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The Belgian Waffle Ride series of gravel events is back for 2021, and this year there will be four events. The series, run by promoter Monuments of Cycling, kicks off July 18 with the location that started it all for the Belgian Waffle Ride, San Diego, California. This will be the 10th annual edition of the Southern California race that mixes tarmac and off-road riding. Event number two takes place a month later on August 21 in Asheville, North Carolina. The third follows about a month later on September 25 in Cedar City, Utah. And new for 2021 is a fourth race, in Lawrence, Kansas, which takes place on Halloween.
Registration for all events opens at 9 a.m. Pacific time on February 1. Entries for the thousands of riders signed up for the 2020 BWR events have been deferred to the 2021 editions. Head to belgianwaffleride.bike to enter.
The first three events, San Diego, Asheville and Cedar City, comprise the Tripel Crown of Gravel Series. Racers who compete in all three events will be scored based on cumulative time, and the top three men and women overall will win a prize purse—and the bragging rights that come with it. There are also age-group Tripel Crown honors up for grabs. Racers who complete all four events will receive an award for completing the Quadruple. For each individual event, the Waffle, the longest course offered, will have a prize purse for the top five finishers for both men and women.
The first event in San Diego, the Canyon BWR, will look a little different for its 10th edition. The 135-mile course has been altered to include new off-road features. And it will take place in a new venue that can accommodate a mile-long finishing circuit, 70 vendors and thousands of people. There will also be new events over the course of the three days including a Friday night Road-Cross Criterium, live music and a beer garden.
The second and longest event at 144 miles with 12,000 feet of climbing, BWR Asheville, North Carolina, takes place at the 1,400-acre Ride Kanuga location, which features 20 miles of trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
With nearly 80 percent of the third event, in Cedar City, Utah, taking place off-road, it is a true gravel event. The 128-mile course takes place at elevation in the West Desert of Southern Utah and visits the Red Hills, the Parowan Gap along Little Salt Lake, Coal and Whitney Canyons and Granite Mountain.
The fourth and final BWR event, in Lawrence, Kansas, is a 111-mile route with 8,000 feet of climbing, including off-road and singletrack sections.
Secure your spot for the events at belgianwaffleride.bike