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Human Race and ASO bring you Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France! As one of the most iconic sportives in the UK (returning for its 13th year in 2016), Dragon Ride has been selected by ASO as the perfect representation of the world’s most famous cycle event, and will offer the same inspiring le Tour de France riding experience to UK cyclists.

  • Macmillan 100 100km
  • Medio Fondo 153km
  • Gran Fondo 230km
  • Dragon Devil 305km

Dragon Tour (2 or 3 day event) – click here for more information

*All distances are approximate and prices exclude an online transaction fee

  • Entering in a group of 10 or more? You could save up to 25% – click here for more information.
  • Looking for accommodation? Get guaranteed best prices at sportive friendly hotels (early breakfast and secure bike storage) here.

About the event

Your day in yellow! Le Tour is returning to the UK and it’s your chance to feel like a pro for the day.

“Following the extraordinary reception Le Tour de France riders enjoyed in the United Kingdom over the last few years, it is a true honour to bring Le Tour de France’s spirit to Wales. This spirit of course remains in the passion for cycling and Le Tour de France itself but it is also linked to an ideal sportive course and Wales’ incredible nature and landscapes. The Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France has a route reminiscent of one of Le Tour de France’s most magnificent stages.” – Christian Prudhomme, General Director of le Tour de France

The South Wales event will once again start from the picturesque Margam Park, Port Talbot, having moved there successfully in 2012. 2014 saw the introduction of a mammoth Dragon Devil distance, then in 2015 a 3 day Tour was created with the Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales as the finale. Both will once again be part of the offering for 2017.

The Gran Fondo will take in approximately 3,616m of climbing, passing through the beautiful Brecon Beacons and the Medio Fondo approximately 2,405m.

The Dragon Devil will certainly not be for the faint hearted. There will be a very limited numbers of places available for this option, so those who are keen will need to get in quickly. Those lucky enough to get a place will be well rewarded with an incredibly stunning cycling route which will take in the ‘Rhigos’‘Black Mountain’ and the ‘Devil’s Elbow’ – the Dragon ride’s signature climbs – with the addition of the ‘Devil’s Staircase’, a climb with a 15% gradient and elevation of 480m.

Brand new for 2016 is the Macmillan 100 100km distance! We would like as many people as possible to support our official charity Macmillan Cancer Support to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer. We suggest a minimum fundraising target of £100 or a suggested donation of £50 Macmillan when entering this distance, although fundraising is not an entry requirement.

Have you got what it takes to slay the Dragon?

THE DRAGON TOUR

Dragon slayers now have something even more epic to look forward to in the form of the Dragon Tour. The three day Tour event sees 500 cyclists take on a sportive each day, culminating with the Dragon Ride itself on day three. For more information on the Dragon Tour, including distances and route information for each day, click here.

EVENT REVIEWS

Cyclosport (18/8/2015): Click here
Simpson Magazine (8/6/2016): Click here
(Rider blog) Julian Porter (6/6/2016): Click here
Road.cc (6/6/2016): Click here

Event Benefits

  • 299A4591The UK’s most prestigious sportive
  • Tour de France experiences
  • Sweeping, Alpine-like climbs
  • Stunning South Wales scenery
  • Famous climbs including Rhigos, Black Mountain and Devil’s Elbow
  • Timed King of the Mountains climb on closed roads – fastest male and female win VIP Champs-Elysées tickets
  • Tour de France style podium – celebrate your achievement with a podium photo!
  • 6,000 riders supporting each other to the finish line
  • Picturesque start/finish venue with car parking and large event village
  • Hot tubs, ice baths and massage available
  • Famous savoury food at the Feed Stations
  • A major tick off your cycling bucket list

EVENT INCLUDES

  • ‘Yellow Jersey’ medal
  • Pasta Party for all riders
  • Well-stocked French-themed feed stations with sugary goods, savoury food, energy products and water
  • Tour de France style bibs and route signage
  • Riders pack posted out prior to the event – no need to register on the day of the ride
  • Mechanical support
  • Motorcycle marshalling by NEG Wales/UK
  • Medical support
  • Free car park at start/finish venue
  • Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
  • Live music and entertainment at event village
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Results texted to your mobile phone as you cross the line
  • Massage available to pre-book here for only £10

Please note: Rider transfers are not permitted.

