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Belgian

Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina

June 21 - June 22 2024
Hendersonville NC
Date Confirmed
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Distances: 40, 70, 132 miles
Difficulty: Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Limited to: 1,500 Participants

Welkom to the fourth Annual Belgian Waffle Ride NC, which will take place on June 22 at Kanuga Resort near Asheville, which is an incredible destination nestled on 1,400 stunning acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This historic setting features a beautiful 30-acre lake, 20- miles of trails, and full-service meeting and lodging facilities for up to 440 guests.

This year we are planning a shorter and less hilly route that still features so much of the area’s glorious greenery. The race will be the fifth and maybe hilliest of the Belgian Waffle Rides. Last year it was roughly 131-miles and over 13,000 feet of climbing, making it the most challenging of all the 2023 BWR courses and earning it the title of THE HELL OF THE EAST. It’s probable the race will be run in hot and humid conditions, compounding the difficulty of the dynamic Unroad sectors.

Created as an extremely challenging race in the spirit of the great European one-day Spring Classics, the BWR, with a Belgique theme, is an unusually difficult Unroad Race. There are three distances on offer: The longer Waffle Ride, the half as long Wafer Ride, and for those looking to get a taste of the fun without the life-changing training commitment we’re offering the Wanna Ride. This fourth annual BWR NC event will have a deep field of professional riders and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes.

Prior to the event, there will be a special VIP event for the media, the course will be revealed in detail, there will special race-related presentations VIPS won’t want to miss, the pros will be interviewed, and cyclists of all stripes will be able to rub shoulders with all the celebrities on hand for the epic weekend.

The BWR Unroad Expo promises to be a cool cycling party and is open to the public. A variety of beers reflecting the incredible brewing crafts of New Belgium will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion. Attendees can peruse a wide range of offerings from event sponsors and over 40 vendors! Racers and event patrons will be treated to Belgian waffles and plenty of food options for attendees.

Here is the 2023 Course Information:

WAFFLE –

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43107722

211-km/131-miles
~13,000 feet of climbing
20 Unroad sectors
20 Categorized Climbs
44% Unroad (long, muddy, wet, dry, rocky, loose, hilly, ugly) Numerous tight corners, roots, water crossings, and obstacles

3 Queen/King of the Mountain segments
3 Queen/King of the Dirt segments
3 Queen/King of the Sprint segments
8 Feed Zones

WAFER –

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43107662

127-km/79-miles
~9,000 feet of climbing
Numerous Unroad sectors
44% Unroad (long, muddy, wet, dry, rocky, loose, hilly, ugly) hills, roots, water crossings, obstacles, more hills
5 feed zones

WANNA –

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43107668

58-km/36-miles
~4,000 feet of climbing
Several Unroad sectors
31% Unroad (long, muddy, wet, dry, rocky, loose, hilly, ugly) chunky gravel, roots, water crossings, and rocks

1 Feed Zone

In terms of accouterments, every rider will receive:

BWR swag bag that contains many important items –

Sponsor Swag

BWR Premium branded item (like a bike bag, tee-shirt, or hat)
Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)

+ Pre- and Post-Race Waffles and coffee & beverages
+ Beer
+ Finisher’s Beer Trophy
+ Bragging Right
+ Potential to win money or prizes as top competitors in respective categories
+ T-shirts and BWR branded gear is available at registration and at the race

In terms of accouterments, every rider will receive:

BWR swag bag that contains many important items –

Sponsor Swag

BWR Premium branded item (like a bike bag, tee-shirt, or hat)
Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)

+ Pre- and Post-Race Waffles and coffee & beverages

+ Beer

+ Finisher’s Beer Trophy

+ Bragging Rights

+ Potential to win money or prizes as top competitors in respective categories

T-shirts and BWR branded gear is available at registration and at the race

Belgian Waffle Ride North California

 
Start Located At: 130 Kanuga Chapel Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739
 
 
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Included

Waffle Finishers will receive :

Sierra Nevada Ale (trophy)
BWR Finishers shirt
Bragging rights

Wafer Finishers will receive:

Sierra Nevada Ale (trophy)
BWR Finishers shirt
Bragging rights

Wanna Finishers will receive:

Sierra Nevada Ale
BWR Finishers shirt

Opportunity to level up to the Wafer in 2023

All Registrants will receive:

BWR swag bag that contains many important items
Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)

BWR top tube Course Sector sticker (so you know what’s coming up)
BWR tee-shirt
Wrist Band, which that gets you:
Pre-Race Waffles and coffee
Beer Ticket from Sierra Nevada
Post-Race Food Feast 

Prize / Race Categories
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

 

 

 
Facilities
Parking
Toilets
Registration On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Outriders
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Community
Free Training Rides
Fundraising
 
Features
Course Timing
KOM/QOM Competition
Category / Race Prizes
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
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: 8
 
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Apr 29 2024 - NEWS: Villafane and Beers fastest at 13th edition of BWR California
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Mar 12 2024 - NEWS: BWR Tripel Crown of Gravel kicked off last weekend in Arizona
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
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