What is Muni?
Muni or Mountain Unicycling is the "art" of riding a unicycle off road. Not unlike mountain biking, muni riders use all terrain unicycles on dirt and gravel trails for sport.
At first glance, riding a unicycle off road would seem impossible, but then learning to ride a bike is no easy task when you're five years old :)
Who is Southeast Muni?
Southeast Muni is a loose knit group of riders who get together for trail rides in the Southeastern United States. We are fortunate to have some excellent trail systems and trail building clubs in this region that allow for year-round riding.
How can you get involved?
Since muni is an uncommon sport, riders tend to be very dispersed, so organized rides are rare and attract small groups. One way to get involved is to join an online community like the Unicyclist Community. The Unicyclist Community has a public forum, unicycle tutorials, and an events calender, as well as links to regional groups who promote unicycling.
Another way to get involved is to attend a unicycle festival...
Ride the Raccoon Muni Gathering, May 19-20, 2012.
Alert! There has been a slight change of plans due to a trail use conflict with the Scenic City Trail Marathon. As a result we will NOT be meeting a Laurel Point on Saturday.
On Saturday, we will meet on the other side of the reservoir at the Switchyard Parking Area.
Be aware that parking is going to be tight and that there are no public facilities at the Switchyard, so please bring chairs, tables, food and drink. Bathrooms will be accessible at the Visitor's Center, two miles away or you can use the natural setting (the woods).
Look for signs directing you to the Switchyard.
We will organize the rides starting at 9am, please be early in case parking is a hectic.
On Sunday we will meet at Laurel Point as originally planned to enjoy the trails free of traffic.
Sorry for the confusion. If you need help with directions or have questions about the event, you can reach me at eight, six, five, four, eight, three, eight, seven, three, five.
This website is the starting point for a new event to be held on the 20 mile + trail system at Raccoon Mountain. This unique venue was built by volunteers from the Chattanooga chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) , in conjunction with the the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) office.
Central event organizing will be at the day use picnic area at Laurel Point. Riders should plan to meet at Laurel Point, then carpool to the starting points for Individual events. Parking, bathrooms, water, and food will all be located at Laurel Point. On the morning of the Muni Gathering, we will have a Tent and Banner set up at the picnicing area, look for paper signs pointing riders to the event sign up.
Tentative schedule of events:
Downhill/Freeride Challenge (Megawatt)
Trials Competition (Chunky)
XC Trail Ride (Laurel Point)
Time Trial Road Ride (Resevoir Loop Road)
No fee for attendance
All riders are expected to be self supported
In order to participate in riding events, all riders are required to show proof of USA membership (Unicycling Society of America).
Food and snacks will be potluck style, no alcohol or illegal substances please, as this is a Federal facility and consequences for possession are quite serious.
Getting Involved: We need volunteers to organize and manage the individual events!!
Are you into Trials? We need help scouting Upper and Lower Chunky for staging the trials.
Are you into Road Riding? We need someone to orchestrate the road ride, i.e format, distance(s), etc...
Are you just coming along to watch and hang out? We need people to start/stop events, shuttle riders, manage the gear swap, help with teaching, and so much more :)
Making Travel Plans:
Raccoon Mountain is conveniently located just fifteen minutes West of Chattanooga. The city of Chattanooga offers a multitude of lodging options and is a great place to shop or enjoy a good meal. For the more adventurous and thrifty, camping is available less then ten miles from the event area at Raccoon Mountain Campground. The campground is located on the Southern side of Raccoon Mountain, which means you will enter the TVA facilty from the side opposite Chattanooga, driving along the river on the input/output side of the mountain.
More on the camping option:
I have made reservations for three small group camping sites at the Raccoon Mountain Campground, sites #78, 80, 82. These sites are located at the Northeast corner of the campground, well away from the RV's and with plenty of room to ride! Each site will hold four campers. My family will be staying at site #80. I will hold sites #78 and #82 for riders interested in camping, but I'll need to get a confirmation no later than a week before the Muni Gathering or I will cancel the reservations. Send me an email for more information. There are plenty of RV sites as well as a few cabins, but call early as they can fill up this time of year.
Coming by car?
Coming by air?
Fly into Nashville or Atlanta, both airports are major hubs and within two hours driving time to Raccoon Mountain.