Join us January 11-13, 2019
The Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), the most unique cycling event in the country, is now in its ninth year of existence. This year’s edition of the Spring Classic will offer the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that the event has become infamous for—complete with pain, suffering, ecstasy and agony.
With 1,300 riders last year and more expected this year, BWR has grown dramatically over the years, both in participants and prestige making it the marquee mixed surface event in the United States. It is also the most publicized and covered regional cycling event on the west coast, only outdone by the Tour of California, with media coverage from myriad television channels, Sports Illustrated, Het Laatste Nieuws, the largest newspaper in Belgium, the Huffington Post, Velonews, Road Bike Action and virtually every cycling media outlet in the country. The BWR offers this growing and special breed the type of experience that requires months, if not years, to train for adequately, while requiring technical bike handling skills and, more importantly, the right equipment and nutrition to survive. Enter: The BWR Survival Camp 4.0
The focus of BWR Survival Camp 4.0 will be to allow the riders to preview and beta test the official 2019 BWR route over three days of course reconnaissance. We serve up an incredible array of gravel and mixed terrain experience in the disguise of a superb fitness camp. This camp is designed to illicit your respect of an event the caliber of BWR. The BWR typically sees over 20% attrition and 2018 was no exception. The BWR Survival Camp boasts OVER 95% success completing the Waffle and Wafer Rides. With an expected camp total around 160 miles, and over 12 000ft of demanding climbing, the BWR Survival Camp will challenge everyone.
The camp is not limited to Belgian Waffle Ride participants.
Our instructors will divide riders into groups based on ability and guide you through the 2019 BWR course providing professional insight on training, nutrition, strategy and skills development. Our instructors are arguably an assembly of some of the best in the U.S. regarding riding, racing, and coaching gravel events. We will utilize our years of off road experience to help develop your skills on loose surfaces. We are here to assist you with everything from equipment choice to line selection to ensure that you can safely manage even the gnarliest sections. On and off the bike, instructors are available as mentors and guides. You can learn more about our instructors below.
Meanwhile, we will enjoy pre-ride bagels and coffee, the sunny and temperate climate of Southern California makes for some great riding, and some fantastic dinners all provided by the camp. Also, Source Endurance coaches will provide applicable presentations that will help you prepare for your assault on the BWR later in the spring.
The Source Endurance Camp Experience
Your bike will be cleaned and tuned daily. You’ll have access to hydration and nutrition products as you head out to some great workouts on great roads with Source Endurance coaches and staff. Throughout the day, support vehicles will supply everything you could need to keep riding. No matter what your fitness level, we will make sure you are challenged but never overwhelmed.
Off the bike, enjoy nutrient-packed meals, stories with new friends, and additional instruction through presentations on training, nutrition and more. Let us do the work as you have the opportunity to rest and recover and truly focus on making sport your top priority for a little while.
Confirmed Camp Instructors
During a 10-year professional racing career Neil had the privilege of racing all over the globe and was able to rack up some results along the way. Those results include stage wins at the Tour of Utah and Cascade Classic, along with King Of The Mountain titles at the Tour of Utah and Philly Cycling Classic. Neil has also stood on the podium at both the USPRO Road Championships and the Mountain Bike XC National Championships. He’s found a new love for mixed-surface events and is a 2x winner of the Belgian Waffle Ride in addition to the 2016 Gravel Worlds Champion.
Michael Marckx is CDO of BWR parent company, Creative Disruption, and up until very recently, he served as president/CEO of SPY Inc. He is the demented inventor of the Belgian Waffle Ride and has directed lots of fun events over the years, like The Ironman World Championships, the Surfing World Championship Tour in Fiji, The World Cup of Skateboarding, The Orange County Marathon, and many others.
A former amateur world champion and US National team member, Marckx has enjoyed being an athlete in several sports. He also likes to drink beer and is the world masters record holder in the Beer Mile. Currently a Category 1 bicycle racer, he is also an avid surfer and musician. Marckx lives in Leucadia, CA with his wife and two children, who love the ocean and music as much as he does.
Phil started racing old school big wheels in the local department store parking lot before he was old enough for the BMX track. It was never just a sport for him, it was almost an obsession or addiction for that matter regardless if it was a BMX, mountain or road bike. Phil craves that rush from speed and competitiveness that goes along with it. The combination is perfect for him.
Phil is a bit of a hero in his own right. He is a former Professional Mtb Downhill Racer from 1993-2002 and recently has over 50 wins including: 40+ Unified Road Champion (road racing, time trial, criterium), 1st RAAM 2015 4-man and Overall, and 2 times he was 2nd place in the BWR (2013, 2015, and maybe 2019).
Adam is the CEO of Source Endurance and comes to San Diego from Kansas. As such he has pedaled innumerable miles of gravel and open roads which suit him perfectly to the unique challenges of gravel and enduro events. Adam has placed in the top 10 at Cyclo- cross Nationals in 2008 and 11th at the BWR in 2016.
Adam’s true talent comes with his ability to combine his vast experience with his knowledge of sport. He is indeed a student of science, sport, athletic performance, strategy, and tactics, continually educating himself by keeping up to date with current trends and methods in sport. Adam is able to incorporate these attributes to help his clients reach and exceed their goals. He truly feels a sense of pride when his clients realize their potential. Since 2009, his clients have racked up a total of 13 national championships in seven disciplines including professional, elite and multiple age groups.
More about Adam HERE
Whitney Allison, a California native who currently resides in Fort Collins, CO, is a veteran pro on the road, entering her seventh season in 2019. She’s a power rider and has played a variety of roles from domestique to GC rider with top tens in many major domestic stage races. Training in Fort Collins has taken her to many of Northern Colorado’s high alpine epic gravel routes. When not training or racing you can find her dabbling in a variety of activities in Fort Collins including the FoCo Fondo, Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies, and Peritus Coffee Roasters.
