Dear Rouleurs and Graveleurs,
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the postponement of this year’s (November 8) Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride to May 2, 2021.
We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the 4,000 riders who have signed up for the original event in May, but also the brands, industry professionals and local community who were due to attend the event. We also hope that this doesn't come as a big surprise, given the current situation in CA.
We have been working diligently with local health practitioners, city managers and state government officials to create safe ways for the event to be conducted, albeit in a much different way than in the past, with the Wafer being run on Saturday, the Waffle on Sunday, and a start window of two hours, which would have kept groups in small numbers. We spent a great deal of time and money developing a blueprint for conducting an event in this current environment. Alas, we share two overriding concerns with San Diego County, which have caused us to make this decision at this time.
First is the uncertainty caused by the fact that the case rate of Covid-19 in the county has been on the increase since schools opened up and currently is sitting at 7.9 (per 100,000). With such a high rate the ban on events of 50 people or more seems likely to be indefinitely in place.
Second, our primary concern is always the responsibility we feel towards the community; both riders coming from all over and the locals who reside here in San Diego. The event is simply too big -- even with our safety provisions and best practices in place -- to conduct safely.
Whilst only a short time ago we felt optimistic that November was far enough away to confidently proceed with the event, as it stands today we cannot wait any longer for more positive news. We will be deferring everyone’s registration to the May 2, 2021 date or riders can opt to participate in the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City on October 17, 2020...
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Last year the BWR grew nearly 100%, but the female participation exploded way beyond that and all the event stakeholders want to keep that growth going. In hopes to continue growing female participation, the BWR is offering a special registration "BOGO" promotion for the Belgian Wanna Ride. For each female participant who registers for the Wanna Ride will receive a FREE code for a female friend to join in the feeding frenzy. It’s called “Two Wannas are Better Than One.” The first race of its kind in the US, BWR competitors of all persuasions attempt to complete the race each year on a huge variety of bikes, though 40% who sign up don’t typically finish. Many use modified 10-speed road bikes or endurance road bikes, but cyclocross bikes, mountain bikes and even stock road bicycles are not uncommon, making the event a perfect showcase for Canyon’s wide range of two-wheeled crafts. “We are really excited to continue our multifaceted partnership with Canyon on our manic event,” said Michael Marckx, Monuments of Cycling CEO and BWR creator. The incredible excitement around Canyon’s brand, their commitment to gravel bikes, their incredible athletes and their tenure at the forefront of engineering, design and quality assurance in cycling, make them the perfect partner to take riders and the BWR to new extremes.” Blair Clark, Canyon U.S. President said the following: “We are passionate cyclists and our mission at Canyon is to inspire riders to ride. The Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) or ‘Hell of the North (County),’ is one of the most challenging one-day races in the US. The spirit of the race transforms the rider. The race is a chess game of strategically choosing the right bike, gearing, tires, nutrition, etc... all of which contribute to one’s performance.
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.
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 NOV 8, 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).’
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 now part of the Tripel Crown of Gravel for 2020-
This event will be the final stop in 2020 for the Tripel Crown.
For all information on the Tripel Crown please visit: https://tripelcrownofgravel.com/