We are certain you've read the tragic news by now of Moriah Wilson's passing on May 11 in Austin where she was murdered before Gravel Locos. Authorities have a suspect but have not apprehended them yet. It's the worst kind of news.
This week we would have celebrated Mo's 26th birthday and quite possibly another race victory. After all, she had just won the BWR by over 25 minutes. We were also going to celebrate Mo with the Attaqeur Award today in honor of her dominant riding and alas we still can along with Matt Beers who won the men's award.
Mo was an amazing athlete across many sports and seemed to be able to float above the fray like an angel. She was loved by all and a beacon of light for those who came into her orbit. In the days since her murder, it's safe to say we have been feeling the same bewilderment, sorrow and pain that the entire cycling community has been grappling with. There are no words to properly convey the grief we are all experiencing. All we can think of is... Let's take care of each other.
RIP in Moriah. Henceforth, this special recognition will forever bestowed in honor of you.
This year we were excited to add a new category to the awards mix - theAttaqeur Awards which are presented by our friends at Viair!
The Belgian Waffle Ride has many prizes available, as it isn't all about the Yellow Jersey (GC)! There is also the Green (Sprint), Polka-Dot (Mountains), Brown (Dirt), and White (Juniors) jerseys, Blue (Hardpersons), and Orange (kUDOs/spirit). Now a Red Jersey is up for grabs as well for the most aggressive rider, the Attaqeur.
The Attaqeur Awardis a prize given for the most combative rider overall during the race. In the past at the Le Tour de France, this competition favored constant attackers as it was based on the distance spent in a breakaway, included winning checkpoints and outright stage wins. Today, the winner of the red jersey of the Le Tour is chosen by a jury, and the BWR will follow the same format. We’re looking for those that truly animate the race.
This year, new to the BWR and American gravel racing, Matt Beers, who is South Africa's reigning national marathon MTB champ, left his mark on the BWR. For those at the front of the race - the media, race officials, lead riders - there was a consistent refrain on which rider had animated the race the most. And while it was Alexey's ferocious attack up the Bandyweg the second time that was the definitive attack of the day, it was Matt Beers' consistent driving of the pace, digs in the dirt, and powerful riding at the front that created the front group and kept it animated. He led the race from the get go and most pictures of the front group feature the tall MTBer on the front.
Ultimately, Matt suffered a number of mechanicals with his chain coming off repeatedly, yet he would still manage to chase back to the leaders. He eventually finished second, outsprinting Griffin Easter and Alex Howes.
We are delighted to award Matt Beers this inaugural award!
The toughest terrain demands the best from both rider and equipment.
To celebrate Spinergy’s partnership with the Belgian Waffle Ride, we offered the non-pro participants in this year's Wafer the chance to prove they are, indeed, #builtforthis on one of the courses toughest segments, Roofvogel Bergkam: https://www.strava.com/segments/30925347
The Queen and King of this new 6-km unroad sector that will give new definition to the BWR parcourse henceforth have won a set of Spinergy’s bombproof, GX gravel wheels.
Congrats to high school standout, Ian Lopez, and Dubbel Header second place, Caroline Dezendorf, for their winning efforts on Roofvogel Bergkam.
WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN THE BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE Alexey Vermeulen's BWR video is a wonderful documentary on his glorious victory.
BWR - FLAT BAR, FLAT PEDALS, AND I STILL GET SERVICE
YOUNGEST PERSON TO EVER FINISH THE BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE!
INSIDE BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE SAN DIEGO 2022
UP CLOSE! JOHN BORSTELMANN'S GRAVEL BIKE
KERRY WERNER'S BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE RECAP!
BWR 2022 - DUBBELBERG TWISTENWEG OMGEKEERDE
2022 CA BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE: WAFER EDITION
BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE: BAD ASS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CYCLISTS
SARAH MAX'S ARGONAUT FOR BWR CALIFORNIA
ROB BRITTON’S SECRET WEAPON TO WIN THE BELGIAN WAFER RIDE
NICK COHENMEYER'S DRONE AND RACE FOOTAGE
PETER STETINA'S CANYON ENDURACE FOR THE 2022 BWR
GRIFFIN EASTER'S SETUP FOR BWR (CANYON ULTIMATE)
TIFFANY CROMWELL ON THE BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE CA
RAPTOR RIDGE - ROOFVOGEL BERGKAM
REFLECTING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD
Whether your recent race was a “personal best, a “DNF,” or somewhere in between, now is the time to reflect—making written notes even—on how things went and why.
Start with reviewing what went well from the race, so that you can be sure to incorporate it into your next race. This includes factors like physical performance (such as pacing) and your gear and fueling choices.
Next, take note of areas of opportunity, such as consuming too many or insufficient calories or fluids, timing them wrong, going out too fast, or choosing the wrong gear. These extremely helpful “lessons learned” can lead to improvement next time.
Instead of allowing these setbacks (and don’t worry, we all have them!) to be “stumbling blocks,” turn them into “stepping stones” so that you can achieve greater success in your future races.
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