An all-new cycle sportive launches on Friday 3rd February for cyclists of all abilities keen to venture into the North Yorkshire Moors.
Struggle The Moors will take place on Sunday 9th July from Ampleforth College. The grueling new event from Harrogate-based cycling company Struggle Events, takes in 10,299ft over 109 miles. The route is set to be even more challenging than the company’s established event Struggle The Dales, which begins at Harrogate Army Foundation College on Sunday 21st May.
Struggle Events Director Matthew Mannakee, a racing cyclist from Harrogate, said: “The Yorkshire Dales are your rolling hills, your picturesque landscapes and your quaint cafe stops. The Yorkshire Moors are steeper, bleaker, more exposed and fearfully isolated. This new route will take local Harrogate riders onto roads they rarely tackle.”
Struggle The Dales, began as a sportive for Harrogate cyclists in 2016 but as word spread of the vicious route, entrants began flooding in from nationwide to take on the challenge. The event is almost sold out for 2017 and Matthew predicts the second event will prove just as popular.
“We have riders entered for Struggle The Dales from Andover to Scotland. I am already aware of many of these participants setting a personal challenge to get fit enough to ride both the events in 2017.”
Struggle The Moors is set among the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and takes in notorious Yorkshire Moors climbs such as Boltby Bank, Carlton Bank, Cote de Grosmont (as seen in the Tour de Yorkshire 2016), the aptly name Glaisdale Horror and finally the infamous Rosedale Chimney Bank with 90 miles in your legs.
“The Yorkshire Dales are your rolling hills, your picturesque landscapes and your quaint cafe stops. The Yorkshire Moors are steeper, bleaker, more exposed and fearfully isolated,” says Struggle Events Director Matthew Mannakee.
Even by Yorkshire standards this is going to be tough but great.
Entries open on Friday 3rd February via www.ridethestruggle.com