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Dragon Ride

When is the eventSunday 5th June 2016 Where is the Event Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales

  • It was dry! (unusual for Wales), it was sunny (almost unheard of in Wales), and the roads were full of enthusiastic cyclists (something we love to see at Wiggle)...

    Tim Wiggins
  • G9 Wiggle Dragon Ride Gran Fondo & I got in b4 rain! Ty to @HumanRaceEvents u definitely set the std for brill organisation of these events

    Mike James - @drmikerjames
  • Thanks to @HumanRaceEvents for a great day today. Always an honour for me to wear the green of @macmillancancer

    Gareth Thomas - @gareththomas14
  • Unbelieveable @HumanRaceEvents #dragonride 2day. 140miles of sun, cloud and 5miles of heavy rain and 3000+metres of climbing #tough

    Richard Anderson - @RAAnderson1
  • Wow that was tough. @HumanRaceEvents Wiggle Dragon Ride Gran Fondo done. Legs now ruined, new ones please!

    Sean Lacey - @cyclingsean
  • @humanraceevents epic #dragonride! sun, great route, fab organisation, went for a 188.5 kilometer road ride.

    Marco Peerdeman - @OrangeButcher
  • Amazing day in Wales cycling the Dragon Ride. Rain stayed away but hills were HUGE.

    Sean Conway - @Conway_Sean
  • I hate cramp! I hate DOMS! I hate my knees! I hate my bike! But I loved @HumanRaceEvents @wigglebikeshop Dragon Ride 2014! #dragonride

    Jeff Rayner - @Raynerpe
  • @HumanRaceEvents #DragonRide done and dusted. #Top10 woman #MedioFondo. #Chilling on the beach #Llangennith

    Hannah Priest - @HannahPriest01
  • Sweat pouring from our noses we pushed each other further than I think I’ve ever been pushed. We took the battle right to the top...neither of us would give in.

    Richard Elliott

Dragon Ride Event Information

2015 L'Etape London

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?


OFFICIAL CHARITY

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 have 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 simply tick the option to be part of their team on the entry form. If you already have a place in the Dragon Ride, you can still join Team Macmillan, just create a fundraising page quickly and easily on JustGiving 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.


THE DRAGON TOUR

Dragon TourDragon 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.


EVENT DETAILS

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

Dragon Tour - click here for more information

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


WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS EVENT

•    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


EVENT INCLUDES

•    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.


EVENT REVIEWS

Cyclosport (18/8/2015): Click here


START TIMES - TBC for 2016

AGE REQUIREMENT:
Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2016

 

Event Information Pack and Maps

NOTE: Event packs are sent in the post to all entrants. There is no need to register on the day of the event if you have received your pack.


 

AS SOON AS THE EVENT INFORMATION PACK IS AVAILABLE THE BUTTON OPPOSITE WILL TURN RED: Dragon Ride Information Here

WATCH THE CLIMB VIDEOS HERE

Click on the images below to access the interactive maps.
NOTE: These routes are subject to change

2016 Dragon Ride Course MapMap My Tracks

 

Download the OFFICIAL EVENT APP, powered by Map My Tracks, and kick start your training for the Dragon Ride


You can also download GPX, TCX or KML files for each of the routes. Simply click on the buttons below to download.

Macmillan 100

Medio Fondo

Gran Fondo

Dragon Devil

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 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:

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:
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

Nutrition and Hydration

ZipvitZipvit Sport fuels male and female elite, amateur and recreational cyclists and triathletes from around the world. They supply them with high performance energy and recovery drinks, nutritional energy and protein bars, high carbohydrate gels and great tasting energy chews, plus a complete range of vitamins and supplements.

All Zipvit Sport products are specially formulated by leading experts in performance and endurance, and developed in conjunction with elite athletes from world class professional racing teams. Feel stronger, recover faster with ZIPVIT SPORT.

There will be Zipvit Sport high performance energy bars, gels and drink on course at feed stations for this event and you can try the products beforehand for a special 25% discount by using the code HR1 at their online checkout. Shop now at www.zipvitsport.co.uk


VitaCoco240Keep hydrated!

Staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. Vita Coco coconut water promotes rehydration as well as refuelling as it provides carbohydrate as well as fluid.

Before exercise, your main priority is ensuring you are hydrated to have the best chance of putting in your best performance. During exercise, there are no hard and fast rules about how much to drink but, 400-800ml per hour will prevent dehydration and overhydration. After exercise, the sooner you start to replace the fluid the sooner you will recover. So make drinking your priority immediately after exercise.

Click here for more information on how to stay hydrated.

Charity and Fundraising

Macmillanx240Macmillan 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.


Just GivingIf 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.

Make your Dragon Ride JustGiving page

Contact Wiggle Dragon Ride

Customer Service:

Human Race Team

Email dragonride@humanrace.co.uk

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