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Wiggle Dragon Ride

08/06/2014 - Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales - Sportive

Rating: 86.0% based on 13 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 88.9% based on 25 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 100.000%

JackGlass wrote:

Really nice route, friendly, barely saw any marshalls though? Food station ruined it for me, I may as well have just downloaded the route map and rode it myself. Had to spend money in the local shop to get what should have been included as part of the event.

Rated Event: 84.444%

RichLawrence wrote:

Did the Medio Fondo, was one of the last starters. Route signing and safety was good, marshalling very helpful.

Feed stations were OK to start with, but started to run dry and out of stuff towards the end.

Would definitely not do it again, only because I've done it now.

Highly recommended.

Wiggle - Make sure you don't run out of water and food please.

Rated Event: 86.667%

gareth wrote:

Great ride.
However, very disappointed by the feed stations and needing to queue for a good 10 minutes for water. Had the same experience at the Chiltern 100, also run by Human Race. We need more water stations at the feed stops.

Rated Event: 70.000%

owainroberts wrote:

Website is rubbish, great route, slow to get the Medio riders going,

Rated Event: 91.111%

grahamrobinson wrote:

One of the better sportives I have done due to the nature of the ascents and particularly the descents which were not the short and steep variety you can get in some of the other sportives. These had a more gentle alpine type gradient and were more enjoyable as a result. The scenery was spectacular and feed stations were well stocked with yummy salted potatoes though take the point that this depends on when you arrived (I had a similar experience of no food at the etape du dales having crashed earlier so can appreciate how frustrating this is for those following - should earlier riders be rationed as many seem to fill their pockets with extra gels etc - difficult to police this I guess with the general chaos that goes on at the feed stations??) Overall though highly recommended sportive which should be on the tick list for those who want a good challenge.

Rated Event: 92.222%

Sasha wrote:

First experience in a mountains - Very much enjoyed it. Just wish some riders gave more space on descents - not all of us are ready to die or feel comfortable to gave it all on unknown descents. And please - stop taking corners from upcoming traffic lane - that just stupid!, and if you decided to walk up devils elbow please do it on one side of the road and not all over the place because some of us actually try/want/make an effort to cycle up it. Otherwise that was awesome ride with a bunch of awesome cyclists.

Rated Event: 80.000%

JonnyJones wrote:

This was my first attempt at the Dragon (Medio), and overall it was a fantastic day out. The scenery is stunning and the hills are incredibly satisfying. I've lived in South Wales all my life, and I can't believe that I've never before discovered the Devil's Elbow... simply amazing, and one of the best climbs I've ever had the privilege to ride. It's really hard to imagine a much better route, and I must go back next year to attempt the Gran or maybe even the Devil.

The organisation was impeccable. There were some queues for the car park, but, with 5000 riders arriving in a couple of hours, that's a tough nut to crack. Friendly motorbike marshals were everywhere and quickly checked that you were OK if you pulled in for more than a couple of minutes, and the signage was perfect.

But - and this is a really big negative - the feed stations were utterly inadequate by the time we arrived. No energy drinks, gels or bars were available anywhere. There was no savoury food until 30km from the end, and then only salted potatoes (great, but too little, too late). The 96km station ran out of water and almost all food, so riders were reliant on the local pub for sustenance. No station offered electrolytes. This is utterly unacceptable: fast and slow riders pay the same fees and should receive the same service. If I hadn't packed sandwiches, I'd have been in big trouble.

The goody bag was non-existent, too, which made the entry fee really poor value. And, disappointingly, the tiny Wiggle shop had sold out of almost all sizes of overpriced jerseys by the time I got back.

The value for money contrast with the recent, equally stunning, Carten100 ride in South Wales was stark. My entry fee there included a free jersey, an incredibly sustaining, commendably large bacon bap and plentiful drink supplements.

Wiggle/Human Race need to look at what their competitors are doing. If you only want to do one event in Wales next year and 100 miles is enough for you, do the Carten rather than the Dragon: you get more for your money and the scenery is just as good, even though the climbs are less dramatic.

Rated Event: 74.444%

KathyRobbins wrote:

It was my first 140m ride and an amazing scenic route, tough and challenging which heightens the pride you feel at finishing, particulary when not having walked a single meter even up The dreaded Devils Elbow which nearly (but not quite) psyched me into baling.
The staff at all points, the start, dodgy feed stations, marsalls, finish line were all great, friendly, encouraging and helpful.
We were late finishing because of my husbands sickness, great welcome from staff and other riders but got back about 8.30, tea and proper food which we were desperate for all finished, even though cyclists still arriving and people having massages! So back to car and 1/2 hr drive before a cup of tea! agghhhghgahah. We would do this again, but unless guarantees on the food hygiene are given we'll orgainise our own feed stations thanks!
Overall: Challenging ride, well worth doing. But needs better managed hygenic feed stations with decent supplies. It's a blinking long way to ride on water and scraps!!!

