Saddle up for the Bronte Sportive in support of our Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire. There are routes for all abilities, including - if you dare - the 93-mile Heathcliffe also known as the Bronte Monster.
Following the latest advice from the Government about limiting social contact, Sue Ryder has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all fundraising events with immediate effect.
Subsequently, for this year's Bronte Sportive, we will be monitoring the situation over the coming weeks and confirm the event date as soon as we can.
Please know how grateful we are to you for providing such amazing support to Sue Ryder. We rely on your valuable contributions and are as disappointed as you will be that so many fundraising activities cannot go ahead, at least for now.
We will be in touch with updates for the Manorlands Bronte Sportive 2020 as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice Fundraising Team on 01535 640 430 or by email on email@example.com for further information.
The Bronte Sportive is organised by the Manorlands cycling events group along with our Partners the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain Ladies Cycling Club. It is a challenging cycling event in the heart of 'Bronte Country' in the West Yorkshire Pennines but also includes some of the best of the Yorkshire Dales and even a small section within Lancashire.
Our 11th event, which is sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, will take place on Sunday 19th July 2020.
Routes for all abilities
For 2020, there will be six routes to suit all abilities: The 93.3 mile Heathcliff route known as the Bronte Monster, is recognised as being mile for mile one of the toughest sportives in the UK. Charlotte is the second longest route at 74.3 miles. Emily is 50.3 miles and the Anne route is 29.2 miles. Two new routes are launched for 2020 with Branwell at 24.3 miles being a shorter and flatter version of the Anne and Patrick is a new 9.9 mile route. All six routes take in the iconic Haworth Main Street in the village the Brontes lived.
The Chris Mitchell Memorial Hill Climb will again feature in this year’s event for riders in all six routes who use Strava.
There is also the option to do the Virtual Bronte Sportive again this year. We ask that participants who would like to pick this option complete their ride within the month of July 2020.
View maps of the routes
- Patrick - 9.9 miles
- Branwell - 24.3 miles
- Anne – 29.2 miles
- Emily – 50.3 miles
- Charlotte – 74.5 miles
- Heathcliff (also known as the Bronte Monster) – 93.3 miles
Fundraising and sponsorship
There is no obligation for participants to fundraise but obviously 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 Keighley College and riders will set off in waves.
Riders in the two longest routes (Charlotte or Heathcliff) can set off between 7.30am and 8.30am. Riders doing the four shorter routes (Emily, Anne and Branwell) can set off between 8.00am and 9.15am. The Patrick Riders will set off at 9:15am.
Sign up for the Bronte Sportive 2020
Partners and sponsors
The Bronte Sportive 2020 is sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, Queensbury Queens of the Mountain and Keighley College.
Frequently asked questions about the Bronte Sportive
Is there parking available at the event?
Yes, parking is available at Keighley College, 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. Waterproof clothing, spare socks and bivvy bags are also recommended.
Will there be feed stations en route?
Yes - water, energy gels and snacks will be provided at feed stations along each route.
Are there age limits for different routes?
Yes. 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 29.2 mile (Anne), 23.7 mile (Branwell) and 9.9 miles (Patrick) 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 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.
Are there event rules? What is the refund policy, and full terms and conditions?
Rules of Entry
- 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
Terms and Conditions
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 29.2 mile (Anne), 23.7 mile (Branwell) and 9.9 mile (Patrick) 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 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, 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 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 clicking on the on-line entry, you agree to Sue Ryder using your personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes outlined above.