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Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp

by editors on October 14, 2015


Few cyclists this side of the pro peloton can simply show up and power out 140 miles of brutality without at least a little training. In light of this the organizers of the world famous Belgian Waffle Ride have teamed up with Source Endurance for an official BWR Survival Camp in sunny San Diego the weekend of January 15-18, 2016.

This camp will give brave souls (and those looking to take their bikes out of the basement) an exclusive, guided, sneak preview of the 2016 BWR Course. All BWR Survival Campers will be treated as the professionals they are, with follow cars, soigneurs, domestiques, and lead out men. The time off and on the bike will be amazing! Friday will begin with some leg openers so those who arrive early can get themselves loosened up. Then we’ll have an official 2016 BWR Route unveiling for camp attendees. On Saturday we’ll preview 60% of the 2016 BWR course and Sunday we’ll ride the other 40%. Monday will be an optional ride for any campers that still have legs. We’ll head out along the coast, turning inland gravel and grit before returning home.

Honestly, the camp sounds like a lot more fun than riding the BWR itself. Something to think about. For more info, please follow the jump or click here for all the details.

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Save The Date: 2016 Belgian Waffle Ride

by editors on September 16, 2015

Bwr 2016The fifth running of the Belgian Waffle Ride will go down April 23-24, 2016 in San Marcos, California. Organizers say this will be the largest cycling extravaganza in Belgian Waffle Ride history, and participation numbers will be capped at 1,200 of the best from all over, including Olympians; World, National and State champions; professional and amateur cyclists; and surf, motocross and bike industry luminaries.

“The Belgian Waffle Ride presented by SPY was created as an homage to the storied history of bike racing in Belgium—a wonderful country considered to be the epicenter of the hardest one-day bike races in the world,” says Michael Marckx, CDO of Creative Disruption and creator of the event. “A tribute to the beautiful—and equally grueling—races staged in Belgium during the early spring, this year’s route will once again be different than all of the previous years with some new and sinuous gravel, dirt, and rocky sections, and more climbing than rural Belgium could offer, promising more fun, more pain and more opportunity for excuses than ever before. We hope to have at least 14 dirt sections, more than 11,000 feet of climbing and headwinds no matter which direction you ride.”

For a better look at the ride from the inside, check out this photo gallery. For the official word from Creative Disruption, please follow the jump [click to continue…]


Spy’s Belgian Waffle Ride & Fitness Expo

by editors on April 21, 2015

Spy-2015-Bwr-Expo-Poster-FinalCarlsbad, California eyewear company Spy is holding its infamous annual Spy Belgian Waffle Ride and Fitness Expo this weekend on Saturday and Sunday April 25-26, 2015. For 2015 the entire 145 mile event is centered around the Lost Abby Brewery.

The ride itself takes place on Sunday, April 26th and once again, it will be surrounded a two-day bicycle and fitness expo, kicking off at The Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos, CA, which is also where the start of the race will be. . . Now in its fourth year, the SPY BWR is a grueling 229-kilometer, multi-terrain cycling race that began as a tribute to the beautiful and taxing rides staged in Belgium each spring. The course includes 11,000 feet of arduous climbing through the unrelenting hills of San Diego County and includes a relentless barrage of mud, dirt, single-track and water crossings. . . The Expo will include multiple food trucks from Gear Grinder Grill as well as more than 30 performance and sports related exhibitors.. . More than $10,000 in prizes will be raffled off, including bikes from Giant, Felt, Masi, Haro, as well as prize packs from lululemon. . . The family friendly festivities will also include an astro jump and bouncy house for children in attendance.

If you like bikes (and/or beer) then the Spy Belgian Waffle weekend is just for you. Sadly, it is sold out but for more info, please click the link. Or click here for Bikeistan coverage of previous events.

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Spy Belgian Waffle Ride Results, Photos

by editors on April 28, 2014

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Neil Shirley and Phil Tinstman turned the 2014 into a two-man race from the first dirt section.

