It's without a doubt one of the most legendary and iconic sportives in the world... and now the epic Dragon Ride has announced the new reversed routes way ahead of time, so you can get yourself prepared for a truly epic day in the saddle on the 7th June 2020!
This year over 4,000 hardy souls completed one of the four routes on offer, with riders from 26 countries making the trip over to Wales with ambitions of slaying the Dragon. Numerous road.cc staffers have conquered the Dragon Ride over the years, and we can certainly vouch for its epic-ness! Starting from Margam Park in Port Talbot, the Dragon Ride takes a tour of the Welsh countryside, tackling the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons and the surrounding landscapes.
For 2020 we'll hope the weather plays ball like it did for most of the day in 2019, and we're also looking forward to the extra twist... because for the first time since 2012 the routes have now been reversed, so even if you're a Dragon Ride regular, this year it's the same epic challenge but a different beast!
If you're a full-fledged ultra cycling enthusiast or just looking to push yourself further (and higher) than ever before, then the Dragon Devil is the one for you. Just shy of 300km and taking in a whopping 4,912m of elevation, you'll take in the beautiful countryside around the Brecon Beacons and also take on some of its most fearsome summits: the brutal Devil's Staircase, the Devil's Elbow and Black Mountain all feature, and if you've conquered them before you'll know all about them! With the route reversed it's now tougher than ever, and a bucket list achievement if you manage to slay it.
While the Dragon Devil might take the title as the longest one-day sportive in the UK, there are also three other challenging routes on offer to cater for beginners up to very accomplished cyclists who just fancy a few less hours in the saddle. All will take in the same famous countryside as the Devil, with Macmillian 100 route taking in both The Bwlch and Rhigos from the reverse direction compared to previous years.
The other routes offered are the 160.5km Medio Fondo and the 206km Gran Fondo, taking in a punishing 2,826m and 3,526m of elevation respectively.
Are you tough enough to slay the Dragon? If you think you have what it takes then head over to the website to register your interest for 2020 tickets - they will be snapped up fast so be sure to check back when they go on sale, train hard, and we'll see you on the 7th June!
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