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For 2020 we scoured the Brecon Beacons and our vault to redesign all 4 routes. We’re excited to confirm that in 2021 – for the first time in 12 years – we’re challenging our riders to take on the Dragon in reverse. Each route will begin and end at our event village in the beautiful Margram Park near Port Talbot and head into, in our opinion, the best riding in the UK.
Dragon Devil: The infamous Devil has been made even harder! With 4351m of ascent, and the distance coming in at a monstrous 304km. You’ll face all the classic climbs made famous by this route. You’ll still climb Devil’s Elbow and Devil’s staircase form the proper direction, but you’ll face the others from the opposite direction to previous years.
This is not for the feint hearted and is truly a bucket list achievement; once completed you can say you’ve conquered the biggest Devil ever!
Gran Fondo: This is the most popular route on the Dragon Ride, and for good reason. It’s a tough day’s cycling coming in at 210km with over 3000m of ascent. We have added in new sections and a major climb, while removing one of the traditional ones.
Don’t be fooled, this may not be the hardest of the Dragon Ride routes, however, it is still a major challenge requiring high levels of fitness, strength, and fortitude. Anybody who manages to slay this beast has completed an amazing achievement.
Medio Fondo: Don’t let the name fool you, the “Medio” Fondo is still considerably tougher than most other sportive’s longest routes, coming in at 157km and 2111m of climbing. You’ll take on some of the most famous climbs the Dragon Ride has to offer and the sweeping scenery and quiet roads of the Brecon Beacons.
As well as reversing the route, compared to 2019 we have added 2 new sections which has added 1 more cat 4 climb and 1 more cat 5 climb.
Macmillan 100: The “short” route of Dragon Ride, the Macmillan 100 – gets its name from our long-standing charity partners Macmillan. It used to be bang on 100km, but is now 98.7km with 1212m of climbing. Still a feat to be proud of.
We have fully reversed the 2019 route; for the first time you’ll now tackle both The Bwlch and Rhigos from the other direction. This offers a fresh challenge, new views, and an amazing day out on the bike.
The UK’s most prestigious sportive
Sweeping Alpine-like climbs
Stunning South Wales scenery
Famous climbs including Rhigos, Black Mountain and Devil’s Elbow
Timed King of the Mountain competition on closed road climb
4,000 riders supporting each other to the finish line
Picturesque start/finish venue with car parking and large event village
Famous savoury food and energy products at Feed Stations
A major tick off your cycling bucket list
Well-stocked feed stations with sugary goods, savoury food, energy products and water
Riders pack posted out prior to the event – no need to register on the day
Free car park at start/finish venue
Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
Electronic chip timing
Results texted to your mobile phone as you cross the line
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