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Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas

The BWR KS is the greatest gravel / unroad course in America. The route will take riders on a ronde of the rolling hills north of Lawrence, 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 sinuous unroads, single-track through the woods or along the lakefront, muddy trails and two spectacular cyclocross courses carved through the grass, woods and valleys of Snake Farm - De Kleine Slang and The Slengenwinkel Doolhof - situated at a magical place of forested backcountry that’s just a few miles from downtown Lawrence. The 2023 course is new, as but features plenty of the rolling hills from the 2021/22 edition, where there are virtually no straightaways, and lots of opportunities for pain and suffering. Oh yeah, there will be almost no paved roads and due to the nature of the course, no place to hide from the wind in a group. You will be on your own.

There are a few things that make the BWR stand out, and on top of the list, right after the obscenity of the racecourse, is SUPPORT. This ride is supported with Police escorts, follow vehicles and the Waffle has six Feed Zones perfectly placed throughout its 123.2-mile (or 76.4-mile wafer) parcourse.

More importantly, the BWR features an armada of media vans, Sunflower on-course support, BWR support vehicles, on-trail support with roving mechanics along tough sectors that confront ill-prepared riders with a rude awakening soon after leaving the Lawrence downtown scene. The number of flats and mechanicals that the team addresses for the BWR are incomparable to any other event like it or unlike it. Special thanks to the Sunflower crew for their unflinching support of the event and the team they have amassed to serve our unique event.

    Course & Terrain Highlights from 2022:
    The Start & Finish & Expo will be at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop


    • Waffle -

      • • 123.2-miles / 198-Kilometers
      • • ~7,550 feet of climbing
      • • 88% Off-road/gravel, rocks, sand, grass, and mud
      • • 9 definitive climbs with never-ending undulations
      • • Steepest grade of 18%
      • • 21 definitive sectors / 100-miles worth of unroad
      • • 2 Cyclocross sectors
      • • 3 KOM Sectors
      • • 3 KOS Sectors
      • • 3 KOD Sectors
      • • 6 Feed Zones
      • • Numerous Water Crossings

    • Wafer -

      • • 76.4-miles / 123-Kilometers
      • • ~4,100 feet of climbing
      • • 95% Off-road/gravel, rocks, sand, grass, and mud
      • • 4 definitive climbs with never-ending undulations
      • • Steepest grade of 14%
      • • 3 road sectors / 5.7-miles worth / 63-miles of unroad
      • • 2 Cyclocross sectors
      • • 3 Feed Zones
      • • Numerous Water Crossings

    • Wanna -

      • • 39-miles / 63-Kilometers
      • • ~1,600 feet of climbing
      • • 90% unroad/gravel, rocks, sand, grass, and mud
      • • 1 categorized climb with never-ending undulations
      • • Steepest grade of 10%
      • • 2 unroad sectors / 4-miles worth / 32-miles of unroad/gravel
      • • 2 Cyclocross sectors combined for 6.6-miles
      • • 1 Feed Zone
      • • Numerous Water Crossings


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    EVENT INSURANCE INFO
    There are no refunds or deferrals to the following year, please purchase the event insurance if you are unsure if you will be able to make the event, or to protect you in case of anything that may keep you from being at the start line. The option will come at checkout during the registration process.

    PLEASE BE 100% SURE WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS



    Rewards & Prizes


    Waffle Finishers will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • • BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)
  • •BWR Branded Item
  • •Fully marked course with traffic control
  • •Stocked aid stations
  • •Bragging rights


  • Wafer Finishers will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • • BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)
  • •BWR Branded Item
  • •Fully marked course with traffic control
  • •Stocked aid stations
  • •Bragging rights


  • Wanna Finishers will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • • BWR Can of Beer (trophy)
  • •BWR Branded Item
  • •Fully marked course with traffic control
  • •Stocked aid stations
  • •Bragging rights
  • •Opportunity to level up to the Wafer in 2024


  • All Registrants will receive:

  • • BWR swag bag that contains many important items
  • • Race Number and RFID Tag (for official finishing time)
  • Wrist Band, which gets you
  • • Pre/Post-Race Waffles and coffee
  • • Beer Ticket
  • • Most all questions can be answered in the FAQ section
  • •NO REFUNDS, NO DEFERRALS to 2024 EVENTS
  • •2023 Transfers to other events require a $25 admin fee
  • •Please purchase the event insurance to eliminate any worries
    of being refunded for entry fees if not able to make it. This is
    available during the checkout process during registration.

For information on becoming a sponsor/partner or for exhibiting in the expo please contact Jim Miller: jim@monumentsofcycling.com

Lawrence Kansas main street

AREA INFORMATION

Lawrence, Kansas is a city happy to be what it is:  a city doing things in its own way, with free thinkers not trying to be anyone else. Lawrence has continually defined itself as an open, energetic and welcoming community. The arts and foodie scene can be enjoyed through Lawrence’s many art galleriesand restaurants. You’ll find live music almost every day of the week in Lawrence’s live music venues. The walkable downtown district, known to the locals as “Mass Street” is the top destination in Kansas and offers unique shoppingcoffee shops, and entertainment. Explore the history of the area at the Watkins Museum of History or with a self-guided tour. Lawrence is a college town with two universities, the University of Kansas (KU) and Haskell Indian Nations University. Explore the attractions on KU’s campus including the Natural History MuseumDole Institute of PoliticsSpencer Museum of Art, and DeBruce Center – where you can view Dr. James Naismith’s original rules of “basket ball”. Lawrence has no shortage of beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy including more than 50 public parks, Clinton State Park, and Baker Wetlands. Explore all there is to do in Lawrence, KS as you plan your Belgian Waffle Ride agenda.

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