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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,...


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...