Route Info

Start - Beaumaris, 5am. Saturday 8th June
Finish - Swansea
Distance - 284km (approx 253km cycle, 31km foot)

In Detail:

Stage 1 - Cycle : Beaumaris to Llanberis (23km)
Stage 2 - Foot : Snowdon (13km)
Stage 3 - Cycle : Rhyd Ddu to Dolgellau (53km)
Stage 4 - Foot : Cader Idris (8km)
Stage 5 - Cycle : Minfordd to Brecon (118km)
Stage 6 - Foot : Pen y Fan (10km)
Stage 7 - Cycle : Storey Arms to Swansea (58km)

Timing & Tracking

The event will use live GPS tracking (2017 event link here) which will allow anyone with an internet connection to live track each participant.

The tracking devices are also used to time participants and have proved extremely reliable and accurate in both previous events. Participants will be able to see a breakdown of every stage of the event.

Navigation

There are no waymarkers or directional signs during the event and all participants are required to navigate themselves using the GPX files provided.

It is strongly recommended to use a device that works without the need for mobile reception and one with long battery life. Do not enter and attempt to navigate using a mobile phone.

Both foot and cycle sections al require navigation and due to the extreme demands of the event, it is vital that you know how to use the devices. While it is possible to recce the route, due to challenging weather conditions that may be likely, you will still need to have navigation devices.

Entry Includes

  • Live GPS Tracking
  • GPS Timing
  • Event technical T-shirt
  • Finishers momento
  • Supporters Event T-shirt
  • Participant briefing at Bulkeley Hotel (7pm, 07/06/2019)
  • Full route GPX files
  • Supporters info pack, including maps, directions and navigation details
  • Participant numbers
  • Event Booklet

Event Schedule

Friday, 7th June

4pm to 7pm - Registration Open
7pm - Mandatory Event Briefing

Saturday, 8th June

4:45am - Participants to gather at start (Beaumaris)
5:00am - Event Starts
10.00pm - Cut off to start Pen y Fan

Sunday, 9th June

5.00am - Finish line closes

Required Kit

Every participant will have an equipment check where they will be required to show each item to the member of staff at registration.
The items are mandatory and required in order to start.

Participant

  • GPS Tracker (provided at registration)

  • Emergency foil blanket

  • Mobile phone

  • Whistle (foot sections only)

  • First aid kit (including ambulance dressing, crepe bandage, plasters, micro-pore tape & antiseptic wipes)

  • Windproof Jacket (Mandatory, Foot sections only) or Waterproof Jacket (Foot sections only, weather dependant)*

  • Waterproof Trousers (Foot sections only, weather dependant)

  • Headtorch (Foot sections only, Mandatory on Pen y Fan after 7pm)

  • Cycle Lights, Front & Rear (Mandatory on Leg 1 and after 8.30pm)

Supporter

  • Mobile phone

  • First aid kit

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Survival shelter

  • Headtorch (in addition to participant headtorch)

  • Vehicle sat-nav

Event FAQs

1Is the route marked?
No, participants will be required to navigate using GPX files provided. For all foot sections it will follow a designated and popular walking path, but in poor weather navigation will still be required.
2Can I navigate using a mobile phone?
No. You will get lost.
The battery life, waterproofing and mobile signal strength along the route is not sufficient to rely on a mobile device for navigation.
3Is there a time limit?
Yes, all riders must be finished inside 24hrs.
The event will start at sunrise (5am) on Saturday, 8th June. All participants will need to arrive at the finish in Swansea before 5am on Sunday. 9th June.
4Why do I need a supporter?
Due to the point to point nature of the event, the supporter is responsible for carrying the bike and kit required to the start & finish of each section. Pairs relay teams will also need a supporter for safety reasons. We do not believe it is safe for participants to drive & take part in an endurance event simultaneously.
5How does the Pairs Relay work?
Pairs need to always have one person on course. You can split the sections as you wish and while some teams will have one cyclist and one runner, other teams will do a bit of both.

What is very important is that Pairs Relay teams MUST still have a supporter.
6How long will it take?
In previous years the fastest time has been around 14 hours. The cut-off is 24hrs, which will be 5am on Sunday.
7Why do supporters need waterproof kit & a survival shelter?
In the event of a non-emergency problem on the mountain that may result in a delay or stopping, your support crew could be the closest and quickest way to get help.
We hope they will not be needed, but could be very important should a problem occur.
8How does the timing work?
Each participant is given a GPS transponder that will track participants along the route. It will record a time when they pass by each checkpoint, updating the results online.
The devices update via the cellular network which means that at times there can appear to be a delay in updates. This does not affect the timing at all and the timing is accurate to approximately 1 second.
9Are there feed stations?
No, while there are checkpoints and marshalls at the start and finish of each stage, they will not have food. As your support crew will be at each point, they can carry all the food you require and also ensure it is specific to you and what you like.
10What support is provided?
While there is support in the form of checkpoints and a full briefing, while participants are on course you are essentially self supported and all support must be from your support crew.
11How hard is it compared to other tough events, such as an Ironman?
We have had many finishers complete both Ironman events and the Dragon Duathlon. To date, everyone has agreed that the Dragon Duathlon is the toughest single day multi-sport event.