Struggle Moors Sportive in Yorkshire
Sunday 04 July 2021.
Struggle Moors is one of the UK's hardest sportives in Yorkshire. Although this epic feat may feel frightful, with preparation, pacing and plenty of fuel it's achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.
For riders looking to challenges themselves further, why not take on Struggle Double.
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 Moors Sportive
The event begins in the stunning setting of Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire, with accommodation at the start/finish, and takes riders over 180km of challenging terrain among breathtaking Yorkshire Moors landscape. New for 2019 is a 150km route, offering aspiring riders a taste of the epic ascents of the Yorkshire Moors.
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.”
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!
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.
Illustration by Loopie
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 Maurten 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, Maurten gels, Maurten energy powder, Veloforte bars, bananas
Feed 2: Glaisdale, 65 miles, Maurten gels, Maurten energy powder, Veloforte bars, bananas
Feed 3: Glaisdale, 83 miles, Maurten gels, Maurten energy powder, Veloforte bars, bananas, 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. Book accommodation now while places last. Book Now at Ampleforth Abbey >>
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 2019 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 2019 Struggle Moors Photos here >>
"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