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
Registration starts early December, with deferred entries from 2019, Overseas riders, Riders who raised over £500 in 2019, And riders who volunteered in 2019.
Main Entries will Start on the 5th January 2020, entries will be open for 10 days and results of the ballot will be announced late January.
Rider List Announcement
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 rider list is usually announced around the third week in January to give riders enough time to get training!
The Event (07/06/20)
The event is usually held on the Sunday following the May Day Bank holiday. For 2020 there is an official change in the date of this holiday to mark the anniversary of the end of the second World War, we have thus moved the event to Sunday 7th June. After 2020 we will revert to our original date for the event.
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.