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article imageVideo: Unicycling as an extreme sport? Just watch

By Greta McClain     Sep 13, 2014 in Internet
Moab - Unicycling probably is not the first, or even the last, thing that comes to mind when thinking about extreme sports, but a recent video proves the sport can not only be extreme, but death defying as well.
Recently, John LeSage and 18 fellow unicyclists paid a visit to the mountainous area of Moab, Utah. Fitted with a GoPro HD HERO3, LeSage filmed the group as they navigated the winding and rocky mountain trails.
Moab is famous for offering some of the best and most spectacular mountain bike trails in the world. The Amasa Back trails, comprised primarily of Kayenta Sandstone, is a favorite destination for many extreme mountain bikers. One of the Amasa Back trail is Jackson Trail, a two mile trail that weaves its way along a steep cliff leading to the Colorado River.
Map of mountain bike trails in Moab  Utah
Map of mountain bike trails in Moab, Utah
US Dept of Interior
In the video, LeSage and his fellow daredevils can be seen using their unicycles to hop over large chunks of rocks as they maneuver along the narrow twisting path.
The trails are known for being some of the most extreme mountain bike trails in the world, with a 4.9 out of 5 rating according to Bikerag.com. Attempting to navigate the trails on two wheels is extreme enough, but doing it with only one wheel between your knees is borderline insanity.
The danger did not deter the fearless unicyclists however, and their video is going viral. With more than 3.9 thousand shares and nearly 475,000 YouTube likes in just five days, extreme unicycling just may be the next extreme sport of choice; and who knows, John LeSage may be the next Gary Fisher.
See you at the X-Games.
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