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Annie Simpson: Top Tips for Work-Bike Balance

Annie Simpson: Top Tips for Work-Bike Balance

Training for an epic 100 miler sportive is hard enough when you’re squeezing in turbo sessions around office hours. For Trek Drops Professional Cyclist Annie Simpson, keeping her fitness to UCI bike-race level isn’t easy when working full-time as a sports nutritionist at OTE Sports. Here’s Annie’s tips for max training gains in minimal hours. 

Annie Simpson

1. Train at Lunch

“At lunchtime it's always intervals for me. I try and vary these from week to week to make sure I'm training all areas. Some are 10 minutes, others are much shorter. My favourite is a pyramid...


Eleanor Haresign: How to avoid and manage pre-sportive injury

Eleanor Haresign: How to avoid and manage pre-sportive injury

Professional Ironman athlete Eleanor Haresign is no stranger to the highs and lows of cycling. Following a successful rise through the Pro Ironman ranks, Eleanor nursed mystery injuries until finally being diagnosed with a large cartilage tear in her hip. Here Eleanor provides her top tips for avoiding injury as a long-distance cyclists and managing pre-sportive niggles.

Eleanor Haresign

1. Prevention not Cure

“It's very easy to do no (p)rehab when you are injury free, as it seems unnecessary.  Whilst I was always good at doing stretching and using the foam roller, they weren't enough on their own...


Jessica Learmonth: How to Beast your Bike Training - Even in Bad Weather

Jessica Learmonth: How to Beast your Bike Training - Even in Bad Weather

With a 2nd place already under her belt this year at the World Triathlon Series Opener in Abu Dhabi, this ITU Pro Triathlete and Yorkshire Lady maxed-out her winter miles on the bike. Here’s Jessica’s tips for foul-weather sportive training.

Jessica Learmonth

1. Get Your Kit Choice Bang On

“My go-to kit for a long ride in bad weather is neoprene gloves and overshoes if its wet. I love my Assos 851 winter jacket.  I also wear chunky winter boots - they look terrible but are worth it. I always wear a Buff - either on my head to keep...


Can you do The Struggle Double? This Girl Can!

Can you do The Struggle Double? This Girl Can!

Anneleen Bosma is one of the first riders to join the Struggle Double crew having completed the two hardest Yorkshire sportives in the same season. Wondering if you can do the Struggle Double? Find out how Anneleen rates Struggle Dales against Struggle Moors here.

Anneleen Bosma rides hardest Yorkshire sportives

Why Do The Struggle Double?

“I was really terrible at riding up hills; I’m from the Netherlands and we don't have hills there after all! I was always the last one to get to the top, so at the end of 2016 I decided I wanted to improve...


Henrietta Colborne: How to Climb Stronger - and Quicker

Henrietta Colborne: How to Climb Stronger - and Quicker

Henrietta completed Struggle Dales as part of her training for the Tour de Yorkshire pro women’s race. Now racing professionally on the continent, Henrietta explains how you can improve your climbing in the lead up to our hilly Yorkshire sportives. 

Henrietta Colborne

1. Set Tough Goals

“The majority of my racing in 2017 was in Holland and Belgium - a few lumps here and there but no 20 km climbs! At the end of 2017 I raced Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche; a 5-day stage race in the South of France. It included 30 km+ climbs in 30 degree...