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    **SIXTH IN A SERIES OF 12 STAND ALONE PHOTOS**Clown hopeful Andrew Liebman, 19, of New York city rides a unicycle during auditions for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, April 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

     Packs of unicyclists will speed around downtown San Francisco  Saturday morning, eager for glory.
         

    The race is part of the North American Unicycling Championships  and Convention, dubbed the "U Games," a weeklong series of events in the East  Bay and San Francisco for single-wheeled enthusiasts of all ages and skill  levels.      
    Saturday morning's event, billed on the California Unicycling  Association's website as "The First Unicycle Criterium on the West Coast,"  will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. around a square block from Front  Street to Union, Battery and Green streets and back.
         
    The race features separate "fun" and "competitive" heats of six to  eight laps each, with top riders reaching speeds of over 25 mph, the website  says.
         
    The block and surrounding streets will be closed to vehicle  traffic during the event.
         
    A unicycle "tour" of hilly San Francisco and the Golden Gate  Bridge follows at 1 p.m.