CEDAR CITY, Utah (August 15, 2023) — The Belgian Waffle Ride – Cedar City is set to go on August 26. This is the fourth edition of the Cedar City event, which was won by Whitney Allison and Peter Stetina last year (and the year before). This year, the ride will offer something completely different and give riders a chance to race on a gravel, sand, and rock route, at altitude, against some of the best cyclists from the road, gravel, MTB and unroad scenes. Additionally, there is a new course this year.
Cedar City has been incredibly inviting and accommodating of the event’s needs and has rolled out the red, yellow, and black carpet. This year, the ride includes the essential elements of a proper BWR with waffles, cycling in its extreme, and beer from Rouleur Brewing Company. There will also be a pre-race gathering on Friday night before the race and on race day at the awards there will be a Canyon Bike/OpiCure bike giveaway.
The BWR Utah, the Hell of the South (West), has a parcours that is quite the juxtaposition to the BWR events run in California or elsewhere. The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil, the BWR CA is a Road Race punctuated by two dozen unroad sectors (read: dirt for 55-miles) over roughly 137-miles and 11,000 feet of climbing. The Utah BWR in Cedar City is an Unroad Race of 128-miles broken up with roughly nine road sectors and much less the climbing of San Diego at ~7,500 feet. Regardless of the vital stats, the BWR Utah race will offer up the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that has made the BWR notorious and noteworthy.
The BWR Utah edition has drawn world-class cyclists from around the globe including numerous former WorldTour riders, defending champions from BWR CA, and many more that partake of the unique challenge of the day. Riders coming to win will have their work cut out for them. And riders of all abilities will tackle the same course at the same time after the start gun goes off and an initial neutral section of four miles is completed. The Wafer and Wanna Rides will start with the Waffle Ride and will traverse an 81- or 43-mile course, the beginning of which are on the Waffle course. The last eight-miles of the Wafer / Wanna routes also follow the Waffle course all the way back to Main Street Park.
August 26 — Belgian Waffle Ride – Cedar City|, QUADRUPEL CROWN OF GRAVEL, Cedar City, UT, The “Hell of the South”. 78% Gravel (106 miles), 22% Paved (30 miles). In the heart of Southern Utah allowing riders to see a wild variety of unique countryside. Course goes through the Parowan Gap and past petroglyphs left by the areas past native inhabitants, along with prehistoric dinosaur footprints., Michael Marckx, 760-815-0927, [email protected], Brooke Twitchell, [email protected], belgianwaffleride.bike