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Old 2013-09-08, 04:54 PM   #8
Alan Hogan
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Location: Kirkhill, Inverness, Scotland
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Originally Posted by johnfoss View Post
Track Racing is the most popular form of competitive unicycling in Japan, with a history going back to the late 1970s, and dozens of meets a year, some with hundreds of riders. The other big discipline there is what we call Freestyle, though they treat it more like Uni Dance.

IMHO, Track Racing on 24" wheels is a dead end. That wheel size is based on it being the largest size available back in the 70s and 80s. Now that's no longer true, and we ride larger wheels in more interesting ways. But for the Olympics, I think the best events would be whatever is most popular with the general public. That would probably be Trials, Street and MUni racing. None of those are big in Japan, though I don't know if that's even a factor in terms of getting sports on display at Olympic games.

Photo: Second day of Track at Unicon XII, 2004. At the biggest-ever Unicon to date, we managed to make Tokyo's 1964 Olympic Stadium look empty!
wow.... it does look empty.... by the look of things there were more people at last years unicon..... maybe its just an allusion because of the size of the stadium?
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