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Belgian Waffle Ride – First 4 events of 2023 AZ, CA, BC, NC

March 3 - June 9

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Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona

The first Belgian Waffle Ride of 2023 will be the inaugural BWR AZ held in Scottsdale, where a vibrant cycling community awaits the launch of the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series. Scottsdale offers an incredible array of road and unroad riding options, perfect for the type of race courses the Belgian Waffle Ride has become known for. The event will take place in and around northern Scottsdale with a start/finish in Cave Creek, which is home to 200 plus miles of trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with trails ranging from beginner through to the truly advanced for waffleurs. The roads are spectacular and the variations between gravel and mountain biking have allowed us to create an incredibly dynamic course that will take place in perfect spring weather in Scottsdale.

There will be Belgian Waffle, Wafer and Wanna Rides, so riders of all stripes and abilities can take part in the fun. The Waffle Ride will be approximately 130-miles with 8,500 feet of climbing. The unroad portion of the Waffle will be ~40% with a bit more for the Wafer, which will be about 70-miles in length. The Wanna will be approximately 40-miles following an easier unroad and road combination.

The only Euro-style Spring Classic (x five) on American soil, the BWR is once again being supported by the Lost Abbey Brewery, the coolest Belgian- inspired brewery anywhere west of Flanders, with the race venue hosted at the nearby North City in San Marcos, where the BWR Expo will have Draft Republic at the center of the festivities! Not to worry, not only will the race offer up the same type of insanity, challenge and unparalleled experience that has made it notorious and noteworthy, the BWR at North City also offers a special final Kermesse Kross circuit that all riders will get to enjoy, tackle or otherwise survive in order to get to the actual finish line. This final cross-style finish will give fans and riders an extra bit of fun in celebrating the survival of all three of the BWR course options.

The 2022 edition has drawn way more world-class cyclists from around the globe than ever before… many coming to take on defending champions, Peter Stetina and Katerina Nash, and many more just to partake of the unique challenge of the day. Riders coming to win will have their work cut out for them, as this year the pro field is DEEP, because they have come to compete for the largest prize purse on offer for any gravel race ever with over $50,000

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in cash and prizes. This year everyone will get to share the same start line with one massive field taking off at once.

The race has a growing cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, road, unroad, and mountain biking that could be related to the BWR's stature in the now crowded event space of Gravel Racing, which wasn't a thing when the BWR took riders into the dirt on their road bikes all those years ago. It's important to note, the BWR was never set up to be a grinder event; it's a road race punctuated by severe terrain and 88-kilometers of unroad riding, much of which some riders wish would be gravel. No matter, the BWR has become known as much for its difficulty — all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades its every funky facet.

We have added the Lentz is More MTB category again for the Waffle this year in honor of our friend and hardman, Kevin Lentz, who tragically passed away from injuries suffered from a vehicle collision while on his Mountain Bike. This is not for the faint of heart or purple card recipients. All proceeds from the Lentz is More race entires are given to Kevin!s family.

Now in its eighth year, the Belgian Wafer Ride is currently set to have riders cover 123-km (76.6-mile) of the BWR's tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads. This year, Junior Wafer riders (18 & Under) will compete for a $5,000 prize purse! Percent-to-total, the Wafer is a little dirtier than the Waffle and takes riders on many of the most difficult unroad sectors featured in the Waffle. Granted, Wafer riders do miss out on 60-miles of difficult climbing and the most technical sectors like The Zwartenberg, Highland Arendberg, The Pamoberg, Hatfield Kreek and Wildeman Wildernis. We do anticipate many Wafeurs migrating up to the Waffle next year.

And then there is the Wanna Ride. A chance for riders new to this type of an event to take on a 72-km (45-miles) portion of both the Waffle and Wafer. While the Wanna is short, it still has challenging dirt and the final climb to contend with and also features the iconic Lemontwistenberg, Kakaboulet, Questhavensbergen and Muur van Dubbelberg sectors.

Finishing the Waffle redefines a rider!s previous personal limitations. For those unprepared, who show up to play checkers instead of chess, the race can be brutal. For everyone who rides, the experience carves a deep memory

of magical moments of humanity between strangers and friends along the way, as overcoming the challenges of the event connects people in meaningful and untold ways.

As mentioned earlier, this year!s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event!s history and an expansive list of hungry

amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour and top pro riders, Amber Neben, Tiffany Cromwell, Alex Howes, Ian Boswell, Hannah Finchamp, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Moriah Wilson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Adam Roberge, Moriah Wilson, Brennan Wertz, IZ King, Colin Strickland, Kathy Pruitt or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 and 2021 editions.

