Struggle Moors - Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire
Struggle Moors - Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire

Struggle Moors - Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire!

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Hardest Sportive in Yorkshire 

Struggle Moors is one of the UK's hardest sportives in Yorkshire. Struggle Moors will next take place in July 2019 and entries will open on Friday 1st Feb 2019 to pre-registered riders. Ensure you pre-register to secure a place before everyone else. 

The event begins in the stunning setting of Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire and takes riders over 112 miles of challenging terrain among breathtaking Yorkshire Moors landscape. The route has been dubbed as one of the hardest sportives in the UK, with riders continuing their training following Struggle Dales to take on this monster event. Cycling Weekly reviewed it as: "One of the best days out and something to aspire to.”  Although this epic feat may feel frightful, with preparation, pacing and plenty of fuel it's achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.

The Route

Struggle Moors sportive route is 112 miles long, taking in 10,239ft over five climbs set within the North Yorkshire Moors’ exposed, relentless but stunning landscape. Beware, there’s plenty of uncategorised climbs too! View Struggle Moors route and download the GPX file here: STRUGGLE MOORS ROUTE 

The Climbs 

Boltby Bank:

Location: mile 15; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 527ft; Steepness: 13% avg
Boltby Bank on Strava

Carlton Bank:

Location: mile 35; Distance: 1.1 miles; Elevation gain: 624ft; Gradient: 10% avg
Carlton Bank on Strava

Limber Hill:

Location: mile 66; Distance: 0.2 miles; Elevation gain: 176ft; Gradient: 16% avg
Limber Hill on Strava

Cote de Grosmont:

Location: mile 70; Distance: 1.3 miles; Elevation gain: 769ft; Gradient: 10% avg
Cote de Grosmont on Strava

Glaisdale Horror:

Location: mile 85; Distance: 0.8 miles; Elevation gain: 608ft; Gradient: 14% avg
Glaisdale Horror on Strava

Rosedale Chimney

Location: mile 91; Distance: 0.8 miles; Elevation gain: 600ft; Gradient: 14% avg
Chimney Bank on Strava


Struggle provides OTE sports nutrition, official sponsor to pro cycling teams, offering optimal nutrition at feeds throughout the route to ensure you’re taking the fuel you need, when you need it most.

Feed 1:

Osmotherley, 28 miles, OTE energy powder, OTE bars, OTE gels, flapjack, bananas.

Feed 2:

Glaisdale, 65 miles, OTE energy powder, OTE bars, OTE gels, flapjack, bananas, snacks, pork pies!

Feed 3:

Glaisdale, 83 miles, OTE energy powder, OTE bars, OTE gels, flapjack, bananas, snacks, pork pies!


Stay overnight at the Struggle Moors start location and take advantage of those all-important extra hours in bed. What's more, all riders will have the option for an early breakfast before the start line opens. 

Finish Village 

Riders fly down the finish line into the stunning grounds of the Ampleforth Abbey where friends and family await them with cheers. Riders can nurse a beer and nibble on a burger before mustering up the energy to get to their feed again. There's gourmet food vendors, a barista bar and plenty of beer on sale to allow riders to relax with a must-deserved pint while checking their chip time and cheering in their friends, club mates and fellow Strugglers. 


Struggle Moors 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 Moors 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 Moors Photos here >> 


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