Timings

2016 TIMINGS – Please note that these are not the confirmed 2017 start times, and are here as a GUIDE ONLY.
2016DragonStartTimes

Age Requirements

Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2017

Maps

Map Downloads

GPX TCX KML
Dragon Devil Download Download Download
Gran Fondo Download Download Download
Medio Fondo Download Download Download
Macmillan 100 Download Download Download

Results

These results are Provisional, please contact the Results Crew with any queries. Queries are compiled and will appear in the final update approximately a week after the event.

Equipment

Sigma Sport Checklist

You’ve done all the hard work training and with the big race fast approaching now’s the time to double check you have all the equipment you need to perform at your best. Sigma has put together this handy checklist to make sure there are no surprises on race morning. Everything is available with the click of a mouse with free UK delivery – and Sigma can even guarantee next day delivery for a little more!

Sigma Stacked Black

  • Bike: click here
  • Helmet: click here
  • Jersey: click here
  • Shorts: click here
  • Jackets/gilets: click here
  • Gloves: click here
  • Cycling shoes: click here
  • Sunglasses: click here
  • Tools: click here
  • Spare tubes: click here
  • Puncture repair & pump: click here
  • Saddle bag: click here
  • Tyres: click here
  • Lights: click here
  • Bottles & hydration: click here
  • Nutrition: click here
  • Cycle computer/GPS: click here

For a great range of cycling brands and products, visit www.sigmasport.co.uk.

Travel & Accommodation

The Dragon Ride will be based at Margam Park, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ South Wales.

Margam Park is well used to holding major events such as the Wales Rally GB and British Championship Mountain Bike races. The park is located right alongside the M4 motorway and is close to the main line railway stations at Port Talbot and Pyle. Port Talbot station is the nearest to the venue, approximately a 25 minute walk away.

Event car parking will be situated within the deer park only a few hundred metres from the start/finish area, the spacious eastern area of the park will accommodate a more expansive start facility in order to reduce waiting times for riders to get underway.

There are also several attractions on site for family members attending the ride such as the “Go Ape” zip wire, adventure playground, fantasy land and mountain bike hire.

ACCOMMODATION

We have partnered with a range of hotels in the local area to offer Dragon Ride participants special cycling packages for this weekend. All of our partner hotels include:

  • Secure bike storage in the hotel
  • Early breakfast (from 5.30am)
  • Free onsite parking
  • Guaranteed best price

Please watch this space for more information on how to book your accommodation for 2017.

For more accommodation in the region please follow the links below.

Neath Port Talbot:
www.visitnpt.co.uk

Bridgend:
www.bridgendbites.com/staying

Swansea:
www.visitswanseabay.com

Cardiff:
www.visitcardiff.com/site/accommodation

Rhondda:
www.destinationrct.co.uk

The Vale of Glamorgan:
apps.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/accommodation
www.cowbridgetown.co.uk
www.llantwitmajorvale.co.uk

Camping/Campervans/Caravans:

There will not be any facilities available at Margam Park, nearest holiday park is at Porthcawl, these can be found via the Bridgend accommodation link above.

There are two nearby campsites we can recommend and they would both welcome any visiting cyclists:

Brynhyfryd Camping & Caravanning which is 5.5 miles away from the start/finihs venue. For more details visit www.brynhyfrydcampingcaravanning.co.uk or call 01656 740544

Our Welsh Caravan & Camping which is 15 miles away from the start/finish venue. For more details visit www.ourwelsh.co.uk or call 07800 945558

Charity & Fundraising

MacmillanMacmillan Cancer Support is the official charity partner of the Dragon Ride. We are encouraging all our riders to join Team Macmillan to raise as much money as possible to help people affected by cancer.

89 people are hit with the news they cancer every day in the UK. Then, it hits everyone who loves them. Macmillan believes no one should have to face cancer alone, and the money raised by Team Macmillan from the Dragon Ride will help us to ensure that no one has to.

To join Team Macmillan, and help fundraise to help people affected by cancer through your place in the Dragon Ride, simply tick the option to be part of their team on the entry form or click here for more information. If you already have a place in the Dragon Ride, you can still join Team Macmillan, just email them and create a fundraising page to raise money for Macmillan by clicking here.

Once you are registered with Team Macmillan, they’ll send you a welcome pack, fundraising and training materials, and support you right up to the event.

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