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Wiggle Dragon Ride

   

Wiggle Dragon Ride

When is the eventDate TBC in 2015 Where is the Event Margam Country 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

Wiggle Dragon Ride Event Information

DISTANCES
Corto 42km
Medio Fondo 153km
Gran Fondo 223km
Dragon Devil 300km
WomenOnly Cycletta 42km

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

2015 EVENT DATE TO BE CONFIRMED. TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THIS EVENT AND TO BE EMAILED AS SOON AS THE EVENT IS LIVE, CLICK HERE.

The UK’s most prestigious Sportive returns for its 12th year in 2015. 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 as well as the return of the traditional Corto.

Offering four challenging distances: 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 Corto returns after a brief hiatus in 2013, and the returning distance will have a re-modelled and slightly longer route of approximately 42km.

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 new addition of the 'Devil's Staircase', a climb with a 15% gradient and elevation of 480m.

The WomenOnly Macmillan Cycletta will follow the same route as the Corto riders. Macmillan Cycletta is the UK’s leading series of women only bike rides, supported by Olympic Gold Medallist Victoria Pendleton.

To find out more about the development of the Wiggle Dragon Ride you can read an interview with the founder of the event Lou Lusardi here.

VIP Entry Package:

The 2014 VIP Entry Package did NOT include accommodation but did include plenty of great features…

The VIP Package includes:
•    Guaranteed event entry to either the Gran or Medio Fondo distance
•    Priority event start in the first wave of riders for your chosen event distance
•    Official 2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Cycling Jersey designed by LeMarq (RRP £70) - to be collected at the event and NOT disptached beforehand
•    Pre-ride continental breakfast in VIP tent on event morning
•    Post-ride lunch in VIP tent on event day
•    Download link to all your event photos (worth £30)

A very limited number of VIP entries are available on a first come, first served basis.

2014 Package cost: £175 (plus a small online booking fee).


PROVISIONAL START TIMES: Individual start times will be released one week before the event.
07:00 - 07:16 - Devil Route
07:20 - 09:20 - Gran Fondo
09:20 - 10:12 - Medio Fondo
10:30 - 10:45 - Corto/Cycletta

AGE REQUIREMENT:
Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2015
Corto/Cycletta: Minimum Age 12 at 31 December, 2015 (any child under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR ENTRY FEE:
•    Online entry and secure credit card payment facilities
•    Regular email newsletter
•    Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride
•    Free car parking at the start/finish venue
•    Electronic timing with disposable chip that you don't need to return after the ride
•    Route signage, en-route information
•    Mechanical support
•    Motorcycle marshalling by NEG Wales/UK
•    First aid cover by St John Ambulance
•    Feed stations with water, energy drink, sweet and/or savoury food
•    Course recovery for rider and bike
•    Finisher's medal
•    Event memento
•    Pasta party
•    Showers
•    Live music and entertainment at event village
•    SMS results
•    Online results in alphabetical order

Please note: there will be no rider transfer available this year.

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: “Wiggle

WATCH THE CLIMB VIDEOS HERE


Click on the elevation images below to access the 2014 route maps
NOTE: These routes are subject to change

2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Corto Elevation

gpx iconDOWNLOAD CORTO/CYCLETTA GPX FILE

2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Medio Elevation

gpx iconDOWNLOAD MEDIO FONDO GPX FILE

2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Gran Elevation

gpx iconDOWNLOAD GRAN FONDO GPX FILE

2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Devil Elevation

gpx iconDOWNLOAD DRAGON DEVIL GPX FILE

Travel/Accommodation

The Wiggle 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 Wiggle 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 Wiggle 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

2014 Official Wiggle Dragon Ride Merchandise

Official 2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Merchandise

Official 2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Jersey

You can get your hands on some top quality race fit official event merchandise designed by Italian company LeMarq. We have the official event jersey, bibshorts plus some special Dragon Devil kit available to buy on Wiggle now.

You will be able to get yours from the Wiggle SuperTrailer at the event either on Saturday 7th June (2-6pm) or Sunday 8th June while stocks last.

Bike Hire

British Bike HireBritish Bike Hire will be hiring a range of 18 speed alloy/carbon road bikes for the Wiggle Dragon Ride.

British Bike HireEach bike will be cleaned and fully serviced, delivered to the start and collected after you finish the event. We will have staff at the beginning of the event ready to adjust the bikes for you to suit your needs. British Bike Hire can supply SPD pedals at a small additional charge or can fit yours on the day. The bikes are geared sensibly for these events and all bikes will be fitted with two bottle cages.

For more information please contact: tony@britishbikehire.co.uk

Free Wattbike Training Guide

JoannaRowsellx150To help with your training, we have partnered with the team at Wattbike, and their Sport Scientists have devised a special programme for free!

Wattbike realises that not everyone is a pro, and as a result, not everyone has a coach to tell them how to train. They have developed a programme specifically designed for the Wiggle Dragon Ride to ensure that you get the maximum out of every session on the Wattbike. The guide includes a mixture of indoor and outdoor rides, hill sessions, strength sessions and technique workouts too. By following this guide you will not only be fitter but also a smoother, faster more efficient cyclist.

Click here for your free training guide.

Charity and Fundraising

Macmillanx240Macmillan 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 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 Wiggle Dragon Ride JustGiving page

Contact Wiggle Dragon Ride

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