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Dragon Tour

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Date of event

Friday 9th June 2017

Location

Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales

Category

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Distances & Prices

  • Day 1: 90km
  • Day 2: 93km

Day 3 at the Dragon Ride – choose from:

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

*All distances are approximate.

DRAGON TOUR PACKAGES

  • 2 days (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June) £100
  • 3 days (Friday 9th – Sunday 11th June) £130

Please note that an extra fee applies if you would like to ride the 300km Dragon Devil on the Sunday

3 days of brilliant, tough cycling through South Wales on well signed routes, complete with:

  • Feed stations
  • Motorcycle and static marshals
  • Medical and mechanical support
  • Timed climbs
  • A fully supported start/finish venue in the Swansea area providing car parking, mechanical support, retail and charity stands, bike park, catering and post-ride massage options
  • A Dragon Tour limited edition memento

 

About the event

2017 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 11th June, you can participate in two additional days of cycling in South Wales on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th 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, we partner with a selection of cycling friendly hotels in the area – watch this space for more details on how to book.

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.

FRIDAY 9th JUNE

The first day of the Tour takes in a route along and across the Gower peninsula. It features some stunning views across the south Wales coast, particularly at the feed station in Rhossili. The route heads south from the Stadium to the main route along the coast featuring the famous Mumbles coastline. From there we turn in land past Langland Bay and then down to Caswell Bay. We then traverse across to Oxwich where there are a series of narrow lanes to navigate. We then head west to the tip of the peninsula at Rhossili where the feed station is based at the Causeway Café of the Worms Head Hotel. Having re-fuelled we head back up the hill from Rhossili and head north to Burry Green and then back east across the peninsula and its varied landscapes before heading back to Swansea.

  • DISTANCE: 90km
  • CLIMBING: just over 1000m

SATURDAY 10th JUNE

The second day provides a totally different challenge with two big climbs over the Black Mountain (in the opposite direction to the main Ride and Betws Mountain. We leave Swansea heading east to Skewen where we turn and head north to Glais and then Pontardawe where we pick up the road to the Brecon Beacons. Through Brynammam and up over the Black Mountain. On the descent we cut west and stop at the feed station with stunning views north. The route then winds north towards Bethlehem and at Ffairfach turns south to Trapp and then down to Ammanford where we climb up and over Betws Mountain. Following the long descent virtually to the edge of Swansea, we wiggle our way back to the finish.

  • DISTANCE: 93km
  • CLIMBING: 1600m

SUNDAY 11th JUNE

The final day of the inaugural Dragon Tour is of course the famous Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France. 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 beautiful landscapes imaginable as well as challenging climbs up the Devil’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.

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Rules

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Maps

Map Downloads

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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!

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  • 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

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:

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

Charity & Fundraising

MacmillanMacmillan Cancer Support is the official charity partner of the Dragon Tour. 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 Tour 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 Tour, simply tick the option to be part of their team on the entry form. If you already have a place in the Dragon Tour, 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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