Created as an extremely challenging race in the spirit of the great European one-day Spring Classics, the BWR returns to North County San Diego on May 3, 2020 with a Belgique theme unlike anything the cycling world has ever tasted. This year the event will offer not only the shorter, yet dirtier Belgian Wafer Ride, the Belgian Wanna Ride has been added and will cover a 36-mile portion of the longer routes—just enough to get new riders toes wet, or dirty, as it were. As expected with the explosive growth of the BWR, there will be an expanded Canyon Pure Cycling Expo at the Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos, California, where the race is held each year.With the demise of the Amgen Tour of California, which typically happened around the same date, the Canyon BWR will be offering an expanded prize purse to the top five riders, both female and male, in support of what will be the deepest professional field ever assembled for the ‘Hell of the North (County).’
Once again, the women will receive a larger prize purse than the men. Racers and event patrons will be treated to Belgian waffles, moules-frites, cheese, bread, Lost Abbey Belgian ale, more waffles and more Lost Abbey ale on race day. The Waffle race itself promises sadomasochistic punishment of entrants along a 221-kilometer course, which features more than 12,000 feet of undulating climbs and over 49-miles of off-road terrain that harken to the teeth-rattling cobblestones of Europe’s most grueling race routes. The Belgian Wanna Ride, was created to be an on ramp for riders to join the most exciting and fastest growing facet of cycling, gravel grinding. Riders opting for this event will be subjected to the most difficult climb of the entire Waffle course, the Muur van Dubbelberg. They will also get to enjoy just the right amount of dirt for a proper BWR sampling.
Finishing the BWR 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 for (s)mile after (s)mile.
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 riders, Ted King, or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Canyon Pure Cycling Expo will take place at the Lost Abbey Brewery, which is a big draw on its own, promising to be the largest cycling party of the year in San Diego. Festivities kick-off Saturday at 10:00 a.m., May 2, and are open to the public.
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 will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion.
“We are so lucky to partner once again with our friends at the Lost Abbey, who will be hosting the ride start, its finish and the Canyon Pure Cycling Expo,” said Marckx.
“This year we’re again partnering with San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA), a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving sustainable trail access for biking in San Diego County. They’ve committed to helping us devour massive piles of Belgian waffles from our friends at Gear Grinder Grill, coupled with frosty glasses of special-edition Lost Abbey Belgian Waffle Ride Bad Ass Ale. I am excited to see our community of cyclists come together in such a flavorful way. As an American with Belgian heritage, the promise of waffles, frites, hard work, pain and somewhat responsibly consumed Belgian ales is just about the most perfect weekend I can imagine," exclaims Marckx.
This event is not part of the Tripel Crown of Gravel for 2020-
This event will be the final stop in 2021 for the Tripel Crown.
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