My Uncle Byron is responsible for introducing me to unicycling. He broke his collar bone back in 2001 and since he couldn’t mountain bike during the recovery period, he bought a unicycle saying “well, you don’t need two arms to unicycle…” I was 10 at the time, and was amazed by it, so my uncle gave me my first unicycle that Christmas. I remember being incredibly ecstatic. I took it home and started practicing right away. After a couple weeks of daily practice, I had ridden an unimpressive distance of zero revolutions leaving me disgruntled and disheartened.
Two years later while sifting though DVD’s I found One Tired Guy and Universe One. I watched both movies, and was instantly addicted. I found my unicycle, knocked the dust off, and started practicing with renewed determination. Daily practice, daily movie re-watch, daily unicycle day-dreams. And finally, after some difficulty, I learned to ride in early 2004 and went to the inaugural Vancouver Unicycle Club ride later that Spring.
With a diverse group of very committed and very supportive riders, they soon became an amazing group of friends and we rode almost every weekend for 3-4 years.
Why do I like to ride? That’s a tough question… I don’t know why exactly, but there is something very addicting about it. I love the challenge of riding and the sense of accomplishment after success. I love pushing my boundaries, progressing my personal skill and mental ability. The unicycle has given me a chance to explore myself and explore the world I live in, changing my perceptions, testing my adaptability. My ideal day is spent exploring the forests and mountains searching for new lines to try. On the flip side, nothing beats a day of riding with friends!
I play ultimate frisbee for Furious George, and have represented Canada at the U20 and U23 championships. I love mountain biking, hiking, skiing snowboarding and tennis.
I heard this quote the other day: “When it comes to dreams, one may falter, but the only way to fail is to abandon them.”