20 July 2014
The all new Bronte Sportive 2014!
The Bronte Sportive is a well established and challenging cycling event in Bronte Country, West Yorkshire. For 2014 our courses were altered to encompass as much of the route taken by the Tour de France Grand Depart Yorkshire 2014 as possible.
Results from the 2014 event are here and photos from the day are here. As always there is a chance that we may have made an odd mistake with timing or which route you did so if this is the case for you please let us know.
We also had a Giro helmet left at that finish so if this is yours please let us know.
The longest three routes cover 30 miles of Stage 2 of Le Tour, including the stunning sections through Haworth, Bronte Country, Penistone Hill, Cock Hill, and the descent into Hebden Bridge. They also include England's longest constant incline of 6.42 miles up Cragg Vale and the stunning descent into Ripponden. Even the 23 mile option takes in 7.4 miles of the Tour de France route including Haworth, Penistone Hill and Oxenhope.
There are many other great sections too, check the routes out on the maps below. Please note that the maps have been tweaked to iron out a few glitches as of Friday 11 July so please have another look now. The positions of feed stations have also been added to the maps marked with the brown i icons.
The Bronte Sportive 88 mile Bronte Monster
Bronte Sportive 71.5 miles route
Bronte Sportive 55 miles route
Bronte Sportive 23 mile route
All routes start and finish at Leeds City College in Keighley which has excellent transport links. Every entrant will receive a complementary BBQ meal at the finish and a goody bag put together by our main sponsor All Terrain Cycles! Each bag will contain a medal and a new inner tube, plus other goodies.
Can you tackle the Bronte Monster?
Over the challenging 88 mile route, you'll tackle 21 hill climbs, rising over 10,270 feet cumulatively. Our original route was said by many former participants to be the hardest sportive in the UK, and this one is probably even more difficult. Can you defy your limits, inspired by the professionals just two weeks before?
The Bronte Sportive can be started at any time between 7:30am and 9:15am. Those doing the 23 mile route can set off up until 10am.
The Bronte Sportive is organised by national healthcare charity Sue Ryder, your entry fee and any sponsorship money that you raise for us will help support your local Sue Ryder care centre. There is no obligation to raise sponsorship, but we are very grateful to those who do.
Online registration is now closed.