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The Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales.
The UK - UCI Golden Bike World Series Round.
Sunday 10th June 2012



Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2012 Wiggle Dragon Ride at Margam Park.

Click here for results



Official event photos are now available from www.sportivephoto.com.

Entries for the 2013 Dragon Ride will open later in the year but you can be eligible for an exclusive priority booking period if you have entered both the 2012 Wiggle Dragon Ride and 2012 Etape Cymru. You can still enter the 2012 Etape Cymru here.[/centre]

A short film from the 2011 Wiggle Dragon Ride

Longer version


How to Enter


Click the "Online Entry" button on the top right of the page, this will take you through the online entry proceedure.

Entry Fees



Gran Fondo & Medio Fondo £39.50
Corto £29.50

Premier (Formerly Hospitality) Package £215 (includes accommodation and post/pre event hospitality). See pdf below for full details. SOLD OUT
Dragon Ride 2012 Premier Entry Packages.pdf





What you get for your entry fee:



•Online entry and secure credit card payment facilities.
•Entry transfer, if you have to drop out (available until April).
•Regular online newsletter.
•Climb videos.
•Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride.
•Free car parking at the start venue.
•Electronic timing with disposable chip that you don’t need to return after the ride.
•Route signage, en-route information.
•Mechanical support from Mavic.
•Motorcycle marshalling by NEG Wales/UK.
•First aid cover by St John Ambulance.
•Feed stations with water, energy drink sweet and or savoury food.
•Course recovery for rider and bike.
•Gold/Silver and Bronze timing standards for age and gender.
•Finisher’s medal.
•Goody Bag.
•Pasta party.
•Showers.
•Live music and entertainment at event village.
•SMS results.
•Online results in alphabetical order.
•Downloadable finisher’s certificate.


Bike Hire


Do you need to hire a bike?
Totally Bikes is the official bike hire partner for The Wiggle Dragon Ride. If you’re not sure your bike is quite up to the challenge of The Dragon Ride or you simply don’t want the hassle of travelling with a bike, then Totally Bikes can help. They are a specialist bike hire firm with a large hire fleet built around the latest model Felt road bikes – perfect for taking on the mighty Bwlch and Rhigos. Totally Bikes is obsessed with offering a great service and delivering the best possible bikes at a reasonable price. The Totally Bikes team will be on hand at Margam Park to service Dragon Riders throughout the Dragon weekend. If you’re interested in hiring a bike click the link and complete a bike hire enquiry form. One of the Totally Bikes team will contact you to discuss the options.
http://www.totally-timetrial.co.uk/road-bike-hire



Venue Change

From 2012 the Dragon Ride will be based at Margam Park near Port Talbot, South Wales.

Margam Park is well used to holding major events such as the Wales Rally GB and British Championship Mountain Bike races. The park is located right alongside the M4 motorway and is close to the main line railway stations at Port Talbot and Pyle.
From riders feedback two main areas that will be improved are car parking and the start procedure. Car parking will be situated within the deer park only a few hundred metres from the start/finish area, the spacious eastern area of the park will accommodate a more expansive start facility in order to reduce waiting times for riders to get underway.

There are also several attractions on site for family members attending the ride such as the “Go Ape” zip wire, adventure playground, fantasy land and mountain bike hire.

http://www.margamcountrypark.co.uk/default.aspx?page=1325

Click "More" button above to access the Accommodation page of the website for places to stay.

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Route

For 2012 the routes avoid the coastal section used this year and once again concentrate on the superb climbs South Wales has to offer. The Medio Fondo Ride will include the Cimla, Rhigos and Bwlch climbs as well other ascents. The Gran Fondo Route, will in addition to the above have one new major signature climb, The Black Mountain and the return of the "Hill With No Name" in the Brecon Beacons, an old favourite not included on the Dragon since 2007. The Corto Route is in effect a circuit of Margam Mountain.

There will be selective road closures along some sections of the route.

Details of the provisional course can be found on the Route page of this website



Promoted by Participate Sports and organised by BreakAway Events.

The event is intended for experienced cyclists, unlike shorter rides this is not a leisure ride and should only be attempted by reasonably fit and competent riders. The event takes place 3-4 weeks before the Tour of France Etape participation ride; the Dragon Ride offers the only compatible climbs in the southern UK, ideal as training for the Etape.
Mechanical support at the start and out on the course will be provided by the famous yellow Mavic service vehicles.



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Page updated 24th May 2012.


* source - Cycling Weekly.