On the 5th of June 2016 the UK’s most prestigious cycling sportive returns to stunning South Wales for its 13th year! In 2015 more than 5,500 cycling enthusiasts, from as far away as Australia, lined up in the picturesque Margam Park nervous with anticipation at the prospect of taking on one of the 4 challenging routes the infamous Dragon Ride had to offer. 2016 sees the Dragon Ride return with a new 100km route, the Macmillan 100, complementing the original Medio Fondo (153 km & approx. 2,095m of climbing), Gran Fondo (230km & approx.. 2,060m of climbing) & the mighty Dragon Devil (305km). A new introduction in 2014, the mammoth Dragon Devil distance, will once again be on offer for 2016. Not one for the faint hearted, the whopping 305km route features some of South Wales’ most challenging and famous climbs, namely the ‘Rhigos’, ‘Black Mountain’, ‘Devil’s Elbow’ and the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ - a climb with a 15% gradient and elevation of 480m. If you have what it takes, the Dragon Devil would be the ultimate tick off on your cycling bucket list!
If the one day of cycling isn’t enough to feed your habit, organisers Human Race Events are offering the Dragon Tour, a three-day Tour event that sees 500 cyclists take on a sportive each day, culminating with the Dragon Ride itself on day three. Giving you the chance to really take in a pro-riders’ experience in a stage race. Not only this, but each evening of the Tour, riders can enjoy a dinner, some post ride recovery and will be joined by a special guest speaker on the final evening, to provide some extra fire to tiring cyclists raring to take on the Dragon Ride on the final day.
The official charity partner of the 2016 Dragon Ride will be Macmillan Cancer Support and organisers Human Race Events encourage all riders to join Team Macmillan to raise as much money as possible to help people affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support are playing a big part in this year’s event, as they will be title sponsor of the new distance, the Macmillan 100. Although the Macmillan 100 is the shortest of the four routes, at 100km, it provides the perfect challenge for novice and intermediate cyclists to work towards, as well as it being for a great cause. You do not want to miss out on the opportunity to ride in the UK’s most prestigious sportive, taking in South Wales’ finest countryside and conquering its most iconic climbs. 6,000 riders are expected to flock to South Wales to take part in the 2016 Dragon Ride, will you be one of them? Have you got what it takes to slay the Dragon?
Enter today, to get in ahead of general entries opening on 14th September. The event sells out notoriously quickly, so this is your best chance of securing a place.
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