Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
They're not just for hippies anymore.
It's like the Tour de France for clowns. But falling would be no laughing matter.
The stars are Lutz Eichholz, a self-described professional unicyclist, and Stephanie Dietz, who has sixteen years of unicycling experience under her belt. And they're about to unicycle down what appears to be a straight-up hiking trail in the Dolomite Mountains.
Interestingly, unlike mountain biking, which forces riders to sit at the angle of the slope, unicylists seem able to remain mostly upright.