Sleepless in the Saddle
Sleepless in the Saddle (SITS) was a series of 24-hour mountain bike races held in the UK, Australia and the USA.
The format of the race allowed entries to either be from solo riders, or by teams of varying sizes who rode in relay.
This was an endurance style event based on cross country tracks. The terrain was not so much the challenge as the battle against your mind and the elements. Racing continued throughout the night, with riders mounting lightweight but powerful lights onto their bikes.
The winner of the race was the person, or team, who cover the maximum distance in the 24 hour time period. Tactics were key, especially for solo competitors. Sleep and ride fast or battle through the tiredness and notch up the extra lap?
From 2005 to 2007 the event became part of the Kona Global Series. The races were held in the USA, UK, and Australia. The name was originally coined by Chipps Chippendale
The first race was held in the UK in 2001 at Trentham Gardens. The UK races moved to Catton Park in 2005.
The race became part of a series in 2005 with additional rounds in the USA and Australia. The Kona Global Series lasted from 2005 to 2007.
The 2006 Australian Race was held at Redesdale, Victoria.
The race was not held from 2013. There were hopes to bring it back at some point in the future, but this has yet to materialise.
The Australian race sponsor from 2006 to 2009 was Kona.
The 2010 Australian Race is sponsored by Jeep
The race sponsor for 2008, 2009 and 2010 was Endura, a cycle clothing manufacturer based in Livingston, Scotland
For 2011 Singletrack magazine was the headline sponsor.
For UK results
2009 & 2010 results are available by following the Sleepless in the Saddle link above.
For Australian results
- Kona 24 - 2009
- Kona 24 - 2008[permanent dead link]
- Kona Global Series - 2007[permanent dead link]
- Kona Global Series - 2006[permanent dead link]