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The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge : 13th May 2018
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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NOMINATIONS OPEN for Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge Golden Jerseys. With less than four weeks to go until the 2,500 riders, lucky enough to secure a place through the hugely oversubscribed ballot, tackle the infamous Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge, organisers are launching a special set of ten Golden Jerseys to honour…
To all of the 2018 Fred Whitton riders. My name is Dominic Slade. I rode the Fred in 2013 with my brother (he’s in the middle and I’m on the left). Our expressions may give you a sense of just how great a challenge this is! As individual riders we…
General 2018 event entry is now closed. 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 for the 2018…