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Fred Whitton Challenge 2021

The 2021 Fred Whitton Challenge will take place on 9 May.

Fred Whitton Challenge 2021 event.

Event Date

09 May 2021


The Fred Whitton - 113 miles - is widely regarded as the toughest sportive in the UK and right up there with European events such as the Marmotte, Maratona dles Dolomites and the Etape du Tour.

The Fred Whitton route changes a little from year-to-year but the 2018 edition was 113 miles (182km) and 3,900 metres of climbiing. Starting and finishing in Grasmere, in the middle of the Lake District, the route takes in plenty of the iconic climbs of the area but crucially has the Hardknott pass 99 miles into the ride, which finishes off many riders who end up walking the final section. The very best riders finish in just under six hours but many riders take eleven hours or longer.

*The 2020 Fred Whitton was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Entries will carry over to the 2021 edition. Please see the event website for further details.*

Entry for the Fred Whitton is typically through a ballot which opens in early January. With 2020 entries carried over to 2021, it's likely that available places for 2021 will be severely limited unless the organisers increase the number of riders.

Event Venue

Starting and finishing in Grasmere

Event Website


Ambleside LA22 9SY,

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