By Nigel Wynn
Cycling Weekly's 2009 cyclo sportve calendar>>>
The 2009 Dragon Ride has already sold out, with eight weeks still to go before the event takes place on Sunday, June 14.
All 3,000 places have now been taken for the Welsh cyclo-sportive which you, the readers of Cycling Weekly, voted as the best of 2008.
The ride, based in the Brecon Beacons, has quickly gained an elevated status as having a tough yet rewarding route. It has become one of the 'must ride' events for any British challenge rider.
"This is truly fantastic news for cycling in the UK and of course for South Wales," commented Dragon Ride organiser Lou Lusardi on the event's fast sell-out.
"I don't think anyone would have predicted just how strong the market still is. We're terribly proud of, and grateful for, the loyalty of the thousands of riders who have become part of the Dragon Ride family."
The 2009 Dragon Ride Wales takes place on Sunday June 14 and features two course distances: the 189.2km Gran Fondo and 130.7km Medio Fondo. Both start and finish in the Pencoed Technology Park, South Wales.
FIVE DRAGON RIDE PLACES UP FOR AUCTION
Although all 3,000 places on the event have officially been taken - there are five spaces going up for auction, giving a very lucky few extra riders the chance to take part in the event.
The places will be available from April 18 as part of Auction for Heroes, run on Ebay by the Sun newspaper as part of its long running support of the Help for Heroes campaign.
For further information on the Auction for Heroes visit its Ebay website.
Dragon Ride 2008: Reader stories
British men just miss out on Madison medal as Mørkøv gets gold for Denmark on final day of Roubaix Track Worlds
Katie Archibald also took silver in the points race, her fourth medal of these Championships
By Jonny Long •
Jan Ullrich undertakes longest ride 'since Milan - San Remo 1997' at Mallorca Gran Fondo
The German says he has been training hard over the past year after recovering from a troubled period
By Jonny Long •