We all know Huddersfield’s famous hills.

But now cyclists from across the country have found at at first hand just how tough it is to get up some of them on two wheels.

Brighouse Wood Lane poses a tough test for the cyclists

They descended on the area today to take part in the fifth running of the Ronde Van Calderdale.

A representative from British Cycling once voiced the opinion that the ride is the toughest sportive in Britain. That was the challenge thrown out by the organisers from Kirklees Cycling Academy and some 350 riders took up the cudgel.

Cyclists competing on the 75 mile circuit ride descend Brookfoot Lane, Elland on the way to the event finish at Roberttown.

Many were from recognised cycling clubs such as Huddersfield Star Wheelers, Condor RC in Calderdale, Valley Striders and Holmfirth Cycling Club but many more were just up for one of the toughest rides in the country.

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The riders set off in staggered groups from Spen Valley Sports College in Roberttown for the 75-mile ride, which was expected to take more than five hours to complete.

Hard work up Brighouse Wood Lane. Picture by Matt Allen

The riders followed a route which took them along Leeds Road, Bradley Road and Lindley Moor Road to Outlane and then included a massive loop around Scammonden and Deanhead.

That was followed by a route through Slaithwaite and Golcar before sweeping back down into Brighouse and then out through some of the stunning Calderdale countryside before the race back to Robertttown.

Hard challenge up Brighouse Wood Lane. Picture by Matt Allen

But it wasn’t as pleasant as it sounds, even though the fine weather brought out many spectators along the way.

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One of the organisers said: “The ride features very testing climbs on both cobbles and Tarmac road sections in and around Calderdale and Huddersfield.

Cyclcist taking part in the Ronde Van calderdale. Picture by Matt Allen

“There are three significant climbs to test the skills, stamina and endurance of every rider, with great scenery along the way.

“These are routes that have brought riders back each year along with their buddies where riders stop and cheer each other up climbs, then remount and hit the next climbs to keep the camaraderie going.”

A tough climb up Brighouse Wood Lane

He added: “This is a unique event in the UK sportive calendar, and all proceeds go to help develop riders from Kirklees Cycling Academy.

“Five of our riders, all members of British Cycling, were selected for the Olympic Development Apprenticeship in October 2014, and we have made further investments in coaching resources, infrastructure and subsidised coaching sessions to assist more riders to achieve their potential.”