Fred Whitton Challenge - PRE-ENTRY INVITE ONLY

12 May 2024

Grasmere, Ambleside
Starts: 06:00
Distance: 112 Miles
Entry Fee: £104.75
Includes processing charges of 5% + 50p


The Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Dubbed ‘The Daddy of them all’ by Cycling Weekly, riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty. The ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement. The Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge is a charity event in honour of the late Fred Whitton who was a great advocate for cycle sport in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It is with respect to Fred and his ideals that the event remains just that, ‘a challenge’. The Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, now a World Heritage Site. Starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes. The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient and this comes at 98 miles. Entries:- Pre-entries will be in November and the main ballot window will be in December 1st November 2023 Special Charity entry / Overseas entry / Deferred entry / Volunteer entry 1st December 2023 General ballot places open for entry 10th December 2023 General ballot places close for entry 14th December 2023 Ballot places announced 12th May 2024 Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge


This event has no results.



112 Miles
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Not suitable for wheelchairs


  • Water stations
  • Toilets
  • No distance markers
  • No changing facilities
  • No showers
  • No baggage store
Race HQ:
The Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SL

Feed stations

Note: Your entry fee is not refundable or transferable if you cannot ride the event. However, if you cannot ride then please let us know as soon as possible by emailing and we can defer your entry. This means all your entry fee for this year’s event will go to the event charities, and we will keep a reserved place for you in the 2025 event if you want it (normal entry fee applies).

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