For some people, cycling on something with two wheels is a good challenge. But for one group in Anchorage, they like to take it up a notch and travel the city on one wheel.


In this week’s Get Out I give it a go on a unicycle.


“The history of mountain unicycling starts in Alaska,” according to Benjamin Richardson of the Alaska Unicycle Group. “There’s a man named George Peck who lives in Seward, Alaska. And his son and daughter both ride with Kris and Katie Peck.”


Peck is a pioneer of unicycling and is one of many who have helped the sport grow over the years. It has expanded rapidly in Anchorage thanks to groups like the Alaska Unicycle Group.


“Unicycling is one of these things, it seems like one of these things that once you teach one person they teach 10 people and it spreads really quickly,” Richardson said.


I’m told it takes 10 to 15 hours to learn how to unicycle. I’ve got about an hour and am going to see if I can’t beat that learning curve.


“The first time you get on you will think this is impossible. That’s what your brain will tell you even if you are a pretty good biker,” Richardson said.


Not the most encouraging words, but I’m determined.


The kids with us are quick to give me a lot of pointers and they definitely help me with my confidence as I make several attempts. I never leave the safety of the railing, but it’s a good start.


For more information on how to get started in unicycling you can get in touch with the Alaska Unicycle Group on Facebook.


–George Peck video provided by Kris Peck


–Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Kris Peck’s name. The article has been revised. 


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