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 

07 July 2019, Ampleforth Abbey, Yorkshire.

Struggle Moors is one of the UK's hardest sportives in Yorkshire. Struggle Moors will next take place on 07 July 2019 and entries will open at 12pm (noon) on Friday 1st Feb 2019 to pre-registered riders. Ensure you pre-register to secure a place before everyone else. Although this epic feat may feel frightful, with preparation, pacing and plenty of fuel it's achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.

About Struggle Moors Sportive 

Cyclists David Trotter on Rosedale Chimney on Struggle Moors Yorkshire sportive

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.”  

The Route

Yorkshire Moors scenery on Struggle Moors sportive in the Yorkshire Moors

180km Route

Struggle Moors sportive route is 112 miles long, taking in 10,193ft 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 180km ROUTE 

NEW - 150km Route

New for 2019, Struggle Moors now offers a challenging 95 mile route, ideal for aspiring riders keen to tackle the iconic ascents of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The new 150km route takes in 8,256ft still features Struggle Moors' infamous climbs including Glaisedale Horror and Rosedale Chimney: STRUGGLE MOORS 150km ROUTE 

The Climbs 

Rosedale Chimney climb on Struggle Moors Yorkshire sportive

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

Feeds

Feed Stations by OTE on Struggle Moors sportives

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!

Accommodation

Ampleforth Abbey start venue for Struggle Moors Yorkshire sportive event

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 

Struggle Moors hardest sportive in Yorkshire

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. 

Results

Exhausted cyclist after finishing hardest sportive in Yorkshire

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 >>

Photos

best cycling event finisher photos

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 >> 

2018 Reviews

"Everything ran smoothly, and the feed stations were the best I've come across. A large range of drinks/snacks and sports nutrition, and pork pies when you're about to OD on sugary treats. 

The route is definitely as advertised - a stunning route with iconic climbs and plenty of other climbs to make sure you never get too complacent. Not sure what more you could ask for.

The photographer did a great job, taking better photos than the ones organisers usually try to charge you exuberant amounts for, and they were free for download. Top marks!" Nicholas Pacewicz

"Struggle Dales and now Struggle Moors - ticked-off... and what an adventure!!!
A massive amount of effort from the Struggle Team. Very Well organised; Fantastic Route Planning. Brilliant Team; everyone involved commands respect - Feed Teams were Brilliant...as were the pork-pies! Being a healthcare professional myself, love & respect to the on-hand NHS rapid-response team for being on location. Huge encouragement from staff cheering riders up hills...and a massive welcome from the team and the vendors at the finish line!!! On the back of that, an absolute joy to ride this route with like-minded, strong-willed, and friendly folk - each and every one, who completed the entire journey gets a huge amount of respect from me! Hahaha... #bringcourage?....YES!...do...you're in for an arduous day - the best!!!" - Stephen Robson

"Struggle Moor 2018 was brutal with the climbing and heat! It has that close knit group feel to the event you wouldn't normally get on a lot of sportive rides! Pushed me to my limits and I loved it for that very reason....can't recommended any event with this crew enough!!" - Phily Granger

 

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