thoughts on a DC unicycle event

thoughts on a DC unicycle event

Post by cyberbellu » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 09:59:06


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> *
> any ideas on what would be cool and good some good riders to come?
> *

The obvious is to do something with all the marble monuments and
buildings, however at the moment there are an awful lot of guards and
police in DC with a negative sense of humor.  Marble is soft - steel
pins are hard.  Hello handcuffs.

Rock creek park is full of trails, but no riding allowed (wink, wink).
It's too bad they enforce the no-riding rule at the zoo.

Freestyle at Dupont Circle is a good match.  There's always something
going on there - a unicycling event would fit right in.  Benches and a
fountain, though the fountain is marble...

The waterfront area near G-town has some possibilities, though it is
usually infested with beer-gripping tourons. Not a good vibe.

The've blocked off a couple of blocks of Pensylvania avenue in front of
the White House with good pavement.  There are usually a few
street-hockey games there, but it would be excellent for outdoor
freestyle.  There is a one-block park with a defunct pool/fountain
nearby that would be good for urban trials.

There are a few options for Muni if you head northwest.  Great Falls
park (either MD or VA side) would be excellent, however they don't allow
riding off the very pedestrian bike trails.  There is a pretty technical
section of the C&O trailpath just south of Great Falls where the floods
washed the trail cover off the bedrock, however I don't know if this
would be enough for a decent muni event.  The staircase of the bridge
over the c***near that point would be an interesting trials ride.

Hmmm... what else....  University of Maryland campus? Kinda boring, but
they do have that nice water feature.  

Ah - what about the park in Rosslyn right at the end of the Key Bridge?
It would be perfect for urban trials, and no one seems to give a damn
about the place.  It's a one or two block park surrounded on all sides
by 4 to 6 lane major arteries; access is by pedestrian bridges 30' up in
the air with stairs and ramps down to the park.  Lots of concrete
features.  Can be rented for events.

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Post by James_Potte » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 11:45:56

I think there should be more west coast events....
Nope, can't come. Sorry. :(

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Post by munirace » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 12:01:58

there are a lot of trails at rock creek park, but they are not
technical.  like i said before, they are a lot of fun but there is no
challenge and people wont drive any distance just to get to them.
i ride on them all the time.  the only time it was an issue was today
when some guy said "it says no mountain bikes" (i just looked at him,
smiled, and said, "yup, no mountain bikes.").

good ideas about the freestyle near the white house.  of ourse we could
use the AU campus but besides a couple decent trials lines its nothing
special.  and there is no space for freestyle (i.e. no big open space).
of course, we could find a park or something and set up a trials course,
i think that would be best but hard to pull off...

we shall see.....

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Post by cyberbellu » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 12:27:30

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> *there are a lot of trails at rock creek park, but they are not
> technical.    *

Yeah, I used to ride there on my lunch breaks from the bike shop (in
Adams Morgan) in the early '80s.  Same story.  But if the mounted police
get you they can be a pain.

Have you ever been out to the Billy Goat trail near Great Falls?  It's a
nice walk this time of year.  Extremely technical.  Very interesting
rock about 500 meters from the trailhead at the Great Falls end.  They
don't allow bicyclists, but...

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Post by onefiftyfou » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 12:30:15

i come from the dc/baltimore area.  there are loads of great trails
within driving distance of dc.  i'm thinking of gambrils state park near
frederick, md; patapsco state park near UMBC ;  loch raven resevoir
north of baltimore.  there are others.  i've never ridden a uni on
these, but they are prime m-biking trails.  ever since i started riding
muni halfway proficiently, i've wanted to go "home" and ride the trails
there.  

i think a weekend with an urban ride and two commutes to gambrils and
patapsco would be cool.

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Post by munirace » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 13:00:41

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> *i come from the dc/baltimore area.  there are loads of great trails
> within driving distance of dc.  i'm thinking of gambrils state park
> near frederick, md; patapsco state park near UMBC ;  loch raven
> resevoir north of baltimore.  there are others.  i've never ridden a
> uni on these, but they are prime m-biking trails.  ever since i
> started riding muni halfway proficiently, i've wanted to go "home" and
> ride the trails there.  

> i think a weekend with an urban ride and two commutes to gambrils and
> patapsco would be cool.

> -eric *

ill check them out

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Post by onefiftyfou » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 13:18:38

i wish i could come with you.

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Post by Checkernut » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 15:13:12

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> ill check them out *

Gambrils sucks I dont really care for it anyway Patapsco aint bad though
they have some good loops but it can get really muddy to the point where
a Gazz tire aint going to save you.

What about going a bit further out from DC to arround where Camp david
is in Greenbrire State park, they have alot of good natural trials stuff
and some good longer trials. Its been a while since I've been there but
I've always had fun there.

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Post by nbrazz » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 02:16:53

Fountainhead park in woodbridge, VA is a great place for off-roading.
There's also a great outdoor miniature golf course that's great for
trials there.

I've never been able to find anything in Great Falls that I liked, but I
understand there are probably several parts I've never seen.

I'm in for just about anything, if the timing is right.

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Post by )----(x » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 02:23:28

i'll be there

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Post by munirace » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 04:20:44

thanks mike and nick.  those are some great suggestions.  i dont have a
car, but i suppose i could try to borrow one from a friend and go check
out the trails.  I was thinking end of march as a good time, but i dont
care.  i would want to work out the date so that as many people as
possible could come, especially nick since he missed the richmond ride.
hopefully you guys can help make this thing possible.  it would be a
good fun ride.  do you guys want to do just a saturday, or a whole
weekend?  post if a date does, or does not work for you.  and who would
want to come?  this will be great if it works out.

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Post by onefiftyfou » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 05:23:03

i suggest timing it for after the rainy muddy season.  i don't know when
that is.  

i'd love to come for a weekend.  

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Post by nbrazz » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 08:15:58

I'm not saying this is necessarily my preference, but...

If you do a two day thing, then you can do the DC street riding one day
and the muni/woodsy thing another day.  Then, we've got the DC Muni
weekend and we'll demand respect.

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