Not long to go now ... see you on the 7th May
Some interesting facts about our Start and Finish arena at Grasmere Showground. The Arena is famous for the Grasmere Sports, now held each year on August Bank Holiday Sunday. The first recorded official sports event in Grasmere (at a different spot than the showground) was held over two days in…
Helm Crag overlooking Grasmere sports ground – Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge HQ. After a short rest, all the team are now making preparations for the 17th edition of our ride. Cumbria is now back up and running after the devastating floods that affected most of the region last December. Grasmere suffered…
We held our annual presentation evening on Thursday 16th July and surprise surprise, like the day of the main ride, the weather was warm and sunny for our ride around Coniston Lake. After the steady ride we were certainly ready to enjoy the hospitality at The Prince of Wales at Foxfield on…
The 2017 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
The 2017 Fred Whitton Challenge will take place on 7th 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’ … an excellent account of this year’s ride was recently written by Kate Rawles in The Adventure Syndicate blog.
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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.