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April 30, 2000

Unithon, June 3, 2000:

Long Beach Island, N.J. Ride 18.5 miles from one end of LBI to the other. Finish at Barnegat Light House. Unithon benefits The Alliance for a Living Ocean, an environmental awareness group. Entry fee is $20. Riders are welcome to raise their entry fee and extra monies through pledges or sponsorship. A raffle of a unicycle, wrist guards and helmet will also be drawn at a celebration barbecue after the ride. For more information contact Rosemarie Sprouls, 609-965-8881, or email ksprouls@bellatlantic.net.

Washington State Records Day

For those of you who like to plan ahead, the Panther Pride Demo Team in North Bend, Washington will be holding the second annual Washington State Records Day, June 3, 2000. I'll have more details as they come. The plan at this point is that will be the drawing for a large raffle. This will be similar to one we had in October 98. We just didn't feel up to having it in October 99 after having done NUC.

Updated Unicycling Events

There is a "Unicycling Events" section on The Unicycle Page (http://archive.uniusa.org).

One recent event is Don Hudgins' 550 mile journey across Tennessee. He's doing this to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House. More details on his ride are at: http://www.unicycler.com/

Other upcoming events on The Unicycle Page are:

  • 2000 National Unicycle Convention (USA)
  • 2000 Minnesota Regional Unicycling Convention
  • 2000 W.O.W. Mini Meet
  • California/Nevada Mountain Unicycle Weekend
  • British Muni Weekend II

If you know of a unicycling event that is not listed on the site, please let John Foss know at jfoss@unicycling.com.

Update on workshops at UNICON X
(by Andy Cotter)

Now that the China Unicycle Association (CUA) has the Unicycling Convention Program (the software that keeps track of registrations and results), it is time to start focusing on other aspects of Unicon X. One of those aspects is setting up the workshops that will be held in the evenings during the convention. I am pleased to announce that Colin Schworer from Minnesota has volunteered to be the workshop coordinator for Unicon X. He has experience in this area, having organized the workshops for the 1997 U. S. National Unicycle Convention. Colin's email is uni_cyclist@worldnet.att.com and all emails concerning workshops should be sent to him.

Workshops will be scheduled in the evenings after the competitive events. While the hockey and basketball events also will be held in the evenings, we will try to keep any conflicts to a minimum. The secondary gym is dedicated to workshops, but workshops could be held elsewhere if necessary. Currently, there are five nights scheduled for workshops. Unicon X will present a terrific opportunity for many different kinds of workshops. Some of these are:

  • The traditional type where one or two people teach a skill or give a presentation on some aspect of unicycling.
  • Group discussions - a roundtable where people discuss some aspect of unicycling. For example, club leaders can get together and talk about what works and what doesn't work in their club. (This may be somewhat of a challenge with the various languages, but having people from different cultures talk about their experiences could be very interesting.)
  • Competitions - since there is not enough time during the formal race days to have every type of competition, workshops can handle the more specialized competitions, such as long jump and high jump. Those who win these competitions would be considered world champions in this field, and new world records could be set in these areas.
Here's a list of some of the workshops that could be offered at Unicon X:
  • How to teach unicycling
  • How to set up a Standard Skill routine
  • How to set up an Artistic Freestyle routine
  • How to set up an Artistic Pairs routine
  • How to form a new club
  • Learn to judge Standard Skill routines
  • Learn to judge Artistic Freestyle routines
  • Ultimate wheel riding
  • Learning new ways to freemount
  • Club roundtable
  • MUni workshop
  • IUF Skill Level demonstration workshop
  • IUF Skill Level testing certification
  • Racing techniques
  • Jump roping demonstration and competition
  • Long jump competition
  • High jump competition

If you have ideas for other workshops, please send them to Colin. If you can lead any of these workshops, please contact him immediately so he can begin to work out the schedule. Also, let him know if you want to suggest a person who might be able to run a good workshop. The more we help Colin with this, the more successful Unicon will be. Thanks. As August 1 gets closer, it's exciting to see how things are falling into place. I look forward to seeing you at the 10th World Unicycling Championship in Beijing!

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