UPDATE 16 May 2019 - I SURVIVED! FULL RECAP COMING SOON.
I think it was Dr. Seuss who once said that “being crazy isn’t enough.” I would tend to agree with him there, because I’m fully aware that merely registering for the ridiculous beast that is the Belgian Waffle Ride won’t be enough to drag my sorry bones across the finish line.
While not officially a “gravel” event, the plus-or-minus 40 miles of technical dirt sections (a combination of fire roads, singletrack, rock gardens and sand) make the Belgian Waffle Ride an incredibly challenging event. Not to mention the other 120 or so miles of road riding along with about 12,000 feet of climbing…
The 2018 edition of the event came down to a bike-throw between winner Brian McCulloch and second place finisher Ted King, with a winning time of approximately 6 hours 30 mins at an average speed of over 20mph. Let that sink in. I, on the other hand, will be happy just to finish the event sometime ahead of the 2018 median finishing time of over 9 hours 30 mins. (Stats pulled from this article.)
I thought it would be fun to keep track of my progress between now and the event, which takes place on Cinco de Mayo. I’m new to riding dirt and this will be my first BWR, so I have a lot of training to do. Along the way, I’m looking to learn a lot about the training, recovery and gear required to make this a successful event.
For now, take a look through the amazing photo gallery of the 2018 event put together by CyclingTips, and check out the mini-doc below for a taste of what the BWR is all about. (You can also stream it via Amazon Prime here.)
From the blog
Equally unremarkable in the final meters of the coffee ride sprint as along the ungodly grades of an HC climb, I aspire to the 'Look Pro // Go Slow' mantra and ensure my rig is never seen in less than 53x11 at café stops.
I started cycling at the end of 2014, started getting dropped on group rides in 2016 and feel now like I'm just starting to find my legs. Much ink has been spent waxing poetic about the glories of The Most Beautiful Sport in the World, so I won't attempt to add to that anthology here. Suffice it to say that cycling has gifted me time and again with pleasures mental, emotional and physical.
I can remember telling myself years ago that I really "enjoyed photography," but my interest on that front has grown alongside my cycling adventures. Getting out on the bike gives you the opportunity to see so much you'd otherwise have no reason (or time) to see during your daily grind, and I've found that inspiring when it comes to taking pictures.
That said, thanks for stopping by. Now let's ride!