Training Tips: White Horse Bank Cycling Climb

This famous cycling climb, adorned with a giant white horse on the hillside, is an iconic North York Moors landmark that can be seen for miles across Yorkshire. It's an ideal finale for our new Struggle Moors.

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White Horse Bank is the cycle-friendly alternative route up Sutton Bank avoiding climbing on the A170. That said, there's nothing remotely friendly about White Hose Bank, especially when you've got 92 hilly miles in your legs. 

But White Horse Bank really is your final ascent. You can leave it all on the road and roll back down to Duncombe Park for a celebratory Cold Bath Beer.

Gliding Up    

Unfortunately we've saved one of the worst until last! White Horse Bank is tough (11% average with pitches of 17%). Strava has the White Horse Bank KOM at 5:40 and QOM at 7:07.

The climb snakes you through the woodland over broken tarmac; a similar ascent to Hartwith Bank on Struggle Dales. 

There's a steep section at the bottom, then little respite throughout the middle third, but it's the final right-hand corner that could see you unclip. Dig in to the Gliding Club as it's all downhill from there. 

... Read the Full Struggle Moors Climb Guide>> 

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Have you ridden White Horse Bank? Let us know what you think of the climb in the comments section below. 

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