One of the most prestigious sportives in the UK and one of the hardest taking in the longest and hardest climbs in the stunning South Wales countryside. Now part of the Etape series, this classic sportive gets a touch of the Tour de France with a podium and great prizes for winners of the closed roads KOM climbs.
There are multiple options for the Dragon Ride starting at 100km and going all the way up to the epic Dragon Devil at 305km - one of the toughest events anywhere in Europe.
Now in it's 13th year, the Dragon Ride mixes great organisation, a friendly atmosphere and a stunning route making it one of the most popular sportives in Europe.
Black Mountain, Devil's Elbow & Devil's Staircase and more are included in the Dragon Ride. These are legendary climbs in the UK with some very steep slopes (over 20%) and some incredible views. A great way to discover a rarely visited part of the country.
An early start, a long day in the saddle and some long climbs. The Dragon Ride has been used for years as an ideal warm up event for the Etape/ Marmotte / Maratona.
One of the most popular sportives in the UK, the Dragon Ride L'Etape Wales takes in some breathtaking scenery in the Brecon Beacons and beyond. With routes from 100km to a mighty 305km there is something for everyone at this event including the three day Dragon Tour with three challenging routes finishing with the Dragon Ride.
We lead a relaxed warm up ride from the Best Western Aberavon in Port Talbot. The ride is 25 miles to a coffee stop and 22 miles back. We will aim to be out for four hours including the stop with a pace of 25km/h.
Dragon day! After an early breakfast including porridge, head to the race start. You can keep your car in the hotel car park or drive to the start where there is lots of parking. Come see us at the end for a welsh cake!
Routes confirmed September 2018. Based on this year: Heading from the coast in Port Talbot and up into the hills, a major part of the Dragon Ride's huge popularity is its stunning route. There is a wide range of options to choose from starting at 100km and going all the way up to the epic 305km route. Each route adds slightly more, the 153km takes in the Brecon Beacons, the 230km adds the Black Mountains and the 305km adds a loop to the Devil's Staircase. Whatever your choice, expect some tough climbs and glorious views.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 305
Elevation gain: 3800
Ride Distance: 230
Elevation gain: 2905
Ride Distance: 153
Elevation gain: 2060
Ride Distance: 100
Elevation gain: 1422
The easiest way to get to Margam Park is to drive. There are direct trains to Port Talbot and the nearest airport is Cardiff (45 mins).
No messing around queuing for your race pack at the Dragon Ride. Your pack will be sent in the post beforehand so you can simply arrive at Margam Park and start riding.
A circular route starting and ending at Margam Park.
With four different route options and lots of hotels to choose from in Port Talbot and Swansea, the easiest way to book is to select your dates and number of people on the booking box to the right. Select your hotel and then choose your route choice.
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