Three cyclists during the Bronte Sportive, going up a hill

Bronte Sportive 2021

18th July 2021
Keighley College
Bradford Road
BD21 4HQ
Andrew Wood
01535 640430
Event location map

53.86839, -1.900733

Saddle up for the Bronte Sportive 2021! With routes for all abilities and the epic 93 mile ‘Heathcliff’, you'll be helping to support Sue Ryder and the expert care they provide.

A Queensbury Queens of the Mountain cyclist going up a steep cobbled hill

Advance entries have now closed for the Bronte Sportive on Sunday 18 July. You can still enter on the day at the cost of £30 for adults and £20 for under 18s.

We advise people to park on Low Mill Lane Keighley. Those wishing to take part in the Heathcliff or Charlotte routes should arrive at Keighley College between 7.15am and 8.15am, those wishing to do the Emily, the Anne or the Branwell should arrive at the college between 8.15am and 8.45 am and those doing the Patrick should arrive by 9.15am. Please bring a face covering for when you go inside buildings.


The Bronte Sportive with the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain is a challenging cycling event in the heart of the West Yorkshire Pennines.

Our 11th event, sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, will take place on Sunday 18th July, 2021.

For 2021, there will be six Bronte-themed routes to suit all abilities:

The Heathcliff at 93.1 miles is by no means one of the longest sportives but is recognised as being mile for mile one of the toughest sportives in the UK up alongside the Fred Whitton.

The Charlotte is 74.5 miles, the Emily is 50.3 miles and the Anne is 29.2 miles. The 23.7 mile route is shorter and flatter than Anne, it is named Branwell largely because it passes an average of over 1 pub per mile along the route.

New for 2021 is Patrick (9 miles), which is a relatively easy route for beginners. This like all of our routes will include the iconic Haworth main street where all participants get the opportunity to do the Chris Mitchell Memorial Hill Climb Challenge.

Bronte Sportive cyclists setting off from the starting line

The event starts and finishes at Keighley College and riders will set off in waves. Riders in the two longest routes can set off between 7:30am and 8:30am. Riders doing Emily set off between 8am and 8:30, those doing Anne and Branwell will leave at between 8:30am and 9:10pm and all those taking part on the Patrick ride will go at 9:15am.

As in 2019 the members of the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain Cycling Club will be bringing their unique enthusiasm to our feed stations and start finish area!

Two Sue Ryder cyclists hugging and celebrating at the finish line


There is no obligation for participants to fundraise, but obviously we are grateful to those who do as you'll be helping to support the expert and compassionate care we provide at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Those who raise £50 or more in sponsorship will be entered into a prize draw to win a prize donated by our partners at All Terrain Cycles.


A Bronte Sportive cyclist climbing a steep hill during the race

Get in touch

If you have any questions or need more information on this event, please contact Andrew Wood, Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice on or 01535 640430.

Our partners and sponsor

The Bronte Sportive 2021 is partnered with the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain and Keighley College, and sponsored by All Terrain Cycles.

Queensbury Queens of the Mountain logo
Keighley College logo
All Terrain Cycles Bike Store logo

Frequently asked questions

Is there parking available at the event?

Yes, parking is available at Keighley College, Bradford Road, Keighley, BD21 4HQ.

Will there be feed stations on route?

Yes- water, energy gels and snacks will be provided at feed stations along each route.

What should I wear?

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions on the day of the event and be aware that conditions may change throughout the day. Helmets are compulsory. Waterproof clothing, spare socks and bivy bags are recommended.

Terms and conditions

Bronte Sportive 2021 Terms and Conditions

Your signature on the entry form or your clicking on the box in the online entry confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions of entry. 


Every participant must fill in their own registration form unless:

  • The person completing the form is doing so as the parent or guardian of a participant aged under 18 in which case the parent or guardian must inform the participant that they have signed the terms and conditions on their behalf and that their participation in the event will be governed by these terms.
  • The person completing the form has or reasonably believes that they have the participant’s consent to their doing so on the participant’s behalf. The person completing the form must make the participant aware of these terms and conditions in good time before the event. If the participant does not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions they are to withdraw from the event. Participation in the event shall be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions by the participant.


