History of the Dragon Ride
‘Here Be Dragons’
The Dragon Ride is one of the oldest and most iconic sportives in the UK, renowned as being the toughest and most legendary in the British Isles. We will be returning to Margam Park for its what will be the 18th edition in 2022.
Lou Lusardi birthed the very first Dragon Ride in 2004, with just 280 riders, he was inspired by the popularity of Italian Gran Fondo’s 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. An insight that has proven correct and stood the test of time, with thousands every year now slaying the gruelling Dragon Ride.
Hear the story from from Lou himself:
The popularity of the inaugural event and the demand for this type of cycling challenge saw the Dragon Ride more than double in size each season over the next few years. Continual growth since has seen the current event become one of if not the the largest UK open road sportives, and a must-do event in the cycling calendar.
Human Race took over the organisation of the Dragon Ride in 2012 when the start/finish moved to the current venue, the picturesque Margam Park near Port Talbot. The Dragon Ride has always been an event at the forefront of cycling innovation, being the first to use online entries and disposable timing chips. 2014 saw the introduction of the mammoth 300km Dragon Devil.
The evolution of the event has always had the spirit of Wales at its heart combined with a true passion for cycling. 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.
2021 saw a first route change in that they were reversed for the very first time.