Updated: Fred Whitton Challenge record smashed

Rob Jebb and James Dobbin set the pace in tough UK sportive

Robert Jebb (Wheelbase.co.uk) and the UK National Hill Climb Champion James Dobbin (Arctic Premier RT) set a new course record of 5 hours 40 minutes in the 112 mile Fred Whitton Challenge, staged in the UK's Lake District on 11 May. The pair took five minutes off last year's course record, set by Stuart Reid and Lewis Craven (Wheelbase.co.uk).

1000 riders took part in the sportive, which started in Coniston and took in the Lake District’s toughest passes of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Cold Fell, Hardknott and Wrynose.

Participation in sportives has risen massively with British Cycling reporting a 35% increase in 2007. The Fred Whitton has been no exception with the 1,000 places selling out within three days of the event opening.  

Top 30 finishing times

1 James Dobbin (Arctic Premier RT) 5:40:40
1 Robert Jebb (Wheelbase)
3 Ben Bardsley (Keswick Mountain Bikes) 5:53:55
4 Barrie Clarke (Lakes Road Club) 5:55:26
5 Bryan Pool (Anderson Racing) 5:58:14
6 Stephen Bottomley (Crosstrax) 6:04:11
7 Andrew Howdon (Millom) 6:06:39
8 Jason Hemsley (Crosstrax) 6:07:51
9 Joe Skipper (VC Baraccmi) 6:10:22
10 Paul Trott (Wheelbase) 6:10:46
11 Ian Palmer (Wheelbase) 6:10:50
12 Andrew Wrigley (Keswick Mountain Bikes) 6:12:07
13 Alan Goldsmith (Swindon) 6:14:16
14 Daniel McParland (BWBC) 6:14:18
15 Andy Sudell (Lakes Road Club) 6:16:54
16 Steve Davidson (Slough) 6:17:08
17 Phil Blacker (Wyre Forest) 6:18:52
18 Stefan Macina (Crosstrax) 6:19:09
19 Grant Law (Honister 92) 6:20:26
20 Chris Hope (Keswick Mountain Bikes) 6:23:19
21 Shaun Aldous (Interbike) 6:23:39
22 Richard Houghton (Keswick Mountain Bikes) 6:23:40
23 Sean Sumner (Interbike) 6:23:43
24 Paul Troughton (Wheelbase) 6:26:19
25 Dieter Booth (Breeze Bikes) 6:27:24
26 Greg Ketteringham (Harrogate Nova) 6:27:29
27 Lee Feeney (Lune RCC) 6:28:47
28 Nathan Blake (Gnarly Nutters) 6:29:14
29 Mick Style (Manchester Wheelers) 6:29:31
30 Nick Gibbon (Richmond) 6:29:56

Full results are available at www.fredwhittonchallenge.org.uk/2008results.html

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