Rated Event: 92.222%

SimonAppleton wrote:

Brilliant ride. I did the Devil and would recommend you do it. Once.

Rated Event: 83.333%

davidm wrote:

This is a great event - but in my view does require some serious preparation and some commitment - it is not to be taken lightly. It was my second time - and is on my - "every year" list - however the feed stations were poor frankly. There needs to be more than water in every feed to drink (I was ok but I am sure lots were not) rather than only at some. And the number of marshals seemed down on last yr or perhaps spread more thinly due to the extra distance. Ultimately though - the riders will cause this event the problems - cant believe the times I saw guy throw gels and banana skins away rather than put them in the pocket. Also - I think the organisers need to liaise with local police regarding traffic off the motorway pre-start. however - a fantastic route to ride a bike ....marvellous beauty in the valleys ....pricey, but worth it. The goodie bag (or at least mine) was an embarassment to Wiggle ...if thats as good as it gets ...dont bother! Still - didnt do it for the freebies - see you again next year!

Rated Event: 86.667%

Kev Sp wrote:

My first ever double century (okay, kilometers, but still 200+) riding the Gran Fondo (with your writer and fellow club member Sean Lacey).

Positives - too many to list, but some awesome scenery and epic descents on the first could of climbs (worth going just for those)

Negatives - the queue to get to the event village! Two of the four feed stations only had water, including the last which is when riders are most likely to need it.

Special mention to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th feed stops and the salted new potatoes - wonderful.



Rated Event: 100.000%

razzledazzle007 wrote:

Excellent! Course was challenging and good variety for all. Signs were clear and well marshalled with plenty of support vehicles on the route. I finished before the rain came as well so perfect day out for me even though slight delay getting underway and no real relevance regarding previously advised start times. Definately up for it again next year!

Rated Event: 76.667%

Sorebones wrote:

Overall an excellent sportive. Good start location and stunning route (medio distance). Motorcycle outriders and medical support were very visible throughout, and route well marshalled with dangerous sections either manned or well signposted.

However. The feed stations on this sportive were a complete joke. My distance event were finally released at 10:00 am. At the first feed station (30 miles) we were told it was water only, energy products were at the next station. At that station (60 miles), not only was there not a single gel or energy drink to be found, they had also completely run out of water, with hundreds of riders still due through. We're it not for the kindness of the local pub filling bottles for riders, we'd have been in some trouble. The feed station helpers were friendly and helpful (and salted spuds were very welcome) but for £50 entry fee the organisers should be ashamed of themselves. This reflects very badly on wiggle and would make me think twice about entering any of their events again.

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 97.778%

morganj72 wrote:

Best dragon i done by a mile :)

Rated Event: 92.222%

Pebble wrote:

A fantastic route with some great climbs.

Rated Event: 82.222%

Gavin Whitham wrote:

Can the route be altered next year, I've ridden the same route for the last 2 years now?

Rated Event: 97.778%

EnyaElswood wrote:

I will do it again albeite in good weather

Rated Event: 96.667%

gareth wrote:

Brilliant weather. Very well organised event. Marshals and medical support were quickly on-hand to deal with the several crashes I saw along the way. I loved the route. Spectacular scenary and some great climbing to prepare for the Marmotte. Roads were really crowded at the beginning which was a bit stressy at times. Also some of the traffic lights didn't seem to change for cyclists which caused a huge group to accumulate waiting at one before the Rhigos or Bwlch (not sure which it was). In the end we had to jump the lights because they weren't going to change.
One of the best sportives I have ridden and a real challenge at over 200km.

Rated Event: 98.889%

razzledazzle007 wrote:

Great event! This was my first Dragon Ride and I really enjoyed the route and support from the organisers and spectators along the way. The whole day was run professionally and the route along with the weather was perfect. I hope to by pass the ballot next year and get accepted immediately. Thanks to all for organising.

Rated Event: 96.667%

lanternerouge wrote:

Fantastic, entirely agree with previous review re friendliness and professionalism. Amazing route and stunning weather which helped! Fantastic venue and facilities and my later start time was a breeze, in fact i got waved through to go earlier than anticipated. All very easy and straightforward. A memorable day :)

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