Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France
5 June 2016 • Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales
Your day in yellow! Le Tour is returning to the UK and it’s your chance to feel like a pro...
Day 3 at the Dragon Ride – choose from:
*All distances are approximate.
Basic ‘ride only’ Tour packages start from £125 (2 days) or £199 (3 days) and include:
3 days of brilliant, tough cycling through South Wales on well signed routes, complete with:
2016 will see the return of the Dragon Tour after its successful introduction in 2015. A three day cycling challenge, the Dragon Tour takes in some of Wales’ finest riding. In addition to riding the famous Dragon Ride on Sunday 5th June, you can participate in two additional days of cycling in South Wales on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June. We have 500 spaces for the Dragon Tour where riders will cover two contrasting routes, the first day winding through the Gower Peninsula, the second climbing up in to the western side of the Brecon Beacons before riders complete their Tour experience by choosing one of the four distances of the Dragon Ride.
Entry packages for the Tour (which include the cost of entering the Dragon Ride) do not include accommodation. If you would like to book accommodation you can book in one of our cycling friendly partner hotels here.
Further details on each of the elements of the Dragon Tour are below and we look forward to welcoming you to a fantastic three days in the saddle providing the ultimate test of riding – a truly unique experience in the UK cycling calendar.
The first day of cycling on Friday 3rd June follows the Gower Peninsula, complete with incredible views across to Swansea Bay and the whole South Wales coastline. Riders depart Swansea to the west along to famous Mumbles before hugging the coastal roads down to Port Eynon where riders can dip their toes in the water should they wish. Knitting the coastal roads with a series of zig-zags through the Gower Peninsula, riders will experience everything that this corner of Wales has to offer before looping round and heading back in to Swansea.
Day 2 on Saturday 4th June provides a very different challenge, heading north from the Dragon Tour’s base in Swansea to the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park with the fantastic Black Mountian climb (going the opposite direction to the climb included in the Dragon Ride) an early highlight. Riders then pedal west with the stunning Carreg Cennen Castle a focal point of the middle section of the ride. There is plenty of tough climbing and sweeping descents to provide riders with a taste of what Dragon Riding is all about. The last section of the day’s riding includes the truly stunning climb up Betws Mountain which will test the legs of the most accomplished riders before descending back south to a finish in Swansea.
The final day of the inaugural Dragon Tour is of course the famous Dragon Ride. Now in its 13th year, the Ride incorporates 4 distances from the legendary Dragon Devil, a 300km epic introduced to an intrepid 500 riders in 2014 that includes some of the most stunning terrain imaginable as well as treacherous climbs up the Devils’s Elbow and Devil’s Staircase, to the Gran Fondo, Medio Fondo and Macmillan 100 options which provide stern and stunning tests of riding through the Brecon Beacons. The Dragon Ride starts and finishes at Margam Park near Port Talbot and Dragon Tour riders can select their option below.
Cyclosport (18/8/2015): Click here
Day 1: 99km
Day 2: 93km
These results are Provisional, please contact the Results Crew with any queries. Queries are compiled and will appear in the final update one week post-event. To view results for Day 1 or 2 of the Dragon Tour, please see the ‘Distance’ dropdown menu below.
We have partnered with a range of hotels in the local area to offer Dragon Tour participants special cycling packages for this weekend. All of our partner hotels include:
Prices range from £30 – £160 per person per night. To book your hotel rooms for the Dragon Tour weekend, please click here.
Macmillan Cancer Support is the official charity partner of the Wiggle 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 Wiggle 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 Wiggle 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 Wiggle 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.