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Wiggle Dragon Ride

   

Wiggle Dragon Ride

When is the eventSunday 8th June 2014 Where is the Event Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, South Wales

  • 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 45km (total climbing 397m) £32.50
Medio Fondo 152km (total climbing 2,060m) £52.50
Gran Fondo 222km (total climbing 2,905m) £57.50
Dragon Devil 300km (total climbing 3,437m) £87.50 - SOLD OUT
WomenOnly Cycletta 45km (total climbing 397m) £32.50

Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo general entries have sold out. However, you can still enter for either of these distances if you commit to raise a minimum of £200 for the Official Charity Partner of the Wiggle Dragon Ride: Macmillan Cancer Support.

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

ENTER HEREENTRY DEADLINE: 9PM MONDAY 2nd JUNE 2014 (OR EARLIER IF FULL)

The UK’s most prestigious Sportive returns for its 11th year in 2014. The South Wales event will once again start from the picturesque Margam Park, Port Talbot, having moved there successfully in 2012. 2014 sees 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 45km.

The Dragon Devil will certainly not be for the faint hearted with the route including over 3,437m of climbing. 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 Cycletta will follow the same route as the Corto riders. 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 does NOT include accommodation this year but does include plenty of great features for you to enjoy…

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 TIME: 7:00am

AGE REQUIREMENT:
Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2014
Corto/Cycletta: Minimum Age 12 at 31 December, 2014 (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
•    Gold, Silver and Bronze timing standards for age and gender
•    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.

WATCH THE CLIMB VIDEOS HERE

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

Click on the elevation images below to access the route map
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

Award Times

Wiggle Dragon Ride Award Times

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/default.aspx?page=6218

Bridgend:
www.bridgendbites.com/staying.aspx

Swansea:
www.visitswanseabay.com/index.cfm?articleid=30388

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 is one campsite just 15 miles away from the event venue which would welcome any visiting cyclists wishing to camp. For more details visit www.ourwelsh.co.uk

2014 Official Wiggle Dragon Ride Merchandise

Official 2014 Wiggle Dragon Ride Jersey

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 plus some special Dragon Devil kit available to buy on Wiggle now.

Click here to get yours from Wiggle.

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.

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2013 Results and Gallery
Participant Entry List
Event Updates

Please find below links to all the emails sent out to the Wiggle Dragon Ride entrants to date.

If you are not receiving these emails, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

20/12 6 MONTHS TO GO EMAIL UPDATE

12/03 3 MONTHS TO GO EMAIL UPDATE

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

Customer Service:

Jeff Jones

General Event Enquiries (Weekdays - Office Hours) 07836 339395

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Wiggle Dragon Ride Sponsors

2014 Wiggle Etape Cymru
2014 Macmillan Cycletta Series
Cyclist
Financial Times London Cycle Sportive
The ever popular Garmin Eton SuperSprint triathlons are back!
Micro Scooter
2014 BananaMan Triathlon
Shock Absorber WomenOnly Tri 2014
Wiggle - Official Retail Partner of Human Race
Great Training Destinations in Switzerland
Wiggle Tri Relays 2014
SuperTri Children's, Youth & Junior Open Water Triathlon and Scootathlon

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