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North American Unicycle Championships ride through Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- In the sport of unicycling, a rider faces a set of obstacles. Some made of wood and metal and others are simply stereotypes.
"The sort of stereotypical thing that comes to people's minds when they see a unicycle is the circus," 3-time Unicycle Trials World Champion Max Schulze said.

But these competitors are hardly clowning around.

"It's a pretty diverse set of disciplines that you have within unicycling that are not circus related," Schulze said.

Some of the world's top unicycling talent is in Madison this week for the annual North American Unicycling Championships showing off their long acquired skill.

"The learning curve for unicycling is a bit steeper than most sports. Once you learn how to ride it sort of takes off from there. I'm still learning new tricks and I've been riding for 13 years," Schulze said.

Many impressive tricks completed.

"It's crazy thinking they can go up and down these things just in a single hop," 12-year old unicyclist Grace Julian said.

"It's just amazing. It feels like magic. It's just fun to do something new," 2014 Cyclo-cross World Champion Gakob Flansberry said.

With a similar number of falls.

"There's a lot of falling involved. There's so much adrenaline you don't really feel anything, until the next day," Julian said.

Several kids like 12-year old Madison native Ian Beilfuss also got the chance to ride some of the rails.

"You get to do a lot of fun tricks that you can't do on a bicycle or other stuff," Beilfuss said.

All uniting as unicyclists, trying to help the sport land the respect it deserves.

"I just like the fact that it's different, there's always limits to push. We still have lots to explore," Flansberry said.

"It's feels really good doing something that's really hard and it helps you motivate to do the next thing," Beilfuss said.


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