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2024 Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona

March 1 - 2, 2024

Welkom to the first stop of the Belgian Waffle Ride Tripel Crown of Gravel…

The Second Annual Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona is something we cannot wait to share with you. It’ll be a unique desert and mountain experience, which will be known at the Hell of the North Desert. Here is a snapshot of information about the event and what to expect…


There is a formula to the creation of each new Belgian Waffle Ride, and this year’s first BWR and the kick-off to the Tripel Crown of Gravel, is the newest manifestation of this formula. The BWR AZ, which will take place in Cave Creek, Arizona, on the fringes of the Valley of the Sun, embodies the three ingredients that make the BWR so special. 1) A dream destination, 2) varied terrain to accommodate an extremely dynamic racecourse, and 3) a cycling community that is both vibrant and desirous of the Unroad experience only the BWR can offer.

1) Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, on the fringes of North Scottsdale, the BWR AZ will start and finish at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek and take in a seamless connection of beautiful desert and varied challenging terrain with breathtaking views and near-perfect riding conditions. The area enjoys over 300 days of sunshine and incredible scenery, with conditions that are perfect for exhilarating Unroad riding, including crushing climbs to beautiful views of the surrounding desert. The destination is a picture-perfect town in the desert foothills that brings together history, culture, and nature in a unique atmosphere. The downtown area has plenty to offer the entire family, and the city is surrounded by many other destinations that you don't want to miss out on.

2) The topography, transitioning from the verdant riparian environment along the Salt River to the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, will offer towering saguaro cactus standing sentry against a backdrop of made-to-order sunsets. The springtime temperatures will nurture an array of stunning wildflowers among an ocean of vibrant green cacti and remain mild enough for riders to enjoy the full day of riding. The BWR AZ will bring along technical Unroads punctuated by pristine tarmac in the outskirts of Scottsdale. The course in and around Cave Creek will boast a fantastic concoction of terrible terrain, including pitchy undulations in Carefree, Tonto Forest mountains & washes, Rio Verde, sinuous single-track in McDowell Mountain Regional Park & its Sonoran Preserve, and smooth roads connecting gravel sectors completely unique to this desert playground. The dynamic nature of the course, which at roughly 122-miles is less than the usual BWR, will surely devastate even the most well-trained professional gravelleurs by its finale – a series of steep, paved climbs with pitches of 20%. How do you say, “Ouchie,” in Flemish. Oh yeah, it’s AUW! Kind of like, WTF! 

3) And then there is the third and final ingredient – a vibrant cycling community. Not only has the area been designated one of only 35 gold-level bicycle-friendly communities in the US, with its safe accommodations, miles of designated bike lanes, and, of course, a plethora of trails to explore – both urban and desert – it has an extensive network of cycling teams, enthusiasts, and every type of bike shop to support them. This Sonoran Desert locale is the most diverse desert in the world, offering amazing views along the rocky mountain ranges that surround it. No wonder this destination has become home to such an active and enthusiastic bike community.

Click HERE for the Race Bijbel

What do riders get?

Large Musette Bag from The Feed that contains many important items - 

$20 BWR BUCKS for use with Mumu and ALMSTHRE

BWR Cactus Comb

Race Number & RFID Tag (for official finishing time)

Official T-Shirts and BWR gear are available for purchase at the Mumu booth.

Coffee is being provided by BWR partner Caffeine & Watts

Waffles are from Waffle Love

Beer is provided by The Lost Abbey from Vista, CA

The FasCat Shakeout Ride is being held for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and driven by Cory Greenberg of RIDE4IBD and the FasCat crew – starts at noon and covers roughly 20-miles of the course. Ride leaves Stagecoach Village from the start/finish line. Sign up HERE.

The Duel in the Desert features the Wafer race this weekend and the Cactus Cup XC 40-mile next Saturday in McDowell Mtn Park. It’s not too late to register -

The BWR AZ is the first race of the BWR Tripel Crown of Gravel Series.

