iuf :: unicycle orienteering

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The 13th World Unicycle Championships will be held in Bern, Switzerland next year at the end of July, and orienteering is on the programme!!!

Other events include racing disciplines, such as the 100m, 400m, 800m, 4 x 100m relay and 10km. There are also many “freestyle” disciplines as well as the obstacle course, off-road down-hill, high & long jumps and parcours, all on a unicycle.

Unicycle orienteering (known as “muni” for some reason) featured in the 1996 championships in Surrey and the 1998 champs in Germany. The score event format was used, and it was Germany’s Lars Hommen who came back with the most points, 330 to be exact. Hommen got 420 points but incurred a 90 point penalty for finishing late. Impressively Japan’s Yuuichi Hirano racked up a colossal 1260 point penalty. Hommen belongs to the club DJK Adler 07, which was interestingly formed as an orienteering club and later on decided that unicycling would also be fun.

The International Unicycling Federation (IUF) and Swiss Unicycling Association (SESV) are currently unable to confirm the orienteering discipline for the 2006 unicycling orienteering champs as they are still having discussions with Swiss TV company Télévision Suisse Romande with regards to the inclusion of the controversial micr-O score event.

For more information on the Championships visit the homepage: UNICON XIII

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