I’ve pestered a few people about this but I don’t think anything has yet been said on the forum so I thought I’d test the water to see if anyone else is interested.
When: 11th / 12th August 2007
Where: Catton Park, near Burton on Trent
What: 24 hour race on beautifully dry, dusty hard-packed trails. The course is generally around 7 or so miles long, and the aim is for your team to complete as many laps as possible between 2pm on Saturday until 2pm on Sunday.
Why: Because it’s an awesome weekend! The atmosphere of the whole event is great, it’s like a giant camping trip with a bit (well, quite a lot) of riding thrown in for good measure. The riding can be as hard as you want it to be - maybe you’re there to really see how fast and how far you can go, maybe you’re there for the atmosphere, beer and free stuff. There’s simply nothing like riding a unicycle past loads of cheering spectators and bike riders, the support and encouragement is just incredible.
The other reason, of course, is that John and I are entering as a pair on b*kes again, and we’d quite like someone to talk to while the other is out on the course…
You can take part either as a soloist (for nutcases), a pair or a team of four. Most people opt to go in teams of four for this kind of race, but with the Sleepless course being a bit shorter and much less hilly than other races a pair works well. You get more riding in that way too.
It’s not a race that tends to fill up in advance, unlike the Mountain Mayhem that becomes full within days of the entry form becoming available, so there shouldn’t be any particular hurry but the sooner the better just in case. You’ll need an entry form from the SITS website here.
Another bonus is that last year’s t-shirt was a really nice one too; hopefully this year should be no different.
Go on, you know you want to…