· Second Annual BWR AZ in Scottsdale, AZ on March 1 - 2, 2024

· Fifth Annual BWR UT in Cedar City on April 5 - 6, 2024

· 13th Annual BWR CA in San Diego on April 27 - April 28, 2024

Course info:

The courses will be well-marked with red arrows on the roads and blue flags on the trails. Still, we recommend everyone download the bible AND the course onto your computer.

Waffle –


~7,500 Feet of Climbing

7 Unroad sectors (virtually all are lengthy) 

58% Unroad

Numerous Washes and Chollas

3 Queen/King of the Mountain segments

3 Queen/King of the Dirt segments

3 Queen/King of the Sprint segments

6 Feed Zones

Wafer –


~4,000 Feet of Climbing

Several Unroad sectors (the rest is really nice road)

53% Unroad (virtually all are lengthy)

Numerous Washes, Water Crossings and Chollas

4 Feed Zones

Wanna –

• 33.4-Miles/54-Kilometers

• ~3,500 Feet of Climbing

• 2 Unroad sectors (the rest is really nice road)

• 25% Unroad (Long, Sandy, Wet or Dry, Rocky, Hilly, Ugly)

• Numerous Washes, Water Crossings and Chollas

• 2 Feed Zones

There is a prize purse for men and women: (Don’t need to announce this, only if they ask)

Men and  Women: $3K

1st -  $750

2nd -$500

3rd - $250 

There are age group awards for Waffle and Wanna. These are the age groupings –

Age group competition – determined by the age of a rider on December 31, 2024

18 & Under

19 – 34

35 – 39

40 – 44

45 – 49

50 - 54

55 – 59

60 – 69

70  & Over

Men’s and Women’s Live Race Day coverage will be on BWR’s Instagram account. Follow @BelgianWaffleRide

The Feed is the presenter of our Feed Zones 

There are six Feed Zones on the Waffle course (four for Wafer, two for Wanna) to help riders get the proper hydration and nutrition from F2C NUTRITION. The Feed will be providing SiS Isotonic Gels, SiS Beta Fuel Gels as well as Enervit C2:1PRO Carbo Chews and Enervit C2:1 PRO Carbo Bars to fuel riders along the course. Other food and beverages typically on offer: Water, Coke, Bananas, Peanut Butter Pretzels, Fig Bars, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.

Riders will also have the ability to fill their bottles on course with the F2C Glyco-Durance, blended to approx. 200cals per 750ml bottle fill. All stations are run by volunteers giving their time to make riders' experiences the best ever. Please give thanks to them… 

McDowell Mountain Bikes

Grind & Gears Bike Shop

Flat Tire Bike Shop

The Rob Dollar Foundation

Shimano will be at the two major Feed Zones, which Waffle riders will hit two times each.


    Waffle Finishers will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • • BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)
  • •BWR Branded Item
  • •Waffles
  • •Beer
  • •Fully marked course with traffic control
  • •Stocked aid stations
  • •Bragging rights

  • Wafer Finishers will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • • BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)
  • •BWR Branded Item
  • •Waffles
  • •Beer
  • •Fully marked course with traffic control
  • •Stocked aid stations
  • •Bragging rights

  • Wanna Finishers will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • • BWR Can of Beer (trophy)
  • •BWR Branded Item
  • •Waffles
  • •Beer
  • •Fully marked course with traffic control
  • •Stocked aid stations
  • •Bragging rights
  • •Opportunity to level up to the Wafer in 2024
  • • Most all questions can be answered in the FAQ section
  • •2024 Transfers to other events require a $25 admin fee
  • •Please purchase the event insurance to eliminate any worries
    of being refunded for entry fees if not able to make it. This is
    available during the checkout process during registration.

For information on becoming a sponsor/partner or for exhibiting in the expo please contact Bryan Ogle: