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Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) Kansas

October 14

Monuments of Cycling brought its iconic Belgian Waffle Ride format to Kansas for the first time in 2021.  The event continues to receive rave reviews, and Strambecco rates it as one of the best gravel events in the Midwest.   The event occurs around Lawrence, an eclectic Mid-west town with a vibrant cycling culture and community.  Billed as “The Hell of the East,” BWR Kansas provides professional and amateur cyclists the opportunity to ride the most coveted roads and off-road sections spanning the northeast region of Kansas.

Monuments of Cycling is a purveyor of classic one-day bicycle races in the United States.  They are best known for the Belgian Waffle Ride Series, challenging races in the spirit of the great European one-day Spring Classics, all with a Belgique theme.  Their namesake event, Belgian Waffle Ride Californiastarted ten years ago. These events are unique because they are classic, long bicycle races featuring various off-road sectors emulating the pave or cobblestones of Europe, making the varied terrain challenging for riders’ technical skills, equipment, endurance, luck, and versatility.

BWR Kansas offers three route options:  The Waffle – 111 Miles & 6,300 ft elevation gain; The Wafer – 71 Miles & 3700 ft elevation gain; The Wanna – 35 Miles & 1200 ft elevation gain.    There are also E-Bike and Tandem Category options.

Like other BWR Series events in California, N. Carolina, Utah, Canada, Michigan, and Arizona, you can expect a deep field of professional riders and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unparalleled opportunity to race alongside some of the best.  BWR Kansas is also part of the Gran Fondo World Tour (Gravel), an international event series spanning the world’s most picturesque and jaw-dropping cycling destinations, from the high peaks of the Pyrenees to the lush landscapes of Thailand.

Lawrence, Kansas, is happy to be what it is:  a city doing things in its way, with free thinkers not trying to be anyone else. Lawrence has continually defined itself as an open, energetic, and welcoming community. Lawrence’s many art galleries and restaurants can enjoy the arts and foodie scene. You’ll find live music almost every day of the week in Lawrence’s live music venues. The walkable downtown district, known to the locals as “Mass Street,” is the top destination in Kansas and offers unique shoppingcoffee shops, and entertainment.


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