Our Routes

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*To download the GPX route file, click on your selected route above. This will open a Google Drive, you will then need to click download (top right hand corner). If doing this on your phone, once downloaded you can select ‘open in’ and then select your route mapping app of choice. You should then be able to transfer this to your synced navigation device. 

For 2021 we scoured the Brecon Beacons and our vault to redesign all 4 routes to recreate the routes in reverse for the first time in 12 years – for 2022 we will once again be completing the routes in reverse. Each route will begin and end at our event village in the beautiful Margam Park  near Port Talbot and head into, in our opinion, the best riding in the UK.

We have also worked with Simon Warren, author of the internationally renowned 100 Climbs Series, to create a Climbs Guide profiling each of the major climbs.

Check out the details on each of the routes below

Dragon Devil - RouteDragon Devil

Race Director Difficulty Rating: 11/10

The infamous Devil has been made even harder! With 4614m of ascent, and the distance coming in at a monstrous 296km. You’ll face all the classic climbs made famous by this route. You’ll still climb Devil’s Elbow and Devil’s staircase form the regular direction, but you’ll face the others from the opposite direction to previous years.

This is not for the feint hearted and is truly a bucket list achievement!

    • Sardis Hill (3/10)
    • Glynneath Hill (6/10)
    • Black Mountain (7/10)
    • Sugar Loaf Hill (5/10)
    • Devils Staircase (10/10)
    • Bwlych Cerrig Duon (5/10)
    • Bwlych Bryn-Rhudd (5/10)
    • Devils Elbow (8/10)
    • Rhigos (6/10)
    • The Bwlch (7/10)

Dragon Devil - Route Profile

 

Gran Fondo - RouteGran Fondo

Race Director Difficulty Rating:  9.5/10

This is the most popular route on the Dragon Ride, and for good reason. It’s a tough day’s cycling coming in at 213km with just under 3500m of ascent. We have added in new sections and a major climb, while removing one of the traditional ones.

Don’t be fooled, this may not be the hardest of the Dragon Ride routes, however, it is still a major challenge requiring high levels of fitness, strength, and fortitude. Anybody who manages to slay this beast has completed an amazing achievement.

You will tackle the following major climbs:

  • Sardis Hill (3/10)
  • Glynneath Hill (6/10)
  • Black Mountain (7/10)
  • Bwlch Cerrig Duon (5/10)
  • Bwlch Bryn-Rhudd (5/10)
  • Devils Elbow (8/10)
  • Rhigos (6/10)
  • The Bwlch (7/10)

Gran Fondo - Route Profile

 

Medio Fondo - Route

Medio Fondo

Race Director Difficulty rating: 8/10

Don’t let the name fool you, the “Medio” Fondo is still considerably tougher than most other sportive’s longest routes, coming in at 157km and 2396m of climbing. You’ll take on some of the most famous climbs the Dragon Ride has to offer and the sweeping scenery and quiet roads of the Brecon Beacons.

As well as reversing the route, compared to 2019 we have added 2 new sections which has added 1 more cat 4 climb and 1 more cat 5 climb.

You will tackle the following major climbs:

  • Sardis Hill (3/10)
  • Glynneath Hill (6/10)
  • Bwlch Bryn-Rhudd (5/10)
  • Devils Elbow (8/10)
  • Rhigos (6/10)
  • The Bwlych (7/10)

Medio Fondo - Route Profile

 

Macmillan 100 - Route

Macmillan 100

Race Director Difficulty rating: 6.5/10

The “short” route of Dragon Ride, the Macmillan 100 – gets its name from our long-standing charity partners Macmillan. It used to be bang on 100km, but is now 98km with 1314m of climbing. Still a feat to be proud of.

We have fully reversed the 2019 route; you’ll now tackle both The Bwlch and Rhigos from the other direction. This offers a fresh challenge, new views, and an amazing day out on the bike.

You will tackle the following major climbs:

  • Sardis Hill (3/10)
  • Rhigos (6/10)
  • The Bwlch (7/10)

Macmillan 100 - Route Profile