The Dragon Ride - fresh with new sponsors Vitus for 2019 - is one of Britain's most popular sportives.
Now in its 16th year, there are four different distances available ranging from 100km to 300km. The longest event is the Dragon Devil which involves 300km (almost 200 miles!) of riding and 4,852 metres of climbing - yet sells out each year!
The Dragon Tour also returns for 2019, a three-day cycling event first held in 2015.
All sportives start from Margam Park, Port Talbot, which has been used as the starting point since 2012.
Those doing the Dragon Devil should be aware that there are some serious climbs on this route, including the 'Rhigos' (which is a nearly 11km climb), 'Black Mountain' and the 'Devil’s Elbow' – the Dragon Ride’s signature climbs – with the new addition of the 'Devil's Staircase', a climb with a 15% gradient and elevation of 480m.
There are plenty of technical descents on the ride and riders are warned that these are not easy and should be taken with caution.
General entries for the Dragon Ride 2019 are now on sale. To enter, visit the event website at www.dragonride.co.uk.
At a Glance
- 09 Jun 2019 8:00am
- Tickets On Sale
- The Vitus Dragon RideThe Vitus Dragon RidePort Talbot, South Wales, UK
- Up to 300 km (186 miles)
- From 49.50 GBP
- Unknown Riders
Entries will be closed the Monday before the rides, unless the event sells out in advance (which the 300km Devil route is expected to).
Dragon Devil/Gran Fondo/Medio Fondo: Minimum age 16 at 31 December, 2015; Corto/Cycletta: Minimum Age 12 at 31 December, 2015 (any child under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).