The year 2016 was another full year of unicycle events and meetings We did have a few meetings that did not take place due to weather conditions. Throughout the year I posted to our Flickr site 3,096 photos from meetings and other events. With so many great photos it was extremely difficult to select just a few to be considered "Best of". Last year, for 2015 I was able to select 71 photos in contrast to the year before where in 2014 I selected 163 photos. This year I started with a pool of 200 photos that I intended to reduce down to 175 or so. If you click the photo through to the 2016 photo album, you will see that I settled on 185 photos for the 2016 year. As you can imagine I found in necessary to exclude a tremendous amount of great and interesting photos taken throughout the year.
Each year I select one unicyclist to represent the "Best of " album. This year it was pretty obvious who it should be. Elias Sanchez who, at the beginning of the year was already a talented athlete and unicyclist, worked hard at a number of balance skills throughout the year including roller bolla, slack rope and yoga. Within this year he has learned to ride two exotic unicycles built by Tom Miller of the Unicycle Factory. One unicycle that pedals backward to go forward and another (depicted) that goes sideways as you pedal in either direction. He also learn to ride the vertical two wheel unicycle.
I had a great time recording all of this photographs and attending all of the unicycle events throughout the year. I am looking forward to doing more of the same in the coming months.
- Ken Springle @ December 31, 2016
- Ken Springle @ November 8, 2016
The 2016 New York Unicycle Festival began on Thursday September 1st. While this has been the seventh year of the festival, this is the only second year of there being four days instead of three days of unicycle activities. Day one started with a light drizzle that ceased just as the ride began, 17 unicyclist began the ride from Battery Park up the west side cycling path on there way to Central Park. After a few rest stops we showed up at the entrance of the park at West 85th street being joined by yet one more unicyclist. We made our way through the park down to 59th street, Columbus Circle for a lunch break. Just as we started to make our way down Broadway toward Time Square it again began to rain. Upon reaching Time Square it really started to come down. So, we sought shelter in a covered walkway on West 45th street until the rain let up. After about twenty-five minutes the rained lightened up so we set out back towards bike path by the Intrepid Aircraft carrier. We rode the entire way back with two rest stops, just upon reaching Battery Park the rain stopped. We all agreed that the 16.5 mile ride was incredibly fun despite the warm light rain falling on us for the entire ride back to the starting point. The photo above was recorded at one of the rest stops along the west side bike path that is part of Hudson River Park.[caption id="attachment_1901" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Day Two, Brooklyn Unicycle Day (Click photo to view album)"][/caption]
On day two of the festival was the annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. In total there were 57 unicyclist that participated in crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of the event. This year, close to 50 unicyclist decided to continue the 13 mile the ride to Coney Island. The riders paused at three rest stops along the route. The photo above was recorded in front of the Grand Army Plaza arch. Riders were they were greeted by even more unicyclists and jugglers at Nathan's Famous. Later that evening, the group gathered at Dino's Wonder Wheel for a group photo. Immediately following, most have took advantage of a free ride on the Wonder Wheel.[caption id="attachment_1903" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Day three, Governors Island (Click on the photo to view album)"][/caption]
I cannot begin to do justice in describing all the tremendous amount of unicycle activity that occurred on Govenors Island during day three. There must have been 150 or more unicyclist present. All enjoying the activities and wheeled vehicles. Sem and Teresa Abrams and family brought with them all types of bikes and unicycles. Adam and Renie Cohen of Just One Wheel were there helping people learn to unicycle in addition to all of the volunteers helping out in the overflowing learning area. All of this going on with music pumping in the background courtesy of DJ Sky.Unicyclist participated in playing hockey, basketball, unicycle sumo wrestling and other activities. There was a very entertaining unicycle show with many participants.[caption id="attachment_1904" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Day Four, Govenors Island (Click on photo to view album)"][/caption]
The final day of the festival was basically a mirror of day three with about half as many unicyclists. The activities were similar with a few variations such as the costume contest and unicycle kite flying. The four participants of the costume contest are depicted above.
This year the festival was a quite a success with every attendee truly enjoying every day of the festival. If you have not attended one of the seven unicycle festivals to date, you are missing a real treat as a unicyclist. Especially if you live outside of the New York area. I would be a really good idea to put it on your schedule to attend next year.
This year I myself put more emphasis on taking more photographs then in past festivals. The result is over 1,000 photos contained in the four photo albums linked above.
