Friday, August 3, 2012
It's all getting very real again. Sleepless in the Saddle 24 hour race takes place this weekend 4th & 5th August 2012 at Catton Park in South Derbyshire.
Mitchell Bryan and I registered this evening and then took a steady spin around the course to see what we had to look forward to.
It proved to be surprisingly undulating! Approximately 8 miles and just under an hour of riding. No massive climbs involved but there are several short steep ascents that could see a lot of pushing up as the race progresses. Some of the woodland sections are a lot of fun with tight twisty singletrack; they will be great if the rain holds off. If not they will probably turn muddy very quickly and a lot of the off-camber sections will catch plenty of riders out; especially during the hours of darkness.
It looks like being a great event and the atmosphere around the camp's is very relaxed.
I will be taking it slowly, one lap at a time, and trying to keep a steady pace. Eat, Drink, Spin... Hopefully I'll see you at the finish! :)
Wish us luck!