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Preparing for a Struggle Sportive: Part 1

3 Weeks to go!

The Tour de Yorkshire put on a brilliant display of pain and suffering, proving even the best riders in the world find Yorkshire hills a 'Struggle'. Give yourself every fighting chance on 27th May with our top tips to prepare for our Yorkshire sportive parcours.

How to Prepare for a hard sportive in Yorkshire

1. One Last Ton

This is your last chance to maximise the miles before starting your taper. Plan an epic route and hit some hills.

It's also the last chance to nail your sportive fuelling. TOP TIP: Don’t under-fuel - and certainly don’t bonk during your final training weeks! This will suppress your immune system, causing you to become susceptible to cold and illness. 

Fuel right to ensure you finish your final century feeling strong!  Ending your last long ride on a low will also knock your confidence for D-day. 

STOCK UP: Get your discount on OTE Sports nutrition using the code found in your Rider Manual.

2. Break in New Kit

With the sun finally showing it’s face - hallelujah - you’ll find yourself reaching for your long-lost shorts and jersey, only to find the summer kit looking a little warn.

If you’re in the market for new threads make sure you hit your local bike shop now, giving you plenty of time to break in a new chamois, soften up new shoes and generally get your layering combo right for long, all-day riding.    

3. Book your Digs

Struggle Dales attracts riders from across the country as far as Ireland, Jersey, Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands; all looking to book a bed on Saturday night.

Harrogate has a wealth of hotels and BnBs to suit all budgets, but with 1000 riders arriving en masse, now is the time to nab a good night's sleep.

4. Eat & Drink Clean

You’ll be deep into your endurance training and need all the calories you can get. But don't neglect your gut. Give it the attention it needs to help get the most out of your fuel on the day and in the lead up to the event.

Here at Struggle HQ we consume a daily dose of probiotics in yoghurt drink form and ditch quick-food fixes in favour of preparing healthy food to avoid putting any toxins into our bodies in the lead-up to a big event.

And if you’re serious about getting around Struggle Dales in the best possible shape then quit booze until you roll over the finish line. The cool Cold Bath Beer at the finish will taste even better. 

5. Kick-Start your Confidence 

You’ve trained hard and put in the miles, yet still the doubt creeps in. Head out on some old routes and classic climbs to see how you fare against previous times.

You should be hitting gold by racking up PRs, which will help boost your confidence leading up to the event.

Feeling fit? Why not line up your next epic goal? Sign up to Struggle Moors and continue your training ready for July 8th. Sign up to Struggle Moors here>>


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