Event Terms & conditions


Entry Fee is not Refundable or Transferable
If your entry is successful and you later cancel, then after a small administration cost all of the rest of your fees will go to the event charities. However, if you can’t ride the event and let us know and cancel your place in time for us to find a replacement rider (who pays their own entry fee), then we will save you a place in next year’s event (entry fee payable again next year if you take up that place). Note that we might not have time to do a replacement unless you cancel at least three weeks before the event.

Because this is a serious Cycle Ride and Challenge, none of the following cycles will be allowed in the event: Small wheel bikes, Choppers, Fat bikes, Electric bikes, Fold-up bikes, Fix Bikes.
No Tri Bars allowed

No Cars or Motorbikes are allowed to follow (or lead!) the riders. You can arrange to see riders at certain places, but wherever possible, please avoid using the event route to get there. Do not try to meet riders on Hard Knott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn Passes – there is simply not room and these roads are closed, you can park up and walk but parking places are scarce. A good place to see riders is at the top of Whinlatter, where there is a café and (charged) parking. Another place for seeing the riders on the route is the Fans Zone at the Wainwright’s Hotel, Chapel stile in Langdale.

No Helmet, No Ride!
You must wear your helmet throughout our event. Failure to comply with this will result in immediate disqualification.

Rider Photo ID
All riders must produce Photo ID at registration

All riders must carry a long-sleeved wind/waterproof – believe it or not, the weather in Lakeland can be severe even in early summertime!

No Litter
You are in a World Heritage Site – Zero Tolerance
This is a major problem for the future of our event. Please give your litter to the marshals, and they will dispose of it. No Excuses.

We will apply this to any riders not adhering to these rules. Mobile Marshals will record your rider number.

Events Beyond Our Control
The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event at any time, prior to or during the event if circumstances demand.

It is the responsibility of the rider to find their way back to Grasmere HQ
We do have staff placed around the course but we cannot be in every place at once, we will do our best to help, but as we say in the rider’s notes, it is the responsibility of the rider to organise their self back to HQ. this is part of the challenge, always have some money with you so you can book a taxi or find a place to have some food while help arrives. On the 112 mile route, there will be Mechanics, First Aid, Communication staff and plenty of marshals to help. If you retire please give marshals your number and also give your number in on return to Grasmere HQ.

In case of accidents
Even though the route is well marshalled we cannot be everywhere at once, in case of accident call 999. Be aware that most roads are rural and it may take time for emergency services to arrive.

Absolutely No Fancy Dress
No exceptions, not even for charity!

Riders who personally double-enter will not go into the draw – please be careful not to double enter.

Before taking part in the Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge all participants must read, understand and sign the waiver on the registration card.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to get involved?

It takes over 350 registered volunteers to keep the Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge going. If you’d like to help out at the event jobs for volunteers vary depending on location, time of day and skills. Please register your interest before the event. All volunteers are guaranteed a place on the following years' ride.

Or you can donate to any of our chosen charities. All donations are well received and go to helping fund these fantastic services in the community.