I’ve looked at doing sleepless. The only thing I would say, is that from people I’ve asked about it, it seems it’s much more of a mountain biker event than SSMM. What that means is in some ways it’s more laid back, but that there are far fewer people doing it on kick-bikes, people doing it for charity as their first time mountain biking etc.
Because of this, there’s a massive difference in how good you have to be, to avoid pissing people off. It’s fine riding a unicycle in SSMM, with it’s insanely crowded course, and loads of very poor just for fun bike riders on the course. In most other events, it’s only really fair to enter them if you’re not going to get in the way. Even at SSMM, some people moan about unicyclists falling off a lot, and there have been suggestions that some of the people entering didn’t really have the skill level to do it.
Obviously I don’t have a clue if you’re a good rider or not, but basically, all I’m saying, is that you should be way way certain you’re a good rider before entering serious mountain bike events. The SSMM is a bit of an exception, but even then people should be sure they can ride okay to some extent. Either getting in the way, or walking all the course doesn’t do any good for the image of unicycling, and for the chances of us being allowed to enter mountain bike events.
I’ve entered a bunch of quite serious mountain bike races, but I’ve never entered anything out of my depth, and have always done a lot of training, including quite a few rides with mountain bikers, to get used to the pace they go.
Going back on topic, I’m 99% certain I’m up for doing SSMM in a team again. Must check with Penny that I’m not doing anything though, she’s got a better memory for dates than me.
I went riding the other week with some bikes and I think I’m sort of okay fast at the moment. Hopefully will be pretty darn fast by the summer, at the moment I do at least two of commuting / swimming / kayaking / hiking / hockey / muni / spinning poi on weekdays and it appears to be making a difference to my fitness levels. I’d probably be okay to be on the fast team this year if there’s room on it.