Dragon Ride organiser Lou Lusardi is considering moving the event’s headquarters a bit further west down the M4 corridor, as well as pushing the date nearer to the start of the Tour de France.
“The Dragon Ride will always include the Bwlch and Rhigos. They're our signature climbs and give the event its identity, so we have to keep them,” he said. “But even if we decide to stay in Pencoed, there will probably be some tweaks to the course next year.” One of the possible options is to run the event in the opposite direction, he said.
Despite looking at venues with more capacity, Mr Lusardi said that improving the quality of the Dragon Ride, rather than simply adding more and more riders, will be his focus in years to come. “The ultimate goal for any sportive is to achieve closed road status,” he said. “Given the population density of
Mr Lusardi said he will have discussions with the relevant figures in the Welsh Assembly to highlight the massive boost to the local economy that the Dragon Ride already provides – up to £1 million by his estimation. Holding the event closer to the date of the Tour de France could boost that figure by making the Dragon Ride an attractive proposition for riders travelling to Europe from
With a closed road Etape Hibernia in Ireland now set to supplement the massively successful Etape Caledonia, some might say the time is right to complete the car-free Celtic sportive trio with an Etape Cymru. It’s a tantalising prospect, and while riders would no doubt flock to a closed road Dragon Ride in even greater numbers, some might question whether there will be sufficient political will within the Welsh Assembly Government to overcome the local public opposition that such a proposal would inevitably attract.