Interview With A Professional Mountain Unicyclist

December 14, 2017

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This is a video interview with and extreme footage of professional mountain unicyclist Lutz Eichholz. So, the next time some Debbie Downer tries to tell you that you'll never grow up to be whatever it is you want to be, you just tell them that professional mountain unicyclists exist, and they can go eat shit. You can be a pizza or a hotdog if you want to be.

Imagine shredding down some of the world's most dangerous peaks--all on one wheel. Lutz Eichholz is a professional mountain unicyclist taking the unicycle to places it's never been. His passion for downhill riding has taken him around the world, taking on mountains across five continents. For Eichholz, there's nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle.

"There's nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle?" I don't mean to nitpick, but wouldn't that be the exact same view from the seat of a bicycle except without the handlebars and streamers? Regardless, you know where I think the most spectacular view of the world would be from? "A space station with your hand hovering over the big red DESTROY button?" You get me, you really do.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Erik L, who agrees Lutz probably doesn't ride the unicycle up all those mountains, although he's be even hardercore if he did.

  • Meh

    Now were the dark ages truly such a bad time? Sure if you were unlucky you got the plague at some point but to live in a world where people are not like this unicycle moron, that's worth something.

  • Mark

    I only see him going downhill. Not really mountain biking but ok...still impressive.

    hint: mountains have 2 sides to them

  • unidude

    As another mountain unicyclist, we do ride up hill. It's just really boring to watch, so nobody ever puts it in their videos.

  • Mark

    lol

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    i tell skiers the same thing

  • Mark

    That's why its called downhill skiing. :-)

  • Jenness

    This has got to be the most uplifting sentence I've read in a long time: "So, the next time some Debbie Downer tries to tell you that you'll never grow up to be whatever it is you want to be, you just tell them that professional mountain unicyclists exist, and they can go eat shit."

    Thank you GW! You basically just handed me the perfect convo starter with relatives I haven't seen in a year at the annual fam gathering. My Christmas came early!! WoooOT!

  • Bling Nye

    His scrotum must be callused as fuck.

  • The_Wretched

    Yeah, seriously. He uses it as the brake.

  • unidude

    Ever ridden a bike? Did you smash your nuts on the seat? No? Congratulations on not being a complete idiot.

  • Bling Nye

    Ok, while I can appreciate your sarcasm, I just watched a unicyclist smash their crotch on their seat with every drop landing, and yet on a mountain bike (what I'm familiar with riding) there's no such crotch to seat contact/impact on drop landing, if you're doing it right. Mountain unicycle = crotch contact, mountain bike = no crotch contact.

    So, maybe with your vast expertise on the matter, you could perhaps enlighten me as to how riding with your crotch in contact with the seat doesn't result in impact with the seat on landing... Because I'd love to learn more.

  • unidude

    If you are genuinely in search of knowledge, then I can enlighten you, as I actually ride muni as well. There are a few factors at play here. When riding a bike, the rider typically leans forward, bringing his genitals into contact with the front of the seat, albeit light contact. When riding a unicycle, the spine is in a much more vertical position. While there is still more contact than on a bike seat, riders that do any sort of drops stand up on the pedals so that the legs can act as shock-absorbers. If you look closely, every time he lands a drop, his pedals are in a horizontal position, which allows him to have maximum balls-to-seat separation so that when he lands, his knees can dampen the shock, letting the balls rest gently on the front of the seat. Also, thanks to the design of a good uni saddle, almost all of the impact to the torso is through the butt. Although I have smashed my nuts several times, it's mostly when I fall off the back of the unicycle just as I'm approaching a tree or something. And I honestly suggest giving it a try. I was a mountain biker before I was a unicyclist, and sometimes unicycling is just far more fun. But I absolutely hate climbing hills. I'll do downhill all day, at least until my knees give out.

  • Jenness

    That's a risky gamble question. What if all he did was smash his nuts on the seat but now he's a rocket scientist? His name is Bling Nye after all.

  • Bling Nye

    And contrary to popular theory, men's brains do not exist in their genitals. ;)

  • dougfunnay

    that would be pretty cool though
    like how dinosaurs have multiple brains that kind of act as co-processors
    could have a tiny co-pilot brain that handles genital functions

    people already name their junk
    now it would makes sense

  • Jenness

    Perhaps not, but there is definitely a "logical brain shutdown - autopilot engaged" switch in there because I've found it. https://pbs.twimg.com/media...

  • dougfunnay

    was it hard to find?

  • Jenness

    No. You basically just wagglesyour brows and say "Sooooo, what YOU wanna do Big Boy" and guys just end up pointing to it and telling you exactly how to find the switch. Which of course is unlike women. We tend to make it more of a very complex, scary and expensive scavenger hunt where you think you're on the right path but then BAM for no explicable reason the door slams and you have to go back to square one.

  • Mark

    kids? what kids?

  • Ollie Williams

    Why were, for quite a long time, you censoring your posts, GW? Seems that's passed, which is good, because ninnies who can't take a swear word or two can go fuck themselves with a pineapple.

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