With the current climate of events becoming non-existent this year the North American cycling world was hit particularly hard. One event chose to press forward and conduct a race! The Belgian Waffle Ride looked to host their new event in a new location in Cedar City, Utah. Normally based in San Diego and after years of success, the BWR would host a gravel-specific event in Utah consisting of 125 miles over dirt roads with 6,000 feet of elevation gain all while sitting at an altitude of 4,500 ft.
With a gravel style event, you can expect to see an array of different style of riders show up. To fly the Monster Hydro flag, we had none other than current XC MTB National Champion Keegan Swenson make the trip out to Cedar City just a few days after arriving home after a five-week block of racing in Austria, which consisted of four World Cups and the XC MTB World Championships.
Also showing up to the start line would be fan-favorite Tj Eisenhart, who stepped away from professional racing on the road last year to pursue his own program within the new gravel/adventure racing world. To round out the Hydro crew Brian McCulloch; current road professional, who won the Belgian Waffle Ride in 2018, would look to come back and put a stamp on the new Belgian Waffle Ride in Cedar City.
Keegan Swenson, who was a last-minute addition to the BWR field, was the dark horse as he’s an MTB specialist. Keegan completely shocked everyone by taking a narrow victory over last year’s winner and Tour de France veteran Pete Stetina. A remarkable feat, considering Swenson had just a back brake after an untimely tangle in the first few miles of the race with another rider.