Cyclists are being urged to saddle up in aid of Manorlands.

The third Bronte Sportive, offering bike rides ranging from under five to 88 miles, takes place on Sunday, July 15.

The event, which starts and finishes at the Keighley campus of Leeds City College, is designed to cater for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Elite rider Ben Wood, of sponsor All Terrain Cycles, said the 88-mile Bronte Monster route was one of the toughest and most under-estimated in Yorkshire.

“It includes 21 amazing climbs where 20 per cent gradients really take it out of you,” he said. “It’s the Yorkshire version of the Fred Whitton challenge and supports a great local charity. I dare any cyclist to take up the challenge – see you on the start line.”

Manorlands events fundraiser Andrew Wood stressed that despite the gruelling nature of the longest route, the day was suitable for all.

“This really is a fun cycling event that everyone with a bike can get involved in,” he said.

“The shortest Bronte Sportive route is just 4.8 miles, only £5 to enter and has the excitement of participants pacing themselves against a Worth Valley Railway train from Keighley Station to Oxenhope. Last year four riders beat the train, which took 19 minutes.

“Routes of 24, 43 and 65 miles are also available in an effort to cater for all abilities.”

An early bird offer of £20 entry for the four longer routes runs until tomorrow, after which it will be £25. All participants receive a barbecue meal and medal at the finish.

Among those supporting the event is Ilkley Cycling Club, following its hugely successful White Rose Classic Sportive on June 17.

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