The next Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge will be May 2023


Routes to FWC Entry

There are several routes to entry

We run a ballot for our general entries. The entry fee is £70 plus a small fixed transaction charge. All successful places have been notified by email.

For the lottery entry, we will favour first-time riders in the event, by reserving a number of places for people who haven’t ridden our event before. So when you enter the Lottery you’ll be asked if you’ve ridden the event before (be honest, we’ll check), and a draw will first be done for 400 first-time rider places, followed by a second draw for the remaining places. Any first-time riders who don’t get a place in the first draw will go into the second draw as well, so first-time riders will get two chances in the draws. We’ll email you to let you know if you have a place in the event (if you are not successful you can join a reserve list). If you do get a place in the event then you will be given 7 days to complete the entry fee payment, or your place will go to the next riders on the reserve list.


If you are entering as a group, each individual will need to enter the ballot. We will match group members (so you are entered as one ticket in the ballot) by matching your ‘group name’. This means that your group will either all get places or none of you will get places in the event; this will suit you if you only want to ride the event if your friends are also riding (e.g. if you want to travel together to the event).
Please ensure you spell your group name the same as your fellow group members so we can match you up. Up to four riders can enter together in a group.
Please make sure you have read all the FWC T&Cs, and please note anyone with multiple entries will be excluded from the draw.

For the unsuccessful riders there will be a reserve list to subscribe to, and we will offer any cancellation places that become available to people on the reserve list. The reserve list will operate on a first come basis, so the sooner you apply the better. We’ll email you to let you know if you have a place in the event (if you are not successful you can join a reserve list). If you do get a place in the event then then you will be given 7 days to complete the entry fee payment, or your place will go to the next riders on the reserve list

This is a special entry offered to anyone who volunteers at the event in the previous year. Only ‘official’ registered volunteers are eligible. If you volunteered in the previous year’s event and don’t receive an email with your entry link, please contact us via info@fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk. Entry costs £25.

If you deferred your entry in the previous year you will be on our deferral list. If you are on our deferral list you will be sent a bespoke entry link via email. You will have to pay for your ride at full price (£70 + small fixed transaction charge).

For details on our entry fees please visit our terms and conditions: https://www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk/fwc-terms-and-conditions/

These places are for riders who will guarantee to raise at least £250 for one of the following three registered charities we support:

  • The North West Air Ambulance
  • The Great North Air Ambulance
  • The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue

Please Note; these places are not available for Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • The cost of charity entry is the £250 sponsorship paid with entry, which will all go to our charities, plus the event entry fee of £70. (There will also be a small fixed payment transaction charge that the bank takes)
  • If you raise your sponsorship using the online Just Giving or similar website, which sends your sponsorship directly to these organisations (click the name to go to their donation site):
  • Later, if requested, we can return your original £250 sponsorship that you paid with entry, once the amount you have raised online has reached this amount.

Please Note: These charity entries are not available for Macmillan Cancer Support, Macmillan is the main charity of The Fred Whitton Challenge and is generously supported by the event itself.

There are also some places available for genuine riders living abroad. Overseas entries open at the beginning of December. The entry fee is £70 plus a small fixed transaction charge. Email info@fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk to request a place. You will need to provide proof in this email of your residency outside the UK.

Words from the wise…

The Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge is a tough day in the saddle across remote and mountainous terrain. Before entering for the first time, we always recommend you get experience in a 100 mile sportive and/or a hilly sportive with over 2800m of elevation gain to get a feel for the distance and climbing expected on the day.


Fund Raising

Please help our event charities by getting sponsorship for your ride. Our main event charity is Macmillan Cancer Support and most rider sponsorship money from the event goes to this well-known national charity. But we also support three smaller more local registered charities – the North West Air Ambulance, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team. All three are an important part of the emergency services in Cumbria and the Lake District and they have helped us from the start of our event and we have supported them in their fund-raising over the years.

You can use a paper sponsorship form to raise sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support, by downloading and printing this Sponsorship Form. Alternatively you can use an on-line sponsorship system by setting up your own personal fundraising webpage for any of these four charities – the following links make this easy to do:-

Grasmere showground


The ride will start from Grasmere Sports Ground between 06:00 – 08:00. You can start anytime within this time frame, but please take into account the cut off when planning your ride.


Please make sure you have read the all the FWC T&Cs, and please note anyone with multiple entries will be excluded from the draw.
Best of luck to everybody entering the draw.

Dates for your Diary

1st December
Special Charity entry / Overseas entry / Deferred entry / Volunteer entry

4th January
General ballot places open for entry 

23rd January
Ballot closes

May 2023
The next Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge

Frequently Asked Entry Questions

  • How old do I have to be to enter?

Sixteen years old

  • Can I enter on the weekend of the event?

No, you must enter in advance. Entry normally happens in December & January – for details see our website in the December prior to the event. Some cancellation places are usually available later, typically in April, but these are first offered to people who didn’t get a place in the event and asked to be put on our reserve list.

  • If I have to cancel will I get my registration fee back?

If your entry is successful and you later cancel, then after a small administration cost all of the rest of your fees will go to the event charities. However if you can’t ride the event and let us know and cancel your place in time for us to find a replacement rider (who pay their own entry fee), then we will save you a place in next year’s event (entry fee payable again next year if you take up that place). Note that we might not have time to do a replacement unless you cancel at least three weeks before the event.
See our event terms & conditions for more information.

  • If I raise more than £500 do I get a free entry the following year?

Only if the money raised is for one of our own special charities.

  • Do all riders have to wear a helmet?

Yes, Helmets are compulsory and to be worn at all times, this will be strictly enforced.

  • Can we ride as a team?

Yes, up to 4 riders can enter on one entry form

  • Do we / I have to be in a Cycling Club to enter?

No, Cycling Club membership isn’t a pre-requisite for entry.

Want to get involved?

It takes over 350 registered volunteers to keep the Wheelbase 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.