Monday, 5 July 2010

The Uni Challenger of BC Bike Race

Still can’t believe the Unicyclist, Kris Holm did the entire seven days of the Challenge Course on one wheel. Man could he climb. He’d always get me on the climbing.
We’d often meet at the start. Reflecting on the nerves, getting ready to do the jive. He’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met. Especially after seeing the video. He actually rode the Burrard Street bridge in Vancouver. The outside rail part. The vid was incredible. I asked him if he was scared. He said it was all about being in the groove. Once you get in the rhythm, it’s all good.Then he tells me he made a promise to his wife he’d never do that again. We both laugh.
The guy is super fit. He’s got an incredible wheel to power. Some kind of hydraulic break. If he ever got a flat, it’s a nightmare to change as he has to take the break apart to do it. He’s open to people asking him questions about the mechanical aspects of his Uni. Apparently designed hub wise by himself. In collaboration with another guy.
His gear for protection includes wrist, leg and knee guards, besides the gloves and the helmet. Oh, and high tops. To preserve his ankles.
His seat looked pretty comfortable. When he’d wait on the race starts he’d use his wheel for the pad. I thought I was challenged enough riding two wheels, but to see what we did and what he did on one, I was pretty amazed.
Goes to show you, whatever you put your mind to, you can do.

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