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Entry for the 2012 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge Opens on January 1st

by Holly Blades

Regarded in the Cycling world as 'The Daddy of them all', 2012 will be the 14th edition of the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge. Cyclists around the country think of the ride as 'the one to do' and the hardest one day cycle ride in the country, held in some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.

Widely believed to be the first of the Sportive's to be held in this Country, the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge was started to raise money for charity and over the years has raised thousands for the event's main charities Macmillan Cancer Support and the Dave Rayner Fund.

The 2011 ride alone raised a record 80 thousand pounds, and with more effort this year, the organisers hope to reach the target of half a million pounds. All this is done with the fantastic response received from the riders and all the volunteer helpers that turn out in all conditions to support the event.

Fred Whitton's grandsons, Ben, Rhys and Corey present a sponsorship cheque to the Air Ambulance in Blackpool

This year again the organiser's are allowing a number of "first time riders" places ahead of the ballot that is drawn every year by Mrs Lynn Whitton.

The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is organised by a charity run organization and every pound made after running costs goes to charity. 

The organisers pride themselves on the fact that they have made a day to remember for all the riders taking part, with two fully manned feed stops, a meal at the finish, professional mechanical assistance from Saddleback, a full team of paramedics and first aid, and with ample marshals and signage around the course.

For more information, or to register for the 2012 ride, please visit

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