DId we get you? No? Oh, well, maybe next year. Yes, we can now report to the disappointment of the clowns of the nation unicycling won't be added to the world road cycling championships in Wollongong in 2022. It was, of course, April Fools. Thanks to Mark Sleigh and Kippkaufman for playing along.
In a world first, a unicycling road race will be added to the World Road Cycling Championships to be held in Wollongong in 2022.
In an exciting development, it has been confirmed exclusively to the Illawarra Mercury that the world's best one-wheeled cyclists will join the best elite road cyclists as part of the world titles. It is expected superstar men's Austrian unicyclist Pedle Vuriously will compete for the first ever unicycling world title.
Destination Wollongong general manager Mark Sleigh said the addition of the unicycle world title road race was a coup for the city.
"We're looking at the possibility of running the unicycle road race down into the city from Mount Keira," Mr Sleigh said.
"It should provide some pretty intense and interesting racing that's for sure.
"We've just got to find a course which doesn't make them two tyred."
Cycling Australia's general manager-sport Kipp Kaufmann said the event would be spectator friendly and broke the news tickets for the event would be half-priced.
"It's a delicate balance adding an event such as this to the world championships, but we are confident it will be a success," Mr Kaufman said.
Mr Kaufmann said the unicyclists would be decked out in the latest of high tech cycling uniforms.
"We need to make sure our competitors are appropriately attired," he added.
As well as the Austrian champion, a number of other big name riders are expected to compete in the event such as French star Onit Solo, Germany's Hans Free and even Swedish champion Hada Stack, who is on the comeback trail after injury.
The women's race is ironically expected to be a race in two between Australia's own Eunice Ikle and the British champion Poppin Amono.
Given the addition of unicycling to the world championship program, Mr Kaufmann said they would be adding a representative of the unicyclists to the organising committee.
"We'll need to find them at least one seat at the table, that's for sure," he said.
See our website at illawarramercury.com.au for an exciting development on this story at midday today.