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Ride BWR Kansas 2023

Get ready: Sunflower Outdoor and Bike will host the 3rd annual Belgian Waffle Ride (aka. BWR) in Kansas! One of the events in the Quadruple Crown of Gravel and one of the premier events of the gravel season, this year’s event is back and better than ever. All of the three event distances include rolling gravel hills, a cyclocross course through the Snake Farm, water crossings, and a bit of single-track to surprise and delight all riders.

A weekend of events: BWR Kansas 2023 will be held Oct. 13 through 15, 2023, including a large street expo on Friday, a concert, and the main event on Saturday morning.

The best gravel course: Choose between three distances: Waffle (120ish miles); Wafer (75ish miles); and Wanna (40ish miles)

Good time, good cause: The Kansas BWR event is raising money for the Steve Tilford Foundation and being held in honor of Steve, who was the first U.S. MTB National Champion, a two-time U.S. Cyclocross National Champ, and a 7-time U.S. National Team member in road and cyclocross. He loved getting out on his bike with friends and riding hard — and we’re stoked to invite you to do the same at this year’s BWR. (Learn more about STF and Sunflower's commitment to getting more kids on bikes here.)

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What Your Registration Includes

  • A fully supported ride, all distances, on the most amazing gravel course with unique cyclocross sections unlike any other
  • Fully stocked aid stations every 20ish miles
  • Event-only access to single-track cross segment on private Snake Farm course
  • A waffle breakfast
  • Local beer on tap + free beer ticket
  • A custom beer trophy from Free State
  • Finisher’s BWR schwag 
  • Entry to an epic street party with live music
  • Awards ceremony
  • Pablove burrito ride
  • Large outdoor expo with industry-leading companies

The Inside Scoop

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous BWR Kansas riders have to say about the event:

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“BWR Kansas is the most diverse course of the year. There's EVERYTHING you would want in the "ideal" gravel course. In this race, all types of surfaces of represented: pristine gravel roads, flowy single track, a freshly built UNROAD circuit and plenty more; some of which might force you to be creative ... Trust me, the last 40 km of this course will take everything out of you, and the satisfaction you'll have when crossing the finish line will be unmatched.”

— Adam Roberge, 2022 winner

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“There will be so more BWRs in my future. Though the BWR Kansas was the only BWR I have done to date, the Kansas course was the most dynamic gravel course I have ever
done. There was gravel, grass, single track, rocky climbs to pick your way up or just decide to waddle up on foot, swoopy trails, and some pavement when you need a little reprieve. Oh. And sand!”

— Rebecca Fahringer, 2022 winner

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“While only one hour from Emporia and the Flint Hills, Lawrence’s terrain couldn’t feel more different. The roads are constantly undulating and are made up of a more maintained champagne gravel. But in-between those rolling Gucci Gravel roads, we detour into cyclocross-style sectors, replete with rock gardens, off-camber corners, and steep ravine run ups. There's a wild CX-style section halfway through where even the best riders have to hoof it for a minute. There's the infamous Snake Farm with its purpose-built single-track berms. And the very last miles of the course are in a sinuous but smooth trail network next to the river. This provides the route an immaculate balance of moments where riders can roll together collectively but other moments to take chances and make dynamic efforts.”

— Peter Stetina, 2nd in 2022

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"Good pre-race atmosphere with concerts, Unroad Expo, etc. Great idea to have it in the center of a town and to have the [Sunflower] bike shop there for last-minute purchases. (Nothing like that in Europe)."

— Nicholas Roche, 8th in 2022