2018 ROUTE CHANGE: the route is almost exactly the same as 2017, however the road closure has been extended up and over Blea Tarn. This means the route will now include one final climb before riders head back to HQ at Grasmere. The route is approximately 113 miles and 3,900m of climbing.
- Click here to view Simon Warren’s Climbs Analysis for the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
- Click here for a link to a PDF of the route.
The ride starts and finishes at Grasmere Sports Field.
Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL.
There is lots of free parking plus toilet and shower facilities available
We use helmet tag electronic timing by Results Base to record your time. The tag is a small identifier that you stick on the left side of your helmet, and which is automatically detected and recorded when you ride past their timing equipment. The antennae are at the start, the two checkpoints (Braithwaite and Calder Bridge), and at the finish. They record your times to each of the checkpoints and at the finish. The times are automatically uploaded to the web and available soon after you finish.
You can start at any time between 6am and 8am. But be warned that there’s a cut-off time of 12:00pm at the Braithwaite checkpoint (at 60 miles) and over Kirkstone, Honister and Newlands passes and quite a few less well known (but still very hard) climbs. So please start early if you’re a first timer!