Click Here For The Complete BWR2014 Photo Gallery

We’re still recovering from our ride in The Hell of The North County a.k.a. the 2014 Spy Belgian Waffle Ride on April 27, 2014. While we get our heads around just what happened yesterday here are a few photos we grabbed during what has become our favorite day on a bike all year.

Click the link to check out the gallery. If you want to see the photo larger, click on it. For complete results follow the jump. For complete results by start wave scroll way, way down to the bottom. [click to continue…]

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2014 Belgian Waffle Ride

by editors on April 28, 2014


Belgian Waffle Ride Countdown Continues

by editors on April 3, 2014

Want to know what we’re talking about when we say “BWR Recon Rides? Click here for more information (you can still get on the wait list), or if you’re already in the Southern California area, stop by Ride Cyclery Saturday morning, April 5, 2014 at 7 AM and take a practice roll on the whole 130 mile course (if you’re hard enough). Ride Cyclery is located at 449 South Coast Highway 101, in Encinitas, California.

[Link: Spy Belgian Waffle Ride]


2014 Spy Belgian Waffle Ride Now Open

by editors on February 19, 2014

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Registration is now open for the third annual “extremely challenging Spring Classic event” more commonly referred to as The SPY Belgian Waffle Ride scheduled for April 26-27, 2014 in beautiful Carlsbad, California.

“The SPY Belgian Waffle Ride began as an homage to the storied history of bike racing in Belgium—a place long considered to be the epicenter of international professional cycling,” says Michael Marckx, SPY president, CEO, and creator of the event. “A tribute to the beautiful—and equally taxing—rides staged in early spring, this year’s route is different than the previous years with a great deal more gravel, dirt, pavé and climbing than even rural Belgium could offer, promising more fun, more pain and more fatigue than ever before.”

The ride begins at 8 AM on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Spy’s world headquarters and rolls neutral for 20 miles before things heat up at the 116-miles-to-go mark. The course features what organizers call “a relentless barrage of dirt, mud, single-track and water crossings” with a knee grinding 11,000 feet of climbing. But don’t let that deter you from what has become one of the best days you’ll ever spend on a bike. If you are man (or woman) enough, the click here to register ($125) or follow the jump for the official word from SPY or click here for our coverage from last year’s event (including a full results list). [click to continue…]


2014 Spy Belgian Waffle Ride April 27

by editors on November 14, 2013

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Okay. It appears that when we told you to mark your calendars, save the day, and start training for the 2014 running of the Spy Belgian Waffle Ride someone at BWR headquarters didn’t realize that April 20, 2014 was actually Easter Sunday. Not exactly a great day for a 200k+ “Hell Of The North County” race. So, organizers have pushed the event back to April 27, 2014. But it’s still starting at Spy’s World Headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

Be ready for over 10,000 vertical feet of knee blasting climbs, dirt roads, creek crossing, river fording, and bone jarring, frame cracking descents all while winding through San Diego, California’s beautiful, yet perilous North County region. You have been warned. More info as it arrives.


Spy’s Belgian Waffle Ride Brings The Pain

by editors on April 17, 2013


For those who watched Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara win the 2013 Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubiax (back to back) and thought maybe they’d like to test themselves against 200 plus kilometers of cycling hell, the Spy Belgian Waffle Ride held in Carlsbad, California, is the perfect race.

The 2013 Spy BWR, held April 7, (the same day as Paris Roubiax), pitted 360 cyclists against some of the steepest, wettest, and rockiest roads and dirt trails in Southern California. And that was after loading everyone up with a huge waffle breakfast.

Modeled after Europe’s gnarly one-day Spring Classic races, the Spy BWR offered those who dared to challenge the course an opportunity to test their strengths in a variety of different terrain, while at the same time raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

The 130-mile “hell of the North (County)” course began under overcast skies at Spy Optic’s headquarters in Carlsbad and wound its way through Carlsbad, Oceanside, Bonsall, Valley Center, Escondido, and San Elijo before ending, six-plus hours later, back at company headquarters.

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The 2013 Spy Belgian Waffle Ride Promo

by editors on February 25, 2013

The Spy Belgian Waffle Ride is quickly approaching. Are you ready? For all the details, click the link.

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