This inaugural Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City event was held this past Saturday in Cedar City, Utah. 2020 has been a difficult year with the cancellation of many cycling events since March, so being able to line up and clip in for some gravel riding fun at the BWR Cedar City event was a welcome experience for cyclists to enjoy.
The Waffle Race featured a 125-mile course, which with roughly 6,000 feet of undulating climbs, at an average altitude of 5,800 feet, with over 60-miles of off-road terrain. The course had a variety of different surfaces; gravel, single track, rocky trails, sandy sections and even some asphalt and bike paths. The Wafer Race featured a shorter, but still challenging distance of 78.4-Miles with 3,337 feet of climbing.
After a hard day of racing, Keegan Swenson outsprinted Peter Stetina (Beer and Waffles) for a hard-fought win in the Pro Men’s race. Mountain biker Rose Grant (Stans/Pivot Pro Team Pb Maxxis) took the win in the Pro Women’s race with a time of 6 hours 33 minutes followed by Kathy Pruitt (Canyon Bicycles) in second, who was 6 minutes and 30 seconds back.
The BWR Cedar City Addressed the COVID-19 Restrictions
The BWR Cedar City addressed the COVID-19 restrictions by allowing riders to get food and drinks from either official roving support vehicles or from friends out on the course. They also allowed for unofficial support to provide less crowding at the official Feed Zones.
Masks were mandatory at the Expo, on the start line and throughout the neutral zone of the first five-miles. Masks were worn after the event, when not eating or drinking in the Expo area. The Expo area was a large beer garden so that riders could properly social distance.Men’s Race Recap Women’s Race Recap Results
Photos courtesy Belgian Waffle Ride