Monday, 8 August 2011

Rest Day: CT Rides Sleepless in the Saddle - 6th / 7th August

In a bizarre reinterpretation of the term "rest", the CT trail crew put 2 teams into the Sleepless in the Saddle 24 hour race. The Trail Pixies in their eye-catching wings: the lovely Abbi, Linsey and Petra and the frankly not quite as lovely Liam and Jez (nobody calls him a big fairy and stays standing for long). In addition there were the Trail Trolls: Al, Andrew, Dave and Ian.

Having ridden Mountain Mayhem a few weeks back, everyone was much more geared up and psyched up for SitS and enjoyed themselves even more despite a tropical downpour at 6 pm that drenched everybody out in it. This year the organisers had thoughtfully provided a Lurking Tent with supplies of beer and cake where riders who might have crossed the finish line early could hang around until after the 24-hour deadline and not commit a team member to another lap. It is to the great credit of CT that the first person into the Lurking Tent was our own Jez, setting an example in sportsmanship, timing and initiative that I hope the British Olympic Team will wish to emulate.

Meanwhile in the spirit of lemming like dedication that is the hallmark of the true trail builder everyone not at SitS on the Sunday was hard at work on Section 11 once again surfacing like good ‘uns.


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