History of the Dragon Ride
The Dragon Ride is one of the oldest and most iconic sportives in the UK, returning to Margam Park for its 16th year in 2019.
Inspired by the popularity of Italian Gran Fondos in his home country, event organiser Lou Lusardi organised the very first Dragon Ride in 2004, with just 280 riders. At the time there were only a handful of sportives in the UK and Lusardi saw an opportunity to bring this type of event to South Wales.
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 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 305km Dragon Devil distance, and in 2015 a three-day Dragon Tour was created with the Dragon Ride as the finale.
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 incredible scenery, and allow riders to experience the wild and rugged beauty of the Welsh landscapes from sweeping descents to challenging climbs.