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adammasters
2007-03-01, 09:23 PM
First annual Southeast MUni Fest, May 4-6, 2007, in Asheville NC.



We will be having a downhill MUni race in conjunction with the Mtn. Sport Festival on Saturday morning, with a trials demo that afternoon at the festival grounds. Friday and sunday will be group MUni rides, tentatively being Trace Ridge and Laurel Mountain, both in Pisgah National Forest. You should be able to find more info online about the trails.

www.southeastmunifest.com

Nurse Ben
2009-04-03, 01:37 PM
Is there a 3rd Annual Festival? I thought I saw a post for the festival to be held in Septmber 2009...

humblbee
2009-04-04, 12:13 AM
I hope so. A muni fest I could afford to make it to would be really cool.

munimag
2009-04-04, 12:37 AM
September 25-27, 2009 in Asheville, NC. Here is the link. http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/

pisgah
2009-04-05, 02:14 AM
Hello - This is Ben Richardson of Asheville. I'm a friend of Adam Masters and the mountain unicycling club of Asheville, WNC unicyclists. 2009 will be the third festival. It used to be held in the spring, but we decided to postpone the event until fall because we feel this is a better time to highlight the Asheville area. There is much more information online about the festival. The festival name has changed to the Asheville MUni Festival and there is information about it online at ashevillemunifest.webs.com

The dates are September 25- 27. Please send me an email if you have any questions.

Ben Richardson, Asheville

MuniSano
2009-04-10, 08:54 PM
If I can swing it I'll be there. Unfortunately I have two dedicated Fri-Sat-Sun trips, for sure, the two weeks after the Asheville Muni Fest! So why not three in a row right? :)

Michaelgoround
2009-04-10, 09:00 PM
You might have a group of Florida unicyclist swinging by. I sure hope we can get it set up.

BenNC
2009-04-11, 06:18 PM
Glad to hear that so many people are interested in the Festival this fall - September 25 - 27. Please spread the word! We'd love to have people of all ability levels come. You wouldn't believe how great the riding is here. There is something here to challenge every rider! :)

http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/

Nurse Ben
2009-05-28, 05:00 PM
Josh from UDC told me that he might come up and ride with the group during the festival. Maybe he could bring some demos? I want to try a 36er :)

BenNC
2009-06-11, 01:00 AM
Hey Ben,

We have three riders in Asheville with KH 36s. I don't have one myself, but I'm sure they would let you ride. Josh from UDC will be at the festival and I'm sure they will bring some demos though.

Last weekend we rode 50 miles in an organized road ride - the Fletcher Flyer. Yes, it is possible to ride 50 miles if you have the right equipment. Not recommended for the faint of heart though.

Ben

humblbee
2009-06-12, 02:17 AM
nurse ben I'll bring my kh 36 to this, Id be glad to let you have a go at it.:D

MuniSano
2009-06-12, 01:50 PM
I'm in! (Barring any unforeseen issues). I'll have my KH24 (single speed and GUNI), KH20 trials and I can bring my 36er (coker) and 5' Sun Giraffe if anybody's interested... Put me on the list! :)

BenNC
2009-06-21, 08:33 PM
I'm really glad you are planning to come MuniSano! Sounds like you have all the right equipment! Let me know if you have any questions about the festival.

Ben:D

Peripatet
2009-07-29, 01:41 PM
Asheville Fireman Shoots Cyclist in the Head (http://www.wyff4.com/news/20187786/detail.html#)

Just as I was going to register. I think it's a sign. . .:eek:

DSchmitt
2009-08-03, 04:47 PM
Asheville Fireman Shoots Cyclist in the Head (http://www.wyff4.com/news/20187786/detail.html#)

Just as I was going to register. I think it's a sign. . .:eek:


that's un-fucking-believeable

the child is not safe on busy roads....so by all means shoot in the childs direction...what a nutcase

b.King
2009-08-10, 06:58 PM
Just signed up today, might bring a couple non-riders as well.

MuniSano
2009-08-12, 12:52 PM
Alright! I just signed up myself. Probably just me. I'll be bringing my KH24 (sans KH/Schlumpf hub unfortunately, it's back in Switzerland being repaired :( ), Nimbus/KH20 trials and Coker BigOne. I can bring my 5' Sun giraffe if anybody is interested?

