Altura Whinlatter Challenge

by Nathan 6

Sunday March 21st sees the second Altura MTB challenge at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick.

Following a highly successful inaugural event in 2009, the 2010 event will follow a similar, improved model.

Billed as a ‘Cross country mountain bike endurance event’, there are 2 course distances; the long course of approx 30 miles or the new shorter 15 mile loop, opening the event to a wider range of riders.

Anyone who took part last year will testify that although the distances don’t sound massive by some Enduro standards, the steep and technical terrain of the area makes this a very tough event.

Using a combination of the Altura Trail, bridleways and fire roads throughout the forest, the course promises fun, challenging single track descents and technical climbs along with short fast fire road sections.

Set in the Northern Lake District near Keswick, Whinlatter is the UK’s only mountain forest with a steep imposing landscape and spectacular views to the surrounding countryside. On site facilities also include a well stocked bike shop, Cyclewise, who offer bike hire and coaching and a large café and visitor centre to keep those not riding entertained.

After the success of last year’s event and with over 200 riders already entered this year, the Altura Whinlatter Challenge promises to be a fantastic early season event not to be missed.

For further challenge details and entry, go to

Comments (6)

  1. Cant wait!! Really tough last year, but a really good day. Hope the weather is as nice again!

  2. I fear my Singlespeed entry could be a big mistake!!!

  3. If it’s so steep as to require a granny ring, you’re usually just as better off walking a SS!!

  4. Tough event (I was a DNF last year) so think the easier route beckons.

    Good to see both sides (svelte and lardy) of the sport particpating together and enjoying the day.

  5. I did this last year and despite some inaccuracy with the distance it was a good event, not technical but fast and interesting throughout. But £25? A fell race is about £3, and there’s little difference. Park, race, go home.

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