Event details

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

Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge 2014

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.

Masseuse Service

Tranquility from Unit 13, Cavendish Court, Keighley will be providing massages to those who require them at the finish area. They also do Swedish deep tissue massage (incorporating sports massage), aromatherapy (for more relaxing treatment) Indian head massage, & reflexology. See their facebook page for more information.

Thanks to Sam Reeday for sacrificing her Fitness Class on Sunday at the Oxenhope Community Centre allowing us to use the venue for both the start and finish this year.

Sam's Fitness Classes

Sam's classes are held at Oxenhope Community Centre on Sunday mornings 9.30am till 10.30am and Wednesday evenings 7.30pm till 8.30pm. 

All fitness levels welcome and Sam guarantee you a really good workout for just £4 per class. Sam Reeday is a qualified adult and children's sports coach. Personal Training is also available.

Contact Sam Reeday on 07974 659824 for more details or just turn up.


Look out for the event photographers from Sport Sunday on the Charlotte and the Emily Routes and see and purchase the photos on their website after the event www.sportsunday.co.uk

2013 Results

Sorry about the delay, the draft results are available to download now. As ever there may be one or two glitches, please let us know about any you spot.

Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge results 2013 (pdf)

Event enquiries

For more information, registration problems, fundraising assistance or for event sponsorship opportunities, please email Andrew Wood or call Andrew on 01535 640176.

Looking back to the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge 2013

A big thank you to all the entrants who took part in the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge 2013, Sponsored by Walkers Chartered Accountants of Keighley and Aire Valley Cycles of Keighley and in aid of Sue Ryder. We hope you had a great ride with us. We had a record number of entries at 276 and the amount raised for Sue Ryder is around £9,000 so thank you for your support.  Many of you raised sponsorship and for those who did thank you, once it is collected in please send it together with your sponsor form please to the address below.


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! A new edition to the team was Rachel Small from Tranquility who worked tirelessly all day providing massages, view more on her facebook page


Photos of riders in the Charlotte and Emily route can be viewed at www.sportsunday.co.uk . There are some other shots including ones of the start of the Anne ride we have added to the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice facebook page.
Main Sponsor

Start Finish Sponsor

Aire Valley