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Fred Whitton ballot closes after a 20% increase in applications; 2.4 entries for every place

Jack Elton-Walters
24 Jan 2018

The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge 2018 will take place on Sunday 13th May 2018

Page 1 of 2Fred Whitton ballot closes after a 20% increase in applications; 2.4 entries for every place

The ballot for the 2018 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge has closed, and those lucky enough to have secured one of the limited places have been informed.

There were just 2,000 rider spots on offer in the ballot which saw a growth of 20% on the number of attempted entrants from last year. This equated to 2.4 aspiring entrants for every place available.

Event organisers Human Race Events see this as an indication of a growing trend towards more challenging events and greater distances covered by riders in 2017.

A number of stats taken from Strava add weight to this claim, as it was shown that, for example, the number of century rides recorded on the platform over the past year rose by 18.2% to 171,400.

Hardknott Pass awaits those riding the Fred Whitton. Photo: Steve Fleming

Human Race's headline event is still the Dragon Ride and that too saw an increase in participation last year, which they are building on for 2018.

The Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales brings the daunting 305km Dragon Devil - the longest one day sportive in the UK - to those looking for a mega-challenge, and this saw an increase of 13% in the number of riders taking on this full day's ride.

Anyone not lucky enough to have secured a place in the 2018 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge can find an alternative event to ride on the Human Race Events calendar.

Look out for an event review on Cyclist.co.uk in the early summer and plenty more sportive news throughout the year.

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