Serving the Community Since 1999
The Fred Whitton Challenge was the first Cycle Sportive in the UK and is now regarded as the hardest one-day cycling event in the British Isles, it also has the title of The Daddy of Them All. What started off as a club ride for a friend, has grown to be one of the most famous cycling events in Europe, never in our wildest dreams did we think the event would be still running after 20 years and would generate such a fantastic amount of donations for our Special Charities. In recent years the event has given MacMillan Nurses an average of just over £100,000 each year. Along with this, the event has shared the donation of £608,000 to the two Air Ambulances in Cumbria, The Mountain Rescue and Various youth Cycling projects. After 15 years Starting and Finishing in Coniston, the event moved to the Grasmere Sports Ground and has proved extremely popular, with over 5,000 riders applying for just over 2,500 places. The ride has participants from Holland, Norway, Spain, Belgium, France, Russia, Switzerland, and two riders made the trip all the way from Australia especially to ride in the event.
Dates for your Diary
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Fred Whitton Challenge, places for the 2021 event have already been allocated (rolled on from 2020). There may be a small number of places available for 2021 if people drop out, if this is the case we will announce these places on the website and Facebook in early January 2021
Rider List Announcement
The rider list is usually announced around the third week in January to give riders enough time to get training! The main entry is via a ballot system. This is so we can be as fair as possible to all riders and avoid an “internet race” to get places in the event. Every year the event is oversubscribed, and as ever we receive a huge amount of entries via the ballot.
The Event (09/05/21)
The event is usually held on the Sunday following the May Day Bank Holiday, the 2020 event date was planned to move away from this due to a change in bank holidays. However, the 2021 event will revert back to this date, making it Sunday 5th May 2021.
ROUTES TO ENTRY
Friends of the Fred
Want to get involved?
It takes over 350 registered volunteers to keep the Fred Whitton Challenge going. If you’d like to help out at the event jobs for volunteers vary depending on location, time of day and skills. Please register your interest before the event. All volunteers are guaranteed a place on the following years' ride.
Or you can donate to any of our chosen charities. All donations are well received and go to helping fund these fantastic services in the community.