Our 2021 Routes

For 2020 we scoured the Brecon Beacons and our vault to redesign all 4 routes. We’re excited to confirm that in 2021 – for the first time in 12 years – we’re challenging our riders to take on the Dragon in reverse. Each route will begin and end at our event village in the beautiful Margram Park  near Port Talbot and head into, in our opinion, the best riding in the UK.

We’ve joined forces with komoot to showcase each route, using the route planner’s detail-rich route profiles, including elevation and surface type along every inch of the ride. Dragon Ride participants will receive bonus komoot map bundles to help plan their training rides as well as navigating the Dragon Ride routes.

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 (including GPX files)

Dragon Devil

Race Director Difficulty Rating: 11/10

The infamous Devil has been made even harder! With 4351m of ascent, and the distance coming in at a monstrous 304km. 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 proper 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; once completed you can say you’ve conquered the biggest Devil ever!

    • 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)

View the route details, download it as a gpx or sync it with your gps device on komoot here.

 

Gran 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 210km with over 3000m 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)

View the route details, download it as a gpx or sync it with your gps device on komoot here.

 


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 2111m 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)

View the route details, download it as a gpx or sync it with your gps device on komoot here.

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 98.7km with 1212m of climbing. Still a feat to be proud of.

We have fully reversed the 2019 route; for the first time 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)

View the route details, download it as a gpx or sync it with your gps device on komoot here.