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Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego)

April 13, 2023 - April 16, 2023


The Belgian Waffle Ride is considered one of the unique cycling events in the country with 1500+ participants and stands as one of the largest gravel events in America, surpassed in size only by Unbound Gravel (Dirty Kanza) and Barry-Roubaix. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, it was originally designed eleven years ago as San Diego’s rendition of a Euro-style Spring Classic. BWR is considered one of the country’s most challenging mixed surface events and is billed as “The Hell of the North County.”  It attracts pros, former pro’s and serious amateurs – all looking for a serious test.

The main “Waffle” route changes yearly but typically spans 135 miles and 12,000 feet of elevation gain with over 40 miles off-road, including single-track, fire roads, hiking trails, rock gardens, and water crossings. There is also a “Wafer” route which is 75 miles, with many of the same features as the full route and plenty challenging in its own right.

As the name would imply, BWR features Belgian waffles, moules-frites, cheese, bread, Lost Abbey Belgian ales…..and more waffles and Lost Abbey ale! Entry fees range from $200-$250. A VIP dinner for $160 is hosted at a Canyon Bikes showroom and includes a VIP packet, dinner, drinks, the exclusive course reveal, and co-mingling with pros, sponsors, and other cycling dignitaries.

BWR California is part of the BWR Quadrupel Series which similarly styled events in Utah, KansasNorth Carolina, Michigan, and two inaugural events in 2023:  BWR Arizona (Scottsdale); and BWR Canada (Vancouver Island, BC).  The new BWR Arizona will kick off the 2023 Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series and offers a unique way to experience the unroad dynamics of BWR events/races.  The Quadrupel Crown, comprised of all the BWRs, is billed as the largest gravel series in the world, which will be contested in a points-based omnium format across all the 2023 BWRs.  Riders competing for the Quadrupel honors and prize purse will be able to take the points of their top four (Quad) races to vie for the win. The series will recognize professional riders and age groupers alike.

The BWR Series is produced by Monuments of Cycling, a purveyor of classic one-day bicycle races in the United States.  They are best known for creating challenging races in the spirit of the great European one-day Spring Classics, all with a Belgique theme.   These events are unique because they are classic, long bicycle races that feature various off-road sectors emulating the pave or cobblestones of Europe, making the varied terrain a challenge for riders’ technical skills, equipment, endurance, luck, and versatility.

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