The Belgian Waffle Ride Series is produced by Monuments of Cycling, a purveyor of classic one-day bicycle races in the United States. The idea of the Monuments of Cycling in the US was conceived initially with the advent of “the most unique cycling event in the country,” the Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego). BWR California is well known among cycling enthusiasts and pros as one of the most difficult bicycle races in the US at 146 miles and 40 off-road sectors.
The BWR series 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. While intentionally none of the events feature mountains, they utilize a never-ending collection of punchy climbs that take a sinister toll on riders’ physical and mental well-being… These are not races set up for freeloading sprinters or frail climbers. They are designed to challenge riders of all stripes and sizes in demented and glorious ways. Therein lies the allure of the BWR Series; extreme challenges that require months or years of training, the right equipment, tenacity, and karma. At most venues, three distances are offered: the longest Waffle route, a half-distance Wafer option for those looking to get a taste of the fun without the life-changing commitment of the Waffle. Plus, the Wanna ride, which is roughly half the Wafer.
The series is now the largest gravel series in North America, with seven events. The Series commences on March 5, 2023, in Cave Creek, Arizona, and wraps up on November 26, 2023, in Queretaro, Mexico – both brand-new venues for the BWR Unroad Experience. They have also added the spectacular Vancouver Island venue for BWR BC, which takes place on May 28 as the kick-off to summer in Cowichan Valley. The other four BWRs include the 4th annual BWR UT in Cedar City (August 26), the 3rd annual BWR NC near Asheville (June 10), the 3rd annual BWR KS in Lawrence (October 14), and the Monument, the 12th annual BWR CA, in San Diego.
What is most exciting about the Series is that each venue offers up a completely unique and immersive Unroad / Gravel experience, the likes of which cannot be found elsewhere. From the old growth forests of The Hell of the Great White North in British Columbia to the 6,000 feet of elevation of the central highland plateau region of Queretaro, Mexico, where the Infierno Del Sur will treat riders to the marvels of a romantic 16th century city replete with cobblestones and the largest prize purse of the entire Series. Each of the other venues are unlike any of the others, so riders who partake of all seven BWRs will experience something very different each and every time they attempt to survive the pedaling perversity that the BWR is famous for.
The Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series will offer a cash prize purse for the Waffle’s top five performers, where riders take their top four scores from any of the seven BWRs they compete in. There are also awards for age group performers in both the Waffle and Wafer, and an overall podium for the top five Wafer Quad. All the Quad info can be found here: https://quadrupelcrownofgravel.com