BTW: I'm looking at making a reservation at the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, any preference to which Facility Area? I'm seeing Big John, Hard Times and Bent Creek? I'm assuming everybody will want to be at Bent Creek right? Doesn't look like a big rush to make a reservation as it looks like everything is available right now... Just thought maybe for those camping we could coordinate/split camping site costs; or at least try to book adjacent sites?

BenNC
2009-08-12, 02:27 PM
Hello,

I live by the Campground. I don't believe you can make reservations, but I will check today. Also, I love your idea about coordinating the campsite so that everyone is together. In the past, one of us has gone to the campground ahead of time and reserved campsites for everyone planning to come. Thanks!

We're having a meeting this evening about the festival and will throw around some ideas. I'll make sure I come back here and update everyone on what is decided.

Ben Richardson

BenNC
2009-08-12, 02:33 PM
Love your video! Have you seen the new wheel Kris is making for the 29er?

humblbee
2009-08-12, 04:09 PM
I,m regestered and Three "non riders", The wife and kids, 12 and 13yrs old.
Will there be many kids and family there?

BenNC
2009-08-13, 04:29 PM
Yes, there will be kids and other non-rider family members attending the festival. Plus the campground has a lake with a swimming area for your family to enjoy. They can also follow along with a training wheel!

Do your 12 and 13 year old ride yet?

humblbee
2009-08-13, 07:23 PM
Hey Ben,
My wife and 12 yr old can ride rather well and 13yr old can go a little ways in a straight line. This will be my first time riding with other riders. I cant wait. :D

Peripatet
2009-08-13, 09:22 PM
The cost of the festival is $25 per participant. This fee includes riders and non-riders. The fee will help pay for costs generated during the festival.

Okay, just a little clarification. In the quote above, does the word "includes" mean:

1) If I bring 3 non-riding camp followers with me that they are covered under my $25 fee

or

2) Non-riders have to pay $25 each, too?

Also, what's the age cut off there? I'll have one that can't walk yet, one that can't ride yet, and an older mother-type one to watch them.

BenNC
2009-08-14, 01:43 PM
Okay, just a little clarification. In the quote above, does the word "includes" mean:

1) If I bring 3 non-riding camp followers with me that they are covered under my $25 fee

or

2) Non-riders have to pay $25 each, too?

Also, what's the age cut off there? I'll have one that can't walk yet, one that can't ride yet, and an older mother-type one to watch them.

Thanks Peripatet for the great questions. I am changing the form online to make this less confusing.

Children 10 and under can attend the festival free of charge. If non-riders want a tee-shirt and to join us for a scheduled meal after our ride Saturday during the awards ceremony, then we ask them to pay the $25 registration fee. Also, non-riders are encouraged to join us during the rides with a training wheel if necessary.

Please let me know if you have other questions.

Ben

PS - Information about camping should be posted later today. Thanks for your patience everyone.

Peripatet
2009-08-14, 03:32 PM
Please let me know if you have other questions.

Ben

Sweet. Money inbound!

We'll see everyone next month.

Guess I need to practice some muni now.:p

humblbee
2009-08-14, 03:44 PM
:rolleyes:Thanks Peripatet for the great questions. I am changing the form online to make this less confusing.

Children 10 and under can attend the festival free of charge. If non-riders want a tee-shirt and to join us for a scheduled meal after our ride Saturday during the awards ceremony, then we ask them to pay the $25 registration fee. Also, non-riders are encouraged to join us during the rides with a training wheel if necessary.

Please let me know if you have other questions.

Ben

PS - Information about camping should be posted later today. Thanks for your patience everyone.

Tee shirt size was only asked for me. the girls, I'm sure, would love a tee shirt. will you have all sizes available.
Thanks Ben,
Rah-Bee

PS. I like the way you keep so casualy refering to a b!ke as with training wheel.:D That's probably what my 13 yr old will be doing.

BenNC
2009-08-14, 05:48 PM
Hello Everyone,

Here is information about camping at Lake Powhatan as promised.

1. Each site can hold 2 cars, 2 tents and 8 people. Some campsites have water, sewer and electricity. You may want to try to connect with someone ahead of time and share a site. In order to make reservations or to look at a campground map click here (http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundMap.do).

2. 60% of the campground is "Walk Up" or first come first serve. The hosts will be staying on Lakeside Loop site #50. We will have a MUni Fest banner to hang by our site. There are 13 more "Walk Up" sites on this loop. If you can get to the campsite Thursday or Friday morning, I was told you wouldn't have any trouble finding an empty Walk Up site.

