Fred Whitton Challenge to honour people behind classic sportive with Golden Jerseys

To celebrate it's 19th running, organisers of the 112-mile Lakeland epic are calling for the public to nominate 10 people who've shown the event incredible support.

Riders in the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge

The organisers of the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge – arguably the event that started the UK’s sportive boom – are calling on cyclists to nominate 10 ‘people behind the Fred’ to become the first recipients of 10 exclusive golden Castelli jerseys.

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The team behind this famous Lake District Epic, Human Race, Castelli distributor Saddleback and the Fred Whitton Steering Group, are looking to honour riders, volunteers and local contributors. As examples, the organisers say they’re looking for people who have who have taken part in every event, offered unwavering support, or raised a significant amount of money for charity through the event

“The Fred has become famous because of the incredible people who take part and help out, year on year, without fail. It is unlike any other sportive in the world for that very reason, and we are delighted to share this initiative to thank some of the unsung heroes of this legendary event,”  explains Paul Loftus, Chair of the Steering Group.

Castelli Golden Jerseys fro the Fred Whitton

Nominations are open from today until 10am Monday 30 April. To nominate a Fred hero email entriesfwc@gmail.com with the subject line Golden Jersey Nominee and explain why they deserve a golden jersey in less than 200 words.

The event – 112miles with 3950m of climbing including all of the major passes in the National Park, including Hardknott and Wrynose – is held in honour of Fred Whitton died aged just 50 in 1998, was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club and a lynchpin in the cycling community of Cumbria. This year’s sold out ride takes place on Sunday 13 May 2018.

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