ASO partners Human Race to bring Dragon Ride L'Étape Wales by Le Tour de France

The existing sportive will be upgraded to an ASO backed event from this June

Dragon Ride. Photo: Jesse Wild
(Image credit: Jesse Wild/Cycling Weekly)

Tour de France organiser ASO will join forces with British events company Human Race once again, this time turning the existing Dragon Ride into the Dragon Ride L'Étape Wales by Le Tour de France.

The two companies already work together on L'Étape London, which was launched in September 2015. This second event is another association for the Tour de France in the UK sportive market off the back of the professional race's visit in 2014.

The Dragon Ride L'Etape Wales route is a challenging one with some well known climbs, including the brutal Devil’s Staircase.

The sportive, which takes place on Sunday June 5, offers four distances: 100, 152, 230 and the huge 305km Devil.

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Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race Events, said: “After the success of teaming up with ASO on L’Etape London by Le Tour de France we are delighted to be working together again on this very special event.”

The three-stage Dragon Tour returns again, allowing riders to ride a sportive three days in a row, the final stage being the Dragon Ride L'Etape Wales by Le Tour de France.

Over 4,000 people are already registered to take part. Riders should head to to find out more details and secure their place.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.