The truth about tapering for a sportive

Sharpening the pencil in the lead up to a sportive allows us the best possible chance of clocking up an awesome time. But could tapering for a sportive limit our fitness potential? We ask the expert… Head Physiologist and Coach at OTE Performance Centre and Founder of VitFor personalised online training, Craig Stevenson said: “Tapering can be…

Struggle The Moors

The Yorkshire Dales are your rolling hills, your picturesque landscapes and your quaint cafe stops. The Yorkshire Moors are steeper, bleaker, more exposed and fearfully isolated. The Route Struggle The Moors sportive spans 110 miles and takes you over notoriously steep Yorkshire Moors climbs. To rub salt into the wounds, between your categorised climbs you’ll find…

Cycling Weekly reviews Struggle The Moors

Rating it 10/10 for toughness, Cycling Weekly says: “Struggle The Moors is a test of mental and physical abilities. It will have you working hard up until the bitter end.” Read Cycling Weekly’s Struggle The Moors review

Top Cycling Climb: Discover Malham Cove

Weave your way between the drystone walls, remembering to leave something in the tank for the later stage of this cruel climb of two halves. The Cove Road The Cove Road, as it’s known by locals, is the steeper of your two get-outs from the village of Malham. Ignore the righthand road inviting you to Malham Tarn and force…

Top Turbo Session: How to Improve your Aerobic Capacity

Top Physiologist Craig Stevenson talks us through his tough turbo training session to increase maximal sustainable pace and get you riding faster for longer. “Winter is the perfect time to focus on improving weaker areas of performance,” says Craig who heads up performance testing and coaching at the OTE Performance Centre in Leeds and has developed his own online…

Pro Annie Simpson: Why Mallorca makes the best training camp

Our OTE Training Camp nutritionist Annie Simpson heads to Mallorca ahead of our camp with her UCI Pro team Drops to discover why a training camp in Mallorca is perfect for day-in-day-out riding. This time last week I was climbing in a lined-out formation with my new teammates up The Orient climb in Mallorca. Belgian National TT…

My Struggle: Woman with will

It’s Rachael’s story that sticks in our minds here at Struggle HQ. We often recall Rachael to encourage anxious procrastinators whose curser hovers over the enter button. Here full-time solicitor and mum of two tells us why anyone with strong will can complete the Struggle.   Do I, Don’t I? “I had lots of pre-event…

8 Top tips to fuel your winter sportive training

OTE Sports Nutritionist Annie Simpson said: “Optimal fuelling when training – and recovering – in the winter go towards bigger training adaptations.” Here Annie takes us through her eight top tips to fuel your sportive training over the winter months. Step 1: Fuel your session The Struggle is one of the hardest sportives in the…

Order your Struggle cycling kit

New for 2017, we’ve teamed up with Paria, a cool cat, high-class, technical top-spec Yorkshire-based cycling apparel label. Drum roll please! Introducing our awesome new Struggle sportive kit now available to order… Jersey This isn’t your average sportive cycling kit. The aero tech jersey kit is made from quality Italian-sourced fabric and features coolmax sleeves, side panels…

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Cyclists 

To embark on the road to sportive readiness pick from our top New Year’s resolutions for cyclists and harness your willpower into becoming stronger, fitter and faster in 2017. 1. Shun Sugar Cutting out sugar is a great resolution for a sportive rider looking to lean up. But nowadays it’s much harder than simply cutting out…

Yorkshire Reliability Rides 2017

Test your fitness in the Hateful Eight Yorkshire Reliability Ride Series 2017, kicking off with The Struggle’s on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Check out all the Yorkshire Reliability Ride 2017 dates below… What is a reliability ride? The Yorkshire Reliability Rides are a long-established highlight to the counties cycling calendar. Originally set up as Ron’s Reliable Five, the…

The Mags review The Struggle

Journalists from Cycling Weekly and Cycling Plus ditch their desks for a press pass around The Struggle route. But how do they fare against our killer climbs? Cycling Weekly Upon return from their reccy Cycling Weekly tweet “…could taste blood in my mouth up Park Rash.” En route, Cycling Weekly experience typically unpredictable conditions, all four…

My Struggle: First Finisher Tom Denwood

Stopping the clock at a jaw-dropping 5 hours 40 minutes, this dad of four with a heavy work schedule explains how time-efficient training helped him conquer The Struggle.  Bike-Life Balance My cycling passion comes a clear third after my family (patient wife and four kids) and a very busy work life that has me travelling from…

How to improve your cadence

Winter is the perfect time of year to focus your training on improving technique and iron out any bad habits. Team Struggle shares their top turbo session to help improve your leg cadence.  Up your revs Speeding up your leg cadence will help lower fatigue levels during those long hours of Struggle training and ensure that…

Discover Hartwith Bank

The Struggle sportive takes you off Yorkshire’s beaten track and over some of the most narrow, steep and unforgiving climbs. Here we talk you through what to expect when you tackle Hartwith Bank. Local Knowledge After a warm-up over Bedlam Hill you’ll hit Hartwith Bank at mile 10, a climb not as forgiving as its precursor. This…

Join us for our Mallorca training camp

Train, rest, eat, repeat on our OTE Sports training camp. We’re bringing you the opportunity to up your Struggle training miles this winter somewhere warm, sunny and ice-free. Join us on 17th March at our training camp in Mallorca. The training camp will maximise your hours in the saddle while creating a hassle-free holiday so all you have…

The Struggle on ITV

Tune into ITV’s Countrywise on Friday 4th November to see Ben Fogle take on the Struggle sportive. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ben Fogle decides to take on the hills of our epic sportive in Yorkshire as part of a feature on Yorkshire cycling. Ben’s little experience of road cycling isn’t the…

Our Struggle: Riding for Carl

Our 2016 sportive was a very personal struggle for Joe Dobinson and his Yorkshire bunch of cycling comrades. Find out how they fared… We lost a dear friend Carl to a Motor Cross accident who later passed away in Hospital. A few of Carls friends are cyclists. With the sport being so accessible we decided that riding…

Chip times

Find your official Struggle finish time via Sports Timing Solutions here.  

Struggle Nutrition Map

Sports Nutritionist and Elite Cyclist Annie Simpson of OTE Sports has devised a comprehensive, mile-by-mile nutrition map to ensure you’re rolling back into Harrogate as energised as you rolled out – well almost. BREAKFAST Start the day with a high-carbohydrate breakfast. We suggest a large bowl of porridge made with milk, a sprinkle of raisins…