Just look at how the Belgian Waffle Series has grown – from a handful or riders going out for a group ride from a parking lot near San Diego to a seven race series that spans across America and now on both sides of the border. While we always highly anticipate starting things off at the OG race venue in April, there’s a new opening round being held in Arizona one month earlier….time to get your gravel on!
GOING BWR IN 2023
Monuments of Cycling (MoC), a premier cycling events producer best known for its iconic Monument of Gravel, the Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), has announced its expanding BWR calendar for the second-half of 2023, adding three more events to the fall calendar, extending to seven the total number of events for the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series. The Quadrupel Crown, comprised of all the BWRs, is the largest gravel series in the world with events in Arizona, California, British Columbia, N. Carolina, and these three newly added events in Utah, Kansas, and Mexico.
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. All Quad contenders must compete in BWR CA, which is being contested in San Marcos, CA, April 14 – 16, 2023. Registration for these new events will open on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. PST.
This year, with inflation affecting everyone’s wallets, the Monuments of Cycling is announcing that it will NOT increase entry fees for any of the BWRs to reward loyal and new competitors alike with pre-pandemic registration pricing. This is despite the rising costs of putting on world class events. The individual BWRs will each have their own pricing and registration cap with these lower prices locked in for first registrants. Once those caps are reached, the pricing will go up.
Created as an extremely challenging race in the spirit of the great European one-day Spring Classics, the BWRs have now become known as the most unique cycling events in the world for their incredibly dynamic, multi-surface ‘unroad’ parcourses replete with single track, sand, rocks, gravel, water crossings, cyclocross features and even some asphalt.
Below are the dates of the seven BWRs for 2023, all of which will feature in the omnium for the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series:
Inaugural BWR AZ in Scottsdale, AZ on March 3 – 5, 2023
12th Annual BWR CA in San Diego on April 14 – April 16, 2023
Inaugural BWR BC on Vancouver Island, BC on May 26 – 28, 2023
3rd Annual BWR NC in Asheville on June 10 – 11, 2023
4th Annual BWR UT in Cedar City on August 25 – 26, 2023
3rd Annual BWR KS in Lawrence on October 13 – 15, 2023
Inaugural BWR México in Queretaro, MX on November 25 – 26, 2023
Each venue will showcase a challenging ‘unroad’ multi-surface course that takes advantage of the unique topography these beautiful locations have on offer, from the old growth forest of the Hell of the Great White North in BC to the multiple cyclocross features of the Hell of the North (KS) and the cobble stoned streets of the Infierno Del Sur in Queretaro, México. Each route is uniquely designed to include a multitude of technically challenging sectors. Waffle courses range in length from 110- to 144-miles, with Wafer courses between roughly 68- and 84-miles. Some venues will have Wanna Rides, which are typically around 40-miles. Elevation gain will range from 6,500 feet to 14,000 feet for the various Waffle courses.
Monuments of Cycling is investing in new ways to ensure rider safety with new courses, as well as support in the form of nutrition and hydration from custom created products from Infinit. Each location will offer diverse routes that will be well-marked and involve abundant traffic control personnel on course. Additionally, each location will be hosted by a legion of bike-minded volunteers who come together to showcase the hospitality of their hometowns. Without these hometown heroes these iconic races could not be offered.