3. 40% of the campground can be reserved. It costs extra - $10 more- to reserve a site this way. You can reserve a site on Big John Loop or Hardtimes Loop. Big John loop is the closest to Lakeside Loop (where MUni fest hosts are staying).

Bent Creek Loop is adjacent to Lakeside Loop and has 12 more Walk Up sites available.

BenNC
2009-08-14, 05:54 PM
:rolleyes:

Tee shirt size was only asked for me. the girls, I'm sure, would love a tee shirt. will you have all sizes available.
Thanks Ben,
Rah-Bee

PS. I like the way you keep so casualy refering to a b!ke as with training wheel.:D That's probably what my 13 yr old will be doing.

We are currently working on t-shirts. Anyone rider or non-rider who pays the $25 fee will receive a t-shirt. PM me with your daughter's sizes and I will make sure they are on the list. I changed the registration form a little so that we can get non-rider t-shirt sizes from the form.

Thanks for your help Humblebee!

MuniSano
2009-08-17, 09:28 PM
Thanks for the info Ben.

I'm willing to split the cost of a campsite if anybody is interested PM me. Unless my plans change I'll probably cut out of work a bit early on the Thursday before and drive up; probably be in the area Thursday evening or later. If somebody is in the area to get a spot on Thursday that's great, otherwise I'll just find some campsite Thursday night then work it out the next day...

I was wondering if we're going to be 100% roughing it or are we planning to go into town or around to eat? I just want to know so I can plan what to bring accordingly? See you all soon.

BenNC
2009-08-18, 08:55 PM
Lake Powhatan is only about 3 to 4 miles from several restaurants - fast food and sit down. There is a McDonalds, Taco Bell, Subway etc. and a really great Mexican restaurant that lots of bikers hang out at called Papa's and Beer. I'm not sure what people are planning on doing for food, but camp food is awesome too!

That's awesome that you are willing to share a campsite with someone. Especially since you plan on coming Thursday evening. You'll easily be able to grab one of the "Walk Up" sites. I hope someone takes you up on the offer.

Ben

Thanks for the info Ben.

I'm willing to split the cost of a campsite if anybody is interested PM me. Unless my plans change I'll probably cut out of work a bit early on the Thursday before and drive up; probably be in the area Thursday evening or later. If somebody is in the area to get a spot on Thursday that's great, otherwise I'll just find some campsite Thursday night then work it out the next day...

I was wondering if we're going to be 100% roughing it or are we planning to go into town or around to eat? I just want to know so I can plan what to bring accordingly? See you all soon.

kombi
2009-08-23, 10:55 PM
i am considering this event but I am new to muni. What does it take to ride this event successfully?

BenNC
2009-08-27, 12:59 AM
i am considering this event but I am new to muni. What does it take to ride this event successfully?

Thanks for your interest in the festival Kombi. Bent Creek (the trails surrounding Lake Powhatan Campground) is great because it has something to challenge every rider. Some trails are quite tame, while others are very challenging. The festival is all about encouraging new riders and challenging seasoned riders. We'll probably ride at least 10 miles each day of the festival. We have a plan A, but there is also a plan B. Also, our plans may change depending on the skill level of the people who participate.

How much rough terrain riding have you done? How long have you been riding? What kind of unicycle do you have? How far can you ride?

You can always bring a unicycle and a bike to hop on when you get tired.

Ben

MuniSano
2009-08-27, 07:12 PM
Hey all, I'm going bring up what spare unicycle parts that I may consider selling/trading and would encourage others to possibly do the same. We could have a MUni swap meet! I don't have a lot of stuff, but some spare frames that I'll probably never use and maybe some tires...

Nurse Ben
2009-08-30, 07:00 PM
To the poster and anyone who's unsure if you shoudl attend, for lack of experience or lack of gear:

You don't need to be a pro, we all started somewhere, we all have different skill levels, different levels of fitness, and different levels or confidence. I'm bringing a bunch of extra gear, so are others, so just come out for a day or all three days, this is THE EVENT of the southeast!

The trails in Bent Creek vary from miled to wild, there will be opportunities for all leves of riding, even road, but defitnitely double track and mild single track. You can awesome tips and build skills riding with other municyclers, what a blast!

We already reserved a space for our pop up trailer and we'll more room for tents. Everyone should try and camp out at the the lake. You can reserve a space, I think we're in space 21 in John Loop.

