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Best Cycling Races Virginia 2024

Best Cycling Races Virginia 2024

Riders on course of Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo

  Updated March 24, 2024 -- The team at Strambecco rates the Best Cycling Races Virginia 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event's or race's overall uniqueness. Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review special and noteworthy events, spanning Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike events and races.

Virginia, known for its historic landmarks and picturesque landscapes, has recently emerged as a haven for cycling enthusiasts and competitive athletes. From the challenging mountain terrains to the smooth roads winding through lush countryside, Virginia offers a diverse range of cycling experiences that have captured the hearts of riders from all walks of life. Virginia has it all, whether you are a road cyclist seeking scenic routes, a gravel grinder craving adventure, or a mountain biker yearning for challenging trails.  One of the best ways to experience what Virginia offers is to offer cyclists the opportunity to participate in an organized event/race with the best hand-picked cycling terrain and routes.  You can see Strambecco's full list below. Still, if we had to pick the best of the Best Cycling Races Virginia 2024, we'd start with Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo, The Appalachian Mountaineer Gravel Event, and the Shenandoah Mountain 100.

Road Cycling Bliss: Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo

For road cycling enthusiasts, Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo and Alpine Loop Gran Fondo are premier events combining breathtaking scenery with challenging climbs. Both Gran Fondo's are part of the prestigious Gran Fondo National Series, established in 2012 and comprising 12+ European-style rides/races staged in the United States. Every GFNS event offers courses covering 30, 60, and 100-mile journeys through some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in endurance sports.  Timed sections allow riders to compete in specific course segments, while casual cyclists can ride at their own pace. Participants can ride as individuals or on teams.

For the most competitive cyclists, the event qualifies for the one-day USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship event, which will be held at Gran Fondo, Maryland, in Frederick, Maryland, on September 15, 2024.

Gravel Grinding Adventure: The Appalachian Mountaineer Gravel Event

As gravel cycling gains popularity, Virginia has solidified its status as a gravel grinding haven, with the Appalachian Mountaineer Gravel Event leading the charge. The event takes riders through rugged and remote gravel roads, immersing them in the raw beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Cyclists navigate challenging terrain, experiencing a true sense of adventure while forging camaraderie with fellow riders. The Appalachian Mountaineer Gravel Event is not just a race; it's an exploration of Virginia's untamed wilderness.

Mountain Biking Triumph: Shenandoah Mountain 100

Mountain biking enthusiasts find their nirvana in the Shenandoah Mountain 100, an iconic event that tests skill and endurance. This hundred-mile race traverses the rugged terrain of the George Washington National Forest, pushing riders to their limits. The Shenandoah Mountain 100 is renowned for its technical singletrack sections, steep climbs, and thrilling descents, making it a must-do for competitive mountain bikers seeking the ultimate challenge.  The Shenandoah Mountain 100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE), which includes some of the best mountain biking events in the country.  NUE comprises an Epic Series, 100-mile events, and a Marathon series, which includes 50-mile and 75k length events.

The Virginia Cycling Scene: A Community Beyond the Trails

Beyond these signature events, Virginia boasts a vibrant cycling scene, with numerous group rides, cycling clubs, and bike-friendly communities. From the urban roads of Richmond to the tranquil byways of the Shenandoah Valley, cyclists can explore a variety of terrains and connect with like-minded individuals who share their passion for pedaling.

Conclusion: Virginia, a Cyclist's Paradise

Virginia's appeal as a cycling destination is undeniable, attracting riders from near and far to experience the diverse and challenging landscapes the state offers. Virginia provides various options to satisfy your cycling cravings, whether you're a road cyclist, gravel grinder, or mountain biker. So, gear up and embark on a cycling adventure in the Old Dominion State – where every pedal stroke is a journey through history, nature, and the sheer joy of riding.

Strambecco also rates the Best cycling events in the Mid-Atlantic: Road, Gravel, and MTB, as well as New England:  Road, Gravel, MTB

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