Struggle

Top Turbo Session: How to Improve your Aerobic Capacity

Top Turbo Session: How to Improve your Aerobic Capacity

Top Physiologist Craig Stevenson talks us through his tough turbo training session to increase maximal sustainable pace and get you riding faster for longer.

Craig Stevenson providing his top turbo session to train for a sportive

“Winter is the perfect time to focus on improving weaker areas of performance,” says Craig who heads up performance testing and coaching at the OTE Performance Centre in Leeds and has developed his own online training software Vitfor.

“With a sportive like the Struggle in the Yorkshire hills - with lots of long, sustained climbs - having the ability to sustain a higher...


The truth about tapering for a sportive

The truth about tapering for a sportive

Sharpening the pencil in the lead up to a sportive allows us the best possible chance of clocking up an awesome time. But could tapering for a sportive limit our fitness potential? We ask the expert...

Craig Stevenson talking about how to taper for a sportive

Head Physiologist and Coach at OTE Performance Centre and Founder of VitFor personalised online training, Craig Stevenson said: “Tapering can be more individual than most people think. It is something you need to practice to try and find the sweet spot for volume,...


Struggle Moors First Finisher's Story: Jimmy Parvin

Struggle Moors First Finisher's Story: Jimmy Parvin

Struggle Moors first finisher Jimmy Parvin

Although looking longingly at his friend's 32 cassette, Jimmy powered himself over the North Yorkshire Moors' steepest climbs to become first finisher. “If you’re looking for the hardest sportive challenge surely there’s very few in the UK that can rival Struggle Moors,” says Jimmy. Discover how Jimmy gets fit for the sportive season and paces the epic routes.

From Zero to All Go!

I bought my first road bike on the Cycle 2 Work scheme six years ago and began life as a cyclist as a commuter. Soon enough I was riding...


My Struggle: Riding for Carl

My Struggle: Riding for Carl

Struggle Dales was a very personal struggle for Joe Dobinson and his Yorkshire bunch of cycling comrades. Find out how they fared...

Charity sportive bike ride

We lost a dear friend Carl to a Motor Cross accident who later passed away in Hospital.

A few of Carls friends are cyclists. With the sport being so accessible we decided that riding to Paris would be a great challenge in his memory. I decided to raise money for North West Air Ambulance but in the process set ourselves a hard challenge.


To achieve our end goal of getting to Paris we set hard challenges...