's muni, I would have enjoyed that.
- The extremely variable weather, and strong winds.
- Lack of public conveniences anywhere.
- My satnav saying "cross the roundabout, second exit" at least ten
times. That's Milton Keynes for you!


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Old March 19th 07, 11:43 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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MORE PICTURES!

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One-footed muni!

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Leo, log ride.

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Rob, gettin' some speed!

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Gates of hell!

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Leo, unispin.

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Leo, bail!

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Me, downhill!

Enjoy!

Rock on!
Edd


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