Belgian Waffle Ride Survival Camp. Kansas
The Belgian Waffle Ride is both an immensely popular and enormously fun cycling adventure and a race. Adventure really is the best term because the course is ridiculously difficult and it seems like you never have the “perfect” bike. At some point in the day, on mile… who knows… something changes in you as a person, as a bike rider, as a racer and you become one with the grueling race and realize it’s a life fulfilling experience. It will be a story to tell family and friends. Well… not for everyone. According to BWR founder Michael Marckx, “40% of the racers don’t complete the event because it’s too hard and they’re not ready.”
Enter the BWR Survival Camp. Over 95% of our campers go on to complete the BWR on game-day and that’s in part to the superb training and advice they receive from Source Endurance coaches and instructors. Along the way we divulge the secrets of the subtle art of riding in the loose dirt and gravel. We keep the groups small, fun and rambunctious as we provide each cadre with an intimate preview of the top secret, untested BWR course. All the while each camper is treated to good food, good drink and a memorable experience that will be the envy of your riding cohort back home.
BWR Survival Camp Kansas is a 4 day training camp that will show you the entire course and allow you to learn and feel how the event will feel on game day. In addition, learning the area of the event without the hype of the BWR will further help to provide you with more of that "home court" advantage that lends itself towards exceptional performances when they matter the most. Training camps on the race parcours is a practice that became popular in the late 1990s and is now commonplace among high level competition. The fundamentals remain the same for everyone in that knowledge of the area and the course is power. Join us for a professional training camp and reap the benefits of your hard work at the Belgian Waffle Ride in October.
What sort of athlete is best suited for this camp?
Consistently active and serious athletes will benefit greatly from this camp. These athletes push themselves in training and consistently accomplish 3-6 training sessions per week. 2-4 rides at an endurance pace for 2-3 days in a row are no problem and even some long training sessions of up to 6 hours are common. These athletes should feel comfortable riding in groups and should be able to handle loose descents and moderate single-track with rocks and roots with ease.
What to Expect
- Ride with Source Endurance coaches and elite racers of the Steve Tilford Foundation
- Professional skills instruction
- Tactics workshops: You will learn how to make good decisions during the BWR
- Support vehicle
- Nutrition and hydration products
- BWR KS entry (no backing out) with preferred start position
- Exclusive first-hand knowledge of a NEW and UNTESTED course
- Exclusive access to product discounts from camp partners
- Daily bike tune and wash
- Source Endurance cycling kit
Optional Add On
- Pre/ Post Camp Private Coach Ride(s). Arrive early, stay late for more recon with 1-2 coaches/ instructors.
- Daily Massage
- Family inclusion. Add a family member to the evening dinners
- Adventurous attitude
- Race ready bicycle and body
- Check in 2:30- 4:30pm
- Drop in for a short check in and packet pick up.
- Opener ride: 5-6pm
- Dinner 7-9pm
Gravel Skills and Course Reconnaissance
- This is the first official ride on the newly minted and untested BWR Kansas course.
- Mileage: 40-50 miles
- Expected Duration: 4.5 hours
- Training Presentation prior to depart
- Athletes will gather over coffee as Source Endurance reviews the expected day’s happenings. We will begin with general skills and drills early during the ride. Instructors will then reinforce these teachings throughout the camp. Along the way we will stop periodically to discuss strategy and tactical expectations on BWR day.
- Recovery/ Lunch post ride
- Optional Massage
Primary Course Recon
- Long day intended to fatigue athletes in similar fashion to the BWR
- Mileage: 70-85 miles
- Expected Duration: 6 hours
- Training presentation prior to start
- Yesterday was tough but today will test everyone. We will begin much like the day before with a training presentation and briefing over coffee. Following this early dialogue athletes will begin a tough day of course reconnaissance. Today is meant to test everyone and will impress up on all athletes what to expect from the BWR on game day. The athletes will be supported the entire day as we explore the finer details of the BWR Kansas parcours.
- Recovery/ Lunch
- Optional Massage
- Today will focus on the most important sectors of the BWR
- Mileage: 35-50 miles
- Expected Duration: 4 hours
- Training presentation Prior to start
- Athletes will be tired but hungry to tackle the most important sectors of the BWR. That is today’s focus and we’ll put all the teachings to use on the final day. Athletes are encouraged to test their mettle and conquer their internal fears. Once today is over, only time remains between their success at the Belgian Waffle Ride.
- Lunch at the end of the ride and dismissal.
- Athletes remaining in town are welcome to a final group dinner.