Another successful year
We’ve been getting some great feedback about this year’s Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge. Here are just a few comments from happy riders!
I rode the Fred yesterday (for the third time) and it was by far the best organised, marshalled and sign posted of any UK event I have attended and certainly is now rivalling the standards of the best of the European ones like La Marmotte or the Maratona dles Dolomites . The marshalls were outstanding, especially on the dangerous descents, and the organisation at Grasmere was fantastic. The feed stations were brilliant manned too. So very well done to all to the organisers, volunteers, marshalls and everyone who helped. A tiny tiny improvement for next year – the 10, 5, 3 and 1 mile to go markers where MILES off and a significant underestimation. But that is small beer. The day was brilliant. Well done all.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to all involved in planning the 2016 Fred Whitton. I have not taken part in many cycle events before and was really really impressed with the Fred Whitton experience from start to finish… the rider notes and information posted out beforehand, registering the day before and then the main event itself yesterday.
The shear number of marshalls always on hand over the weekend was mightily impressive. The title of the countries premier cycle event is very much deserved and I hope all involved feel as proud as I did when I finish the course yesterday (without walking up Hardknotts . Thanks again to all involved!!!
…just wanted to say a big thank you to all of the organisers and volunteers who made this the best organised one day sportive I have entered, as well as being, of course, the best one day sportive there is! It was very professional with registration the day before, and the volunteers on hand to direct at corner and encourage. The encouragement was much appreciated. And just to say that someone clearly had a direct line to the weather gods as the weather was perfect. And it was great to be greeted by enthusiastic crowds on the big hils with cowbells- made this creaking old 57 year old feel as though he were competing in one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Thanks again to all of you involved for making this such a great day. If I ever do it again, however, can you provide me with a booster rocket to get up Hardknott! It’s the only way I will get up there ON the bike rather than beside it! But thanks again!
I just want to say a huge thank you to all involved in the organising and marshalling of the Fred. I’ve done a fair few sportives in Britain and Europe etc and I have to say this was the warmest, friendliest and best organised event I’ve done- rivalled only by the Maratonna. We got the impression this was genuinely a community event, organised by and with the full support of the local communities who made all the riders feel very welcome. As for the ride- beautiful but brutal, cant wait to come back- in fact having never been to the Lakes before I am coming back with a pal in 3 weeks time.
Hi Team, I just wanted to say Thank You for organising such an AMAZING event yesterday. This was my first Fred Whitton and I was not disappointed. Truly a physical and mental challenge which I thrived on. To further add to the day the public were so supportive throughout the route with their cow bells and verbal encouragement making it feel like a pro ascent at times;). I am still buzzing from yesterday and thought I would say Thank Yo
I wanted to write to say thank you for a fantastic event on Sunday.
The whole event from start to finish was brilliant. Thank you so much to each and every volunteer – they were all superb – I tried to say thanks to every one I spotted.
i wanted to do this ride due to a number of factors, the huge challenge for me, the history, the reputation of the ride, the support for charity (having lost a friend to cancer it is a charity close to my heart and I am a regular fundraiser for Macmillan) and the legacy of Fred Whitton himself.
The (free) mechanical support was a nice touch and my friend benefited from a new tyre/inner tube and he donated to the Mountain Rescue today.
It was worth the 600+ mile round trip to do it.
I feel privileged to have got in through the ballot and to have ridden (most of) your challenge.
An amazing day and by far the best sportive I’ve done. Beat the Marmotte and Maratona for landscape and weather but what made it so special and enjoyable was the superb marshalling and organisation. And the best pie and beans I’ve ever tasted.
A huge thanks to you all for the massive organisation needed to put such an event on.
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