Dragon Ride

Port Talbot - 10th June 2018

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About Dragon Ride

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.

Mark, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "Sportive Breaks' attention to detail and communication are spot on! Will be back next year. "

The Routes

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.

Dragon Devil 305km

One of the toughest major sportives in Europe, the 305 route adds a 75km loop onto the Gran Fondo taking in the stunning Devil's Staircase. One of the most beautiful sportive routes anywhere in Europe.

DISTANCE  305 Km       ELEVATION  3800 M.

Gran Fondo 230km

Four major climbs including the climbed, closed road ascent of the Devil's Elbow. This route adds some miles in the Black Mountains and is a proper day out on the bike.

DISTANCE  230 Km       ELEVATION  2905 M.

Medio Fondo 153km

Two major climbs and a very lumpy route with over 2000m of climbing. The extra 53kms takes you into the Brecon Beacons and will add an extra 2hrs to the ride.

DISTANCE  153 Km       ELEVATION  2060 M.

The Macmillan 100 100km

A shorter ride with plenty of punch. Two tough climbs in the first half of the route makes this a challenging 100km.

DISTANCE  100 Km       ELEVATION  1422 M.

Where to Stay


20 minutes to the race start & finish and the best base if you are riding the 3 day Dragon Tour. Swansea is ideal if you want to make a long weekend out of the sportive and go for a ride in the stunning Gower Peninsula on the Saturday.

Port Talbot

The closest town to Margam Park makes this the most convenient base for the weekend. Port Talbot is home to a lovely sandy beach and the hotels here are all incredibly friendly and great value.



Getting There

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).

Documents Required

Your race pack will be sent to your address before the event.

What to Pack

You're riding in south Wales so expect anything from the weather and be prepared. Some of the climbs are steep so you will be needing as many gears as possible.


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.

Start & Finish

A circular route starting and ending at Margam Park.

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