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. “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…

Pro Annie Simpson: Why Mallorca makes the best training camp

Our OTE Training Camp nutritionist Annie Simpson heads to Mallorca ahead of our camp with her UCI Pro team Drops to discover why a training camp in Mallorca is perfect for day-in-day-out riding. This time last week I was climbing in a lined-out formation with my new teammates up The Orient climb in Mallorca. Belgian National TT…

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.   Do I, Don’t I? “I had lots of pre-event…

8 Top tips to fuel your winter sportive training

OTE Sports Nutritionist Annie Simpson said: “Optimal fuelling when training – and recovering – in the winter go towards bigger training adaptations.” Here Annie takes us through her eight top tips to fuel your sportive training over the winter months. Step 1: Fuel your session The Struggle is one of the hardest sportives in the…

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Cyclists 

To embark on the road to sportive readiness pick from our top New Year’s resolutions for cyclists and harness your willpower into becoming stronger, fitter and faster in 2017. 1. Shun Sugar Cutting out sugar is a great resolution for a sportive rider looking to lean up. But nowadays it’s much harder than simply cutting out…

Yorkshire Reliability Rides 2017

Test your fitness in the Hateful Eight Yorkshire Reliability Ride Series 2017, kicking off with The Struggle’s on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Check out all the Yorkshire Reliability Ride 2017 dates below… What is a reliability ride? The Yorkshire Reliability Rides are a long-established highlight to the counties cycling calendar. Originally set up as Ron’s Reliable Five, the…

The Mags review The Struggle

Journalists from Cycling Weekly and Cycling Plus ditch their desks for a press pass around The Struggle route. But how do they fare against our killer climbs? Cycling Weekly Upon return from their reccy Cycling Weekly tweet “…could taste blood in my mouth up Park Rash.” En route, Cycling Weekly experience typically unpredictable conditions, all four…

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.  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…

How to improve your cadence

Winter is the perfect time of year to focus your training on improving technique and iron out any bad habits. Team Struggle shares their top turbo session to help improve your leg cadence.  Up your revs Speeding up your leg cadence will help lower fatigue levels during those long hours of Struggle training and ensure that…

Discover Hartwith Bank

The Struggle sportive takes you off Yorkshire’s beaten track and over some of the most narrow, steep and unforgiving climbs. Here we talk you through what to expect when you tackle Hartwith Bank. Local Knowledge After a warm-up over Bedlam Hill you’ll hit Hartwith Bank at mile 10, a climb not as forgiving as its precursor. This…

Join us for our Mallorca training camp

Train, rest, eat, repeat on our OTE Sports training camp. We’re bringing you the opportunity to up your Struggle training miles this winter somewhere warm, sunny and ice-free. Join us on 17th March at our training camp in Mallorca. The training camp will maximise your hours in the saddle while creating a hassle-free holiday so all you have…

The Struggle on ITV

Tune into ITV’s Countrywise on Friday 4th November to see Ben Fogle take on the Struggle sportive. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ben Fogle decides to take on the hills of our epic sportive in Yorkshire as part of a feature on Yorkshire cycling. Ben’s little experience of road cycling isn’t the…