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Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona

March 01 - March 02 2024
Cave Creek AZ
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Distances: 27, 79, 122 miles
Difficulty: Gently rolling terrain with one or two short hills
Limited to: 1,000 Participants

Welkom to the first stop of the Belgian Waffle Ride Tripel Crown of Gravel…

The Second Annual Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona is something we cannot wait to share with you. It’ll be a unique desert and mountain experience, which will be known at the Hell of the North Desert. Here is a snapshot of information about the event and what to expect…

BUT, THERE ARE ONLY 1,000 SPOTS THIS YEAR!

There is a formula to the creation of each new Belgian Waffle Ride, and this year’s first BWR and the kick-off to the largest gravel series in the world, the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel, is the newest manifestation of this formula. The BWR AZ, which will take place in Cave Creek, Arizona, on the fringes of the Valley of the Sun, embodies the three ingredients that make the BWR so special. 1) A dream destination, 2) varied terrain to accommodate an extremely dynamic racecourse, and 3) a cycling community that is both vibrant and desirous of the Unroad experience only the BWR can offer.

1) Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, on the fringes of North Scottsdale, the BWR AZ will start and finish at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek and take in a seamless connection of beautiful desert and varied challenging terrain with breathtaking views and near-perfect riding conditions. The area enjoys over 300 days of sunshine and incredible scenery, with conditions that are perfect for exhilarating Unroad riding, including crushing climbs to beautiful views of the surrounding desert. The destination is a picture-perfect town in the desert foothills that brings together history, culture, and nature in a unique atmosphere. The downtown area has plenty to offer the entire family, and the city is surrounded by many other destinations that you don't want to miss out on.

2) The topography, transitioning from the verdant riparian environment along the Salt River to the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, will offer towering saguaro cactus standing sentry against a backdrop of made-to-order sunsets. The springtime temperatures will nurture an array of stunning wildflowers among an ocean of vibrant green cacti and remain mild enough for riders to enjoy the full day of riding. The BWR AZ will bring along technical Unroads punctuated by pristine tarmac in the outskirts of Scottsdale. The course in and around Cave Creek will boast a fantastic concoction of terrible terrain, including pitchy undulations in Carefree, Tonto Forest mountains & washes, Rio Verde, sinuous single-track in McDowell Mountain Regional Park & its Sonoran Preserve, and smooth roads connecting gravel sectors completely unique to this desert playground. The dynamic nature of the course, which at roughly 122-miles is less than the usual BWR, will surely devastate even the most well-trained professional gravelleurs by its finale – a series of steep, paved climbs with pitches of 20%. How do you say, “Ouchie,” in Flemish. Oh yeah, it’s AUW! Kind of like, WTF!

3) And then there is the third and final ingredient – a vibrant cycling community. Not only has the area been designated one of only 35 gold-level bicycle-friendly communities in the US, with its safe accommodations, miles of designated bike lanes, and, of course, a plethora of trails to explore – both urban and desert – it has an extensive network of cycling teams, enthusiasts, and every type of bike shop to support them. This Sonoran Desert locale is the most diverse desert in the world, offering amazing views along the rocky mountain ranges that surround it. No wonder this destination has become home to such an active and enthusiastic bike community.

Here is the 2023 Course Information:

WAFFLE-

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42090710
122-Miles/196-Kilometers
~9,000 Feet of Climbing
8 Unroad sectors (the rest is road, dirt, gravel)
50% Unroad (Long, Sandy, Wet or Dry, Rocky, Hilly, Ugly)
Numerous Washes, Water Crossings or Foot Bridges
3 Queen/King of the Mountain segments
3 Queen/King of the Dirt segments
3 Queen/King of the Sprint segments
7 Feed Zones

WAFER –

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42003808
79-Miles/127-Kilometers
~5,600 Feet of Climbing
Several Unroad sectors (the rest is really nice road
40% Unroad (Long, Sandy, Wet or Dry, Rocky, Hilly, Ugly)
Numerous Washes, Water Crossings or Foot Bridges
4 Feed Zones

WANNA –

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42090863
37-Miles/60-Kilometers
~3,700 Feet of Climbing
1 long Unroad sector (the rest is really nice road)
25% Unroad (Long, Sandy, Wet or Dry, Rocky, Hilly, Ugly)
Numerous Washes, Water Crossings or Foot Bridges
2 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

