The event

The next Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge will take place on the 9th May 2021. 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 on the 5th January 2021.
All rolled on entries will need to be reconfirmed between 5th November 2020 and 20th December 2020, an email will be sent to the email address you registered your original entry with. ** PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER **

We will post on social media as a reminder, but put the date in your diary.

What to expect on the Day

We have been running the event for the past 20 years so it is very organised with lots of volunteers and marshals on hand to make your day as memorable as possible from parking when you arrive to ensuring your safety throughout the day. Located at the Grasmere Showground, we have a streamlined registration process to make it as quick as painless on the day. There is a marquee serving food and drink, merchandise stand, toilets and a wash down area for your bikes. There is a maintenance crew on hand for any last minute repairs and even a live band to entertain those early arrivers! We can promise unpredictable weather – we have had scorching hot days and snow through the years so come prepared for anything. The only things we can’t supply are showers and a good signal for your mobile phone!

Spectators

You can arrange to see riders at certain places, but wherever possible, please avoid using the event route to get there. Do not try to meet riders on Hard Knott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn Passes – there is simply not room and these roads are closed, you can park up and walk but parking places are scarce. A good place to see riders is at the top of Whinlatter, where there is a café and (charged) parking. Another place for seeing the riders on route is the Fans Zone at the Wainwright’s Hotel, Chapel stile in Langdale.

Remember…

  • All riders must wear a helmet and carry a long-sleeved wind/waterproof.
  • No following cars or motorbikes
  • No fancy dress
  • No litter!
  • Standard (road or mountain*) bikes/tandems only.
    Not allowed: Small wheel bikes, Choppers, fat bikes, electric bikes, fold-up bikes, Fix bikes, Tri-bars.
  • We recommend using a road bike with low gears or a not-too-heavy mountain with slicks
  • For full terms please see our Event Terms & Conditions

COVID-19

As everyone is aware the situation with COVID-19 is often changing, however, we are putting precautions and processes in place to ensure we can deliver a COVID-19 safe event. We are taking advice from British Cycling, central Government and the Health and Safety Executive to create and adapt out planning.

Please note, because of the ongoing situation the event may run in a different format to normal and various elements of the event may have to be adapted to make it safe for everyone. We will, of course, do our very best to make sure everyone has an epic and enjoyable day out in Lake District.

All the marshals, cycling clubs, volunteers and supporters were simply incredible on the day and made the event even better than it already is. It’s what makes Fred Whitton so special. You can tell a lot of work had also gone in prior to the event. Can’t thank you all enough, you are all amazing

Michael Harrison

On the Day

  • Pack Registration
    On the event weekend, riders need to register for the event. Registration opening times are: Saturday -1pm–5pm  •  Sunday  6am–7:45am
  • Start Times
    Riders can start any time between 6am-8am
  • Event information
    You can view all information about the event on the route page, and in the FAQs. More information will be provided by email in the run-up to the event.
  • Photographs
    Our official event photographer is Steve Fleming, the award-winning sports and event photographer. The FWC images will be available after the event here via his website.
  • Merchandise
    Purchase your official event jersey and merchandise from our online shop The Official Fred Shop. All pre-ordered merchandise can be picked up from the merchandise stand on Saturday or Sunday by showing a form of photo ID.
  • Charity Donations
    We encourage riders to donate and fundraise to our chosen charities
  • Withdrawing
    If you are unable to ride for any reason, please let us know ASAP at entriesfwc@gmail.com
  • Please also note
    All riders must wear a helmet and carry a waterproof
    Tri bars are not allowed
    No following cars or motorbikes
    No litter!

Grasmere Showground

The official Start and Finish for the past few years is the centrally located showground in the beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere. This has been the location for the world-famous Grasmere games for over 150 years.

1999

First Fred Whitton Challenge

2014

Event moved to Grasmere

2016

Reached £1 million donation target

2019

Reached £1 million for MacMillan

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.