Entries are now open for the Dragon Ride 2023.

Based at Margam Park near Swansea in South Wales, the Dragon Ride is renowned as one of the UK's toughest and most scenic sportives. Next year's edition will take place on Sunday 18 June 2023.

Riders can apply for a place via a ballot, or pay extra for a guaranteed entry. Three entry tiers are on offer: standard (entry only), premium (entry + photos and personalised medal) and premium plus (entry, photos, medal + jersey).

A number of discounted Macmillan entries are also available for cyclists wishing to fundraise for the Dragon Ride's nominated charity.

The Dragon Ride is widely regarded as among the toughest and sportives in the UK. Four distances are on offer, ranging from 98km to a massive 296km for the Dragon Devil - rated at 11 out of 10 for difficulty by the event director! And with 4614m of climbing that seems a fair assessment.

Whichever distance you opt for, a great day's cycling is guaranteed as the courses wind through the quiet roads and breathtaking scenery of the Brecon Beacons.

2023 will see the Dragon follow the reverse routes for a third year running - a switch-up that offers even Dragon veterans the chance of a fresh perspective on the familiar terrain - and climbs - of this beautiful part of Wales.

For more details and to enter the Dragon Ride 2023, visit the event website at www.dragonride.co.uk.