One of England’s toughest one-day gran fondo sportives is throwing in the towel, calling it quits, after falling victim to COVID-19.

The Struggle Moors 180km sportive in the stunning North Yorkshire region was originally scheduled for 5 July, rescheduled to a new date of 16 August and now  cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Team Struggle made the announcement on their website:

“On Friday British Cycling made another announcement outlining the way forward for all cycling events of varying disciplines. Although some disciplines can begin to resume hosting events, the challenge for road cycling – especially sportives – is the impact on the areas in which the event passes through, the huge number of riders participating that travel from all over the country, their requirement for hotels and restaurants in the local area before and after the events, the ability to keep group sizes to six while out on the road thus making track and trace very difficult, and the pressure a mass participation event can put on emergency services. 

In light of this, it is with a very heavy heart that we have regretfully decided to postpone Struggle Moors to 4th July 2021.”

Registrations will be automatically transferred to 2021, but optimistic riders hoping the second event in the Struggle sportive series, Struggle Dales, takes place 12 September may move entry by contacting Team Struggle.

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