2018 U.S. Gran Fondo National Series, supported by Haute Route

Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 3.0

Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 3.0

January 12 - January 14 2018
San Marcos, California, USA

The Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), the most unique cycling event in the country, is now in its seventh year of existence. This year’s edition of the Spring Classic will offer the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that the event has become infamous for—complete with pain, suffering, ecstasy and agony. 

With 1,300 riders last year and more expected this year, BWR has grown dramatically over the years, both in participants and prestige.  It is also the most publicized and covered regional cycling event on the west coast, only outdone by the Tour of California, with media coverage from myriad television channels, Sports Illustrated, Het Laatste Nieuws, the largest newspaper in Belgium, the Huffington Post, Road Bike Action and virtually every cycling media outlet in the country.  The BWR offers this growing and special breed the type of experience that requires months, if not years, to train for adequately, while requiring technical bike handling skills and, more importantly, the right equipment and nutrition to survive. Enter: The BWR Survival Camp 3.0

The focus of  BWR Survival Camp 3.0 will be to allow the riders to preview and beta test the official 2018 BWR route over three days of course reconnaissance. This enables the riders to familiarize themselves with the route at a pace that will not overwhelm them.  Riders looking for more miles are welcome to incorporate additional routes before or after the scheduled ride each day.

The camp serves up an incredible gravel and mixed terrain experience mixed a superb fitness camp. The camp is not limited to Belgian Waffle Ride participants. It’s also excellent preparation for the Rock Cobbler 5.0 on February 10th, 2018 (website).

Our instructors will divide riders into groups based on ability and guide you through the 2018 BWR course providing professional insight on training, nutrition, strategy and skills development.  Our instructors are arguably an assembly of some of the best in the U.S. regarding riding, racing, and coaching gravel events. We will utilize our years of off road experience to help develop your skills on loose surfaces. We are here to assist you with everything from equipment choice to line selection to ensure that you can safely manage even the gnarliest sections. On and off the bike, instructors are available as mentors and guides. You can learn more about our instructors below.

Meanwhile, we will enjoy pre-ride bagels and coffee,  the sunny and temperate climate of Southern California makes for some great riding, and some fantastic dinners all provided by the camp. Also, Source Endurance coaches will provide applicable presentations that will help you prepare for your assault on the BWR later in the spring.

The Source Endurance Camp Experience

Being at a Source Endurance camp is like being a professional, but bwr-200without all the pressure or hype.

Your bike will be cleaned and tuned daily by Velofix- San Diego.  You’ll have access to hydration and nutrition products as you head out to some great workouts on great roads with Source Endurance coaches and staff.  Throughout the day, support vehicles will supply everything you could need to keep riding.  No matter what your fitness level, we will make sure you are challenged but never overwhelmed.

Off the bike, enjoy nutrient-packed meals, stories with new friends, and additional instruction through presentations on training, nutrition and more.  Let us do the work as you have the opportunity to rest and recover and truly focus on making sport your top priority for a little while.

Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp 3.0

Routes: Training Rides
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: 25
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Friday, January 12
Post lunch ride
Official 2017 BWR Route Reveal. Dinner Provided

Saturday, January 13
Arrive 8am. Coffee and Bagels provided
9am Roll out: 2/3 2017 BWR Course
Post ride Dinner Provided
1 on 1 Power file analysis and group presentation

Sunday, January 14
Arrive 8am. Coffee and Bagels provided
9am Roll out: 1/3 BWR Course
Post ride Dinner Provided
1 on 1 Power file analysis and group presentation


$700. Early Bird pricing available until November. 

What's Included?

LIMITED bikes available for use from Canyon
Daily bike cleaning and tuning by  Velofix- San Diego
Professional Photographs from DMunson Photo
Early bird camp registrants receive a BWR Survival Camp jersey
Gift bags from our affiliates : Lost Abbey, Source Endurance, Wd-40 Bike, Chamois Buttr, Monster Media Racing
Registration into the Belgian Waffle Ride
Preferred start position at BWR
New, lifelong friends
Discounted individual coaching 7 months for the price of 6 (redeem, inquire@source-e.net)
BWR entry (no backing out) $160.00
BWR edition 28c tires approved by Phil Tinstman (never flat again)  $180.00
BWR Camelbak bottles (never have you had such good bottles) $28.00
BWR/Source Endurance Jersey (EARLY BIRD never have you looked so good) $ 76.00
Lost Abbey Belgian Ale (never have you had better) $30.00
BWR Socks (never has it more been ‘business time’) $16.00
The 2018 Belgian Waffle Ride Course Unveiling Party  $80.00
Topical Edge  (never have you ridden so well)  $24.00
Exclusive deals from our camp supporters
*Supplies are limited. Preference given to EARLY BIRD registrants.

Total (never has there been a better deal) $594.00

The Camp also offers:

Pre-ride coffee, bagels and scooby snacks
One-on-One Coaching for the BWR
Neil Shirley brain picking seminars
Phil Tinstman Pole Dancing Lessons
Bike Maintenance by VeloFix
Danny Munson photos of riders in action and pole dancing with Phil
Special Tips on how to avoid the dreaded Purple Card by MMX
BWR course pre- and testing details first hand
Total Value: Priceless

Packet Pickups

Lakehouse Resort, San Marcos.  Friday Jan 12. Afternoon.

Prize / Race Categories

You will be heralded as a supreme BWR competitor and will be praised by all 

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Strava KOM
Strava QOM
Downloadable GPS files
Feed / Aid Stations
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Lakehouse Resort, San Marcos, California
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