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Preparing for a Struggle Sportive: 2 Weeks to Go

Preparing for a Struggle Sportive: 2 Weeks to Go

2 Weeks to Go!

Whether you're aiming for Gold or simply aiming to get round this gruelling Yorkshire sportive, here are a few things you should be thinking about with two weeks to go a Struggle sportive. 

Preparing for a sportive

1. Decrease your Distance

If you’re serious about the time you cross the finish line on an epic Struggle Yorkshire sportive, this week should mark the start of your taper.  Your taper is the freshening-up period...


Free Beer For Clubs

Free Beer For Clubs

Here are Struggle HQ we believe riding is more fun as a team - and those who stick together should drink together. So we're offering clubs the chance to nab their finish line beer on us. Here's how...

Cold Bath Beer

Sportive Beer On Us

To celebrate the launch of new local brewer Cold Bath Brewing Co, who will be selling their refreshing summery beer at Struggle Dales finish line, the first three clubs (four riders in matching jerseys) to make it over the Struggle Dales finish line and to the bar will get...


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...