If you can make the drive, just DO IT!

blue76
2009-09-01, 10:56 AM
hi there do you guy's ever ride around portsmouth.
im new to this and i would love to meet more peeps on uni's

blue76 :cool:

kombi
2009-09-04, 03:09 PM
Is there a posted schedule with times for the group rides on friday, saturday evening, and sunday?

BenNC
2009-09-06, 01:50 AM
Is there a posted schedule with times for the group rides on friday, saturday evening, and sunday?

Yes. If you look on our website you can find this information. http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/scheduleofrides.htm

The group in charge of the festival is still debating a few of the routes, and the rides are subject to change based on rider skill level. We are planning on doing a bunch of riding this weekend to explore a couple of options. Please check the website for updated information in the next two weeks.

Planning for MUni fest is always a great excuse to ride a bunch :)

Ben

BenNC
2009-09-08, 01:24 AM
hi there do you guy's ever ride around portsmouth.
im new to this and i would love to meet more peeps on uni's

blue76 :cool:

I haven't been yet Blue76. What kind of riding do you have in Portsmouth? Are you considering coming to the Asheville MUni Fest? It is a great way to meet people. We'd love to have you!

Ben

http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/

MuniSano
2009-09-08, 08:46 PM
Ben: Just trying to figure out what uni's to bring. Obviously my MUni but I was thinking about bring my trials uni as well; are there any good places to do trials where we're going to be? Is anybody else interested in some trials sessioning somewhere? I'm no pro, probably a solid intermediate trials rider... I also thought about bringing my 36er but I don't know if would get any use, unless someone just wants to try it out? Same goes with my 5' giraffe... If I don't hear anything back I'll just plan on bringing my trials and MUni...

BenNC
2009-09-08, 11:55 PM
Great questions MuniSano,

You're welcome to bring as many unicycles as you want. There will be opportunities to ride everything - at least around camp. There are some rides we are looking into that you'd definitely want to be riding a 24 inch because they are more technical. Check out our website because we will be adding some photos soon to show just how technical some of these rides can be.

Over Labor Day weekend, Jeff Ray and I explored a new trail that had a dried up river bed for a 1/4 mile. It was very technical and tough terrain (lots of loose shifting rock) to navigate, even with a 24 inch wheel. Nothing you'd want to try and tackle on a giraffe :) If you had a trials unicycle, there could be some great riding in some of these areas. There are lots of rocks and logs to roll down if you wanted to practice your trials riding down the trail.

There will be an opportunity to ride your 36er if you bring it along on Saturday after the Tour de Bent Creek (the 12 mile ride). We have several riders in our community that ride 36 inch wheels and one option will be to go for a road ride with Bill Spears Saturday afternoon. There will also be a very technical MUni option in North Mills River.

Bent Creek or Lake Powhatan has a little of everything, but you could ride a lot of it on a 29er if you have one.

Again - thanks for the questions!
Ben

http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/

also check out http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/scheduleofrides.htm

MuniSano
2009-09-09, 01:18 PM
Thanks Ben. I'll probably just bring my 24" and 20". I'll through with the 36er for a while as I'll have done a metric century on it the week before! My main passion is MUni, the longer and tougher the ride the better. I know I'll have fun riding with other riders, this will be quite a culture shock to me! See you all very soon!

MuniSano
2009-09-21, 01:59 PM
Alright, I admit that I'm starting to "waffle" a little bit on coming as we seem to have been bombarded with constant rain in the SE for quite a bit lately! I'm not afraid of riding in the rain and mud, but I wonder how good example we'll be setting if we chose to ride on trail systems that have been saturated with rain. I know that at least in my area it is very frowned upon and discouraged to ride on wet/muddy trails. It also really isn't as fun. Don't get me wrong I've spent some quality time on wet/muddy trails (http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67788&page=2&highlight=dirt%2C+sweat+gears), but the end result was an expensive overhaul of equipment. Now I'd really just like to ride with other folks, even if it means we spend time on some of the many fire roads / gravel roads in the area. I'm sure there is plenty of epic possibilities in that vein as well? Anyhow, I'm kind of on the fence on this weekend. I just got back my KH/Schlumpf hub and had it rebuilt into my KH24, and just replaced my hydraulic brake; so I'm dying to ride! Any thoughts? Perhaps a gravel plan B route?

littlemenjd
2009-09-28, 02:01 PM
All,
We just wanted to say that Jarrett and I had a great time, wet but a great time none the less. Ben, Jeff, Jack, and Bill (and everyone else) you guys really rolled with the punches that the weather threw our way and just organized a great festival.

I was a blast to be able to ride and hang out with so many great people.

