REDMOND, Wash. — Mountain biking itself can be dangerous, but cycling downhill mountain trails with only one wheel? Now that’s extreme.
Evening producer Jose Cedeno (“Extreme Jose”) learned how to unicycle from riders who do a wide variety of challenging tricks, from jumping sets of stairs to cycling down rails. He quickly realized that learning how to unicycle is more difficult than it seems.
“Some people pick it up in a couple weeks if you practice every day for a little while,” said unicycle rider Dugan Porter. “It’s all about the patience.”
Unicycle rider Noli Ergas, the organizer of the Seattle Area Unicycle Riders group, added that new riders can quickly pick up new tricks after the initial learning curve.
“I’m nervous, but let’s do this,” Cedeno said.
Unicycle rider Noli Ergas says he thinks riding down a mountain with only one wheel is safer than doing it with a mountain bike ... we'll take his word for it.
"To pick up new tricks it takes at least 10 hours, so I'm not if you'll be an expert after this, but we'll see," said Porter.
Jose might not be a pro yet, but he has a new coach, who happens to be Jim Dever so who knows what could happen.