ICAP L’Etape London by Le Tour de France
TBC • Lee Valley VeloPark, London
L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, organised by Human Race and in support of Access Sport brings the glamour...
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Dragon Tour (2 or 3 day event) – click here for more information
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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.
“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?
Dragon slayers now have something even more epic to look forward to in the form of the Dragon Tour. The two or three day Tour event sees 500 cyclists take on a sportive each day, culminating with the Dragon Ride itself on the final day. For more information on the Dragon Tour, including distances and route information for each day, click here.
New for 2017 is the official Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales training weekend. Join us in South Wales on 22nd and 23rd April for a weekend of expert coaching from Rowe & King. The weekend will feature two rides (including feed station) covering some of the key climbs of the Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales route, and two seminars covering a range of topics including nutrition, mechanical, training and general riding advice. Riders will be in small groups with a Rowe & King expert, and will receive expert personal coaching that is sure to take your riding to another level.
Included is a dinner for all on the Saturday night. Accommodation packages available as extra. To enter, simply add the training weekend onto your entry when you enter Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales online.
13:30 – 40-50 mile ride
18:00 – Seminar
19:00 – Dinner
09:00 – Seminar
10:00 – 60-70 mile ride
Please note: Rider transfers are not permitted.
2016 TIMINGS – Please note that these are not the confirmed 2017 start times, and are here as a GUIDE ONLY.
Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2017
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.
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!
For a great range of cycling brands and products, visit www.sigmasport.co.uk.
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.
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:
For more accommodation in the region please follow the links below.
Neath Port Talbot:
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
Macmillan Cancer Support is the official charity partner of Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France. 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 L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France 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 L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France, 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 L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France, 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.
If you’re looking for a way to make your event count, why not raise money for a cause you care about? Head to JustGiving, make a fundraising page in a few simple steps, and share it far and wide by email and social media.
Join Team Macmillan and fundraise to help people affected by cancer. If you haven’t set up a fundraising page yet you can do so quickly and easily on JustGiving. The top fundraiser will be awarded a coveted Macmillan spotted jersey and there will be plenty of other prize draws and giveaways for fundraisers throughout the year.