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Riders prepare for the Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) this weekend in San Elijo Hills 

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S., the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR. This is its 12th anniversary and with a revised, dirtier, more entertaining route this year of 137+ miles, more than 50-miles of which are off-road. In 2021, the BWR was the largest gravel race in the US and grew nearly 175% with so many new female competitors joining in the fun. The race will start up Twin Oaks from North City and turn right onto the Ridgeline trail and exit San Elijo Hills via Questhaven. The race will return via Questhaven, San Elijo Road Path, and Summit Double Peak at 130+ miles, come out and cheer and push on Double Peak till dusk. The finish and expo are at North City. The race will start at 7:30 AM on both Saturday 5/30 and Sunday 5/1. Volunteer spots need feeling, sign up online. https://www.bikereg.com/belgian-waffle-ride-californiahttps://www.velonews.com/…/3000-riders-prepare-for…/

Learn more https://www.velonews.com/news/gravel/3000-riders-prepare-for-belgian-waffle-ride-this-weekend/

FREE E-Bike Safety Class

FREE E-Bike Safety Class
Learn the rules of the road and practice essential ebike riding skills with a trained bike instructor.
The City of Encinitas, in partnership with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition offers free classes this winter which will teach road rules, where to ride, general bike safety, emergency maneuvers, legal rights and responsibilities and will include a guided road ride to put your new skills into action!

Visit the San Diego County Bike Coalition website for more information and a list of dates for available courses: https://sdbikecoalition.org/events/

Teen bicyclist seriously injured after colliding with an Amazon delivery van – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Teen bicyclist seriously injured after colliding with an Amazon delivery vanThe teen was on an e-bike when he collided with an Amazon delivery van at the intersection of San Elijo Road and Elfin Forest Road

Source: Teen bicyclist seriously injured after colliding with an Amazon delivery van – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Belgian Waffle Ride will pass through San Elijo Hills this Sunday

The Belgian waffle ride will pass through San Elijo Hills on Sunday. The route climbs Questhaven Road from Elfin Forest and turns east on San Elijo Hills Road for an accent of Double Peak and exits San Elijo Hills on The Ridgeline Trail and ultimately leaving San Elijo Hills at the Ridgeline Trailhead Parking Lot across from Double Peak School. San Elijo Hills residents will be participating, get out and cheer the riders on and drive safely around cyclists. This year’s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event’s history and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour riders, Tiffany Cromwell, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Colin Strickland, Laurens Ten Dam or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.

What and when is The Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR.

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S., the Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR. This is its 10th anniversary and we’ve got a revised, dirtier, more entertaining, and slightly shorter (heat edition) route this year of 131.7-miles, more than 50-miles of which are off-road. Since the last formal event in 2019, the BWR has grown nearly 175% with so many new female competitors joining in the fun. 

Last year, we didn’t get to have a formal BWR, but there was an informal ride of 140-miles, a bit longer than 2019 version, which had been lauded as the best yet, with 48-miles of dirt/pave sectors over 134-miles. The Wafer course had a record attendance for its 68-mile rocky route, and this year it has a 71-mile course. And we’ve added an opportunity for riders to get a taste of the Waffle with the Wanna, which is 37.5-miles. 

The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil, the BWR is once again being hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery, the coolest Belgian-inspired brewery anywhere west of Flanders, but we’ve outgrown the brewery’s facilities and moved the venue to the nearby North City in San Marcos, where the entire city will be turned into a massive beer garden for the BWR Expo! Not to worry, not only will the race offer up the same type of insanity, challenge, and unparalleled experience that has made it notorious and noteworthy, North City also offers a special final 1-mile Crit-Cross circuit that all riders will get to enjoy, tackle or otherwise survive to get to the actual finish line. This final Crit-Cross course will give fans and riders an extra bit of fun in celebrating the survival of the BWR courses. This course will also be the circuit that riders will compete on Friday night for the BWR party and LOOK Crit-Cross races.

The 2021 edition has drawn way more world-class cyclists from around the globe than ever before… many coming to take on defending champions, Peter Stetina and Sarah Sturm, and many more just to partake of the unique challenge of the day. Riders coming to win will have their work cut out for them, as this year the pro field is far deeper than ever before. The men and women pro fields will each have their own wave followed by USAC category riders then Public riders without a license.

