The Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge, organised by the Manorlands Cycling Events Fundraising Group and sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, is a popular event with routes suitable for all standards of mountain bike and cyclo-cross rider.
This will be the 15th Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors at All Terrain Cycles, all entry fees go straight towards supporting Sue Ryder’s care in the local area. While there is no obligation to raise additional funds through sponsorship, those who raise £50 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a mystery bike-related prize from our sponsors at All Terrain Cycles.
Team, individual and dual entry
As in previous years, there is a team entry for groups of four people across all the routes, plus a dual entry ticket to get entry into both the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge and the Three Dales Mountain Bike Challenge (£40 – this would be £50 if you entered separately).
Find out more information about the Manorlands Three Dales Mountain Bike challenge.
Three of our four routes - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - take their names from the three Bronte Sisters who lived in Haworth and were inspired in their writing by the stunning and challenging landscape that the routes navigate.
The fourth route – Heathcliff - takes its name from one of their best known characters who spent many hours out on the Pennine moors, as you will do if you select that route.
A 35.1-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 relatively new section of the Pennine Bridleway, they then return almost to the finish before doing an extra 9 miles including the Cock Hill climb and a route over Thornton Moor.
A 28.1-mile challenge route - following the very popular new route brought in in 2013.
Riders tackle the notorious 'stairs' and goes over the moors to Widdop, towards Worsthorne and back via a relatively new section of the Pennine Bridleway and then descend the 'stairs'.
This is the same new intermediate route of 21.6 miles first used in 2016.
The route goes over the moor to Walshaw then back towards the start before taking in a section over Thornton Moor. It is a challenging mix of tracks, trails and minor roads, but not as intense as the Charlotte and the Heathcliff.
This 13.1-mile route goes up the upper part of Stairs Lane over the moor to Walshaw village then back to the finish. It is a challenging mix of tracks, trails and minor roads, but not as intense as the other routes.
While suitable for the family and children who have ridden across this type of terrain and landscape before, there are some sections where less experienced and fit riders might need to dismount. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
- Heathcliff, Charlotte and Emily routes - 9.00am
- Anne route - 9.30am
All routes start and finish at Oxenhope Recreation Ground.
All participants will receive a medal and a well-earned complementary hot meal at the finish.
Sign up for the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge 2019
The Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge is sponsored by our friends at All Terrain Cycles.
Frequently asked questions about the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge
Is there parking available at the event?
There will be parking at the start point at Oxenhope Community Centre.
What should I wear?
Please wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions of the day and be aware that conditions can change quickly. Helmets are compulsory. Waterproofs, spare socks, a bivvy bag and whistles are recommended.
When does registration open on the day?
Registration opens at 8.00am and you will receive your participant number here. Please arrive no later than 40 minutes before your start time.
Can I use my eBike?
Yes – we are happy to accept eBikes in the event.
What are the full terms and conditions of this event?
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 is doing so as the leader of a family team. It is the duty of the team leader to notify the other team members of these terms and conditions and that the leader has signed them on behalf of their own team. The team leader must further ensure that all team members agree and accept that their participation in the event is governed by these terms and conditions. On the day of the event any members over the age of 18 who have not ticked the box during entry will be asked to sign next to their name to say that they agree to the terms and conditions. Any team member who does not so accept these terms should be withdrawn from the event.
- 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 each 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. On the day of the event any members over the age of 18 who have not ticked the box during entry will be asked to sign next to their name to say that they agree to the terms and conditions.
The Anne Route is suitable for all ages though riders aged 11 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. Parents must be confident that their child/children has/have a good level of road safety awareness and bike control over bumpy ground.
For the Heathcliff, Charlotte and Emily routes, riders must be 14 years of age or above on the day of the event.
Anyone under 16 yrs old must have their entry form signed by a parent/guardian and must abide by the rules. Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied throughout the event by an adult over 18.
It is the parent/guardian's 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 over bumpy ground.
All riders must wear a safety helmet
The entry fee for the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge is non-transferable and non-refundable. Sue Ryder reserves the right to change the routes ahead of the day but if it does it will notify all participants who have signed up by that point of the changes and allow them to change their selected route. In addition, due to unexpected health and safety reasons on the day, the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge 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 time.
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.
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 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 Mountain Bike Challenge 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.
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 Mountain Bike Challenge 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 Mountain Bike Challenge 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 Mountain Bike Challenge 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 Mountain Bike Challenge are paid to Sue Ryder within 6 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 that 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 must abide by AT ALL TIMES the Highway Code and traffic laws and with the instructions of police/marshals around the course, including stopping if necessary.
Participants agree to ride safely with the consideration of others and also declare that their cycle is well maintained and in good working order.
Participants agree also to follow the instructions given by the event officials on the day and abide by the following rules:
- 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.
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 our registration form or submitting an online entry, you agree to Sue Ryder using your personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes outlined above.