The Steering Group of the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge, the 112-mile cycle ride in the Lake District, has placed its Challenge event in the hands of the mass event organiser, Human Race.

Approximately 2,500 cyclists enter this sell out event each year, and since its inception in 1999, over £1.25 million pounds has been raised and shared by Macmillan Cancer Support, The Mountain Rescue, Air Ambulance, and various Youth Cycling Projects.

The Steering Group has now decided to pass on the organisation of the event on to Human Race, which is owned by Amaury Sport Organisation, a family owned business which has been historically linked with the sport of cycling.

Paul Loftus, MBE president of the Fred Whitton Challenge, said: “Myself, the Steering Group and the Lake Road Club are excited that the future of the Challenge has been secured for years to come, we feel that in teaming up with Human Race we have a partner that will respect the ideals that we have achieve over the years with the event, and that we can still now raise money for all the charity’s that we have successfully supported in the past.”

Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race said: “At Human Race, we are delighted and honoured to form this partnership with Fred’s wife, Lynn, and the Steering group behind this iconic ride.

We’ve been involved with many superb sportives over the years but none with as much personality and love behind the scenes as the Fred Whitton Challenge. Anyone who calls themselves a rider, or who loves a great adventure and challenge on two wheels should do this event.”