Full details of how to enter the 2018 event are now available
An incredible £168,069 Raised by you for charity in 2017
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The Fred Whitton Sportive takes you past some of the most breath-taking scenery in the UK
Full details of 2018 event entry now available
The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
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’ … an excellent account of the ride was recently written by Mike Solan, you can read his account here
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OUR NEXT EVENT IS 13th MAY 2018
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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First chance to guarantee entry for The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge 2018 Charity entries now open; the only way to secure a place before the ballot opens With only 2,500 places allocated in a lottery, the iconic Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is the most highly coveted amateur cycling event in…
Total amount of donations for 2017 is a staggering £168,069.00 The Charities that benefitted from this, and have received donations are: £91,295 to Macmillan Cancer Support £16,000 to Mountain Rescue £15,000 to North West Air Ambulance £15,000 to The Great North Air Ambulance £11,000 has gone to our ongoing youth cycling projects…