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Coach Tom's Optimum Indoor Training Session

Coach Tom's Optimum Indoor Training Session

Our new Struggle Training Plan Coach Tom Townsend of Downing Cycling shares his optimum one-hour indoor training session, ideal for locked-down cyclists training for a Struggle. 

Cycling Coach Tom Townsend Downing Cycling

Tom’s Top Session

Tom said: “The climbs in Yorkshire are notorious for their undulating gradients featuring viciously steep sections. The ascents often ramp up to greater than 20% for prolonged periods; requiring all your fight just to keep the pedals turning.” 

“This massive effort will see you surging above your


How to Train for a Struggle in Lockdown

How to Train for a Struggle in Lockdown

Struggle training isn’t all about endless miles and epic elevation. Train smart for our 100 mile + Struggle sportive to stay safe and stay local. 

5 Best Training Ideas For a Snow Day

5 Best Training Ideas For a Snow Day

With lockdown already limiting our Struggle sportive training, now the epic snow dumped outside our front door has us well and truly confined to the indoors.

Here at Struggle HQ we’re sticking two fingers up to the white stuff and maxing out our indoor training. Here’s our top tips for training for a Struggle sportive on a snow day.

Malham Cove on Struggle Dales Yorkshire Sportive

1. Take a Test

It may not be a four-hour ride but we promise you an FTP test (Functional Threshold Power) will leave you lying on the...


Rider Reviews: Struggle Moors Route

Rider Reviews: Struggle Moors Route

We asked last year's gallant Struggle Moors' riders to review this super-tough sportive route. Read post-ride reviews of this monster parcours here... 

Byland Abbey on Struggle Moors sportive in Yorkshire Moors

Simon Plant 5*****“Pure evil.... evil genius”

“WOW, what an impressive route. Everything from sign-in, signage, staff and tech help at feed-stations, and helpful marshals to post-ride food/drink was impeccable.

“Putting Rosedale Chimney at the end was just pure evil.... evil genius. A ride I will remember and re-review for many years to come. Thanks to all organisers and staff who made it possible.”

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Cycling Weekly tackles Struggle Moors sportive route

Cycling Weekly tackles Struggle Moors sportive route

Rating it 10/10 for toughness, Cycling Weekly says: “Struggle The Moors is a test of mental and physical abilities. It will have you working hard up until the bitter end.” Read the full review here...

Cycling Weekly reviews Struggle Moors sportive in the North Yorkshire Moors

A masochistic march over the North York Moors

When you think of cycling in Yorkshire, it’s more than likely the Dales spring to mind, with narrow lanes flanked by drystone walls and quaint cafe stops. But head due...