March 04, 2004

Famed Unicyclist & HPV Cyclist Join Mayors' Ride

Famed Unicyclist, Famed HPV Cyclist Join Mayors' Ride

Lars Clausen, the author and Guinness World Record holding unicyclist who has unicycled across
America and been in all 50 US states on one wheel just got back to me today. A couple days before Christmas, I had introduced him at our Recumbent News blog and when he replied with a thank you, it dawned on me that I should ask him to do a part of our Mayors' Ride as a way to get his story out there and as a way for him to help us.

When he agreed to help us kick Seattle off today, I found these words in his signature:

Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

While the last time he and exchanged I found these:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Does this man not fit perfectly into what we are all about? Lars will be leading cyclists to our Friday May 14 City Hall celebration and say a few words about the need to improve the conditions for cyclists as well as sign a few of his books and whatever else he and his agent come up with!!


As for the world of Human Powered Vehicles, Nick Hein tells us he will make the Washington DC to Pittsburgh run for us starting July 2. A well know member of the HPV community Nick has an impressive collection of such bikes that can be seen at the link below. He has an all-weather streamliner. a bike that fits what looks like a family, and a machine that he uses on his daily 100 mile bus and bike commute, etc.

It remains to be seen which HPV Nick will be using for our challenging but beautiful route. Heck, he might even build one just for that ride!! I can tell you one thing tho, the Pittsburgh people are excited that they will once again be getting a recumbent bike to lead the rest of the riders into town!! Last year Jim Muellner did the run on his trike and yet the rain storm that hit chased the crowd of expectant onlookers away from his arrival there.

Lars' web site
Blog entry for Lars
Nick's bikes
Jim Muellner

2004 Mayors' Ride

Posted by mkreig at March 4, 2004 08:14 PM