[Hong Kong, 18 July 2017]  The sixth biennial Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships (APUC), the region’s flagship international unicycling competition, will take place in Hong Kong 22-24 July, hosted by local unicycle sports group UniHK.

Media are cordially invited to attend.

Events Programme

Day 1 – Unicycle Hockey Tournament

Venue: YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre, 22 Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei [map]

Times: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Day 2 – Unicycle Track and Field / Trials

Venue: T.w.g.hs. Kwok Yat Wai College, 3 Tsui Sing Road, Tin Shui Wai, NT. [map]

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Day 3 – Mountain Unicycling (‘muni’)

Event takes place across Lamma Island.

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm

To meet/travel with the group, please contact Robert Rogers, tel 9283 3757.

The event will see teams from Australia, South Korea, Singapore, China, Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong face off in a series of unicycling disciplines over three days of competition.

APUC was previously held in Hong Kong in 2009, following the inaugural event in Singapore in 2007.  In 2011, Seoul hosted, then in 2013 APUC headed down under to Canberra, and two years ago the competition was held in Singapore.

In the blue riband Unicycle Hockey tournament, played over a full day, all the best teams from around the region will compete, with reigning champions Hong Kong, from APUC 2015 in Singapore, aiming to hold off the challenge of four-time winners Australia.

The second day – Track and Field – comprises a range of competitive disciplines, including sprints, backwards riding, slalom and trials, along with Unicycle Basketball, which features for the first time at APUC, as a demonstration sport. There will also be informal competitions such as unicycle sumo and longest still-stand.

On the third day, competitors switch wheels to ‘mountain unicycles’, with sturdier frames and tyres, and head to Lamma Island where the challenge is the Lamma Enduro mountain biking course, in the north of the island.

APUC 2017 follows the traditions of Unicon, the biennial world unicycle championships, with an international spirit of sporting friendship behind the fierce competition. Social and formal events enable participants – who range in age from 5 to 62 – to meet and share with unicyclists from other countries.

Event Director Robert Rogers said, “We look forward to welcoming old and new unicycling friends, and supporters and spectators, to a wonderful weekend of one-wheeled competition and camaraderie.  The host team has put in a great deal of hard work to put on the best possible APUC, and we wish all competitors success in their events and for everyone to have a great time in Hong Kong.”

One of the younger members of the Hong Kong squad, Jonathan Cheng (鄭愉明), 12, said, “ I’m really excited to be unicycling for Hong Kong in an international competition.  I hope I score the winning goal in the hockey”.

About the host club – Unicycle Hong Kong

The Unicycle Hong Kong club meets on Fridays at King’s Park Centenary Centre to practise skills and play unicycle hockey.  Newcomers are welcome, and there are unicycles to try.

www.unihk.org

Event website:  http://apuc.asia/

Unicon – world unicycle convention and championships

http://eng.unicon18.com/

Unicycle competition rules. See IUF Competition Rulebook.

https://www.a-t-b.ch/images/content/einrad/reglemente/iuf/iuf-rulebook-2017.pdf

Hong Kong unicyclist photos: http://www.unihk.org/photogallery.htm

International Unicycling Federation: http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/