2018 ROUTE CHANGE: the route is almost exactly the same as 2017, however the road closure has been extended up and over Blea Tarn. This means the route will now include one final climb before riders head back to HQ at Grasmere. The route is approximately 113 miles and 3,900m of climbing.
Click on the links below to view all of the information you’ll need ahead of the event:
- Simon Warren’s Climbs Analysis for the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
- Written description of the route
- Saddleback Rider Notes
- Saddleback Rider Map
- Saddleback Spectator Notes
- Saddleback Spectator Map
The ride starts and finishes at Grasmere Sports Field.
Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL.
There is lots of free parking plus toilet and shower facilities available
We use helmet tag electronic timing by Results Base to record your time. The tag is a small identifier that you stick on the left side of your helmet, and which is automatically detected and recorded when you ride past their timing equipment. The antennae are at the start, the two checkpoints (Braithwaite and Calder Bridge), and at the finish. They record your times to each of the checkpoints and at the finish. The times are automatically uploaded to the web and available soon after you finish.
You can start at any time between 6am and 8am. But be warned that there’s a cut-off time of 12:00pm at the Braithwaite checkpoint (at 60 miles) and over Kirkstone, Honister and Newlands passes and quite a few less well known (but still very hard) climbs. So please start early if you’re a first timer!
Deferring to 2019
As we get close to the event, we know that a few riders will need to defer their entry because of injury etc. The final date to defer your entry is 9am on Monday 30th April. After this date, you will be fully recognised as a participant of the event.
If you defer and someone from the waiting list takes your place, you will be guaranteed a place in the 2019 event (subject to paying the full 2019 entry fee). You can defer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.