Cyclo-crosser Brent Prenzlow was a man on a mission, and every time we veered off the pavement in favor of dirt, you could always find him on the front of the group. Brent went on to take the King of the Dirt award with the lowest total time from all five dirt sectors. (Photo: Kristy Morrow)
The man, the myth, the legend, Spy President and BWR founder Michael Marckx. Michael helped drive the small front group for the first 60 miles, and still finished in the top-10. (Photo: Jake Orness)
After the first KOM at the 60-mile point, and not even half way through the BWR, the rigors of the course and pace were already taking a toll, with the front group splitting down to an elite eight. (Photo: Kristy Morrow)
The fifth and roughest dirt sector was the scene of mechanicals, flat tires, and flat legs, which allowed me to sneak away solo with 30 miles and the final KOM climb still to go. Double Peak, coming at mile 116, was enough to question your sanity, that is if you could actually still think straight. Fortunately for me my head was a bit foggy by that point. (Photo: Kristy Morrow)
After six plus hours in the saddle, I was quite happy to cross the finish line knowing I was the 2013 King of the Waffle winner!
First things first. Few things are more enjoyable than a massage after a hard day in the saddle. But after the BWR, nothing else could come close to having your depleted, cramped, and all-around angry muscles worked on by one of Spy’s massage therapists.
After downing waffles, frites, mussels, and Muscle Milk, all in about a 20-minute period, I couldn’t resist a bratwurst with all the accoutrements.
Everyone must know how important it is to re-hydrate after a big ride because the line at the Lost Abbey beer tent never seemed to go down.
Once finished, most people were content just to hang out eating, drinking, and cheering on other riders in the sunny 70-degree San Diego weather.
Cyclo-cross star Ryan Trebon rode his Cannondale Super X cross bike, complete with Avid mechanical disc brakes.
Trebon was sporting Zipp’s brand new 202 disc brake wheels, along with Clement Strada LGG 28c tires.
Most people made few, if any, changes to their bike for BWR. This Cevelo S3 aero-road bike had some 25c Continental tires on it, which were undoubtedly the most popular brand of tires for the event. What did I ride? Look for BWR coverage in the upcoming issue of Road Bike Action magazine, which will include a look at my bike and its unique setup.
2013 SPY BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE AWARDS