About Sleepless in the Saddle

SITS has been seen by many as the little brother of Mountain Mayhem, it’s brought to you with the same enthusiasm and attention to detail but with a more relaxed and intimate feel.

The event has also for many years been regarded traditionally as the end of season celebration of Cross Country racing in the UK. Endura have watched closely as this festival has developed both in stature and atmosphere and now they are delighted to be able to be part of it all. This event brings together riders from all walks of life and all abilities and the union of cooperation and competition reflects the Endura ethos of riding for everybody.

Endura will not only be sponsoring the event but aim to get fully involved by taking part in the event itself. Also they have some very imaginative and proactive promotions that they will be rolling out at SITS. Keep your eyes peeled in the press or more details of what will be on offer at SITS 2008

Endura owner Jim McFarlane was enthusiastic at the prospect of being involved with SITS stating:

“Sleepless in the Saddle is an event that epitomizes the culture of what mountain biking is all about; It’s less about winning and more about getting on a bike with your friends and having a good time. At Endura we have always been less interested in lining the pockets of elite superstars and more excited about supporting events and activities that encourage people to participate in cycling and to preserve its status as a healthy and sociable sport. We’re all really looking forward to getting in the saddle at this year’s event which I am sure will be better than ever ”

2009 Sleepless in the Saddle Confirmed entries Click Here

2009 Press Release & Endura’s Sleepless in the Saddle Glove Amnesty

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Event Details

Sleepless in the Saddle 24 hr MTB Race

Free camping facilities will be available throughout the weekend. More details about the venue and facilities available can be found below.

Contact Details

Pro-Velo Support,
Vein Cottage,
SK17 0LG

Venue Information

Catton Park in Staffordshire is a first class venue with an established track record of endurance mountain biking and is a popular venue with beginners and experts alike. With a maximum elevation of only 100m the course undulates around the Derbyshire countryside through fields and woodland. If you're new to mountain bike racing, this is a great course to cut your teeth on!

Facilities available from Friday morning until Sunday evening include:

  • On-site drinking water

  • Experienced event caterers

  • Free onsite camping (plus more room for 2008)

  • Flushing toilets and hot showers (improved for 2008)

  • Trackside parking, to get you right up close to where the action is.

  • Extremely well marshalled and signed course.

  • Expo and trade arena to browse at your leisure throughout the weekend

  • Light charging facilities (courtesy of Exposure Lights)

  • Bike wash

Directions to Catton Park, Staffordshire (DE12 8LN):

Approach from the A38 between Lichfield and Burton-on-Trent. Leave the A38 at the junction signposted Alrewas and take the A513 towards Tamworth. After 1.5miles you will go under a narrow railway bridge and take the immediate left turn. After 1 mile you will see the race arena on the right hand side.

Catton Park Rules

  • Speed limit 5mph in the park. Please restrict the use of your vehicle and beware of speed ramps, uneven ground, children, dogs, bikes etc.

  • Between 11.30pm and 7am the park gates will be secured and there will be limited access. If you are arriving between these times please use extreme caution.

  • Dogs must be kept on a short lead and clean up after them!

  • No open fires.

  • Skips are provided for all litter disposal. Please bag up all your rubbish making sure your camping area/pit is completely litter free before you leave.

Race Categories

  • Expert: Men and Women (4)

  • Enthusiast: Men and Women (4)

  • Mixed (5)

  • Veterans (sub-cat.)

  • Pairs: Men, Women, Mixed (2)

  • Solo: Men and Women (1)

Entry Details

Entry form for the 2010 Event Click Here


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