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Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge 2014

11/05/2014 - Grasmere The English Lake District - Sportive

Rating: 95.0% based on 98 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 95.5% based on 53 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 95.556%

MartinBay wrote:

Fantastic well organised event.

Rated Event: 95.556%

MartinOldfield wrote:

Great organisation; tough event but really well run.

Rated Event: 100.000%

alansalisbury wrote:

You know you have been on a bike ride when you have done "The Fred".
Being in the Lake District it is very dependent on the weather, I think we were lucky this year, only a bit of rain and not too cold.

Rated Event: 96.667%

DanEdwards wrote:

Awesome event. Would love to have another crack at this one.

Rated Event: 100.000%

MarkPatterson1 wrote:

One of the hardest events in Europe, great day

Rated Event: 100.000%

NeilHannant wrote:

Best and toughest event I've taken part in. Every aspect of The Fred Whitton Challenge is so well organised, claimed to be the premiere sportiff, I agree. The web site is easy to use, you are kept well informed of progress through the weeks leading up to it, on the day the organisation was perfect, kept any pre ride stress to minimum, I thought the day was incredible and all the volunteers were amazing, the rain didn't dampen spirits and the support along the way helped drive you on when you needed it and you need it!!. Go anywhere in the world, you won't find better scenery, breathtaking, literally, would totally recommend this fantastic challenge, but beware, you better be fit!! A Good Effort? absolutely!!

Rated Event: 96.667%

JamieEvans wrote:

The hardest and best sportive. Superbly organised and supported

Rated Event: 100.000%

robgriffith wrote:

Awesome ride, lake district is awesome and local support and marshalls brilliant. A little more serious that i was expecting, not may hello's as i was being inevitably over taken but very minor point.

Rated Event: 91.111%

TomTookey wrote:

It's a tough ride and the weather is often an added challenge. However it has one of the best atmospheres of any sportive I've done. The organisers, marshals, food stop volunteers all make this a fantastic event and all for a good cause.

I would recommend it - but make sure do some training and can ride up hills!

Rated Event: 96.667%

JayBell wrote:

Fantastic event. Well organised and marshalled. My only gripe was my timing chip didn't register my timed climb or one of the check points. Other than that A* cycling event.

Rated Event: 88.889%

PaulAldridge wrote:

Brilliant a proper challenge up there with the Etape du Tour it is a significant event in keeping with the grand European events but with a homely feel and cheese sandwiches.

Rated Event: 93.333%

RicJohnson wrote:

This ride was perhaps one of the best days on a bike I have ever spent in my life. I suppose after I put the training in I enjoyed this very much. For me, the Marshals made the day. Without there continued support and professional approach it would not have been as good as it was.

A superb day in all. I'd defiantly tackle this again in the future!

Rated Event: 87.778%

GaryWhineray wrote:

A very high class sportive, very well run and organised. The marshals were top class, helpful and very friendly, stopping traffic at junctions and shouting that junctions were clear. A big decision to change the start point to grassmere but a decision that has paid off in my opinion, the new timing system works really well, a big improvement on the dibbing system. I plan to do the Fred for many years to come and would highly recomended to others. Great effort from the organisers, volunteers and everyone else involved.

Rated Event: 97.778%

JamesWorsley wrote:

Not the longest or the most climbing but the most challenging Sportif I have ridden!

Rated Event: 96.667%

SheniJiwa wrote:

Near perfect organisation made super special by all the incredible volunteers at the feed stations, on the route as marshals and at the event HQ. only thing to improve is the space for getting certificates an registering, got a little crowded in there. It's without doubt the best sportive I have ever done..... and I have d

Rated Event: 91.111%

SimonHargrave wrote:

Marvellous event, epic in its scope and well organised and supported. Riders have to accept that they have to be responsible for their own support and dress and carry kit accordingly. I think this comes across on the website and the supporting social media and comments. There were still some on the course who hadn't researched the route but that's there problem... Handling 2,000 riders from one little lake district village is the one issue that still needs some attention.

Rated Event: 96.667%

RobertFanshawe wrote:

Beautifully organised and very kind of loads of people to give up their time. really professional quality event. Thankyou

Rated Event: 100.000%

AndrewCowie wrote:

A great event organised by volunteers in memory of a good friend. The fact that it all runs so smoothly and the profits are going to charity makes it a great day out. Going up is hard work but take care on the descents!

Rated Event: 100.000%

RobertGlaister wrote:

Fred whitton is an exceptional event which is well organised.
The major bonus of the fw is that it's for charity and not for some greedy organiser to charge you a fortune to bike on open roads which you can do anytime you like.
It's the hardest event in the uk and hats off to anyone who takes part.

Rated Event: 94.444%

AndrewFlaherty wrote:

Fantastic day, great support from the public on the ride round. Special thanks to the Mountain Rescue, North West Air Ambulance and everyone who help make the Fred Whitton Challange happen.

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