To Canada, in search of (Gluten-free) Belgian Waffles: a review of the inaugural BWR BC gravel race

The Belgian Waffle Ride is a gravel race, but one with a lot of tarmac. It gets two enthusiastic thumbs up, here's why.

A gravel logging road on Vancouver Island, BC
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Inspired by the Belgian classics races, the Belgian Waffle Ride started in 2011 in San Diego County, California. It has since become one of the so-called Monuments of Gravel, and is part of a series featuring seven different events across North America. The original —BWR CA, as it is now known— features a mix of road and gravel sections and can be raced on a standard road bike. I hopped across the border to see what the more rugged, inaugural BWR BC has in store. 

Belgian Waffle Ride BC, a ride report

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Tyler Boucher
Freelance Writer

Tyler Boucher is a former (and occasionally still) bike racer across several disciplines. These days, he spends most of his time in the saddle piloting his children around in a cargo bike. His writing has appeared in magazines published in Europe, the UK and North America. He lives in Seattle, Washington.