Unicyclists ride in for convention

They may not be preparing to smash world records at the London Olympics in 2012, but unicyclists have been setting their own national records in the Illawarra throughout the Easter long weekend.About 80 unicyclists descended on the region to participate in the Australian Unicycle Convention (Uninats 2009) and test their skills against the best in the country.Wollongong unicyclist and co-organiser of the event Scott Griffin said a number of records had been broken during the convention."There was a new Australian record set for the open males 10km ride," he said. "There was also a New Zealand high jump record set - 97cm, I believe."With activities such as unicycle hockey, mountain unicycling and track and field events, the weekend attracted unicyclists of all skill levels.Mr Griffin said unicycling was much easier than riding a bike, a skill most people master in childhood."It's harder to fall off and hurt yourself on a unicycle than a bike," he said."With a unicycle, no matter which direction you fall in you can put your foot out to stop yourself, but with a bike there is a much bigger frame to get in the way."The four-day schedule concludes today with two fast-paced events. A street unicycle event will be held at Fairy Meadow skate park, while an off-road competition at Appin will test riders' endurance.

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