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Fred Whitton Challenge

Bike 114mi
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The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.

The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.

How to enter the Fred Whitton Challenge

  1. 114 Miles

    Bike 114mi
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Fred Whitton Challenge route

The route has been extended now 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 114 miles and 3,900m of climbing.

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It takes over 200 volunteers to keep the event going, as always we are very grateful for any assistance provided by willing volunteers. If you’d like to help out at the event jobs for volunteers vary depending on location, time of day and skills.


How long is the ride?

114 miles

How many meters are climbed?

What is the maximum gradient encountered?

How many feed stations are there?
Two – at Buttermere YHA at 50 miles and Calder Bridge at 86.6 miles.

Can I ride a mountain bike?
We do allow mountain bikes but advise to use slicks. Tandems are also allowed.

We do not allow the following —
Small wheel bikes, Choppers, Fat bikes, Electric bikes, Fold up bikes, Fix Bikes.

Is there a cut off?
There’s a cut off time at Braithwaite at 12 noon and 3.30pm at Calder Bridge, but if you start early (you can start from 6am) you’ll have at least 12(?) hours to do the ride.



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