 

Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona

 
Start Located At: 7100 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
 
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Included

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
• 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
• 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

Prize / Race Categories

Pro and age group awards

Category awards

Prize money for Tripel Crown

Prize Purse for Pros
GC (overall General Classification winner/yellow jersey)
Attaquer Award - most aggressive
King/Queen of the Mountain
King/Queen of the Sprint 
King/Queen of the Dirt 
Hardman/Hardwoman (strongest contributor/blue jersey)
kUDOs Jersey (awarded to the rider(s) who is considered the most spirited, positive and happy rider, named in honor Udo Heinz/orange jersey)
Age Group Categories:
  • 18 & under
  • 19-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 and over

 

 

 
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Features
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Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
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Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Aid Stations: 6
 
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
3 Hill Climbs
 
bwr
Oct 31 2023 - NEWS: Register NOW for the second Annual Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona
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Sep 01 2023 - NEWS: Melisa Rollins and Brendan Johnston claim victory in Belgian Waffle Ride Utah
Apr 17 2023 - NEWS: Finsterwald and Jackson fastest at BWR California
Jan 05 2023 - NEWS: 2023 Belgian Waffle Ride Series announces new Mexico event
Dec 27 2021 - NEWS: Meet the Instructors for the January Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp!
Nov 16 2021 - NEWS: Source Endurance presents the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp in San Diego
Oct 31 2021 - NEWS: Remco Evenepoel Finishes 6th Place In His First Gravel Race in Kansas
Oct 22 2021 - NEWS: Remco Evenepoel set to compete at Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas
Jul 23 2021 - NEWS: Katerina Nash and Peter Stetina fastest at the 2021 Belgian Waffle Ride
Oct 21 2020 - NEWS: Rose Grant and Keegan Swenson take gravel victory at ENVE BWR Cedar City
Mar 19 2020 - NEWS: Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride the next Premier event to reschedule to this Fall
Feb 13 2020 - NEWS: The Belgian Waffle Ride Expands With Two New Locations To Launch Tripel Crown Of Gravel Series
Nov 21 2019 - NEWS: Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp Offers Unparalleled Perks
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Apr 05 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride Utah
Apr 27 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride California
Jun 21 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina
Sep 22 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride British Columbia
Nov 24 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride Mexico
 
bwr
Oct 31 2023 - NEWS: Register NOW for the second Annual Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona
Feb 02 2024 - NEWS: Monuments of Cycling Announces New Partnership with Canyon Bicycles
Nov 29 2023 - NEWS: Register NOW for the ALL-NEW 2024 Tripel Crown of Gravel!
Sep 01 2023 - NEWS: Melisa Rollins and Brendan Johnston claim victory in Belgian Waffle Ride Utah
Apr 17 2023 - NEWS: Finsterwald and Jackson fastest at BWR California
Jan 05 2023 - NEWS: 2023 Belgian Waffle Ride Series announces new Mexico event
Dec 27 2021 - NEWS: Meet the Instructors for the January Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp!
Nov 16 2021 - NEWS: Source Endurance presents the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp in San Diego
Oct 31 2021 - NEWS: Remco Evenepoel Finishes 6th Place In His First Gravel Race in Kansas
Oct 22 2021 - NEWS: Remco Evenepoel set to compete at Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas
Jul 23 2021 - NEWS: Katerina Nash and Peter Stetina fastest at the 2021 Belgian Waffle Ride
Oct 21 2020 - NEWS: Rose Grant and Keegan Swenson take gravel victory at ENVE BWR Cedar City
Mar 19 2020 - NEWS: Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride the next Premier event to reschedule to this Fall
Feb 13 2020 - NEWS: The Belgian Waffle Ride Expands With Two New Locations To Launch Tripel Crown Of Gravel Series
Nov 21 2019 - NEWS: Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp Offers Unparalleled Perks
Mar 01 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona
Apr 05 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride Utah
Apr 27 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride California
Jun 21 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina
Sep 22 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride British Columbia
Nov 24 2024 - EVENT: Belgian Waffle Ride Mexico