We have mixed up a NEW COURSE unlike any other we’ve ever offered
Quadrupel Crown of Gravel now includes the Waffle & Wafer Age Groups
We’ve added new and more Feed Zones
There will be on-course support throughout the road and unroad sectors
The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil, the BWR is once again being supported by the Lost Abbey Brewery, the coolest Belgian-inspired brewery anywhere west of Flanders. With the race venue hosted at the nearby North City in San Marcos, where the BWR Unroad Expo will have Draft Republic at the center of the festivities! Not to worry, not only will the race offer up the same type of insanity, challenge and unparalleled experience that has made it notorious and noteworthy, the BWR at North City also offers a special final Kermesse Kross circuit that all riders will get to enjoy, tackle, or otherwise survive in order to get to the actual finish line. This final cross-style finish will give fans and riders an extra bit of fun in celebrating the survival of all three of the BWR course options.
WHAT MAKES THE BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE UNIQUE?
The BWR is about mixing things – bringing together elements that don’t normally fit, juxtaposing this with that – where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s why the BWR is not a gravel race, per se, because it’s simply not one-dimensional. It’s the only race of its kind where roadies, mountain bikers, cross racers and gravelleurs can commingle without one group having an advantage.It's mixology is its mythology.
So, no, this is not a gravel race. The BWR is a collage in which its vitality is defined by diversity with variety as its soul… and it’s the people that make it special.
Mixing is the new norm. Mixing blurs lines. Mixing erases boundaries. In that sense, mixing trumps isolation. It spawns creativity, nourishes the human spirit, spurs emotional growth and empowers deeper connections between people, and to the things most important to them. The BWR is about mixing, contributing and borrowing from that which is lost in time or space, either just up ahead or somewhere along a forgotten unroad.
Mighty is the mutt. The hybrid is hip. The blurred, the impure, the mélange, the adulterated, the blemished, the rough, the hewn, the black-and blue, the black-yellow-and red, the mix-and-match— these are inheriting the Earth.
QUADRUPEL CROWN OF GRAVEL SERIES
The Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series is open to all Waffle and Wafer riders. For the Waffle, on top of each venues’ cash prize purses, there is an overall prize purse of $25,000 shared among the top five men and women. For the Wafer there will be prizes for the top five overall riders in the Series. For both the Waffle and Wafer age-groups, there will be awards for the winners of each age category. BWR CA and BWR KS are mandatory for the Quad podium.
The Quadrupel Crown will be contested in a points-based omnium format across all seven of the 2023 BWRs. Riders competing for the Quadrupel honors and prize purse will be scored based on the total points of their top four (Quad) races.
At 127.6-miles in length, the BWR CA is shorter than it has been in many years, but don’t let the shortness fool ya. There will be over 10,000 feet of climbing, but it’s the ever-changing and ever-challenging terrain that will ultimately ruin the unprepared. Less than half the course is Unroad, which is why it isnt a gravel race, per se, but that Unroad stuff is dynamic -gravel, sand, rocks, DG, dirt, double-tracks and single-tracks. This new course will cover incredlbe sectors we’ve never been succssful at getting permits for in the past, and the old sector we are brinigng back are amongst the best weve ever had. It will be HARD. Please don’t say we didn’t warn you.THIS IS YOUR WARNING:When it doubt, add more rubber, more gears, more training, more grit, more waffles, more beer.
• 205-km / 127.6-miles
• ~10,500 feet of climbing
• 81-km / 50-miles of unroad sectors (40%)
• 3 KOM Sectors
• 3 KOS Sectors
• 3 KOD Sectors
• 9 Feed Zones
• 123-km / 76.6-miles
• ~7,000 feet of climbing
• 31-km / 19-miles of unroad sectors (25%)
• 6 Feed Zones
• 56-km / 34.6-miles
• ~ ~3,000 feet of climbing
• 17-km / 10.8-miles of unroad sectors (30%) 4 Feed Zones