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Old 2008-04-01, 01:28 PM   #1
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Evolution of Balance Award - the real announcement =)

I am very happy to announce the 2008 Evolution of Balance grant winner!

The 2008 award will go to Steve Relles, Roland Kays, Perry Woodin, and Brad Stratton from Albany, NY, and Vince LeMay from Montreal, Quebec, who have proposed a trip in Panama to ride jungle trails from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Their route follows the ancient Gold Routes, a now obscure network of trails that for over 500 years formed a trade and smuggling route across Panama. To the best of our knowledge, they will be the first people to ride this route on any kind of cycle. Congrats you guys! Steve & crew will be heading to Panama in the next dry season, in January 2009.

Selecting a winning applicant was really hard. There were so many great ideas, awesome trips all over the world, and also different styles of trips that are really hard (almost impossible, really) to compare. In the end we selected the application that we felt had a good combination of an adventurous and doable trip, interesting goal, qualified riders, a well thought-out plan, and a well-prepared application.

Thanks a lot to all of you that applied. I know that many of you are planning to go on your proposed trips regardless of the grant, which is great. I’d like to put together a trips ideas page at krisholm.com, based on ideas from applicants (with the applicant’s permission and names removed).

Also, thanks again to Horny Toad Clothing and to Nathan Hoover, who contributed to the award.

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Old 2008-04-01, 01:44 PM   #2
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Congradulations!

Congradulations to Steve Relles, Roland Kays, Perry Woodin, Brad Stratton and Vince LeMay on your winning of the Evolution of Balance Grant! It is well deserved. I can tell you that you were up against some serious competition from my team. We proposed a 180km ride on a dogsled route between the towns of Kangerlusaug and Sisimuit in Greenland. Your proposed trip sounds really cool and I am looking forward reading your writeup!

All the Best!

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Old 2008-04-01, 01:50 PM   #3
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Congratulations to the guys for getting the grant. I'm a little bummed of course, but there is always next year

Good luck on your trip, sounds like it is going to be awesome !!
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Old 2008-04-01, 01:54 PM   #4
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Congratulations!!!! looking forward to reading the write up :-)

p.s try not get caught up in and trade and smuggling!
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Old 2008-04-01, 02:09 PM   #5
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I think that everyone should post their unicycle adventure ideas (that they did or did not submit) in this thread.

Congrats to the winners, and I am curious to read the other applications.

This was a great idea.
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Old 2008-04-01, 02:16 PM   #6
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Well, it looks like I'm not the first to say congratulations to Steveyo and crew... but maybe I'll be the first to ask if there's space for one more to come along :-)

Seriously though, congratulations to everyone that won, or even put lots of thought in to their own plan. And thanks to Kris (and sponsors) for the award itself. This can only be a good thing for the future of unicycling.

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Old 2008-04-01, 02:36 PM   #7
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but maybe I'll be the first to ask if there's space for one more to come along :-)

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That is kiiiind of what I was trying to get at with my post haha. If anyone has a trip planned that they submitted and wants more riders you should post in this thread. I am hoping that most of the people who submitted applications for the grant will still be going on their trips with or without the grant money. This really is a great idea and will help inspire more people to go on unicycle adventures.

Two trips I have in mind that I did not submit:

1) Muni/road trip in Iceland, I have several routes I have been looking at and I would try to plan it so that it would be half on road and half offroad (even though most of the roads in Iceland appear to be basically offroad anyway hah) so that it would be ideal for a schlumpf. Not sure when I would do this trip.

2) Unicycling most of the length of Norway from Stavanger to Tromso via the western fjords and Lofoten Islands. Mostly on the road with the exception of Rallarvegen.
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Old 2008-04-01, 03:06 PM   #8
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Wow - What an AMAZING trip you guys have planned! congratulations on your creativity. Stay safe, take lots of photos and have an incredible amount of fun!
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Old 2008-04-01, 03:18 PM   #9
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Congrats to everybody who submitted a proposal. From my limited experience I've come to see that very few people unicycle, far fewer ride muni, even even fewer still ride long distance muni. I come from an ultra-marathoning background (over 12 years of running 50km - 160km races) and what I'd like to see someday is some marathon and longer mountain unicycle events. The problem now with the really cool mountain bike events is that aid is too far apart and the cut-offs aren't reasonable for a unicyclist. What would be good is a mountain bike type event, as far as the route goes, but put on with the aid frequency and cut-offs of an ultra-marathon running event (seems like we can cruise along at about that kind of pace overall). I think it would be cool to host different events like this once a year or so, so like minded individuals like us can get together, socalize and go for a real long muni ride/race. Sort of like the Moab Muni Festival but built around a long, long distance route with plenty of frequent aid and a beautiful route! Just my opinion. What do you think Kris and others?

