Gravel Grinder

2017 Belgian Waffle Ride

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S. — the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) — now in its sixth year of irreverence. The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil will once again be hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery on May 21, 2017. It will proffer the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that has made the event infamous — with another new course to surprise and delight all (not as long).

The Cervélo BWR attracts world-class cyclists from around the world. It has a cult following of fervent racers from cyclo-cross, road and mountain biking. As a result it has become known as much for its difficulty, with all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades the event’s every funky facet.

Each year the course is different. Last year’s was the longest and most difficult yet at 146 miles; 40 of which were in dirt, with 13,000 feet of elevation gain. We hope to keep the course similar to that of last year, but shorter. Now entering its third year, the Belgian Wafer Ride covers roughly 68 miles of the Cervélo BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads.

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Gravel Grinder Sunday out of Golden Road Brewery

The gravel bike/cyclocross/I love doing awesome rides movement has been exploding and there’s no better way to introduce yourself than this Sunday’s SoCal GRAVEL Trofee #3: L. A. ROUBAIX v2, which is also hailing itself as the “Hell of the North”.

If you’re going to do the full 45 mile route, you’ll roll out of Golden Road and head straight for the Verdugos covering a section I covered just yesterday.

You’ll descend into La Tuna before shuffling your way up the Angeles Crest Highway before coming down the Gabrieleno Trail leading you up the Fern Truck Trail.


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