Singletrack Sleepless in the Saddle entries out now!

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Time to mark that calendar! August 4th/5th 2012 will be time to get your 24 hour race on as Sleepless returns again for the, er, something like 12th year… And we’ll be there!

Yep, it’s six months away, but it’ll be here before you know it… Launched today are the entries for the 2012 Singletrack Sleepless in the Saddle. Once again, we’re delighted to be title sponsors of ‘the friendliest 24hr of the year’. We’ll be there, ready to cheer you on, race with you, and share a ‘thank flip that’s over!’ celebratory beer at the end of the 24 hours.

The dust... the glow of sun-warmed skin... the cramp of that last hill... er...

All you need to do to enter is to nip over to this page: and get your entry in. There’s a handy online entry form if you’d like to do it by Paypal, or there’s a download-and-print pdf for the more analogue racers. Do it now and you’ll have six months to muster the fitness, rebuild the bike, buy the racing slicks (and the ‘just in case’ mud tyres) and get your sausage-sandwich making dialed.

Once again there’ll be a raft of technical support and trade stands. There’ll be refreshments from Clif Shot, super tyre deals from Kenda, jetwashing courtesy of Hope Sh1tshifter and Endura will be doing its traditional event jersey for pre-order. And, if they’re feeling brave, the traditional old shorts amnesty… Lucky them!


Dappled summer meadows will return again!

There's still time to do a full-on training plan too. Check past issues of Singletrack for some of our previous fitness columns for details...

Black! Black! Remember when it was still light at 10pm? No, we can't either...

We'll be see you there then!

Quick link to the direct ‘enter and pay here’ page: Sleepless in the Saddle

Here’s a look at last year’s event:


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    “Once again there’ll be a raft of technical support and trade stands” – but only one selling chainring bolts as I found out last year in a panic!!

    Pack spares!

    Seriously though – we’ll be there with bells on! Hope the longest jump competition is too!

    How many chainring bolt-selling stalls do you need? 🙂
    I hear that the Jump of Doom will return…

    Maybe do the jump of doom next time, didn’t feel confident enough for a jump of that calibre!

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