- Sunday 5th June 2016
- Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales
Distances & Prices
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- Macmillan 100 100km £47.50
- Medio Fondo 153km £52.50
- Gran Fondo 230km £57.50
- Dragon Devil 305km £92.50
Dragon Tour – click here for more information
*All distances are approximate and prices exclude an online transaction fee
About the event
The UK’s most prestigious Sportive returns for its 13th year in 2016! 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, which will once again be part of the offering for 2016.
The Gran Fondo will take in approximately 2,905m of climbing, passing through the beautiful Brecon Beacons and the Medio Fondo approximately 2,060m.
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 new three day Tour event sees 500 cyclists take on a sportive each day, culminating with the Dragon Ride itself on day three. Each evening Tour riders can enjoy a dinner, some post ride recovery and they will be joined by a special guest speaker on the final evening. A variety of packages are available including accommodation and merchandise options.
For more information on the Dragon Tour, including distances and route information for each day, click here.
Cyclosport (18/8/2015): Click here
- The UK’s most prestigious sportive
- Stunning South Wales scenery
- Famous climbs including Rhigos, Black Mountain and Devil’s Elbow
- 6,000 riders supporting each other to the finish line
- Picturesque start/finish venue with car parking and large event village
- Infamous savoury food at the Feed Stations
- A major tick off your cycling bucket list
- 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
- Pasta Party for all riders
- Live music and entertainment at event village
- Well-stocked feed stations with sugary goods, savoury food, Zipvit Sport energy products (drink, gels and bar) and water
- Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride
- Electronic chip timing
- Results texted to your mobile phone as you cross the line
- Finishers medal
Please note: Rider transfers are not permitted.
Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2016.
GPX file downloads
Medio Fondo 153km
Gran Fondo 226km
Dragon Devil 302km
WomenOnly Cycletta 42km
Please be aware of the following: Sportive events are timed but are never ranked – there are no positions given. You can click the overall time column heading to sort that in time order. These results are Provisional, please contact the Results Crew with any queries. Queries are compiled and will appear in the final update on Friday.
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.
We are delighted to welcome Marriott Hotels as a partner of the Dragon Ride. To make the most of your time in South Wales, we recommend you stay at either the Cardiff or Swansea Marriott Hotels and you will receive the special discounted corporate rate which is available via the links below:
- Cardiff Marriott Hotel (Mill Lane, Cardiff, Wales CF10 1EZ – 37 mins from the venue) – Book at the corporate rate here.
- Swansea Marriott Hotel (Maritime Quarter · Swansea, Wales SA1 3SS – 24 mins from the venue) – Book at the corporate rate here.
We have also partnered with the Blue Bell Hotel (14 The Parade Neath, SA11 1RA – 17 mins from the venue) which is a lovely 4 star in the heart of the historic town of Neath. It features secured on-site parking as well as a Mediterranean Brasserie restaurant. As participants in the Dragon Ride, you can get a discounted stay by quoting ‘Dragon14’ when booking. Click here to book.
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
Charity & Fundraising
Macmillan 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.
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.