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The 2016 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge – Sunday 8th May.
Preparations are now under way for the 2016 Fred Whitton Challenge which takes place on Sunday 8th May. The ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement. The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is a charity event in honour of the late Fred Whitton who was a great advocate for cycle sport in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It is with respect to Fred and his ideals that the event remains just that, ‘a challenge’ – a test of man and machine.
Keep training and we look forward to seeing you on May 8th.
Riders who may be booking accommodation for the weekend of 8th May 2016 a word of caution. At the present moment (January 2016) the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick is closed to all traffic following damage caused by recent flooding. This does not affect the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge route, but those of you wanting to stay north of Grasmere or drive to Grasmere from the north should be aware of the current situation. Hopefully this situation will be resolved by May but please be advised.
The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.
As the name suggests, it is run in honour of Fred Whitton. Fred, who died aged just 50 in 1998, was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club.
The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient and this comes at 98 miles.
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The big news is that we have been fortunate enough to be able to donate £10,000 to the Cumbria Flood Relief Appeal. The Fred Whitton Challenge route passes through Glenridding, Keswick, Borrowdale, and Honister (where over 12 inches of rain fell in one day in December) and Braithwaite all badly affected…
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Very soon you will get the results of the lottery and be able to start preparing in earnest for the big day. If you are one of the disappointed ones please make sure you add your name to our reserve list. We always get cancellations and riders dropping out nearer…
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Here at the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge we are now busy sorting entries and getting ready to run the ballot on the 19th January. The event takes place on Sunday the 8th of May this year. Apologies if some have had problems trying to find this ever so important piece…