Struggle Winter Climb Challenge: Malham Cove

Stunning scenery and tough training; you could do no better than head out to Malham this winter to enjoy the views and road-test your climbing legs.  

We're challenging you to the gradients of Malham Cove, climb 4 of Struggle Dales Yorkshire sportive. But before you roll out, read our rundown of this epic ascent...

Malham Cove Climb on Yorkshire sportive The Struggle


Location: mile 38; Distance: 1.1 miles; Elevation gain: 544ft; Gradient: 9% avg. Malham Cove on Strava


After the first Struggle Dales feed station there's one of our favourite sections of road to enjoy, passing through quaint Yorkshire villages and nipping between twisty drystone walls, en route to Malham Cove.  

Malham Cove rises up steeply from the popular walkers village of Malham. The road narrows and any oncoming traffic leaves little chance of using the width of the road to iron out the harsh ascent.

The gradient eases, offering you the chance to catch your breath and take in the stunning views of Malham Cove - if you're not too busy chewing your stem. 

The tarmac then ramps up as you approach a 90 degree turn. Here's where you'll need to dig deep and use your arms to pull yourself over this steepest of sections. Past this, you can sit down and pedal the final false flat to the cattle grid at the top.


Don't be fooled by pressing on over the newly tarmacked road and the gradual descent through the stunning scenery of Malham Moor. You'll soon see the imposing mini-alpine pass snaking up the other side of the Moor.

With a 20% steep section at the bottom and the sharp hairpin at the top, this second climb catches out many Struggle Dales riders. That said, it's short and sharp. So get out of the saddle, push hard on the pedals and prepare yourself for the awesome descent on the other side.


Fancy a reconnaissance ride over Malham Cove? Tag @struggleevents in your pictures on the top of this epic climb and we'll send you some matching Struggle Bidons. 


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