Wiggle Dragon Ride 2013

 

We will be giving you a rider’s eye view of the Wiggle Dragon ride as our intrepid reporter Pam Wilson rode it for the first time this year, but while we wait for her to recover enough to write up her experience, we thought you might like to hear a bit about the day.

 

Admiring the scenery on the Wiggle Dragon Ride 2013

 

It was the 10th year of the Wiggle Dragon Ride and 2013 was blessed with lots of sunshine, as more than 4000 riders descended on Margam Country Park in Port Talbot, South Wales ready to tame the Dragon.

 

3653 riders stepped up to the challenge of the Gran Fondo distance which sees cyclists cover a grueling 210 kms with the added challenge of 3,350 metres of climbing. The hot conditions which reached up to 24 degrees added to the challenge for cyclists who took advantage of Welsh Rarebit and PowerBar supplies at the feed stations to provide some much needed energy. Cyclists were also grateful for a chilled Vita Coco to re-hydrate them at the finish line.

 

The Medio Fondo distance attracted 1168 cyclists who had risen to the challenge of the 128 km route though the beautiful Welsh valleys and mountains. This option brought riders on a climb of 1875 metres which tested the legs of the cyclists but many commented that it was worth it to enjoy the beautiful Welsh scenery at the peak.

 

In addition to this, 200 ladies took part in the first ever Cycletta at the Wiggle Dragon Ride. The ladies took on a challenging, hilly route of 38 km. This new element to the Wiggle Dragon Ride has replaced the previous Corto distance. This route is the most challenging of all the Cycletta events which take place nationwide and attracted a mix of experienced cyclists and new-comers to the sport who were looking for a good challenge.

 

Climbing on the Wiggle Dragon Ride 2013

 

Many riders relished the opportunity to tackle the long, steep climbs of the Welsh mountains which are akin to French Alpine climbs, giving riders relentless climbing on some tough points of the course. Lots of participants also took the opportunity to raise money for the official charity of the Wiggle Dragon Ride, Prostate Cancer UK.

 

Famous faces taking part in this year’s Wiggle Dragon Ride included ex-rugby player Austin Healey, who cycled on a Giant Defy Advanced sl10 bike. "The Dragon Ride is the best sportive around,” the former English international commented. “Even though it is in Wales!” he added with a wry smile. “Since I finished playing rugby I really got into cycling. It’s easy on the joints and I enjoy that real camaraderie that comes with going out on a long bike ride with mates.”

 

Five cyclists were recognised by Human Race this weekend for having successfully completed all 10 years of the Dragon Ride. They were presented with limited edition 10th anniversary polo shirts to mark their dedication to the event. Andy Morgan who celebrated a decade taking part in the Wiggle Dragon Ride commented: “It definitely does get better and better every single year but it still has the same character and same sense of enjoyment.”

 

Wiggle Dragon Ride founder Lou Lusardi said: “I am delighted to celebrate the 10th year of the Wiggle Dragon Ride. Little did I know that when I started the event back in 2004 with 280 cyclists that it would continue to grow to what it is today. The unparalleled scenery and challenging course is what keeps people coming back year after year.”

 

We have just heard that the Dragon Ride 2014 priority window will open at 9am on Thurs 3rd Oct.  Those who entered/paid for both the Dragon and Etape Cymru this year and those who have entered 5yrs or more of the Dragon Ride will be eligible to enter. General entries will be open on 10th Oct. For more information and to register your interest for next year please visit www.humanrace.co.uk/cycling

 

 

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