The Belgian Waffle Ride Mega Photo Gallery – by Wil Matthews

“Welcome to the most unique cycling event in the country, the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), now in its eighth year of irreverence.” – Belgian Waffle Ride

“Created as the one and only Spring Classic in the United States, the BWR’s mission is to offer cyclists an extremely challenging cycling event in the spirit of the great one-day spring classics of Belgium, replete with Belgian waffles and ale.”

All of these images are courtesy of photography supremo, Wil Matthews. You can see more of Wil’s photography here, along with Instagram and Twitter.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
The tradition of waffle breakfast at BWR helps prepare for a long day.

A total of 4000 meals were prepared by on-site catering for breakfast and post-ride.

There are plenty of vendors on-site, including Castelli with the official kit.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
IRC Tire is the official tire supplier for 2019 BWR.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Let’s look at Phil’s phone, with Phil Gaimon, Alison Tetrick & Amanda Nauman.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Rahsaan Bahati getting ready to roll.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

The 133-mile course was divided into pavement, dirt, and climb sectors for the top-tube sticker.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
The 2019 BWR cut off registration at 1800 riders.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

The front line of the women’s field featured riders with a wide spectrum of career accomplishments, from wins at Dirty Kanza to pro MTB riders to riders with international road palmares.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Time to roll!
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Riders are released in multiple waves.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
The entrance to Lemontwistenberg, the first dirt section, got a little crowded.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Just a couple miles after the start of the first dirt section, fire road climbs let the riders spread out a little.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, former pro road rider Bryan Lewis on the climb up from Lake Hodges Dam. Lewis competed on the road in stage races domestic and abroad.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, Alison Tetrick shows the wounds of crashing twice in the opening chaos on the dirt, but persevered to finish the 133-mile route.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, Ted King motions the lead riders to keep working as they head along Del Dios Road to the second dirt sector.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Black Canyon sector started with a deceptively easy and scenic entrance.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
It isn’t always pretty out there.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

133 miles, with a significant amount of those over dirt, inevitably leads to mechanical problems.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Challenges faced in good spirits are a hallmark of BWR.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Things get spicy at the head of affairs.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Eventual 3rd place lady, Olivia Dillon, grits it out.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, turning the number 13 upside down wasn’t enough to protect local pro, Justin Oien from double-flatting in a remote area while riding with the select group.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, Sarah Sturm established her lead in the women’s race on the dirt sectors but continued to push the pace over Sutherland Dam. On Sarah’s wheel, Jake Pantone of ENVE Composites.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, the climb out of Black Canyon is a steep mix of sandy sections and washboard surfaces, but the select group stayed together all the way out.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Eddie Anderson leads the front group.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Peter Stetina, pro cyclist with Trek Segafredo.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Peter Stetina hoofs it on dirt wearing road shoes!

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Above, Eddie Anderson rides the Pinarello Grevil Plus, check out our Sea Otter video covering this bike!

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

At some point, the cord snapped, and Peter Stetina and Eddie Anderson found themselves clear of the field.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

The lead duo of Eddie Anderson and Peter Stetina as they approach the final and most significant climb of the day.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
At the base of Double Peak, Peter Stetina left Eddie Anderson for good to head in for the win.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Peter Stetina finished the 133-mile mixed-surface course in 6:19 hours.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

The Women’s podium: Sarah Sturm, Sarah Max and Olivia Dillon. Congratulations!

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

The elite men prize list was good, and the elite women’s was even greater at BWR. Peter Stetina donated a portion of his winnings back to the charity BWR supported, San Diego MTB Association.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Nothing wrong with a post-ride lie down.
2019 belgian waffle ride photos
Post-ride festivities.

2019 belgian waffle ride photos

Each rider completing BWR is rewarded with a special ale brewed by the location host and sponsor Lost Abbey.

More Photos by Wil Matthews from 2019 BWR

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