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Dragon Ride — Discover the UK's toughest sportive

Dragon Ride

Dragon Ride — Discover the UK's toughest sportive

Road Cycling Collection by Dragon Ride

4

Tours

37:30 h

480 mi

35,225 ft

Dragon Ride is the UK's most legendary sportive, set in the stunning Brecon Beacons of South Wales. Each year, thousands of riders take on the rugged climbs and rural roads of Wales to slay the Dragon.

Margam Park will be hosting the event for the 17th edition in 2021.

Lou Lusardi birthed the very first Dragon Ride in 2004, with just 280 riders, after he was inspired by the popularity of Italian Gran Fondo rides in his home country. At the time there were only a handful of sportives in the UK and Lou saw an opportunity to bring this type of event to the Brecon Beacons in South Wales.

The Dragon Ride more than doubled in size each year to become one of the largest UK open road sportives, and an event not to be missed in the cycling calendar.

The evolution of the Dragon Ride has always had the spirit of Wales at its heart. The four different route options showcase the incredible scenery of the Brecon Beacons, and allow riders to experience the wild and rugged beauty of the Welsh landscapes from sweeping descents to challenging climbs.

Check out our 2021 routes below and register your interest for the 2021 Dragon Ride here: dragonride.co.uk/dragon-ride-register-interest-2021

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Tours & Highlights

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    Dragon Ride Gran Fondo

    Difficult
    10:18
    132 mi
    12.9 mph
    10,050 ft
    10,050 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The most popular route on the Dragon Ride, and for good reason, the Gran Fondo is a tough day in the saddle, with 210 kilometres (130.5 miles) and over 3,000 metres (9,842 feet) of climbing to tackle. We've added in new sections and a new major climb for the 2021 route.

    

    Although this isn't the hardest

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  • Difficult
    07:28
    97.8 mi
    13.1 mph
    6,925 ft
    6,925 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Don’t let the name fool you, the Medio Fondo is still considerably tougher than most other sportive’s longest routes, at a mighty 157 kilometres and 2,111 metres of climbing (97.5 miles, 6,926 feet).

    

    You’ll tackle some of the Dragon Ride's most famous climbs as well as the sweeping scenery and blissfully

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  • Difficult
    04:36
    61.3 mi
    13.3 mph
    3,975 ft
    3,975 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Dragon Ride's 'short' route, the Macmillan 100 takes its name from our long-standing charity partner and the 100 km distance. It's no longer bang on a metric century, but 98.7km with 1,212m of climbing is certainly not to be sniffed at!

    

    The 2019 route has been reversed for 2021, which will take riders

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  • Difficult
    15:08
    189 mi
    12.5 mph
    14,275 ft
    14,275 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    **Devil Route Cancelled until 2022**

    Race director difficulty rating: 11/10. Does that give you an idea?

    

    The infamous Devil has been made *even* harder! With 4,351 metres (14,275 feet) of ascent, and the distance coming in at a monstrous 304 kilometres (189 miles).

    

    You’ll encounter all the classic climbs

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    480 mi
  • Duration
    37:30 h
  • Elevation
    35,225 ft

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