Struggle Dales - Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire!
Struggle Dales Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire

Struggle Dales - Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire!

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Yorkshire's Hardest Sportive

Struggle Dales is one of the hardest UK sportives in Yorkshire. The next Struggle Dales sportive will take place in May 2019 and entries will open on Friday 2nd November to pre-registered riders. Ensure you pre-register to secure a place before everyone else.

The sportive begins in the spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire and takes riders over 108 miles of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain. This 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 isn't one to be taken lightly, but with prior training, grit and guts it's achievable for almost any ambitious road cyclists.   

The Route

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. View the Struggle route and download the GPX file here: STRUGGLE ROUTE


The Climbs 


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 OTE Sports nutrition to offer optimal fuel at feeds throughout the route, ensuring you’re taking in want you need - when you need it most.

Feed 1:

Cracoe, 30 miles: OTE bars, OTE gels, energy powder, flapjack, bananas, snacks.

Water station:

Kettlewell, 51 miles: OTE energy powder, snacks.

Feed 2:

Ferby, 77 miles:  OTE bars, OTE gels, energy powder, flapjack, bananas, snacks, pork pies.

Finish Village 

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 2018 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 2018 Struggle Dales Photos here >>  

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