If you watch some of Kris Holm’s crash footage, you can bet that he wishes he had a how-to guide when he began pioneering the sport of mountain unicycling 25 years ago! Holms has taken plenty of spills, tumbles, and rolls in his unrelenting pursuit of unicycling almost anything, on any terrain, in over 16 countries throughout the world. Through it all, Holm has attained an unrivaled knowledge of the sport.
In his new book “The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling”, Holm displays the knowledge and skills he has learned throughout his career by giving tips both for mountain and trials riding. Mountain unicycling, or muni, involves riding over any kind of rough terrain, whereas trials riding is all about riding over obstacles. Holm will explain how to descend the tough, slippery, terrain of muni and also how to navigate technical courses by hopping, gapping, dropping, using pedal grabs, still stands, and riding balance lines.
Check out Kris in the Ski Channel’s film “Winter“, where his technique on the unicycle is complemented by his zen-like personality on and off the mountain. In one scene, Holm rides just inches next to a 1,000 foot cliff with no safety harness, in another he is riding next to a guard tower on the Great Wall of China. He speaks of a mind and body connection, with a need for attention in the moment so strong, that it drives him to continue to push the limits.
For all our Canadian followers, be sure to tune in the interview with Holm on Global TV this wednesday to get a better understanding of what it takes to be a master in the art of mountain and trials unicycling!
If you haven’t caught it yet, here is the trailer for Winter featuring the mountain unicycling of Kris Holm: