May 4th & 5th, 2019

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S. — the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) — now going into its eighth year of irreverence. The 2018 edition is now in the books, with Brian McCulloch outsprinting Ted King and Larissa Connors dominating the women’s field again. This past year had more official entries than any other year and the course was lauded as the best yet, with 46 miles of dirt/pave sectors over 133 miles. The Wafer course had a record attendance of 512 starters on the 74-mile rocky route.

We are producing a TV show of the event and you can learn much more about the event on Instagram @belgianwaffleride and https://www.facebook.com/Belgianwaffleride/

The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil will once again be hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery on May 5th, 2019. It will proffer the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that has made the event infamous — perhaps with another new course to surprise and delight all.

The Canyon BWR attracts world-class cyclists from around the world. It has a cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, 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. This past year’s was not the longest but it was the most dirty yet at 133-miles; 46 of which were in dirt, with 12,000 feet of elevation gain. We hope to keep the course similar to that of this year, but different. Now entering its fifth year, the Belgian Wafer Ride will cover roughly 74 miles of the Canyon BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads.

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Last year’s Waffle course topped out at 133-miles, which included 46-miles of dirt, mud and gravel. There was 12,000 feet of elevation gain and while that particular course wasn’t the longest, it was the most painful yet. The 2019 Waffle promises much of the same dirt and some new stuff over a similar course…

Still, the route will take its riders on a ronde through North County San Diego, where it will clatter through agrarian hamlets and the Ardennes-like hills — not over classic mountains per se, but rather a never ending string of ups and downs — along single track climbs, sandy trails, and roughly paved roads carved through inland San Diego’s beautiful rural and sometimes forested backcountry. On a scale of one to ten, this course is an eleven! We think this year we will just make 10 that much louder.

This ride is supported with CHP escorts, follow vehicles and feed stations dotted throughout. Register for the 2019 Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride before it’s completely sold out (once registration opens on 12/1/2018).

Route map to be announced when the time is right.


The other option, the Canyon Belgian Wafer Ride, should top out at 74-miles with 6,500 feet of elevation gain. It takes riders up and down a shortened course, while still including many of the BWR’s most famous dirt sections and iconic climbs.

A perfect option for those entering their first gravel grinder, the Wafer ride delivers the challenge and excitement of the Waffle ride in a fun-sized package.

Don’t let the Wafer fool you; it’s an eight on a scale of one to ten!

This ride is also supported with CHP escorts, follow vehicles and feed stations dotted throughout. Register for the 2019 Canyon Belgian Wafer Ride before it’s too late (once registration opens on 12/1/2018).

Route map to be announced when the county says so.

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The 2019 Expo Festival — starts Friday, May 3rd and continues through Sunday, May 5th — is going to be a powerful, fun way for brands to share their message and products with more than 3,000 cycling enthusiasts—many coming just to take in the huge Party. The Expo attracts cyclists from all backgrounds and disciplines, enthralled by the excitement of the unique weekend. The Expo starts at 3:00pm on Friday and opens up at 10:00am on Saturday and is open until 8pm. Riders must attend the Expo either Friday or Saturday to pick up their event numbers and sign the County Waiver.

Sunday is the big day and the mayhem goes from 5:00am until 8:00pm, when the last official finisher crosses the line.

The Canyon BWR Expo will feature over 60 vendors from the cycling, lifestyle and fitness world. The Lost Abbey will have their world-class Belgian ale for the enjoyment of all. The entire Expo will be one open beer garden.

The 2019 Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride and Expo is one powerful weekend of celebration and support of our friends at San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA).



Special thanks to our 2018 sponsors. The 2018 BWR Cycling Lifestyle Expo
is a powerful, cost effective way of placing your brands message in front of rabid fans.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch.

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Friday, April 13
@ Canyon Bicycles, 5600 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
3pm—8pm Expo Open
Onsite Registration
Pre-Reg Packet Pick Up
Course Reveal Presentation
Vendors, Food Trucks, Music, Free Flowing Lost Abbey Beer

Saturday, April 14
@ Canyon Bicycles, 5600 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
10am—6pm Expo Open
*6pm—8pm Reg and Packet Pick Up Only, No Vendors
Onsite Registration
Pre-Reg Packet Pick Up
Course Reveal Presentation
Vendors, Food Trucks, Music, Free Flowing Lost Abbey Beer

Sunday, April 15 (Start and Finish Line and Post Race Expo)
@ The Lost Abbey Brewery, 155 Mata Way, San Marcos, CA 92069
5:00am—Complimentary breakfast (Waffles and more) engorging commences
7:00am—Roll out Pro wave
7:10am—Roll out wave 2 (Women)
7:20am—Roll Out wave 3
7:30am—Roll Out wave 4
8:00am—Roll Out Wafer Ride
10:30am—Kegs are flowing
5:00pm—Awards ceremony

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Local hotels in the San Diego area.

We are extremely pleased to announce we have again partnered with the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort in San Marcos, CA. This incredible, newly renovated resort is offering us a 15% discounted rate (Online Code: Waffle)* and an opportunity to stay with your fellow riders very close to the start and finish at the Lost Abbey.


Show your BTFU spirit.
The legendary BWR jersey and bibs
as well as participant tees, caps and hats and more!


Product available when registering for either ride.
Product will also be available at the BWR Lifestyle and Cycling Expo!

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