For the 54, 71 and 88 mile routes, riders must be 14 years of age or above on the day of the event. The 3 shorter routes are suitable for all ages though riders aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over) throughout the event.  There must be at least one adult (aged 18 or over) for every 5 riders aged 11 or under.  Anyone under 16 years old must have their entry form signed by a parent/guardian and must abide by the rules.  It is the parents/guardians responsibility to ensure their children are suitability fit and healthy to take part in the rides and have a good level of road safety awareness and bike control. All riders must wear a safety helmet


The entry fee for the Bronte Sportive is non-transferable and non-refundable. Due to unexpected health and safety reasons on the day, the Bronte Sportive organisers reserve the right to adjust the route to account for unforeseen conditions (for example, flooding).

The event start 

The organisers retain the right to make a change to the advertised start times and make them staggered.  Please note that staggering will not effect the participants race time as the organisers will record their time from when they cross over the start and finish line.


By participating, participants agree to take part in post-event publicity which may include interviews, photography and/or filming for Sue Ryder internal communications, sport Keighley publicity and local and/or national media. Sue Ryder will endeavour not to use any photographs, images or likenesses of children aged 16 or under. 

Contact details

Participants are personally responsible for updating the organisers with any new address and telephone details. All participants must supply emergency contact details and in the case of an emergency, Sue Ryder may use the Emergency Contact details provided by you to contact your home or office.

Health and Fitness 

The event has been designed as a low risk event for the averagely fit person. The event is a challenge ride that is graded to suit many levels of fitness but some of the hills are steep and, given the time of year and prevailing conditions riders should ensure they are medically fit and well hydrated.  All riders should satisfy themselves that they are in good health and physically able to participate in the Bronte Sportive and choose a route that suits their ability and fitness.  If in doubt, participants should consult a GP or hospital doctor prior to the event.   It is recommended that all riders should have appropriate sun protection and a drinking water bottle


Sue Ryder has a comprehensive risk assessment process for each event which aims to minimise or eliminate the risk to everyone taking part. However, by taking part in this event, you acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond our control that can lead to unforeseen risks.

Dropping out 

Any participant who drops out after crossing the starting line must report to an official to prevent any unnecessary search being started.  They should also make sure that their tag is handed back to the steward at this point.


The Bronte Sportive is operated by Sue Ryder, and all participants take part at their own risk. Sue Ryder accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or damage suffered by any participant personally or to their property as a result of taking part in the Bronte Sportive in the absence of negligence or breach of statutory duty on the part of Sue Ryder. Personal accident and public liability insurance cover is advised to cover any loss, damage or injury you may sustain yourself or to your personal property or cause to a third party or their property.

If during the event you are involved in an incident with a third party please ensure that you pass on all your details – it is not the responsibility of the event organisers.


The Bronte Sportive is an exclusive Sue Ryder fundraising event. Sponsorship monies raised may not be given to or shared with any other organisation. Participants are advised that they have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies and donations received for the Bronte Sportive are paid to Sue Ryder within six weeks of the date of the event.

Smoking and alcohol 

Sue Ryder asks that participants and supporters do not smoke during the event. For health and safety reasons, participants may not consume alcohol prior to or during the event.


Participants and supporters are welcome to take pictures on the day but please ensure where the pictures captures images of children that only one's own family members are included.


The event will be marshalled, however roads will NOT be closed and therefore for your safety and the safety  of other participants you must abide AT ALL TIMES with  the Highway Code and the instructions of police/marshals around the course, including stopping if necessary. As part of their entry into this event participants agree to ride safely with consideration for others and also declare that their cycle is well maintained and in good working order.  They also agree to follow the instructions given by event officials on the day.   


  • All cyclists must abide by the Country Code and Highway Code
  • Riders must ensure their cycles are suitable for the terrain and are roadworthy
  • By taking part in this event cyclists are representing Sue Ryder and are asked to show consideration to other cyclists, road users and pedestrians.
  • Safety is paramount. All riders must wear helmets (Compulsory)
  • Your presence at every checkpoint must be recorded
  • Remember that the event is NOT a race but a personal challenge
  • Marshals will be situated at points throughout the course and their signals should be observed at all times
  • Cyclists should be properly equipped to ride in inclement weather

Data Protection 

Please be aware that by registering you authorise Sue Ryder to process your personal and sensitive personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of this event only.  By signing the registration form or clicking on the on-line entry, you agree to Sue Ryder using your personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes outlined above.