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Struggle Dales: 18 Reasons to Ride one of the hardest sportives

Struggle Dales: 18 Reasons to Ride one of the hardest sportives

Outside being one of the UK's hardest sportives, Struggle Dales combines excellent organisation with detailed riders considerations to make it one of the best sportives out there.

Struggle Dales riders aspire to achieve against this challenging parcours - then come back year on year to smash their PR. Struggle Dales is a sportive for cyclists - by cyclists - with an awesome atmosphere created not just by our friendly team but by our like-minded returning riders who we love to see on the start line year on year. Here's our non-exhaustive list of why we believe Struggle Dales has become an iconic sell-out Yorkshire sportive. 


YouTuber Katie Kookaburra Reviews Struggle Dales

YouTuber Katie Kookaburra Reviews Struggle Dales

YouTuber Katie Kookaburra smashed Struggle Dales! Well done girl! Check out Katie's awesome review of Struggle Dales sportive where she conquered the 'cheeky monkey' Park Rash and battled the head wind - eating just bananas it sounds!

Subscribe to Katie's channel and check out here story and videos. Find out more and register for Struggle Dales


What to do in Harrogate the day before Struggle Dales

What to do in Harrogate the day before Struggle Dales

If you're heading to our Struggle Dales Express Sign-on, make the most of your day in Harrogate with our insider tips on what to do in Harrogate the day before the Struggle Dales Sportive. 

What to do in Harrogate for cyclists

Drink Coffee

At Struggle HQ we love our coffee and in our opinion the best place for a brew in Harrogate is Hoxton North. What’s more, this trendy brunch bar does an awesome bacon, eggs and avocado on sourdough.

They stop serving food at 3pm and in the evening turn into a casual bar. Here you can grab a


Struggle Dales Spectator Guide

Struggle Dales Spectator Guide

Here's Struggle HQ's pick of the best hilltops and cafe stops for your cheering fan club. Read below to find the best places to park, how to spectate safely - and the all-important cafe opening times...

Struggle Dales Sportive Spectator Guide

Greenhow Hill

You’ll find parking just before the summit of the climb at Coldstones Cut car park. There’s a picnic bench where you can enjoy a flask of coffee overlooking the stunning scenery while waiting for your rider to summit this notorious climb.

Toft Gate Barn 

Open Sunday 9am - 4pm

Located just before the KOM,...


Struggle Dales Sportive Nutrition Map

Struggle Dales Sportive Nutrition Map

Nutrition sponsor OTE Sports have devised a comprehensive, mile-by-mile nutrition map to ensure you're rolling back into Harrogate as energised as you rolled out - well almost. OTE Sports Nutritionist Annie Simpson reports...

sportive fuelling plan by OTE

BREAKFAST

Start the day with a high-carbohydrate breakfast. We suggest a large bowl of porridge made with milk, a sprinkle of raisins and a drizzle of honey. Try to consume this around 2-3 hours before the start.

EN ROUTE TO THE START

Did you know just 2% loss of body weight due...