The 5th anniversary Dragon Ride Wales rolls out of the gates of its all-new Bridgend start venue at Pencoed College and out into the Brecon Beacons this Sunday, 15th June.

With 3000 places on offer this year, 2766 have already been filled through online entries. The remaining 234 places will be available as "on the line entries" available in person on the day, by cash entry only at £30.

The Dragon Ride Wales continues to grow in stature and international appeal. This year there are a whole raft of nations taking part including; 21 South African riders entered, 34 Australians, 24 Irish, 21 New Zealanders, 18 Americans, 17 Germans, 8 Italians, 6 French, 5 Dutch, 4 Spanish, 3 Canadian and Japanese, 2 Estonians and Norwegians, and one each from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Sweden and the Philippines!

While the riders take on their own personal challenge through the unforgiving roads of mid Wales, there will be a host of activities on the day for non-riding companions including an indoor climbing wall and Ray Mears-style Bushcraft displays. Hungry appetites for riders and family alike will be well catered for with retail food outlets including organic savouries, Dutch pancakes and of course…..Italian style coffee...what else? [What about Welsh cakes..? ed.]

The Expo area will host sponsors High5 and Museeuw Bikes as well as various stalls including cycle spares and accessories by Reg Braddicks of Cardiff, Dragon Ride cycling jerseys and T shirts from Onimpex. There will be a chance to get a look at the ultra-rare Museeuw Bikes Flax/Carbon road bikes, the latest Bioracer clothing and Vittoria shoes and RCUK's new SHIFT magazine. Car parking is on a nearby Tarmac-paved business park, 500m from the start arena with excellent access to and from the college site.

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