Struggle Dales Sportive in Yorkshire
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Sunday 23rd May 2021!
Struggle Dales is one of the UK's hardest sportives, set in the beautiful but brutal Yorkshire Dales landscape. The renowned Struggle Dales Yorkshire sportive isn't one to be taken lightly, but with prior training, grit and guts it's achievable for almost any ambitious road cyclists.
All Struggle sportives are run for cyclists - by cyclists! From caffeine gels for your final push home and pork pies when you've had enough of sweet energy bars, to a mechanical hotline and sag wagon support and encouragement marshals willing you up the major climbs... and much more...
About Struggle Dales Sportive
This iconic Yorkshire sportive begins in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire; making it an ideal weekend break for you and your support crew. The epic Yorkshire sportive takes riders over 108 miles of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain. The tough sportive route has claimed cult status nationwide, with riders travelling hundreds of miles year after year to tackle the gruelling challenge again and again. Cycling Weekly reviewed it as: "One of the best sportive events in the UK."
The Struggle Dales sportive route is 108 miles long, taking in 9430ft over seven climbs set within North Yorkshire’s stunning scenery along the region’s best cycling roads.
Although there’s some challenging uphill segments, there’s plenty of fun segments too. Illustration by Loopie
BEDLAM: Location: mile 5; Distance: 0.6 miles; Elevation gain: 281ft; Steepness: 8% avg. Bedlam on Strava
HARTWITH BANK: Location: mile 10; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 458ft; Gradient: 11% avg. Hartwith Bank on Strava
GREENHOW HILL: Location: mile 15; Distance: 2.4 miles; Elevation gain: 934ft; Gradient: 7% avg. Greenhow on Strava
MALHAM COVE: Location: mile 38; Distance: 1.1 miles; Elevation gain: 544ft; Gradient: 9% avg. Malham Cove on Strava
PARK RASH: Location: mile 52; Distance: 1.2 miles; Elevation gain: 684ft; Gradient: 10% avg. Park Rash on Strava
TRAPPING HILL: Location: mile 80; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 369ft; Gradient: 9% avg. Trapping Hill on Strava
TWO STOOPS: Location: mile 94; Distance: 1.6 miles; Elevation gain: 680ft; Gradient: 7% avg. Two Stoops on Strava
Struggle provides Maurten nutrition to offer optimal fuel at feeds throughout the route, ensuring you’re taking in what you need - when you need it most.
FEED 1: Cracoe, 30 miles: Maurten gels, Maurten energy powder, Veloforte bars, bananas
WATER STATION: Kettlewell, 51 miles: Maurten gels, Maurten energy powder, Veloforte bars, bananas
FEED 2: Ferby, 77 miles: Maurten caffeine gels, Maurten energy powder, Veloforte bars, bananas, Vale of Mowbray pork pies
Arriving back at Struggle sportive HQ, the atmosphere is alive with post-ride banter and cheers of accomplishment. There's gourmet food vendors, a barista bar and plenty of beer on sale to allow riders to relax with a must-deserved pint and burger while checking their chip time and cheering in their friends, club mates and fellow Strugglers.
Struggle Dales is a timed event, providing a great personal challenge you can chip away at year on year to smash an annual PR for the course. Chip times are available instantly at the finish upon crossing the line and emailed out once the last rider has completed the course. View the 2019 Struggle Dales Results here >>
We pride ourselves in offering free event photography for all riders. And these aren't your average event photos; our world class cycling events photographer captures you in an iconic Struggle style black and white shot cresting one of the toughest ascents and set against the best backdrops. So grit your teeth, give us your best pain face and create a shot worthy of a new bad-ass profile picture. View the 2019 Struggle Dales Photos here >>
"This was my first struggle event and won't be my last. It was superbly organised from the moment you sign up. They always keep you informed on things; tips on getting fit and what to expect of the ride. I thought the express sign on the day before is a brilliant idea that way you just turn up on the day and you're off after a very informative briefing. The feed 3 stations are very well equipped and stock to give you all the nutrition to get you through a very challenging ride. At every climb there's always someone there to encourage you or aid you in anyway they can. I met some really good people during the ride which is always nice too. I've already pre-registered for next year and are looking forward to it immensely. Nice touch at the finish aswell with a medal and bidon, big thumbs up to the whole event and struggle team." - Paul Elstone
"Struggle Events say #bringcourage and this was fair warning for this year's Struggle Dales. Over the whole 108 mile course, through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes of Yorkshire, including 10,500ft of climbing, this event is brutal! Unlike most sportives I see advertised in the UK there's no 'easy/medium/hard' options. Here it's a choice of do it. Or don't. The Struggle Events team offer comprehensive advice and information ranging from details of each majestic climb to training and nutrition. Their social media feeds (particularly Instagram) are full of inspiration to motivate you through the winter ensuring that you don't write a cheque that your legs can't cash! The three feed stations stocked with OTE products keep you fuelled. I had a brilliant day out and am really proud to have taken part in this event. I massively recommend this event and have already pre-registered for 2019." - Tom Newman
"Best sportive I've ridden so far, and that includes big ones like L'Etape Wales. This is a classy event that will test you, but leave you feeling like you've been part of something special. A real rider's ride, it is well organised and has a great spirit." - Alastair Cooper