Endura Sleepless in the Saddle 2009

by Ben Haworth 13


8th & 9th August 2009, Catton Park, Walton-On-Trent

Event organisers Pro Velo Support & Endura have been working hard over the winter months responding to rider feedback to keep on developing & improving this already amazing weekend of mountain bike endeavour & entertainment. 

ProVelo peeps proclaim: “The most substantial change we have made is out on course.  Last year’s relentless rain gave both the riders & the ground beneath the wheel a real hammering, so we have laid over 60 tonnes of surfacing in a number of trouble spots in order to make the track a lot more sustainable & weather resistant.  The course winds its way through 8 miles of the undulating grounds of Catton Park that has proven over the years to be a suitably challenging, yet enjoyable test for riders of all abilities.”

The Endura Glove In – Endura’s Sleepless in the Saddle Glove Amnesty

This year at Sleepless in the Saddle, Endura are offering riders the chance to bin their rotten and festering gloves (regardless of brand) and pick up a pair of brand spanking new Singletrack Gloves all for the measly price of £12.50. That’s right, a half price pair of Singletrack gloves in exchange for your manky old minging ones. Endura will sensitively dispose of your snot-encrusted mitts and leave you looking good on your bike, with a firm grip on the handlebars, not to mention a happy nose!

This offer will be on a first come first served basis but we will do our best to facilitate every rider* male and female.

You can come and see Endura in the main arena from Friday 7th August onwards.  

Also in the arena you can expect more of the excellent facilities & services that have become synonymous with Endura SITS.  There’ll be the event’s biggest ever selection of trade stands, shops & displays including Endura’s full range on show, experienced event caterers, demo rides, free light charging station thanks to Exposure Lights & free bike wash laid on courtesy of Muc-Off.  On top of that to make for a really special weekend all competitors can expect ample free camping next to the course, hot showers, flushing toilets & the invaluable free pre & post ride massage.

Entries are now open for Endura Sleepless in the Saddle 2009, with categories for Expert Men & Women (4 riders), Enthusiast Men & Women (4 riders), Mixed (5 riders), Pairs (2 rdiers) & Soloists.  Things are shaping up for a fantastic weekend’s riding, so come & be part of Endura Sleepless in the Saddle 2009.

Visit the ProVelo website to download an entry form – www.provelosupportuk.com

*this offer is open to holders of a Endura Sleepless in the Saddle 09 number board and is limited to one pair of gloves per rider.

Comments (13)

  1. Catton Park again!!! ;-(

    count me out..

    last 2 years cost me a fortune in replaces to bike and me due to the crap course in the wet!!!

  2. Hmm…

    Call me a cynic but when I covered my front garden in stones 1 tonne didn’t go very far.

    Does anyone know exactly which bits of the course have been done? Shame it’s not all the singletrack – it all really needed it last year.


  3. I tend to agree with xcstu – it cost me over £200 in bits for the bikes (that’ll teach me to go solo) but it’s still awfully tempting!! And by the way – anybody got any good links for for a cheap dirtworker? Think it’ll be essential this time round!

  4. Rohloff and some sintered pads:)

  5. Some of the very worst areas were where it is just plain old grass, especially the wide off camber track between the tress with a mile or so left.

    I don’t see them covering that with surface.

    Of course probably the worst bit was the gradual walk/slog through the wood, should imagine this would be the prime spot for some hardcore!!

    Won’t be there this year, think i’ll see how it holds up, and make an informed judgement for next time!

  6. I rode my Rohloff last year but it didn’t make any difference, the mud was so sticky and full of grass it just clogged my wheels rather than the gears….

    That said Catton Park does dry out really quick once the sun comes out, just in time for the last 30 minutes of the 24 hours if I remember correctly…


  7. Shockingly bad course. Not even that great in the dry, and completely unrideable in the wet. Count me out. Hell, with the increased cost of bike parts, they would have to pay me to enter!!!

  8. did it last year, 1.3″ hutchinson cross tyres were the only ones that didnt clog :0)

  9. Mud which clogs everything up, slippy grass banks, rooty descents, my entry is in the post for a crack at it solo. Should be very interesting. In fairness I have done it the past 2 years as part of a team and haven’t found it that bad, MM last year was much worse. The course is a pretty good use of the available terrain and there are plenty of passing places for the faster riders. It’s pretty local to me (about 10 min away) and I normally ride a bit further along the Trent valley so am used to the mud, some of you need to MTFU and get yourselves a single speed!

  10. wonder if chipps fancys a pair again. and going for a top spot,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hint hint

  11. I agree with a lot of the comments above, Last year was only my third year, 06 and 07 both were in teams, so I thought I would give it a crack at Solo, boy did I pick the wrong year, I give it up as a bad job at 7 laps, and even that was a monumental effort for me, sheeesh!
    One saving grace was I singlespeeded it, apart from having a V brake on the back which was a mud magnet, that bike was perfect for the course, the 2-1 gearing is ALL you need for it, apart from the 2 forest climbs which are killers in the dry but nigh on impossible in the wet!
    This year Ill be doing it again but in a 4 team.
    See you there!!

  12. I think I’m ready (other than suffering from a stinking cold).

    Off to Catton Park today.

    Hope I have everything:

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