The 2018 Gran Fondo/Gravel season is almost here, so how about a FREE Introduction on “How to Perform Your Best at a Gravel Grinder Event!” You know him from our “Ask the Bike Coach” column and now you can receive some of Rick Schutlz expertise for FREE at two local bike shops on January 27th and 28th from 1pm – 4pm.
This year, the Belgian Waffle Ride offered up it’s sixth course in six years, with 12,000 feet of climbing, 41-miles of off-road across 17 sectors, headwinds in every direction, prickly desert heat and deep sand arroyos.
We had a chance to speak with David Rosen, owner and chief designer of SAGE Cycles, a bicycle builder making titanium frames in the United States. For 2017, SAGE has released the Barlow, a compelling adventure bike with thru-axle disc brakes, room for up to 40cc tires.
After some years of riding, accomplishing several Double Centuries, making a few mistakes, and consulting a lot of information, I’ve learned a few basic rules that you can follow to optimize your recovery.
We are so excited to welcome a long time racer, always a finisher, and BWR co-conspirator Philip Tinstman to talk about the Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride, his years of racing, and the Tour of California.
Another way to change your experience is by including a different type of cycling in your routine. Are you a commuter? Maybe now is the time to start training for a weekend race. Are you dedicated to dirt? Consider giving commuting a spin. Even just for a cup of coffee.
The best bike is really dependent on the rider’s skill and comfort in the dirt. The faster and more experienced riders will use their road bikes with 25 or 28mm tires, as this is a road race, not a gravel grinder.
The entire team gets together and discusses upcoming SoCal events, EROICA California and the Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride. We review the winners of the Tour of Flanders, comment on the PBS documentary about local Bicycle Brigade, the Ovarian Psycos, and lament on the LA Times report card on pedestrian fatalities in Los Angeles during 2016. The post-show covers topics regarding April Fool’s Day.
The Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) is back for its sixth edition of pedaling perversity. Created as an extremely challenging cycling event in the spirit of the great one-day spring classics of Belgium, the BWR will return to North County San Diego on May 21, 2017.
The Belgian Waffle Ride is a blank canvas. World famous, bigger, dirtier and more irreverent each year. The 2016 gauntlet tossed by its creative creator, Michael Marckx (MMX), traverses 145 miles, 11,000 feet of climbing and over 30 miles of dirt. It also draws 1,000 dirty fools ready to go all Jackson Pollock on that blank canvas.
Beyond the beaten path, over the water crossings, and through the grassy fields of lavender lies the key to suffering at the Belgian Waffle Ride. Throughout the 235 km (146 mile) waffle route, riders faced 65 kilometers of dirt, 13 categorized climbs, 3 category 2 climbs, 12,896 feet of climbing, and 14 water crossings.
Five years ago the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) was created in the spirit of the great Monuments of Cycling—those long, undulating one-day events known collectively as the Spring Classics. These exciting and unpredictable races across parts of Europe—especially Belgium—owe their lore, drama and pageantry to the off-road (cobbled) sectors that punctuate their parcourses underneath the drizzle of spring in the Benelux region.
The Belgian Waffle Ride files its teeth for no one, delivering special treatment in the form of sickly strung together sectors of dirt and pavement to all. Herein lies the tales of those who attacked, suffered or merely survived the 2016 BWR. — MMX
The colors were softening, the end was near, and the moves were more subdued as I could no longer see or feel it all unfolding. I knew the sun was setting, and I knew I would get there before it had all gone dark.
This episode covers the background details of the State Bicycle Co. 29’er steel MTB review featured in Issue #131. We talk about the bike, our review conducted out in Idyllwild and the status of the road to Crystal Lake, a favorite of the team that’s been closed to cars due to a mud slides, but definitely not bikes.