Enjoy and be safe
We have updated the interactive map with information on all the descents and dangers on the route. Please familiarise yourself with these descents before you leave, if you have not ridden in the Lakes before take extra care.
Be aware that this is an unsupported ride, you must pack enough tools, food, water and clothing to be able to deal with every scenario that may come about.
We recommend you take a long sleeve top with you (even in summer). The weather can change on the passes and be much colder than at sea level.
Make sure you do a thorough check over your bike before you set off. Paying particular attention to the working order of your brakes.
Please note that starting a new attempt will end any existing attempts
Using the alternative route avoiding the A66 only adds on 1.23 miles
- Wear a helmet and carry a long-sleeved wind/waterproof.
- No litter!
- We recommend using a road bike with low gears or a not-too-heavy mountain with slicks
- 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
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.