For The Love Of The Game

Head over wheel for unicycling

Football may be Singapore's No. 1 sport but there are other sporting love affairs around our island. In this new fortnightly series, The Straits Times seeks out new games and discovers that a country's passion for sport, even in this time of Covid, burns brightly.

Cai Jiahui (top row, far right) and Singapore Unicyclists members meeting Ed Pratt (bottom row, fourth from left) in 2017 when the Briton stopped over while on a round-the-world trip on a unicycle. Sarah Ang, 18, and Seth Tan, 26, are members of Sing
Sarah Ang, 18, and Seth Tan, 26, are members of Singapore Unicyclists, who engage in unicycle hockey, distance unicycling, mountain unicycling and street unicycling.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
Cai Jiahui (top row, far right) and Singapore Unicyclists members meeting Ed Pratt (bottom row, fourth from left) in 2017 when the Briton stopped over while on a round-the-world trip on a unicycle. Sarah Ang, 18, and Seth Tan, 26, are members of Sing
Cai Jiahui (top row, far right) and Singapore Unicyclists members meeting Ed Pratt (bottom row, fourth from left) in 2017 when the Briton stopped over while on a round-the-world trip on a unicycle. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CAI JIAHUI

On a foggy day in Bolivia four years ago, Cai Jiahui stood 4,700m above sea level, ready to tackle the 64km route in front of her that involved sharp turns on three-metre wide gravel roads.

She could barely see five metres ahead of her or over the edge and perhaps it was a blessing, for the cliff drop was over 600m.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2020, with the headline 'Head over wheel'. Print Edition | Subscribe