Please refer to this page for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. We will update this page periodically

Events and Schedule Questions

Q:  What is a Criterium?
A:  Unicon typically has three road events, and the Unicon 21 team has decided to include a traditional North American Championship (NAUCC) event - the criterium. A criterium (also called a "crit") is a short road event that is characterized by its tight turns and agility elements, such as the ability to take a 180 degree turn, then quickly accelerate. This event can be completed in either a standard or unlimited unicycle category. The criterium is a favorite at NAUCC, and the Unicon 21 team is excited to bring this event to the Unicycle World Champtionship.

Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2024

Q:  What is the Loop the Lake race? Why don't I see a marathon on the schedule or registration form?
A:  We were unable to find a suitable and safe marathon route within a reasonable distance of Unicon 21. As an alternative, Unicon will host a "Loop the Lake" race around Lake Bemidji on July 22. Lake Bemidji has a 17 mile (27.4 km) path around its perimeter, the site of the town's annual "Loop the Lake" ride and festival. The IUF rulebook states that Unicon must hold two road events, only one of which must be a fixed distance event. Because looping the lake is a Bemidji tradition, the Unicon 21 team decided to host a distance event that will loop the lake twice (34 miles; 54.7 km), in place of the marathon. This distance will abide by the IUF rulebook, and also incorporate local tradition and push competitors to go further. You can sign up for this on the registration form, under "Road Racing."

Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2024

Q:  Will Unicon 21 include a Final Party?
A:  Yes! Volunteers are still working on the details, but Unicon 21 will conclude with a Final Party. The Final Party will follow the Street competition at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26. All registered participants (competitors and non-competitors) are welcome to join us in Sanford Center for food, entertainment, and our final celebration. 

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2024

Q:  Is the schedule final?
A:  Yes. The schedule will not change unless absolutely necessary to accommodate facilities changes, event registration issues, or participant numbers. 

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2023

Q:  Do you have to be registered* in order to watch competitions?
A:  Many competitions are free and open to non-registered friends, family, and the general public. Some events (particularly finals) will charge a $10 per person admission fee. The list of events where an admission fee applies can be found on the Schedule page. 

*Registered Unicon 21 participants (both competitors and non-competitors) will be admitted free to all competitions. 

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2023

Transportation Questions

Q:  Will there be transportation available from any nearby airports?
A:  Buses will be available from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on July 13 and July 14 for $45 per person (no additional fees for oversize baggage). On July 27, following the conclusion of Unicon 21, buses will return to MSP airport ($45 per person). You can register for bus transportation when you complete your Unicon registration. See more info on the Transportation page.

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2023

Food and Lodging Questions

Q:  Will there be lodging available?
A:   Yes, dormitory rooms will be available at Bemidji State University for as little as $25 per night! Sign up is available now when you complete your online registration. Please note that dorm rooms are available only to registered Unicon participants -- both competitors and non-competitors. Details are available at Lodging & Food.

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2023

Q:  If I get a dorm room, do I have to stay the whole time?
A:  No, but you need to pay the whole fee.

Last Updated: Dec. 13,, 2023

Q:  How do I select a roommate for a double room?
A:  If you register for a double dorm room, we will follow up prior to the start of Unicon to ask about your roommate selection. If you do not have a preference, we will assign you a roommate.   

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2023

Q:  Is there lodging available for participants with special needs and/or who need greater accessibility?
A:  Yes, there is a dorm available for participants with special needs. In order to register to stay in that dorm, send an email to questions@uniusa.org. More information is at Lodging & Food

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2023

Health Questions

Q: Is travel insurance recommended?
A:  Yes! Due to the high cost of emergency medical care in the United States, Unicon organizers highly recommended you purchase travel insurance. Please see this section for more information.  

Last Updated: March 20, 2024

General Questions

Q: Can I get a Letter of Invitation?
A:  Yes. Please email questions@uniusa.org with your physical address. A letter will be sent to you within 2 weeks.

Last Updated: Dec. 22, 2022

Q:  Can I ship unicycles or other items to Unicon?
A:  Yes! View the shipping information on the Traveling to Bemidji page.

Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2023

Last Updated: March 20, 2024