On the ride home we were already planning out how to make the trip next year and be able to stay in the area longer.

It was great meeting and riding with everyone. Anyone that got pictures please let me know when and where you get them posted.

Jason and Jarrett

humblbee
2009-09-28, 02:39 PM
hey Jason, We had a blast this weekend also, It was so fun meeting and riding with all of you. I can't wait for next time.
Thanks again to Ben, Jeff, Jack, Bill, and everyone else for making this possible.
Ben, I'm not far away and would love to come ride. If you plan group rides let us know.
Rah-Bee :D

b.King
2009-09-28, 03:02 PM
Ditto to the above, the organizers did an awesome job! Here are the few pictures I took from my phone, plus some elevation profiles from the rides: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2185546&id=38306099&l=3c444a7149

...and I'm already training for next year, so there will be no doubt as to who the true champion is!

littlemenjd
2009-09-28, 03:24 PM
Ben,
Great Signature.
Way to go hitting the bragging rights fresh out of the gate :)

firecrackerjess
2009-09-28, 03:41 PM
I am so thankful that I met all of you at the munifest! I am looking forward to living in Bent Creek very soon. Our Souls are filled with so much joy every time we go to Asheville Nc. I can't wait to meet up with all of you uni riders again...
peace & joy to all of you... Jessie

Liam had a blast & hopes he didn't cause to many UPD's:eek:

billnye
2009-09-29, 01:06 AM
I'd like to second, or third, or twenty the sentiments expressed so far, thanks guys for taking the time out of your day to day (and your riding :D) to organize/sponsor/coordinate this get together. I had a blast, and it seemed like everyone else did too.

I'm a little disappointed that we weren't able to stick around for the Sunday riding, but after the wringer you put this poor flatlander through, I don't know if I would've survived it, hehe.

No pics to contribute, but I did manage to capture more of the Friday rides before my GPS filled up than I thought I did. I've posted them on my newish everytrail (http://www.everytrail.com/profile.php?user_id=77785) account, which should allow you to download and import into Google Earth as well as offering some stats.

My family regularly vacations west of Asheville in the Cashiers/Sapphire/Brevard area, so I'll have to give a heads' up next time I'm up that way again... I'd love to ride with any of the great people we met this weekend.

still wondering whether his honorary prize was for enlightening or confusening,

billnye
John M

BenNC
2009-09-29, 02:06 AM
Hey everyone!

Thanks for all the thanks! Congratulations to our new Asheville MUni Fest champions - Jeff, Ben and Rob. (Nice work on bragging Ben K). Who would have thought it would have ended in a three way tie? Still trying to fix the shirt and add names to it :)

If you are interested photos are uploaded to our site.

http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/apps/photos/

I also created a photobucket share album if you want to share photos with everyone.

http://photobucket.com/ashevillemunifest2009

Thanks for sharing pics Ben K.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...9&l=3c444a7149

Come and see us again! AND you don't need to wait a whole year either :)

Ben

Michaelgoround
2009-09-29, 05:11 PM
The MUni Festival looked amazing! I am definately gonna try very hard to make it next year!

Ashwee
2009-09-30, 12:15 AM
Hey Everyone!
I enjoyed hanging out and riding with all of you! The group rides were super fun, very wet, but definitely fun. Also, I do believe that my "super cool socks" are pretty much ruined... haha! Well I can't wait till next time!!!

MuniSano
2009-09-30, 01:19 AM
Hello folks... Just wanted to thank everybody who had a part in putting on the 2009 Asheville Mountain Unicycle Festival! You guys seriously rock! I did a little write-up, complete with a few pictures (mainly of myself, heck it's my blog right?) at:

http://munisano.blogspot.com/2009/09/2009-asheville-mountain-unicycle.html

Please, everybody keep in touch, as Ben R. said we don't have to wait until next year to ride together! :)

BenNC
2009-10-10, 01:34 PM
Thank you Nate and Cheesy Lemon Productions for our very first MUni Fest Video. Awesome work!

YouTube - Asheville Muni Fest

Enjoy.

Also please look at our website when you get a chance because I just finished uploading new pictures from Bill Palas, our photographer. Also please share pictures if you want on the photobucket place I set up.

http://ashevillemunifest.webs.com/

http://s581.photobucket.com/albums/ss256/ashevillemunifest/

Cheers,

Ben

PS - I am planning on ending this thread soon and restarting a "Asheville MUni Fest" one. Please be looking for this.



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