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Belgian Waffle Ride California

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 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.

The 2023 edition has drawn way more world-class cyclists from around the globe than ever before... many coming to take on this Monument of Gravel foe the first time, and many more just to partake in the unique challenge of the day they have come to relish. Riders coming to win have their work cut out for them, as the pro field is DEEP. This year everyone will get to share the same start line with one massive, mixed field taking off at once. There is a new course to contend with. Like last year’s course, the routes will enjoy several of the new Unroad features added for 2022, yet we’ve added three new unroad sectors we have tried to permit for many, many years. This year, they’ve been added, and we are delighted.

The race has a growing cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, road, unroad, and mountain biking that could be related to the BWR's stature in the now crowded event space of Gravel Racing, which wasn't a thing when the BWR took riders into the dirt on their road bikes all those years ago. It's important to note, the BWR was never set up to be a grinder event; it's a road race punctuated by severe terrain and 87-kilometers of Unroad riding, much of which some riders wish would be gravel. No matter, the BWR has become known as much for its difficulty — all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades its every funky facet.

Finishing the Waffle 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 in meaningful and untold ways.

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 and top pro riders.

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, especially a few from the Lost Abbey, will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion at Draft Republic. Of course, there will be warm Belgian waffles being cooked up by Gear Grinder Grill all weekend.

This event is the second of the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series for 2023, the largest gravel series in the world. To compete for the Quadrupel Crown, riders must do the CA event, the KS event and two of the other seven BWR events around North America. There will be an Omnium points system to determine the winners, with the top four races counting. For all information on the Quadrupel Crown please visit:

Area Information

The Belgian Waffle Ride ranges across the inland hills of Northern San Diego County, but with the venue less than 10 miles from the beach, you might want to book a few extra days to recuperate.


THURSDAY April 13th

3-6pm – Expo vendor load in (optional)

6pm – Gravelstoke BWR Shakeout Ride – Lost Abbey Sanctuary


FRIDAY April 14th

7am to 11am – Expo vendor load in

12noon to 6pm – BWR Unroad Expo and rider registration

12noon to 6pm – Free Bike Checks for Canyon owners – Registration area

3pm – BWR Pro Press Pulpit – Lost Abbey Monastery

4:00pm – BWR Route Reveal – Lost Abbey Monastery

6pm – Venue closes

SATURDAY April 15th

9am – FasCat Breakfast Burrito Ride for Pablove Foundation – Pablove tent 

10am to 6pm – BWR Unroad Expo and rider registration

10am to 6pm – Free Bike Checks for Canyon owners –  Registration area

1pm – Rider Briefing #1  - nutrition strategies from INFINIT – Lost Abbey Monastery

2pm – Canyon Ice Cream Social Ride – Canyon Showroom at Mesa Rim

4pm – Rider Briefing #2 - nutrition strategies from INFINIT– Lost Abbey Monastery 

6pm – Venue closes


SUNDAY April 16th 

5am – Venue opens, Waffles from Ames Works and coffee from Bub’s Naturals 

6:40am – Call to staging for all distances

6:45am – Rider announcements

6:48am – Pro Call ups

6:55am – Belgian National Anthem

6:57am – US National Anthem

7am – Race depart – all distances

9:30am – First anticipated Wanna rider finish

10am to 6pm – BWR Unroad Expo

10:30am – First anticipated Wafer rider finish

1:30pm – First anticipated Waffle rider finish

2pm – Wafer podium presentation  (Including age groups) – Draft Republic Stage

4pm – Waffle podium presentation  (Including age groups) – Draft Republic Stage

6pm – Venue closes

7pm – Course closes

course info

2023 ROUTE(S)

All three rides are on Sunday and all three will start in one big wave.


• 207-km / 128.7-miles

• ~10,500 feet of climbing

• 84-km / 52-miles of unroad sectors (40%) 

• 3 KOM Sectors

• 3 KOS Sectors

• 3 KOD Sectors

• 9 Feed Zones


• 127-km / 79.0-miles

• ~6,500 feet of climbing

• 64-km / 39.6-miles of unroad sectors (50%) 

• 7 Feed Zones


• 70-km / 43.7-miles

• ~ 4,500 feet of climbing

• 16-km / 10-miles of unroad sectors (23%) 

• 3 Feed Zones


    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

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos is offering a special group rate for $249 USD per night.
Belgian Waffle Ride
Start Date: Friday, April 14, 2023
End Date: Monday, April 17, 2023
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Cutoff Date: Wednesday March 15

Book your group rate for Belgian Waffle Ride
Cancellation Policy: Must cancel 14 days prior to arrival date for no charge
Or call directly: 760-891-0111

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The event code is: BWR

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  • • Most all questions can be answered in the FAQ section
  • •2023 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 Jim Miller:

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