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Take on the Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas 2022

Sunflower Outdoor is the proud host for the 2nd annual Belgian Waffle Ride (aka. BWR) in Kansas! The fourth and final event in the Quadruple Crown of Gravel and the gravel season, this year’s event is back with a new (longer) course with exciting surprise additions. 

The 2022 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.

Photo by Dan Hughes

Choose Your Adventure

The mostly off-road course throughout the northeast region of Kansas was carefully designed to provide double the elevation per mile than many events in the region, giving this event a unique, punchy route. All 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. You won’t be short on views (while you are short of breath) or variety.

There are three distances to choose from: Waffle (120ish miles); Wafer (75ish miles); and Wanna (40ish miles). The course will be released to registered riders the day before the event.

Finishers will receive:

  • Free State BWR Bad Ass Ale (trophy)

  • Finishers BWR Shirt

  • Waffles

  • Lunch

  • Beer

  • Bragging rights

Choose to Volunteer!

For this event to be successful, we rely on the help of volunteers. If you aren't going to ride but want to be involved, there are several ways you can be a part of this super-fun weekend: AID Stations, Corner Marshall, Crossing Guard, Registration Support, Tear Down and more. We will need volunteers on Saturday, Oct 15 and Sunday, Oct 16 (Race Day).

All volunteers will get a swag bag, volunteer t-shirt, drink ticket, lunch, and a code to register for a free ticket to the G. Love & Special Sauce street concert on Friday night. Join us in helping support our friends, family and fellow gravelleurs: Register here to volunteer (scroll down to the "Volunteer" section pick your spot…or two!).
For those interested in hosting an AID station, please contact wearevelas [at] gmail [dot] com.

Come enjoy friends, food and fun while supporting our community! Please share with others who may be interested!

Photo by Dan Hughes

The Weekend's 3-Day Event Schedule

Sunflower Outdoor and Bike is the launching pad for all of the weekend’s events! Bring the family, grab a drink and a bite at our cafe, and enjoy all the weekend has to offer — including a beautiful ride, a custom Snake Farm IPA from Free State Brewing, and lots of opportunities to celebrate downtown. 

Friday, October 14

G. Love & Special Sauce street concert at 8th & Mass. on the Capitol Federal stage on Friday, Oct. 14, as a fundraiser for the Steve Tilford Foundation. To help pack this fundraiser event and kick off the full Belgian Waffle Ride weekend, we have tickets to give away! You can get a free concert ticket if you ... 

2. Sign up to volunteer for the race day (scroll down to "Volunteer" to choose your spot!)
3. Spend $5 or more in the Sunflower Cafe

Sunflower is also hosting a Steve Tilford VIP Dinner and Silent Auction. Find the tickets and more concert info here!

Saturday, October 15

8:00 am: Pablove Breakfast Burrito Ride (Open to all!)

10:00 – 6:00 pm: Race expo—including registration and packet pick-up

Noon – 6:00 pm: Beer garden

3:00 pm: Rider Briefing at Capitol Federal Stage (8th & Mass)

7:00 pm - Get Up Kids Concert - FREE at Capitol Federal Stage (8th & Mass)

Sunday, October 16

6:00 am: Coffee and waffle gorging commences!

7:30 am - 7:50 am: Riders start in waves

5:00 pm: Awards ceremony

Thank You to Our Local Supporting Partners!