The race has a growing cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, road and mountain biking that could be related to the BWR’s stature in the now crowded event space of Gravel Racing, which wasn’t a thing when the BWR took riders into the dirt on their road bikes all those years ago. It’s important to note, the BWR was never set up to be a grinder event; it’s a road race punctuated by severe terrain and 50 plus miles of off-road riding, much of which some riders wish would be gravel. No matter, the BWR has become known as much for its difficulty — all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades its every funky facet.

We have added the Lentz is More MTB category for the Waffle this year in honor of our friend and hardman, Kevin Lentz, who tragically passed away from injuries suffered from a vehicle collision while on his Mountain Bike. This is not for the faint of heart or purple card recipients. All proceeds will be given to Kevin’s family.

Now in its seventh year, the Belgian Wafer Ride is currently set to have riders cover roughly 71-miles of the BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads. Percent-to-total, the Wafer has far more dirt than the Waffle and takes riders on all the most difficult off-road sectors featured in the Waffle. Granted, Wafer riders do miss out on 60-miles of difficult climbing and the dark and lonely beauty of The Zwartenberg, aka Black Canyon.

And for the first year, we have added the Wanna Ride. A chance for riders new to this type of event to take on a 37.5-mile portion of both the Waffle and Wafer. While the Wanna is short, it still has challenging dirt and a final climb to contend with.

Finishing the BWR redefines a rider’s previous personal limitations. For those unprepared, who show up to play checkers instead of chess, the race can be brutal. For everyone who rides, the experience carves a deep memory of magical moments of humanity between strangers and friends along the way, as overcoming the challenges of the event connects people for (s)mile after (s)mile. As mentioned earlier, this year’s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event’s history and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour riders, Tiffany Cromwell, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Colin Strickland, Laurens Ten Dam or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.

Prior to the event, there will be a special BWR VIP event at North City on Saturday, July 17th at 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At the VIP event, the course will be revealed in detail, there will special race-related presentations riders won’t want to miss, the pros will be interviewed, and cyclists of all stripes will be able to rub shoulders with all the celebrities on hand for the epic weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, the BWR Expo will take place at North City, San Marcos, which is a big draw on its own, promising to be the largest cycling party of the year in San Diego. Festivities kick-off Saturday at 9:00 a.m., July 16th, with the Eliel Breakfast Burrito Ride (BBR), raising money for the Pablove Foundation. It’s all open to the public.

The Belgian theme will be in full force with a host of unique entertainment features. A variety of craft beers reflecting the monastic brewing traditions of Belgium will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion.

Attendees can peruse a wide range of offerings from event sponsors and over 70 vendors, test ride a Canyon and people watch in Belgian bliss.

This event is part of the Tripel Crown of Gravel for 2021. For all information on the Tripel Crown please visit: TripelCrownOfGravel.com

FRIDAY, JULY 16TH, 2021

7 am – 11 am : EXPO VENDOR LOAD IN
12 pm – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION
5 pm –  9 pm : LOOK CRIT-CROSS (OPEN TO EVERYONE)
6 pm –  9 pm : LOST ABBEY LIBATION STATION

SATURDAY, JULY 17TH, 2021

10 am – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION
11 am : IRC TIRE THERAPY – MAIN STAGE
12 pm : RIDER BRIEFING #1 – MAIN STAGE
1 pm : CONSUMPTION STRATEGIES BY HAMMER NUTRITION
2 pm : RIDER BRIEFING #2 – MAIN STAGE
3 pm – LIVE MUSIC – MAIN STAGE
5 pm – 6 pm : VIP/MEDIA RECEPTION
6 pm – 9 pm : VIP/MEDIA/RIDERS PRE-RACE DINNER

SUNDAY, JULY 18TH, 2021

4:30 am : WAFFLE ENGORGING ENSUES
7:00 am : WAVE 1: BLACK: WAFFLE PRO, 1/2 MEN START
7:05 am : WAVE 2: RED: ALL WAFFLE WOMEN START
7:10 am : WAVE 3: GREY: WAFFLE MEN CAT 3/4 START
7:15 am : WAVE 4: GREEN: WAFFLE MEN CAT 5/PUBLIC START
7:20 am : WAVE 5: BLUE: WAFER MEN START
7:25 am : WAVE 6: YELLOW: WAFER WOMEN START
7:30 am : WAVE 7: WHITE: WANNA START (ALL)
10 am : EXPO AREA OPENS – WAFFLES, MUSIC, BEER, FUN AND GAMES
4 pm : PRO & CATEGORY AWARDS
4:30 pm : WAFER & AGE GROUP AWARDS
6 pm : EXPO CLOSES 
8:20 pm : COURSE OFFICIALLY CLOSES (SUN SETS AT 7:56 p.m.)