Prior to the event, there will be a special BWR VIP event at Draft Republic in North City on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is open to everyone! At the VIP event, the course will be revealed in detail, there will special race-related presentations riders won!t want to miss, the pros will be interviewed, and cyclists of all stripes will be able to rub shoulders with all the celebrities on hand for the epic weekend.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (4/29 – 5/1), the BWR Unroad Expo will take in and around Draft Republic at North City, San Marcos (255 Redel Road), which is a big draw on its own, promising to be the largest cycling party of the year in Southern California. Unless one is attending the VIP on Thursday night, festivities kick-off Friday at 9:00 a.m., April 29th, when a variety of pre-ride and fun-ride options will leave from the Expo, which will feature over 70 exhibitors and run until 6:00 p.m.

The Belgian theme will be in full force with a host of unique entertainment features. A variety of craft beers reflecting the monastic brewing traditions of Belgium, especially a few from the Lost Abbey, will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion at Draft Republic. Of course, there will be warm Belgian waffles being cooked up by Gear Grinder Grill all weekend.

Attendees can peruse a wide range of offerings from event sponsors and over 70 vendors, test ride a Canyon and people watch in Belgian bliss.

This event is the kick-off of the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel for 2023, the largest gravel series in the world. For all information on the Quadrupel Crown please visit: https://quadrupelcrownofgravel.com

To learn more, visit www.MonumentsofCycling.com

 

GET THE LATEST IN BWR GOODS HERE!

EVENT INSURANCE INFO

There are no refunds or deferrals to the following year, please purchase the event insurance if you are unsure if you will be able to make the event or to protect you in case of anything that may keep you from being at the start line. The option will come at checkout during the registration process.

PLEASE BE 100% SURE WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS

 

BWR Vancouver Island Courses-By The Numbers

We will provide the final routes, once permitted, the day before the event.

 

2022 Route Info *subject to change

WAFFLE –

137-miles / 220-Kilometers ~8,650 feet of climbing

86% Off-road/gravel, rocks, sand, grass and mud

countless definitive climbs with never ending undulations

Steepest grade of 29%

multiple definitive sectors / 95-miles worth of off-road/gravel

3 KOM Sectors

3 KOS Sectors

3 KOD Sectors

 Feed Zones

Numerous Water Crossings

WAFER –

68-miles / 111-Kilometers ~5000 feet of climbing

gravel, rocks, sand, grass and mud 4 definitive climbs with never ending undulations

Steepest grade of 28%

 road sectors / -miles of off-road/gravel

numerous Feed Zones

 

WANNA –

32.4-miles / 60-Kilometers ~1.750 feet of climbing

gravel, rocks, sand, grass and mud and categorized climbs with never ending undulations

Steepest grade of 18%

 off-road sectors / 4-miles worth / miles of off-road/gravel

 Feed Zones

% OFF-ROAD % PAVED

 

Waffle Finishers will receive :

 BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)

BWR Branded Almsthre Bag

Waffles

Beer

Fully marked course with traffic control

Stocked aid stations

Bragging rights

 

Wafer Finishers will receive:

 BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)

BWR Branded Almsthre Bag

Waffles

Beer

Fully marked course with traffic control

Stocked aid stations

Bragging rights

Wanna Finishers will receive:

 BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)

BWR Branded Almsthre Bag

Waffles

Beer

Fully marked course with traffic control

Stocked aid stations

Bragging rights

Opportunity to level up to the Wafer in 2023

All Registrants will receive:

 BWR swag bag that contains many important items

 Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)

 Wrist Band, which that gets you:

 Pre/Post-Race Waffles and coffee

 Beer Ticket 

One free year of the "Outside Cycling Bundle"—access to all membership content at velonews.com and a free print/digital subscription to Peloton magazine.

Where to stay

Kanuga Conference Center (BWR Venue Location)

130 Kanuga Chapel Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739 

(828) 692-9136

 

Van Life Onsite camping will be available soon as well as other options.

For more event information please visit  Belgian Waffle Ride 

Most all questions can be answered in the FAQ section 

NO REFUNDS, NO DEFERRALS to 2024 EVENTS

2023 Transfers to other events require a $25 admin fee

Please purchase the event insurance to eliminate any worries of being refunded for entry fees if not able to make it. This is available during the checkout process during registration.

For all information on becoming a sponsor/partner or for exhibiting in the expo please contsact Jim Miller jim@monumentsofcycling.com

For all information on how to Survive the BWR and for camps visit the Source Endurance site.

 

 

Venue

7100 E Cave Creek Rd , Cave Creek, AZ, 85331 – Venue
7100 E Cave Creek Rd , Cave Creek, AZ, 85331 United States + Google Map
Website:
http://www.BikeReg.com/belgian-waffle-ride-first4