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Dragon Ride
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Tackle the Dragon Ride if you dare in the UK's most prestigious sportive. Whether you're ready to take on the mammoth Dragon Devil or just want a taste of the famous Welsh climbs with the Macmillan 100, this sportive will bring the best cyclists from around the country together.
Dragon Devil 304k, Gran Fondo 211k, Macmillan 100, and 1 more
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Sun, 6 Jun 2021
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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Margam Castle, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ, UK
Start times
Sunday, 6 Jun 2021
Dragon Devil 304k: 6:45 amGran Fondo 211k: 7:00 amMacmillan 100: 8:15 amMedio Fondo 157k: 9:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Dragon Ride
Dragon Devil 304k
£109.95 - £209.95
Gran Fondo 211k
£74.95 - £174.95
Macmillan 100
£59.95 - £159.95
Medio Fondo 157k
£69.95 - £169.96
Route information
Arguably the toughest one-day ride in the UK, the Devil distance is as tough as it gets and riders need to be prepared for a long day in the saddle. To make things more interesting, this years race will still feature Devil's Elbow and Devil's Staircase from the proper direction, but you'll face the others from the opposite direction to previous years.
Climbing: This route features 6 x category 5 climbs, totalling 4351m of ascent and a monster distance of 304k. Get ready to tackle these climbs:
  • Sardis Hill
  • Glynneath Hill
  • Black Mountain
  • Sugar Loaf Hill
  • Devil's Staircase
  • Bwlych Cerrig Duon
  • Bwlych Bryn-Rhudd
  • Devils Elbow
  • Rhigos
  • The Bwlch.
Feed Stations: 6 stops and an extra water station.
Cut Off 1: Riders must get to the Gran Fondo split (138km/86 miles) by 13:55 = average speed of 20kmh/13mph.
Cut Off 2: Riders must get to Llandovery Feed Station (154km/96 miles) by 14:40 = average speed of 20kmh/13mph.
The most popular route on the Dragon Ride, it's a tough days cycle. The original distance is a huge test for cyclists of all abilities:
Climbing: The route features 3 x Category 5 climbs and over 3,000m of total climbing.
  • Sardis Hill
  • Glynneath Hill
  • Black Mountain
  • Bwlch Cerrig Duon
  • Bwlch Bryn-Rhudd
  • Devils Elbow
  • Rhigos
  • The Bwlch
Feed Stations: 4 stops.
Cut Off 1: Riders must get to the Medio Fondo split (112km/69 miles) by 14:05 = average speed of 20kph/13mph.
A really challenging ride featuring three of the four signature climbs of the Gran Fondo route:
Climbing: The route features 3 x Category 5 climbs and nearly 2,200m of total climbing.
  • Sardis Hill
  • Glynneath Hill
  • Bwlch Bryn-Rhudd
  • Devils Elbow
  • Rhigos
  • The Bwlych
Feed Stations: 2 stops.
Cut Off 1: Riders must get to the Macmillan 100km split (54km/34 miles) by 12:30 = average speed of 12mph.
Cut Off 2: Riders must get to Glynneath (105km/65 miles) by 15:55 = average speed of 10mph.
The newest distance to the ride and a great test featuring two cracking climbs, which this year you'll tackle from the opposite direction:
Climbing: The route features the Bwlch and Rhigos climbs featured on all other routes and over 1,200m of total climbing.
  • Sardis Hill
  • Rhigos
  • The Bwlch
Feed Stations: 1 stop.
Cut Off: There are no cut offs on this route.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Feed stations
  • Mechanical support
  • Motorcycling marshalling
  • Medical support
  • Free car parking
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Results texted to your mobile phone as you cross the line
  • Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
How to get there
Margam Castle, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ, UK
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The Dragon Ride is based at Margam Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ.
There will be parking available during the event.
The nearest train stations are Port Talbot & Pyle, both within a couple of miles of the site.
Event day logistics
The estimated start times are as follows:
Devil's Ride: 06:45 - 07:00
Gran Fondo: 07:08 - 08:08
Medio Fondo: 08:16 - 08:51
Macmillan: 08:59 - 09:09
Spectator Info
Currently it is too soon to tell what the guidelines and restrictions will be in place during the event regarding social distancing etc, but more information will be available when the latest guidance comes out approximately 2-3 weeks before the event.
Read more about our COVID - Guarantee at https://www.dragonride.co.uk/covid-guarantee/ExternalLink
How will I receive my event pack for the Dragon Ride?
Your event pack will be posted out a few weeks before the event. These packs are your passport to the day and are non-transferrable. The packs include: event numbers, a coloured card to identify which distance you are riding, helmet & bike stickers, and timing chip.
What do I do if my pack doesn't arrive in time for the event?
If you have not received your event pack by the event weekend, simply come and see us at the event information desk on the day with ID and we will issue you another pack.
Will I have to wear a mask whilst cycing?
That is not the current advice but we may ask you to wear one immediately before the event and immediately after crossing the finish line. We will communicate further instructions 2-3 weeks prior to the event.
Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the Dragon Ride?
All participants must be aged 16 and over as of 06/06/2021.
What is a ballot entry?
Due to the rollover from the 2020 event, the 2021 event will be balloted. Entering the ballot means if you are successful in securing a place in your chosen ride, you will then be charged for your ticket. Premium entry is marginally more expensive but guarantees your entry and skips the ballot. Premium Plus Entry is everything the premium entry is but includes the exclusive sportive jersey.
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