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6 Things for Cyclists To Do On Snow Days

6 Things for Cyclists To Do On Snow Days

Is the Beast from the East holding you prisoner in your own home? Well here in Yorkshire we’re sticking two fingers up to the snow outside and maxing out our day indoors. Here’s Struggle HQ’s tips for our fellow trapped cyclists. 

Malham Cove on Struggle Dales Yorkshire Sportive

1. Watch the Worlds

With Kenny back in the saddle the World Track Champs is not to be missed. Catch yesterday’s re-runs on Eurosport 2. Tune in LIVE at 17:30pm on Eurosport 2, BBC Online or the Red Button to watch our friend Charlie Tanfield racing for Gold against Denmark in...


9 Rituals to Avoid Pre-sportive Illness

9 Rituals to Avoid Pre-sportive Illness

Here at Struggle HQ we’ve all been floored by bugs, viruses and infections this winter. With our Mallorca Training Camp on the horizon, we've re-addressed our rituals to ensure we’re battling bugs and re-engaging the body and mind post-lurgy. Here’s our tips to ensure you’re all fighting fit during your Struggle sportive training.

Tips to avoid illness for sportive riders

With training camps, sportives and road races just around the...


Turbo Training: High-intensity intervals

Turbo Training: High-intensity intervals

Zwift racing? Steady three hours (Netflix and chill)? Whatever indoor training you're doing to keep safe and sane over the icy months, make your turbo training count this winter by adding in quality top-end turbo sessions to boost your fitness leading up to the Struggle sportives in 2018.

Benefits of High-intensity Turbo Training?

Here at Struggle HQ we're advocates of getting the most training bang for our buck. HIIT (high intensity interval training) provides time-shy cyclists an anaerobic workout that increases cardiovascular capacity and is said to bring about physical adaptations in a shorter amount of time. 

High-intensity turbo training...


Unearth Hartwith Bank climb

Unearth Hartwith Bank climb

The Struggle sportive takes you off Yorkshire’s beaten track and over some of the most narrow, steep and unforgiving climbs. Here we talk you through what to expect when you tackle Hartwith Bank.

Hartwith Bank

Local Knowledge

After a warm-up over Bedlam Hill you’ll hit Hartwith Bank at mile 10, a climb not as forgiving as its precursor.

This secret segment is unknown to the outsider. But rather than shooting through Summerbridge on their way to tackle the infamous Greenhow Hill (which comes later), hardcore locals swing right behind the highstreet and straight up onto this hidden hill.

Out the Saddle

Hartwith...


How to improve your cadence

How to improve your cadence

Winter is the perfect time of year to focus your training on improving technique and iron out any bad habits. Team Struggle shares their top turbo session to help improve your leg cadence. 

How to improve your cadence

Up your Revs

Speeding up your leg cadence will help lower fatigue levels during those long hours of Struggle training and ensure that on 21st May you’ll hit those last climbs with looser legs.

Struggle's Matt said: "As a racing cyclist it's important for me to keep my legs as fresh as possible, especially throughout longer road races. I rely on my kick to...