- Ken Springle @ September 5, 2016
- Ken Springle @ August 20, 2016
For the fifth consecutive year, New York Unicycle club members have been invited to visit by Adam and Renie Cohen to visit the Just One Wheel balance facilities. This, as in the previous two years we visited them on the campus of the Driftwood Day camp. As you may remember, the last two years we experienced really rough winters that were really cold with a lot of snow. This year's Winter we thankfully had milder temperatures and no snow on the ground. So this year we took advantage and did some riding both indoors and out. Yes it did snow that afternoon. However, in the early afternoon with just a dusting of snow on the ground a bunch of us ventured outdoors to ride around the campus. We had a great time. I would like to again thank Adam, Renie and the Balance Brothers, Ziggy and Ikey for inviting us out to spend the afternoon with them.
- Ken Springle @ March 13, 2016
Each year I, Ken Springle, record hundreds of photographs at New York Unicycle Club meetings, unicycle rides and events. These photographs are posted in albums on our club's Flickr.com site soon after each event. At the end of each year I go through all of the albums to select what I feel are the "best of" for the year. With so many photos to choose from it is always a tough call as to which one are to be included within the album. It is even tougher to decide which of these photo should represent the album as the cover photo. For there at least a dozen photos that could considered the best one depending on the criteria being used. For 2015 I chose this photo of Jason Katz, one of the clubs most skilled riders demonstrating one foot idling on a five foot Giraffe unicycle. Take some time to check out the entire Best of 2015 photo album and see which photo you think is best.
- Ken Springle @ March 13, 2016
Five senior members of the New York Unicycle Club set out for a 18 mile unicycle ride though northeast queens. The route of the ride started in Flushing Meadow Park and continued via the streets and bicycle paths onto the Vanderbuilt Motor Parkway Greenway to Alley Pond Park. It was a sunny brisk October day that was excellent for the ride. The above photograph was taken along the outside railing of the Kissena Velodrome located in Kissena Park. We visited the velodrome during the last leg of the ride that ended back a the Willets Point train station back at Flushing Meadow Park. It was a great ride. We all look forward to doing more rides like this throughout the five boroughs.
- Ken Springle @ March 13, 2016
- Ken Springle @ September 8, 2015
On Governors Island the activities of the 2015 New York City Unicycle Festival continued with an action packed two day program of unicycling featuring a costume contest, Unicycle basketball, Unicycle Hockey, Unicycle Sumo, a unicycle skills performance show, a raffle and much more. Unicyclist of all ages and backrounds from all over come to New York to participate and witness a fun gathering. Though the focus is on unicycling, multiple talents were on display with jugglers and gymnast displaying there talents.
Governor Island is in the midst of a 8 year renovation that is scheduled to be completed next year. There has been significant progress with this construction project. Those who have had the opportunity to attend the festival had the added bonus of being able to tour the island and enjoy the new cycling paths and other areas that have been installed on the island. This has been the fifth year of the festival. It was a well attended event that fun for all that attended.
Clicking one of the photos will take you to a slide show of the Photo album for that day on our Flickr site. There are a lot of photos for days two through four. If you prefer to browse each day's album you can click here for the Album page.[caption id="attachment_1872" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Unicycle Sumo match on day four"][/caption]
- Ken Springle @ September 7, 2015
For Brooklyn Unicycle day 2015 was officially celebrated by Sixty-two New York Unicycle Festival participants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. the unicyclist depicted above all agreed that that that was not enough of a celebration. So, they continued on to ride 12. 5 additional miles across the borough to Coney Island. Once they made it to Coney Island and was met by jugglers and unicyclist that did not participate for the full ride, we all partook in a needed refueling at Nathan's Famous, With appetites satiated, it was time for a group photo to be taken in front of Dino's Wonder Wheel. As in years past this was followed by a variety show performed at the Coney Island Shooting Gallery. After the show everyone with enough energy to stick around was treated to a free ride on Dino's Wonder Wheel. They was also able to witness the final Coney Island fireworks show of the 2015 summer season. It was truly a day full of unicycle celebration. You can click on the this link to go to the day two album or the click photo above to see a slide show of the photos I took throughout the day. Visit our Flickr page often to see what NYUC has been up to and who has been participating.[caption id="attachment_1865" align="aligncenter" width="501" caption="Photo courtesy of Norman Blake"][/caption]
- Ken Springle @ September 5, 2015