Fred Whitton Challenge – Epic ride by Matthew

Witham Wheelers’ Matthew Kingston-Lee joined over 2000 other riders at Grasmere on Sunday 7th May to take part in the 18th Fred Whitton Challenge. Acknowledged to be one of the toughest one day cycle sportives in the country, the 112 mile ride takes in over 12,000 feet of elevation traversing some of the Lake District’s most difficult climbs including – Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose passes.

Matthew Kingston-Lee at the 2017 Fred Whitton Challenge on Hardknott Pass on Sunday 7th May 2017.
Picture © Steve Fleming Photography, for editorial use only.

Setting off shortly after 7am Matthew rode well to finish in a time of 7:16:19, earning himself a First Class distinction. ‘”The Fred Whitton is a ride I’ve wanted to take part in for many years. I still felt tired after running the London Marathon two weeks ago (2.41.42 pb), but nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the stunning scenery. The daunting sight of Hardknott Pass 94 miles into the ride will forever be etched as one of the hardest prospects I’ve ever encountered!” commented Matthew after the ride.
The quickest rider on the day was Nick Williamson, of Midlothian Velo Sportive, in 5:45:15, with 10 riders breaking the magic 6-hour barrier.