Flatland is a free-style riding style about finding the perfect balance between top tricks, style, and consistency. It is performed on smooth flat surfaces which does not include any obstacles such as ramps, jumps or grindrails – it is all about being creative. During the competition, riders will complete a 1 minute preliminary run where they are judged on several criteria such as the difficulty of, and variety of their tricks, their style, flow, creativity, and consistency. After the prelims, between 8 and 16 of the highest scoring riders will advance to the finals, where they compete in head-to-head battles.
The most common wheel size for Flatland is 19”, however more and more riders favour 20” unicycles. Riders usually use fat tires and short(er) cranks to allow themselves to have more flow in their riding. Square-crown frames are favoured as they support coast, scuff-coast and stand up wheel walk tricks better than round-crown frames.
The Flatland competitions will be held in L’Anneau de Vitesse, which will be the Center for Unicon. It is an outdoor speed skating ring which hosted the speed skating events for the 1968 Winter Olympics. Now we will exchange blades for wheels and fill the arena with excitement!
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