Sleeplessinthesaddle 24Hr 2001 Trentham Gardens Stoke on Trent

This new addition to the calendar provided a more laid back and less busy affair than the RedBull 24 Hrs, with around only 120 teams competing, and very little showing from the bigger shop/manufacturers riders.

With only one elite team they were set a challenge to complete 38 laps (24hrs divided by their 1st lap plus the run time) which they rose to superbly.

The course was tough with 3 non-rideable climbs and other sticky rideable ones, one particular descent caught most people out at some point causing many retirements through accidents in the night. Add 10 hrs of darkness and this was a challenge.

Numplumz team of Adi and Nigel Scott, Gregg Payne and last minute replacement Bob Mitchell, got off to a steady start in 5th place as dusk fell. But a slow night due to running 2 lap stints, to allow some sleep in the laid back style of the event cost about a lap overall due to the riders slow 2nd lap times, and they dropped to 9th place, its got to be fun though!

The Plumz team would you let this man fix - your bike. Neil Holman bike cleaner and repairer to the masses

Once the sun came up at 6am, and with the course drying in places for a fast line, a fastest lap contest started to develop with Nige narrowly coming out top with a superb lap of 38.33 on his last circuit., enjoying his new superlight Surge Hellbound bike (details to follow soon)

The team were now gaining time back in chunks and in two laps caught the Ghostshifters for 6 mins, and then put in a 10 minute gap for 8th place. With 6th and 7th in sight, Bob set off on a Raging last lap with only 44 mins left to the24hr deadline. He had to be back in under 44 mins, faster than he'd been all race, to allow the team another lap.

Bob gets back on time  - look at that evil grin as he sends another rider back out, Great lap Bob
Although very tired he pulled out all the stops losing some skin on the way and flew back into the arena at speed to cross the line with a minute to go.
Poor Adi, being the only rider not changed had to go out again, but to no avail 8th place it was, 32 laps of 7.5 miles a lap to total 240 miles
This man is shagged, the old fisher still cutting it

SPORT

Laps

Time

Fastest lap

1

Woo ha rammit squad

35

24hr46

37.02

6

Coventry olympic

32

24hr36:50

39.15

7

The edge cycleworks

32

24hr37:12

40.29

8

Numplumz

32

24hr43:02

38.33

16

Cyclesense – Yorkshire lads

29

24hr43:01

39.54

57

Manton stud muffins

20

24hr01:10

54.30

MIXED

1

Mixed team winners

30

24hr

39.03

SOLO

1

Roy Hunt

26

24hr02.35

44.22 (lap1)

2

Russel Saunders

25

24hr03.18

44.42 (lap2)

3

Andrew Westwell

25

24hr30.59

45.0 (lap2)

4

Patrick Shalbeter

25

24hr49.05

45.38 (lap3)

26

Jack Peterson

8

7hr27.00

51.49 (lap 2)

ELITE

1

Use /Evans all stars

40

24hr10.22

32.57 (3laps from end)

top 5 solo finishers recieve there prizes Early solo leader Matt Carr put up some great early times but as night fell disaster struck as he hit a slower rider and suffered bruised ribs forcing him to retire. This gifted the lead to the incredible Veteran Roy Hunt, with Patrick briefly on his heels in 2nd untill feeding problems slowed him to 6th by early morning. At the finish after a magic Chocolate milkshake! some strong times saw Patrick rise to 4th with an excellent 25 laps completed

Jack well, I wimped out after 8 continuous laps. Knowing now what these solo boys have to suffer mentally, personally I'll stick to riding fast and having fun in future.

Roy Hunts secret after his 2nd 24hr race victory, well he never got off his bike, or changed or added any extra kit, and every laps re-fuelling consisted of an energy gel, half a tin of rice pudding shoveled in, washed down with some coke. Then he was off with two fresh water bottles, yes water only, simple, cheap and efficient, the guys a machine.

Numplumz individual laps times for the record, The severity of the course means the 24hr distance record still stands to the team who did the Sandwell park Redbull way back in 1998. Next year its got to be Mixed again and a podium place. See you there.

Numplumz lap times

1

44.16

Adi including the run

17

49.19

Gregg

2

44.03

Bob

18

54.55

Gregg

3

42.18

Gregg

19

50.20

Nige

4

40.30

Nige

20

54.30

Nige - Doh me battery ran out

5

40.53

Adi

21

44.38

Adi - suns up again

6

43.09

Adi

22

47.46

Bob

7

43.47

Bob

23

47.41

Bob - oops Gregg still in bed

8

47.08

Bob

24

46.55

Gregg

9

48.44

Gregg, fast but puntured.

25

40.39

Nige

10

46.43

Gregg

26

43.02

Adi

11

44.06

Nige

27

46.24

Bob

12

53.44

Nige - help its dark

28

45.15

Gregg

13

47.13

Adi - fastest night lap

29

38.33

Nige - on a mission

14

57.14

Adi

30

38.55

Adi - so close

15

49.45

Bob

31

43.18

Bob - blinder

16

53.01

Bob

32

44.20

Adi - taking the applause