Sportive Date 7th Jun 2020
Nights Available 1 to 4 nights

Dragon Ride

Port Talbot UK
Sportive Overview
Dragon Ride By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

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.

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Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride some of the best climbs in the UK

    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.

  • Ideal Preparation for the Etape du Tour

    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.

Why Book With Us

  • A range of the best bike hotels for the Dragon Ride & Dragon Tour
  • Early breakfasts & secure bike storage confirmed.


Saturday 8th June

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.

Sunday 9th June

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!


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Routes & FAQs

The Routes

Routes confirmed September 2019. 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

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.

Ride Distance: 230

Elevation gain: 2905

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.

Ride Distance: 153

Elevation gain: 2060

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.

Ride Distance: 100

Elevation gain: 1422

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Travel Packages

Popular Packages

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.

All Packages Include:

  • Choice of hotels near the race village
  • Early breakfast
  • Free warm up ride and mechanical assistance
Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

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