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Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge returns to support Manorlands

A charity bike challenge taking place next month will see participants tackle local routes ranging from 12 to 36 miles.

After a break of over two years because of the pandemic, the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge will once again return to Oxenhope on Sunday 10th April, with all proceeds going to support Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Starting and finishing at Oxenhope Community Centre, participants have the choice of four routes, all of which are suitable for mountain bikes, gravel bikes, cyclo-cross bikes and e-bikes. Each route is Bronte-themed, as participants travel through the same landscape that inspired their world-famous novels.

The Heathcliff route is the longest at 36.1 miles with a 4509ft cumulative climb, followed by the Charlotte (27.7 miles) and Emily (22.2 miles). The Anne route (12.6 miles) is the shortest and recommended for families and relative beginners.

Organised by the Manorlands Cycling Events Fundraising Group, the challenge is once again sponsored by the hospice’s long-term cycling event partner All Terrain Cycles of Saltaire. This year, Pure Residential Letting Specialists of Keighley have also been announced as a new sponsor.

The last Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge in 2019 saw over 200 participants use their pedal power, raising over £9,000. There is no obligation for participants to fundraise, but any money they do raise will help Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice to continue to be there when it matters - providing compassionate palliative care to people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their loved ones.

Andrew Wood, Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, said: “This is always a very popular event and we’re so excited to finally welcome riders back to the start line again after an extended postponement due to COVID-19. There are a range of routes to suit all standards of riders, so we hope lots of people will sign up and join us for a day of fun, fresh air and spectacular views - all while raising funds for a good cause.”

Everyone who takes part will receive a cycling water bottle donated by Pure Residential Letting Specialists and a well-earned hot meal at the finish line.

To find out more about the event, or to register, visit sueryder.org/brontemtb

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