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Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride the next event to move from Spring to Fall

The ninth edition of pedaling perversity and the most unique cycling event in the country, the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride moves to late fall to circumvent the escalating Coronavirus outbreak

Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride the next event to move to November

Founder Michael Marckx stated in a press release "It’s only been a handful of days since we last posted regarding the Coronavirus, but so much has transpired since then. So much so that we feel compelled to circle back on the subject NOW."

"Things have escalated so rapidly, in fact, that we’ve had to override our optimism for the May 3rd event happening as scheduled. As a result, we will be moving the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride to its new fall date of November 8, 2020… with the same (or larger) Pure Cycling Expo and VIP/Media events running from November 6 – 8."

"Registered riders for the Canyon BWR and related events will be automatically transferred to the November 8 event. For those that cannot make the new date, we are offering deferrals into one of the other Tripel Crown of Gravel events: Asheville, NC BWR on August 30, 2020 and Cedar City, UT on October 17, 2020. We will also provide deferrals into the 2021 Canyon BWR, which will be held May 2 in San Diego. The Triple Crown now will run entirely in 2020. All of this can be easily managed on the registration site."

"We’re just as sad as you are, but we want to give you as much advanced notice as possible. Our goal remains the same: Give riders, both professional and amateur, the most unique cycling event in the country—one that captures their imaginations from the day they register to the moment they cross that daunting finish line. We know we can only accomplish this by offering an environment that ensures your safety and that of the communities and businesses that host our events."

"We hope in this time of unprecedented tumult that having a new shinny date on the horizon will make the desire for its arrival all the more attractive… a symbol of the better times we will share on the other side of all this."

"We would be remiss in our duty if we didn’t take this brief moment to share our support for the measures our local and state governments are putting in place, which include seemingly drastic measures of self-quarantining, plus restaurant, school and business closures. But these measures will most certainly be important to the ‘flattening of the curve’ and saving of many, many lives. Obviously, large and small gatherings are being banned based on how widespread the virus is, not to mention just how easily transmittable it is. Covid-19 can be spread by people who don’t even know they have it… and thus the need for ALL OF US to take these precautions seriously."

"With all this in mind, let’s think of positive ways to support our local breweries, restaurants, bike shops and bars as we move through the next many weeks. We are all in this together."

"Lastly, we thank everyone who shared his or her views on reimagining the Canyon BWR as a fall event this year. We look forward to delivering the greatest cycling event in the country then; bringing riders, fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that will shine a spotlight on what the future of the cycling world will look like."

Peter Stetina, who was still riding for WorldTour road team Trek-Segafredo at the time, won the 2019 edition of the race over Edward Anderson of Hagens Berman Axeon and former road pro Ted King. Sarah Sturm from Durango, Colorado, was the fastest woman ahead of Sarah Max of Bend, Oregon, and former road pro Olivia Dillon of Fairfax, California.

The 2020 Belgian Waffle Ride series will now start in August at the North Carolina event before heading to Utah in October and then back to California in November for the finale.

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