The Fred 2016

The Fred Whitton Challenge 2016

The seventeenth edition of the Fred Whitton as seen by the photographers of

Quote of the day, overheard on the Hardknott....

"The trouble with the Fred is that your body hasn't recovered from last year before it comes around again."

04.30 and the first light of day in Grasmere.

Help from Rotary Club again this year to get everyone safely parked up.

Ready for the off.

Car park at dawn

"We'll take our time and enjoy this bit"

That's a lot of packed lunches for the volunteers.

Organiser Stuart Emms checking lunches to be dispatched to the marshals around the course.

The start gate team.

Final prep.

Fred Whitton Kit - still the best!

First rider ready for the off - Martin Mason

Riders in the start area.

David Short & Suzanne Guy ready with their Tandem at the start.

Final checks on the GPS before the start.

Helmet sensors trigger the timing sequence.

Kirkstone Pass - a tough way to wake up!

David Short & Suzanne Guy nearing the summit of Kirkstone.

Mark Crellin (Team MacMillian) looking good the day after his birthday!

Keith Sheehan & Trevor Janes (Leighton Buzzard Road Cycling Club)

Ilkley Cycling Club riders passing Kirkstone Inn.

David Pepper and group passing the Kirkstone Inn.

Graeme Thomson - near the summit.

Riders passing warning sign before the descent.

Cambridge rider and Matt Fisher starting the descent of Kirkstone Pass.

Warning sign on Kirkstone Pass descent - keep safe.

Richard Rothwell enjoying the moment on Newlands.

Big thumbs up from Inderjit Singh one of the regulars in this event.

Strava mini data manager - with every new special edition Garmin comes mini man. He sits on your handlebars managing the data and shouting encouragement. Rob Smith, has invested in the system.

Jo descending Newlands

Sunny Hardknott - would you believe it!

Do not get off your bike - advice you can't always follow.

At the Tour de France they have the race caravan - ahem! Vespas!!

Mountain Goat Tours never to miss an advertising opportunity - off to the Roman Fort.

These guys showed up and asked us to keep the noise down.

The 'easy' lower slopes

Riders view of what is to come. This is the intermediate section, a chance to fuel up and catch your breath.

Stephen Leak & Gary Ford (Rochdale Triathlon Club) - still smiling!

Paul Knox-Johnston resplendent in team Bianchi kit.

Mark Nicholls in almost perfect isolation - the joys of being one of the first up.
(quick advert) Our Photoshop service provided a panoramic image.

Steve Goacher, (Lakes Road Club).

Martin Mason still there!

Virginia Roberts & Christine Preston approaching the final section of Hardknott.

And now the best bit....

Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing) is storming up the pass.

Tim Featonby and his support crew!

A strong ride - some good artwork on display as well due to the warm conditions.

Close tolerances for users of the pass.

Christina Wiejak on Hardknott having completed the ramp and hairpin and looking strong near the summit.

Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing) riding over my toes!

Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing) on the ramp heading for the hairpin.

Nick Plimmer enjoying the Lakeland landscape.

The very colourful Pierre Guern.

Wheelie good effort from Oliver Cozens.

Rob Jebb (Hope Factory Racing) lights the afterburners! There's only Wrynose between him and the record.

Neil Close (Team Xiii) - a quick grimace at the summit.

Crash! Martyn Robinson man down.

This is a big climb! Mark Cleverley (Devizes Town Cycling Club).

Susan Paterson, (Honister92) starting on the Hardknott ramp.

Rider sequence approaching the ramp.

Susan Paterson, (Honister92) topping out of the climb.

James Ball & Alisa Kaye on the Hardknott Ramp with Eskdale down below.

James Ball & Alisa Kaye approaching Hardknott hairpin.

Weaving - a masterclass with Andrew Marshall.

Craig Rockliffe in Team Telecom kit - no signal up here mate!

Rider eye view of the ramp

Honister92 rider on the ramp.

Honister92 rider enjoying the great weather.

James Ball & Alisa Kaye riding tandem!

You're not supposed to be smiling!

Mind my toes!

Anne Vallely enjoying her time on Hardknott and looking good after nearly 100 miles.

A portrait in concentration and effort.

Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue on call.

Charles Morlock Ouch!

Full sunshine on the Hardknott ramp.

I'd just like to say I'm enjoying this.

Ian Downham smiles for the camera.

Beautiful Eskdale.

Lakeland roads and this weather - make the most of it!.

Big smiles from Eleanor Betts as the climb drops away back in the valley.

Guy Collender complete with camera rig - sore neck Monday morning?

Afternoon monochrome image.

Saddleback service on the Hardknott.

Friendly Saddleback mechanic.

What a day!