Dear Struggle Dales Rider,
It is with our heads in our hands that we write to inform you we have taken the decision to defer Struggle Dales until 23rd May 2021.
British Cycling has further extended the suspension of all road cycling events on public highways. Couple this with the rise in Covid-19 cases in Yorkshire and new lockdown restrictions being imposed in parts of the region, we believe this is the best decision for the safety of our riders, the event delivery team and the Yorkshire community.
As both an event company and provider of mass participation cycling events, we fall under the bracket of mass gatherings which is still forbidden by Government. We are also obliged to adhere to British Cycling’s advice - led by Government consultation.
While it may feel like life is beginning to resemble some sort of normality, unfortunately at Struggle HQ the pandemic still has us at a standstill.
To provide clarity, here are the various influences that have led us to defer Struggle Dales to 2021:
- British cycling has extended the suspension of all road cycling events on public highways including sportives until the end of August; with a further review at the end of the month.
- With this in mind, we cannot provide enough notice for rider’s who have booked accommodation that would need to cancel their booking, or for rider’s who have not yet booked accommodation and may struggle to do so last minute.
- The number of cases of Covid-19 has risen in Yorkshire and new lockdown restrictions have been brought in across parts of the region.
- Social distancing measures will put severe restrictions on the event, thus not providing the exceptional quality of rider support we strive to uphold or providing you value for money; there would be no finish village, no food or drink vendors at the finish, feed stations would be severely limited, family and friends would be discouraged from spectating along the route and would not be permitted to enter the start/finish venue, riding groups would be restricted to no more than six.
- We must be mindful of the perception of cycling by the general public and do not want to damage both Struggle Events’ reputation and the future running of both Struggle sportives and all other road cycling events which run on public roads.
- Riders come from across the country to take part in Struggle Dales. We have a duty of care to the local community, which we must uphold to ensure the future running of the event. It would also be irresponsible to invite riders to an area of the country where lockdown restrictions have recently been tightened.
What you need to do:
Your entry will be automatically transferred to Struggle Dales on 23rd May 2021. You do not need to do anything at this stage.
You also have the option to transfer your entry to Struggle Moors on 4th July 2021. Please contact us to transfer your entry to Struggle Moors.
We are not in a position to offer a refund, as per our T&Cs in the footer of our website and in your confirmation email.
Struggle Dales | Now Postposed to 23rd May 2021
Struggle Moors | Now Postposed to 4th July 2021
Struggle Dales 2021:
Please don’t be disheartened! Here at Struggle HQ we plan to use this time to organise bigger and even better events in 2021.
We thank you for your continued support and ask you to encourage your fellow riders to sign up to a Struggle in 2021. Pre-Registration is now open and entries will go live on Friday 1st November 2020. We plan to increase the capacity for 2021. Therefore, with the number of riders already signed up, alongside an influx of new riders for 2021, next year’s events are not to be missed!
Please share: Pre-register now at www.ridethestruggle.com.