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My Struggle: First Finisher Tom Denwood

My Struggle: First Finisher Tom Denwood

Stopping the clock at a jaw-dropping 5 hours 40 minutes, this dad of four with a heavy work schedule explains how time-efficient training helped him conquer The Struggle. 

Struggle Dales sportive first finisher Tom Denwood

Bike-Life Balance

My cycling passion comes a clear third after my family (patient wife and four kids) and a very busy work life that has me travelling from Harrogate to London for a few days every week.

I’ve been a keen cyclist since the age of 13 with a brief appearance for Team GB MTBing as a 17 year old. 2016 was a great and varied...


My Struggle: Woman with Will

My Struggle: Woman with Will

It’s Rachael's story that sticks in our minds here at Struggle HQ. We often recall Rachael to encourage anxious procrastinators whose curser hovers over the enter button. Here full-time solicitor and mum of two tells us why anyone with strong will can complete the Struggle.  

Rachael Bateman on the finish line of Struggle Dales

Image: Rachael on the Struggle Dales finish line with her club mates

Do I, Don't I?

“I had lots of pre-event nerves and was regularly making the decision not to start the sportive as it’s only for the faster cyclists. Well, it’s not!”...


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...