FWIW, I'm planning on riding the Monarch Crest Trail again this summer near Salida, CO; and some other shorter epic rides around the Lake City, Colorado area. I've got a couple ideas for some much more difficult rides but my busy school/work schedule is very limiting right now, probably for the next couple years... ... However I'd be up to helping organize some sort of meeting of long distance muni riders. I think it would be a great enhancement to our sport and really show the two wheeled world, and others, what we are capable of.

Cheers and enjoy your adventures! I can't wait to get out to Colorado this June for some awesome riding!

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Old 2008-04-01, 03:51 PM   #10
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Congratulation Vince! I just read your name, I need to read the whole text now
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Old 2008-04-01, 04:14 PM   #11
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Wow I must say I'm a bit bummed, but from the sounds of it, the award went to the right people. I think that it was definatly more what you were looking for .

I can't wait to see all the applications be posted.
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Old 2008-04-01, 04:20 PM   #12
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... far fewer ride muni, even even fewer still ride long distance muni. I come from an ultra-marathoning background (over 12 years of running 50km - 160km races) and what I'd like to see someday is some marathon and longer mountain unicycle events. The problem now with the really cool mountain bike events is that aid is too far apart and the cut-offs aren't reasonable for a unicyclist. What would be good is a mountain bike type event, as far as the route goes, but put on with the aid frequency and cut-offs of an ultra-marathon running event
I'm not sure most mountain bike events really are that bad for a unicyclist. There are quite a few unicyclists in the UK who've ridden 50km and longer mountain bike events without coming last or getting caught by cut-offs. Also I know quite a few in New Zealand (and a few of us foreigners) have done Karapoti which is 50km in big hills.

Where mountain bike routes become a problem is in the week long events (or longer), and things like 160km/100 mile in a day races, as the level of bikers in those will just be that bit higher, and there are far more hard constraints like the amount of daylight available.

The ultimate thing that a unicyclist should do at some point is the Great Divide, but you do have to average 100 miles a day, so it wouldn't be easy to say the least.

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The Great Divide has crossed my mind before, but it would probably be better done not during the race. That way average distance per day would be much lower and you could enjoy it more.
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Old 2008-04-01, 04:35 PM   #14
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Also I should add a big thanks to Unicycle.com who sponsored the award in terms of funding the logistical cost of getting prizes from Taiwan (my point of export) to the applicants. Thanks!

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Old 2008-04-01, 04:37 PM   #15
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Well, from some of the mountain bike events I've searched and considered doing in the U.S. the cut-offs would be extremely tight for even the most ambitious unicyclist. Also most of these events have aid-stations 15-20 miles apart which may be no problem for a mountain biker but a slower moving unicyclist that is a problem. This has been the main reason I've focused on doing 12 hr mtn bike events since a shorter loop nature means more frequent aid. I still think it would be cool to semi-organize events like what siafirede is talking about i.e. Great Divide "race" or "ride" but maybe half the daily distance and add some more support or aid caches. I like the idea of the Evolution of Balance award and to add to the whole idea why not organize events were everybody who is able can join up and go i.e. the festival idea. Or perhaps a long trail loop course i.e. up to 100 miles with shorter options available with aid stations/support frequent (or caches). Yes I'm talking about continuous rides, night time just do like the mtn bikers and ultra-runners do, put on the headlamps and such and keep going! I'm thinking of these things like a true all around endurance event, i.e. you may be forced to hike alot and ride when you can (especially at night). I different kind of experience entirely; but not unlike a solo 24 hour mtn bike event.

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