Entry forms for the 2005 Dragon Ride, organised by BreakAway Cycling are now available on this website, just downlaod one by clicking here - just print one out and fill it as you would a normal entry form.
The Dragon ride is a circular, 100 & 150km non competitive road cycle challenge ride over the hills and valleys of South Wales. Promoted and organised by BreakAway Cycling the event is designed for experienced cyclist's - unlike shorter charity rides this is not a leisure ride and should only be attempted by reasonably fit and competent riders. The event takes place onSunday 19th June - three weeks before the Tour of France Etape participation ride; why not use the DRAGON RIDE as training for the Etape?
BreakAway Cycling have big plans for the 2005 edition, hoping to introduce timing for the first time. The maximum entry will be 600 and the minimum age is 14.
The start and finish will be at Bridgend, South Wales. (Bridgend is situated between Cardiff and Swansea with good road and rails links). The route will be identified with direction arrows and there will be refreshment points along the route along with mechanical back up, medical and rescue/support vehicles.
The route takes in two classic UK category 1 climbs as used in the past on the Tour of Britain, for the longer route a steep, short, sharp climb in the heart of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. The latter part of the ride winds its way down the former mining valleys of the Rhondda Ogmore and Garw.
New for 2005 is a climb on the outward leg from Pontrhydyfen to Cimla, a slightly longer loop in the Brecon Beacons to Defynnog (which may involve an additional 18% climb, depending on how nasty we feel!). Finally a climb over Llangeinor mountain road which replace the New Mill bends at Blackmill and the hard final climb up past the Parc Prison.
Medio Fondo 100km
Start Bridgend Recreation Centre, from 09.30am, west along A48 to Port Talbot, A4107 Afan Valley, B4287 to Cimla (Neath). North along the A4230/A4109/B4242 to Glynneath (150km split), Hirwaun, South on A4061 over the Rhigos mountain road to Treorchy, Bwlch mountain road, Nantymoel, A4093 Llangeinor, A4064 Brynmenyn, Tondu A4065/4063. Finish is back at Bridgend Recreation Centre. (Approx. 1280m of climbing, 180m up on 2004).
Gran Fondo 150km
As above route plus 50km loop A4109/A4221 Abercraf, A4067 Dan-yr Ogof, Defynnog, Heol Senni, Ystradfellte, Penderyn. Rejoin above route at Hirwaun. (Approx 2230m of climbing, 300m up on 2004).
For any additional information check www.breakaway-cycling.co.uk