Event details

  • Date: 21 September 2014
  • Location: West Yorkshire
  • Distance 13, 23 and 27 miles

Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge 2014

Thanks to everyone who took part in and helped at the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge sponsored by Walkers Chartered Accountants and Aire Valley Cycles last Sunday.  It was a superb day and we hope that you enjoyed it.  Further great news is that over £9,500 was raised for the incredible care that we at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provide.

To help us promote the event wider next year maybe you would do us the favour of rating the event at the cyclosport website


Provisional results for the Charlotte, Emily and the Anne routes are lower down this page, as always with such a busy event there are one or two bits of info missing.  If you spot anything which is incorrect please let us know and we'll alter it.

A huge well done to Joe Moses who left many of the Charlotte and Emily riders stunned as he passed them at speed on his way back towards the finish. The runner up and first home in the Charlotte on a mountain bike was Anthony Spalding also in a great time of under 2 hours 10 minutes.  First lady home in the Charlotte was Donna Waring in just over the three hour mark.  

In the Emily route Robert Brook was the first home in under 2 hours, with Paul Morris and Chris Tomes were 2nd and 3rd respectively, first lady was Deborah Smith in just over three hours.  

For the Anne route, the first four home were youngsters with great pedigree who will hopefully get their names on the Manorlands Trophy in years to come, Harry Ellison, Jacob and Tom Eakin and Jack Burns all had great times as did Helen Tordoff who was first lady home.

All riders rose to the challenge and we were all finished by 2:20pm which is itself a record, helped no doubt by the weather, no one getting lost and very few brake downs. 

Check out the results


Photos out on the route were taken by Sportsunday and can be seen and purchased from their Sportsunday website. Those taken at the finish taken by John Ashton are available to view on his flickr page. if you would like up to three of John's photos sending at high resolution we ask that you make a £5 donation to Manorlands by texting 'MANOR' to 70800 and then emailing which shots you would like to andrew.wood@sueryder.org . 


I'm sure that you will join us in thanking all of our volunteers who helped out on the route and at the start finish area. As usual they did a fine job and their catering skills were great taking on this job for the first time and saving us over £800 in the process!

Ride le Route

Finally whether its is on your road bike or mountain bike, why not take on our event this coming Sunday, the 44 mile 'Ride le Route' which starts and finishes at the Bradford Sky Ride and takes on the 20 miles of the Tour de France Grand Depart route within the Bradford District.

About the event

The Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge is a highly regarded event which has a route suitable for all standards of mountain bike and cyclo-cross rider.  This will be the 10th Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge in this, the year when the Tour de France Grand Depart has just passed our start finish area in Oxenhope and even shared a small section of our on road route. Thanks to our generous sponsors at Walkers Chartered Accountants of Keighley and Aire Valley Cycles all entry fees go straight to Sue Ryder's care.  There is no obligation to raise additional funds through sponsorship but we certainly are grateful to those who do.

The Routes

Our three routes, Charlotte, Emily and Anne take their names from the three Bronte Sisters who were inspired in their writing by the stunning and challenging landscape that the routes navigate. 


A 27.6 mile extreme challenge route - following the very popular new route used in 2013. Riders tackle the notorious 'stairs' and goes over the moors to Widdop, towards Worsthorne and back via a brand new section of the Pennine Bridleway and then descend the 'stairs'.

View the route


This is the same new intermediate route of 23.4 miles which was very popular in 2013. The route goes over the moor to Widdop then to Shuttleworth Pasture, historic Wycoller and back via Stanbury (taking in 2 miles of the Tour de France Route). It is a challenging mix of tracks, trails and minor roads, but not as intense as the Charlotte. 

View the route

The new Anne route for 2014

This year we have increased the distance and dificulty of our beginner’s ride so it makes for a challenge for those not quite ready for the Emily. In general this is however still less rugged terrain than the first 2 with just three difficult climbs.  As well as the 13 mile option there is a 2 mile extension option (making 15 miles total) which takes in more of the beuatiful St. Ives Estate at Bingley.   A scenic loop from Oxenhope towards Crossroads, Hainworth, Harden and Cullingworth.  Suitable for the family and younger children, but under 11’s must be accompanied by an adult.

View the 13 mile route

View the 15 mile route

The event starts with the Charlotte and Emily routes at 9.00am, then a 10.00am start for the Anne route all from Oxenhope Recreation Ground. All participants receive a medal and a well earned complementary hot meal at the finish.  This year the finish is right back at the start in Oxenhope Recreation Ground and there will also be our own bar within Oxenhope Community Centre.

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