San Marcos Celebrates Bike Anywhere Week

The City of San Marcos’ Parks & Recreation Youth Commission is inviting San Marcos residents to celebrate SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week from May 16-22. Pledge to ‘Go by Bike’ and explore more than 1,644 miles of bikeways in the San Diego region.  

Alternative transportation methods including cycling and walking can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a healthy lifestyle. The City of San Marcos’ 63-mile trail network is perfect for cycling, hiking, running, and more!

The City is currently working on community improvement projects including the San Marcos Creek project and the Twin Oaks Valley/San Elijo corridor paving project which will provide improved bike lanes for residents who enjoy traveling on two wheels.  

“San Marcos is a wonderful place to bike,” said Taylor Quach, San Marcos Youth Commission Chair. “The Youth Commission encourages people of all ages to learn about the many benefits that riding a bike provides for your health and the environment.”

Bike Anywhere Week 2021 includes bicycle activities for people of all ages. SANDAG’s iCommute program is hosting virtual events including bike yoga, fix a flat clinic and bike safety workshops. You can even find popular routes to ride and go on a self-guided adventure. The full list of activities is featured here.

How to participate in Bike Anywhere Week 2021:

  • Take the pledge: Pledge to GO by BIKE during SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week, May 16-22 and pick up a free t-shirt.
  • Log your bike trips in Love to Ride. Each trip you log will enter you for a chance to win giveaways.
  • Post a picture: Share a selfie in your Bike Anywhere T-shirt for a chance to win more prizes.

Bike bingo: Download an REI Bike Anywhere Bingo card (English | Spanish) and start exploring.

San Marcos is the home to the The Belgian Waffle Ride

The Belgian Waffle Ride sprung from Michael Marckx’s desire to build a Belgian-style cycling classic in North County San Diego. The event blends road racing tactics with jarring off-road sections that are a test for all riders. This year 2,800 riders will pass through San Elijo Hills and summit Double Peak and finish at The Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos on May 3rd, 2020. Belgian Waffle Ride is expanding from its original San Marcos location to include events in Asheville, North Carolina and, Cedar City, Utah for, 2020.

Bradley Park Bike Park Public Meeting Planned at City Council Chambers

Residents are invited to provide input about the park on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

The City of San Marcos is hosting a public meeting to solicit input from the community for a new park bike amenity featured at Bradley Park. The meeting will be held Feb. 26, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos City Hall Council Chambers located at 1 Civic Center Drive.

The proposed bike park site will include up to eight acres of currently undeveloped land in the south east quadrant of Bradley Park, located at 1587 Linda Vista Drive. The meeting will allow residents to provide their ideas on what special features, such as pump tracks, flow tracks and jumps they would like to have included in the park design.

For more information, please call (760) 744-5535, ext. 3602 or visit www.san-marcos.net/specialevents.

Bike to Work Day in San Marcos

The City of San Marcos and Bike Vault are teaming up to host a Bike to Work Day pit stop on Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 9 am at the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive.

Join thousands of people throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on Bike to Work Day. With thousands of miles of bikeways in the region, biking gets you where you need to go.

With more than 100 pit stop locations throughout San Diego County, all riders are encouraged to register for Bike to Work Day to receive a FREE t-shirt* and snacks. Riders who visit the San Marcos pit stop location will be entered in a raffle and have a photo opportunity. *You must register online to be eligible for a free t-shirt.

To get prepared for Bike to Work Day,  resources are available on the iCommute website, including the San Diego Regional Bike Map, riding, and safety tips, bike lockers, and information about taking your bike on transit.

For more information on Bike to Work Day 2018, visit the Bike Month web page, call 511 and say “iCommute,” or email iCommute@sandag.org. Make sure to follow @iCommuteSD on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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Editor note-San Elijo Hills IS cycling. On a given day you can see USA National Team Junior Cyclists riding through town or 1976 Olympian John Howard riding our amazing roads trails and hills. Give them a wide pass and smile. #sanelijothankful

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