Best Cycling Events in the Mid-Atlantic 2022

Strambecco rates the top road cycling events in the Southeast for 2022 based on a variety of factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland — Mid-Atlantic terrain features of Strambecco’s best list often include rolling hills and countryside routes that are often market with short punchy climbs.   As the Appalachian mountains are a dominant feature in the region, there is generally a lot of climbing involved.  Also, depending on the time of year you can also expect warm and humid conditions.

If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Gran Fondo New York, a very unique event which starts on the George Washington Bridge which connects Manhatten and New Jersey, and the Highlands Gran Fondo, a signature Gran Fondo National Series event.  We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In the Mid-Atlantic, premiere event producers include Gran Fondo National Series, GFNY Worldwide Event Series, and Hincapie Events.  

Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please contact us here or send us a note at

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Individual Events Listings

Gran Fondo New York (GFNY)
Location: New York, NY
Organizer: GFNY Worldwide Event Series
Date: May 15
The inaugural GFNY NYC race was held in 2011 and since then, GFNY has expanded to global series of 25 events. GFNY bills itself as the largest global cycling marathon […]

Storming Of Thunder Ridge
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Date: May 23
The Storming of Thunder Ride is an annual cycling event in the heartland of central Virginia. Hosted by the YMCA of Central Virginia, this bike event holds 5 distances for […]

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Lehigh Valley
Location: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Organizer: Hincapie Events
Date: June 4 @ 8:00 am
Hincapie Events offers the ultimate cycling experience in Lehigh Valley, Gran Fondo Hincapie – Lehigh Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania with 81-mile, 55-mile, or 14-mile course options available for all types […]

Highlands Gran Fondo
Location: Butler, New Jersey
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: June 5
Highlands Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events.  Just 35 Miles from New York city, this ride from […]

Garden State Fondo
Location: Morristown, New Jersey
Date: September 11
Formerly known as the New Jersey Gran Fondo, The Garden State Fondo was rated one of the top 3 Gran Fondos in the USA for 4 years in a row […]

Gran Fondo Maryland
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: September 18
With proximity to huge cycling communities in Washington and Baltimore, and an early fall spot on the calendar, Gran Fondo Maryland is where cyclists go to celebrate their summer fitness […]

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
Location: Fincastle, Virginia
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: October 9 @ 8:00 am
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo is a signature cycling event in the Mid-Atlantic region. Chosen as one of our best cycling events in the Mid-Atlantic, the event is produced by Muddy […]

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