Zack earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Colorado State University. As part of his education, he participated in many hands on exercise science practicum and internships, coaching many types of athletes, specifically cyclists.
Zack’s affinity for cycling started at the early age of 14 racing on the east coast. He quickly moved up the amateur ranks to race on the elite national circuit. This level of competition sparked his interest in exercise science, taking him to Colorado State University. While racing for his alma-mater and on various amateur teams he saw many podiums at the Collegiate Championships and Pro/Am events. Zack is currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado, races for the long running Team Clif Bar Crit team with forays to top tens in gravel events such as Dirty Kanza, coaching, and running the Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies.
Growing up with great mentors and coaches, Zack has a goal of paying it forward. He hopes to use his education and racing experience to bring success to Source Endurance and his clients.
Zack also owns and operated the Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies, a training and bike fit studio in Fort Collins, CO.
By Tim Newcomb
Don’t mind the 142.5-mile bike course run on dirt, sand or gravel for more than 33 miles. Or, for that matter, the 11,000 feet of climbing required over the course of the ride. It is, after all, just the way things run in Belgium…….. Read MORE
The finer details
Saturday, January 12
Arrive 8am. Coffee and Bagels provided
9am Roll out: 2/3 2019 BWR Course
Post ride Dinner Provided
1 on 1 Power file analysis and group presentation
Sunday, January 13
Arrive 8am. Coffee and Bagels provided
9am Roll out: 1/3 BWR Course
Post ride Dinner Provided
1 on 1 Power file analysis and group presentation
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
We have a very limited number of rooms blocked at this luxurious resort at a 15% market rate discount and they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please phone the resort at 888.854.1135 and reference the BWR Camp.
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort offers affordable luxury on the shores of sunny Lake San Marcos matched with an unparalleled guest service experience. Reminiscent of a summer lake house, LakeHouse is a north San Diego resort and a tranquil escape from life’s daily stresses. Guests enjoy championship golf, a full-service marina several restaurant options, free Wi-Fi and two sparkling pools.
- Bicycle: Clean, tuned and ready to ride with new tires
- MUD and SAND compatible cleats and pedals (test them, seriously)
- Gearing: Your bike should have a 12-27 cassette and/or a compact crankset
- Jerseys: at least 4 (short and or long sleeve)
- Shorts: at least 4 pair
- Wind Vest
- Baselayer : 1 or 2 lightweight
- Rain Jacket
- Arm Warmers
- Cycling gloves: short finger
- Cycling Shoes/pedals (carry these with you if traveling by plane)
- Chamois cream
- Small tote or backpack for anything you wish to keep in support vehicles
- Heart Rate Monitor and/or Power Meter (Power Tap or SRM or other)
- Toiletries for clean up between rides
Items to add just in case
- Light jacket
- Medium weight jacket
- Long sleeve and/or thermal jersey
- Long finger gloves
- Shoe covers/booties
- Leg or knee warmers or light tights
Other items to consider:
- Compact crankset and 12-27 cassette – If you are not accustomed to climbing or are a beginner cyclist this is a must.
- Bottles/mix/food – If you will be arriving before a camp begins or remaining afterward, and wish to ride, please bring what food/drink supplies you will need for your riding.
We will have sport drinks, food, spare tubes/tires, etc in our follow vehicles. Each day we will prepare water bottles for your bike using GQ-6 Nutrition and will provide you with sports nutrition products for use during the camp.
If you have any questions about what to pack or what to look for when purchasing cycling clothing or supplies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Manager/ Owner
Velofix will be present for the 3-day camp to aid with any support needs in the morning and evenings (any simple checks, adjustments, etc. will be offered at no additional cost.
Velofix will be the official ride support for the BWR Survival Camp helping with mid- ride mishaps.
Any higher level mechanical fixes will be charged service/parts with a BWR Camp discount of 30%.
Other Benefits include generous discounts on the following services:
Unpack/ assemble bikes for camp attendees.
Disassembly/ repack bikes for camp attendees.
Should you decide to ship your bike, we recommend Bike Flights. Plan for your bike to arrive no later than January 8.
Cancellation and General Policies: If you have to cancel for any reason, your deposit and additional fees depending on your cancellation date will not be refunded. Exceptions to this policy will not be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies and balances cannot be transferred.
- Camp Deposit is non- refundable.
- 61+ days prior: Cancellation Fee of 50% of original camp price
- 31-60 days prior: Cancellation Fee of 75% of original camp price
- 0-30 days prior: Cancellation Fee of 100% of original camp price
- There are no discounts, refunds or exchanges associated with an Athlete skipping or missing any portion of a camp including, without limitation, meals, lectures or rides.
- Source Endurance reserves the right to cancel a camp class at any time. In this event, Athlete will be issued a full refund for the camp registration fee. Source Endurance is not responsible for expenses associated with planning the Athlete’s trip including, without limitation, airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, etc., (collectively “Athlete Expenses”) to attend any camp.
- Camp will be conducted based on the schedule posted prior to the camp, but Source Endurance reserves the right to modify the camp schedule based on, without limitation, weather and the number or skill level of Athletes in attendance.
- All fees will be applied to the camp for which Athlete is registered. If Athlete has to cancel for any reason, the deposit and applicable cancellation fees will be applied to the camp for which Athlete was registered and cannot be transferred to an alternate camp or any other Service or product offered by Source Endurance.
- If you are not satisfied with your camp experience, please notify a coach or the camp manager as soon as possible DURING THE CAMP. Source Endurance will make a considerable effort to remedy any issues. Refunds will not be issued for camps once the camp has commenced.
- Source Endurance recommends travel insurance in case of emergency cancellation.