Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France entry date released

The Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales will return in June 2017, following the same route as this year

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

Entries for the Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France will open on a first come, first served basis on Tuesday September 27, 2016 with the event expected to sell out.

Taking place on Sunday June 11, 2017, the sportive will follow the same routes as 2016 after feedback from riders and Tour de France organisers ASO.

Event organisers Human Race are planning on furthering their work with ASO to continue to develop more innovative Tour de France experiences for those taking place in the event.

Those wanting to take part in the testing sportive can visit dragonride.co.uk (opens in new tab) for more information, and get their entries in from 09:00 on Tuesday.

The Dragon Ride is the final day headline event of the three-day Dragon Tour, which allows riders to take on a multi-stage challenge around South Wales. What's more, there is now a two-day event for riders looking for a way into multi-day endurance riding.

Human Race Events CEO Nick Rusling said: “We are delighted to announce the details of the 2017 Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France, which we know is an important date in the diary for riders all over the UK.

"This year we have been working with our world renown partners and experts at ASO to ensure we are continuing to make the Dragon Ride the ultimate sportive for people to conquer in the UK.  Their input has been hugely appreciated and will be valued by the riders also.”

The event's chosen charity is Macmillan Cancer Support, with fundraisers given early bird access to entries. For riders wanting a more manageable distance to ride over the weekend, the Macmillan 100km ride returns, as a shorter option compared to the Medio Fondo at 152km, the Gran Fondo of 230km, and the incredible 305km Dragon Devil.

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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 as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.