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How Belgian Waffle Ride came to Canada

How Belgian Waffle Ride came to Canada

Belgian Waffle Ride ranks as one of the most iconic gravel races in the United States. Now, the series is coming to Canada. On May…

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Belgian Waffle Ride ranks as one of the most iconic gravel races in the United States. Now, the series is coming to Canada. On May 26-28, BWR will land on Vancouver Island for three days of gravel racing, riding and events.

Jon Watkin is the man behind organizing BWR’s first Canadian event. With a long history of organizing events on the lower island, from road provincials to cyclocross nationals and Canada Cup XCO events as well as his own Burnt Bridge Gravel Fondo, Watkin is looking forward to showing off what the Cowichan Valley has to offer.

“Cowichan is so well positioned to give participants a mix of road surfaces. From pavement to gravel and singletrack, there’s a little bit of everything,” says Watkin. Unroad Unltd. “We want to take the riders to places that are worth the effort to go to. That’s terrain, views and the existing hot spots of the Valley,” Watkin says, adding a tease that some of the three local mountain bike networks, Tzouhalem, Mt. Prevost or Maple Mountian, could find their way onto the route. In proper BWR fashion, the route will be challenging. “It will be hard. Really hard. Road will probably be less than 10 per cent of the course.”

With the event expecting up to 1,000 riders to show up, the Exhibition Grounds provide a space big enough for an event of this scale. “There’s expo space, RV spots and camping and plenty of parking space.”

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