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Struggle Dales – Yorkshire Cycling

May 22

Struggle Dales is one of the UK’s most iconic sportives, set in the beautiful but challenging Yorkshire Dales landscape. The next Struggle Dales sportive will take place on Sunday 22 May 2022.

Entry opens on 5 November 2021, pre-register now at the event website to guarantee a place.

The renowned Struggle Dales Yorkshire sportive isn’t one to be taken lightly, but with prior training, grit and guts it’s achievable for almost any ambitious road cyclists.

Struggle Dales sportive begins in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire – host to the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships – making it an ideal weekend break for you and your support crew. The epic Yorkshire sportive takes riders over 108 miles of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain.

The 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.”

174 km (108 miles)

ABOUT STRUGGLE DALES SPORTIVE
This iconic Yorkshire sportive begins in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire; making it an ideal weekend break for you and your support crew. The epic Yorkshire sportive takes riders over 108 miles of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain. The 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.

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.

CLIMBS
BEDLAM: Location: mile 5; Distance: 0.6 miles; Elevation gain: 281ft; Steepness: 8% avg.

Best and Hardest Yorkshire Cycling Climbs

HARTWITH BANK: Location: mile 10; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 458ft; Gradient: 11% avg.

GREENHOW HILL: Location: mile 15; Distance: 2.4 miles; Elevation gain: 934ft; Gradient: 7% avg.

Greenhow Hill Yorkshire Hardest Cycling Climbs

MALHAM COVE: Location: mile 38; Distance: 1.1 miles; Elevation gain: 544ft; Gradient: 9% avg.

Malham Cove Yorkshire Cycling Climbs

PARK RASH: Location: mile 52; Distance: 1.2 miles; Elevation gain: 684ft; Gradient: 10% avg.

TRAPPING HILL: Location: mile 80; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 369ft; Gradient: 9% avg.

Trapping Hill Yorkshire cycling climb

TWO STOOPS: Location: mile 94; Distance: 1.6 miles; Elevation gain: 680ft; Gradient: 7% avg.

Venue

Harrogate
Harrogate, HG1 + Google Map
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