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Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales

Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales

Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales

Sunday, 10th June, 2012
A challenging bike ride through the valleys of South Wales.
For 2012 the routes avoid the coastal section used last year and once again concentrate on the superb climbs South Wales has to offer. The Medio Fondo Ride will include the Cimla, Rhigos and Bwlch climbs as well other ascents. The Gran Fondo Route, will in addition to the above have one new major signature climb, The Black Mountain and the return of the "Hill With No Name" in the Brecon Beacons, an old favourite not included on the Dragon since 2007. The Corto Route is in effect a circuit of Margam Mountain.
The event is intended for experienced cyclists, unlike shorter rides this is not a leisure ride and should only be attempted by reasonably fit and competent riders. The event takes place 3-4 weeks before the Tour of France Etape participation ride; the Dragon Ride offers the only compatible climbs in the southern UK, ideal as training for the Etape.
For further information Tel: (01656) 654906

Wiggle Dragon Ride

Wiggle Dragon Ride, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

Starting at Pencoed, 5 June The Wiggle Dragon Ride cyclosportive is a circular, 45, 120 or 200km non competitive road cycle challenge ride over the beautiful hills and valleys of South Wales and this year also includes areas of thespectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

The largest cycling event in Wales

Ogmore Valley, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

The Dragon Ride is the largest cycling event in Wales and the largest of its kind in the UK. The event is based on a format that has become very popular in France and Italy during the nineties, essentially a road cycling marathon held over a mountainous route. The first Dragon Ride was held in 2004 and was based at the Recreation Centre in Bridgend. One of only three events of its kind in the UK, the inaugural ride had an entry of 280 riders. A challenging route of just over 100 miles took the hardy entrants over the most challenging climbs in South Wales, The Bwlch, Rhigos and Brecon Beacons. The ride has grown in popularity dramatically each year with the 2010 event sold 3000 places in just ten days and a further 300 entries were filled within seven minutes of their release, unprecedented within UK cycling. Entries to the event are now closed with 3500 riders entered.