Charity Entries open from 07/12/15
The 2016 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
Preparations are now under way for the 2016 Fred Whitton Challenge. There are a few minor changes taking place this year not least that Paul is gradually passing over the organisation of the event. Before I say any more I must thank whole-heartedly Paul and his ever supportive family who have steered the event to where it is today. Over 1 million pounds raised for local charities speaks for itself!
It is a privilege and an honour to be filling Paul’s shoes: no easy task! He has laid such solid foundations (as only an ex-builder can) that my role is to make sure the event continues with the ethos in which it all began – a friendly, club based, tough charity ride around the most beautiful part of England taking in 6 Lakeland passes. The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge would not take place without the support of our sponsors, friends and members of the Lakes Road Club and the many volunteers who contribute so much. A huge thank you to all concerned.
Our website will be ready to accept Charity entries from the 7th of December costing £300 but with a guaranteed place for the 2016 event.
The Individual and Group (4 riders) entries for the lottery (2000 places) will go live at midday Monday 4th January and will remain open until Sunday the 17th January 2016.
This allows almost two weeks to enter before the lottery is drawn. Please note: either all or none of the group entries will succeed in gaining a place.
Please consider your options carefully before entering. The ride, as you will be aware, 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.
Good luck with your entry, keep training and I look forward to seeing you in May!
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.
posted under: Lake District Rides
The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge held a very special dinner at the Grange Hotel, Grange over Sands, Cumbria to celebrate the event’s achievement in raising One Million Pounds for our special Charities. This was an all day affair with most of the guests taking in a cycle ride around Arnside…
posted under: Uncategorized
Next year’s Fred Whitton ride will be held on the 8th of May. The entries for the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge will soon be open: Charity entries will be open in December and the Lottery entries in early January. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for a special feature in Cycling…
posted under: Lake District Rides
The official Fred Whitton Challenge Photographer, Steve Fleming, recently won the Sports category in the Event Photography awards 2015 and came third overall across all the categories. Steve’s images have really captured the atmosphere of the Fred Whitton event in recent years so it’s a well deserved accolade! The winning…