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Dragon Ride

4 races scheduled · 5000 participants · Sun 6th Jun 2021 · Port Talbot
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About this event

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.

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Human Race is the UK’s leading mass participation events company, putting on over 30 events each year in triathlon, cycling, running, duathlon and open water swimming. Part of Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), owners of Le Tour de France and the leader in the French running and sportive market, Human Race’s prestigious portfolio includes the Royal Windsor Triathlon, Dragon Ride, Cancer Research UK London Winter Run and the Manchester Marathon.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Wed Oct 21 2020

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
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Dragon Devil 304k
6:45am Sun 6th Jun 2021

Bike 300km

Gran Fondo 211k
7:00am Sun 6th Jun 2021

Bike 223km

Macmillan 100
8:15am Sun 6th Jun 2021

Bike 98.7km

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5.0
2 reviews
Simon
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5.0
Did the Medio Fondo 157k in 2019
worth every effort pushing those pedals, busting my lungs to arrive at every feed station, where you were welcomed by a great crew. Great ride, great day, organisers should be proud!!… read more
Alex
Star
5.0
Did the Gran Fondo 211k in 2019
Amazing course, wonderful support at aid stations and the potatoes are the best.</p><p>Only suggestions, it would be amazing to have hot drink options at the aid stations - it was pouring today and I was freezing. Personally I don't like the energy drink - much prefer high 5 tabs.</p><p>All in all an amazing day. Thanks!… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.… read more
FAQ
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.… read more
FAQ
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.… read more
Route description
Route description

DEVIL

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.

GRAN FONDO

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.

MEDIO FONDO

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.

MACMILLAN 100

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.

Simon
Star
5.0
Did the Medio Fondo 157k in 2019
worth every effort pushing those pedals, busting my lungs to arrive at every feed station, where you were welcomed by a great crew. Great ride, great day, organisers should be proud!!
Alex
Star
5.0
Did the Gran Fondo 211k in 2019
Amazing course, wonderful support at aid stations and the potatoes are the best.</p><p>Only suggestions, it would be amazing to have hot drink options at the aid stations - it was pouring today and I was freezing. Personally I don't like the energy drink - much prefer high 5 tabs.</p><p>All in all an amazing day. Thanks!
5.0
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Logistics and schedule

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

Spectators

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/

Volunteers

If you think you've got what it takes to join the Dragon Ride Team email [email protected].

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.

BY CAR

There will be parking available during the event.

BY TRAIN

The nearest train stations are Port Talbot & Pyle, both within a couple of miles of the site.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the Dragon Ride?
All participants must be aged 16 and over as of 06/06/2021.
FAQ
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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