Struggle Moors – Yorkshire Cycling

Struggle Moors is one of the UK’s hardest sportives in Yorkshire. Struggle Moors will next take place on 03 July 2022. Although this epic feat may feel frightful, with preparation, pacing and plenty of fuel it’s achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.

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.”

180 km (112 miles)

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.

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.

THE ROUTE
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!

150km Route

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.

THE CLIMBS
Boltby Bank: Location: mile 15; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 527ft; Steepness: 13% avg.

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

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

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

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

Rosedale Chimney: Location: mile 91; Distance: 0.8 miles; Elevation gain: 600ft; Gradient: 14% avg.

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.

White Rose Classic – Yorkshire Cycling

Welcome to the White Rose Classic 2022 – Ilkley Cycle Club is celebrating 10 years of running the event, the White Rose Classic is an established sportive taking you through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The event goes from strength to strength each year and to many is Yorkshire’s Premier Sportive.

In 2019 we teamed up with Nell Bank, (https://www.nellbank.org) which is the event HQ and is a perfect location for the start/finish line and post ride event village where riders can relax in peaceful surroundings.

We offer 3 routes to choose from:

– Short route via Grassington, enjoy the unique Yorkshire scenery and friendly camaraderie of a Club-run sportive.

– Medium route via Settle for those riders looking for a challenge.

– Long route via Hawes, for an authentic Yorkshire challenge with some serious climbing.

The event fee includes fully stocked feed stops, mechanical and medical support, in addition we provide a free post ride meal to each rider in the event village. There’s also beer on tap, fresh ice cream and we’ll bring back the live music. The easily accessible HQ facility also provides ample car and bike parking.

Once again, we are pleased to make road cycling more accessible to all. Don’t be intimidated: ride solo or with friends in a supportive environment where you can push yourself and help others.

The White Rose Classic is organised and run entirely by volunteers from Ilkley Cycling Club. All profits from the event go towards promoting grassroots cycling initiatives, local charities including Nell Bank and supporting our youth development programme, along with encouraging more men and women to ride bikes as per our club motto “From Recreation to Racing.”