The Bronte Sportive, organised by the Manorlands cycling events group in partnership with Queensbury Queens of the Mountain Cycling Club, is a challenging cycling event in the heart of the West Yorkshire Pennines.
A choice of four distances
As in previous years, there will be four routes to suit all abilities: Anne (29.2 miles), Emily (50.3 miles), Charlotte (74.5 miles) and Heathcliff (93.1 miles). Though by no means the longest sportive, the Heathcliff route, also known as the Bronte Monster, is recognised as being mile for mile one of the toughest sportives in the UK.
Everyone who takes part in the Bronte Sportive and has a Garmin-type device or smartphone with Strava will be automatically entered into the Chris Mitchell Memorial Hill Climb.
The climb, which is 600m in length and climbs 50m in elevation, takes place on a segment of the sportive route in Haworth from the Bridge at Bridgehouse Lane, across the cobbles of the iconic Main Street and ending outside the Black Bull pub.
Chris Mitchell was cared for both at home and in Manorlands Hospice by Sue Ryder before he passed away in late 2018. His wife Miki is keen to repay Sue Ryder for the fantastic care they provided Chris so she has inspired her friends at the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain Cycling Club to come on board and bring new enthusiasm and a ladies' touch to the Bronte Sportive.
"Chris enjoyed a challenge and would have liked the idea of the hill climb to add a new twist to a great day," she says.
We'd love you to fundraise
There is no obligation for participants to fundraise but we are grateful to those who do. 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.
Start and cut-off times
The event starts and finishes at the Leeds City College Keighley Campus. Charlotte and Heathcliff riders will set off in waves between 7.30am and 9.00am, while those doing the Emily and Anne routes can set off between 8.30am and 9.30am.
Any riders who have not reached the feed station at Carleton by 2.00pm will be diverted onto the Anne route and will follow the 10.2-mile route back to the finish. The finish area will remain open until 6.00pm.
Check out the routes
- Anne – 29.2 miles
- Emily – 50.3 miles
- Charlotte – 74.5 miles
- Heathcliff (also known as the Bronte Monster) – 93.1 miles
Can't attend on the day? You can still earn a medal in your own time
A number of supporters have expressed an wish to earn one of the fantastic medals from the Bronte Sportive this year but they cannot attend.
As a result, we are allowing people to do their Bronte Sportive or other challenge in their own time, send us in their result and we'll post out their medal after 21st July.
To register for this option, please select the 'virtual' or 'other challenge' options when you reach the route options during the registration process.
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Frequently asked questions about the Manorlands Bronte Sportive
Is there parking available at the event?
Yes, parking is available at Leeds City College Keighley Campus, Bradford Road, Keighley, BD21 4HQ.
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.
Will there be feed stations en route?
Yes - water, energy gels and snacks will be provided at the New Delight Inn, Hebden Bridge; The Swan Inn, Carleton; and a venue in Ilkley yet to be confirmed. The distance these are at for each route are as follows:
- Anne: The Swan Inn at 18.6 miles
- Emily: The Swan Inn at 18.6 miles and Ilkley at 35.9 miles
- Charlotte: The New Delight Inn at 27.3 miles, The Swan Inn at 42.87 miles, and Ilkley at 60 miles.
- Heathcliffe: The New Delight Inn at 36 miles, The Swan Inn at 61.4 miles and Ilkley at 78.9 miles.
What are the rules of the event?
- 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 (this is 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.
What's the refund policy?
Refunds will not be offered unless the event is cancelled. Tickets are non-transferable. If you can no longer make the event, please get in contact to let us know.
What are the full terms and conditions of the 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 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 50.3 (Emily), 74.5 (Charlotte) and 93.1-mile (Heathcliff) routes, riders must be 14 years of age or above on the day of the event.
The 23-mile Anne route is suitable for all ages, but 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 five 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 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. 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, 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 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.
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.
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 registering online, you agree to Sue Ryder using your personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes outlined above. Learn more at www.sueryder.org/privacy.
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