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Best Florida Cycling Events 2024

Best Florida Cycling Events 2024

Pack of Riders on Gran Fondo Florida course

Florida’s appeal as a cycling destination is multifaceted. Its temperate weather year-round means cyclists can enjoy outdoor activities even in the winter months when much of the country is bundling up. The state’s geography offers a surprising variety, from flat, breezy coastal roads perfect for speedsters to challenging hilly terrain in the central regions that test endurance and strength. Moreover, Florida’s commitment to outdoor recreation has led to well-maintained trails, extensive cycling infrastructure, and a vibrant community of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. This supportive environment makes it easy for events of all sizes to thrive, from local group rides to large-scale international competitions.  The team at Strambecco rates the Best Florida Cycling Events 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.  Here are Florida’s most noteworthy events and races.

Noteworthy Cycling Events in Florida

Gran Fondo Florida

Set against the backdrop of the rolling orange groves of Pasco & Hernando County, Gran Fondo Florida, offers a challenging yet rewarding experience.  The event is part of the prestigious Gran Fondo National Series, a 12+ event national series that culminates with the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship.  Fran Fondo Florida is an annual event in March in Dade City. It is noted for its nonstop rolling hills, making it the hardest gran fondo in Florida despite being the “easiest” in total elevation gain within the Gran Fondo National Series. The race route is steeped in U.S. cycling history, offering a mix of scenic landscapes, rural roads, and a touch of competitive spirit reminiscent of the Darby Road Race. Participants can choose from three distances: 35, 55, or 100 miles, each providing a unique challenge and the opportunity to ride parts of the proposed Olympic road race course from Tampa’s bid for the Summer Olympic Games​.

GFNY Florida Sebring

Part of the GFNY Worldwide Cycling Series, a Series composed of 20+ international events/races, GFNY Florida Sebring brings a unique blend of personal achievement and racing experience.  This popular event occurs annually in October and features a fully or partially closed course, ensuring a safe and competitive environment for all participants. The Sebring racecourse presents a relatively flat terrain, making it accessible to riders of various skill levels. It offers a competitive edge for those looking to set personal bests or achieve podium finishes​.

Santos Fat Tire Festival

The Santos Fat Tire Festival is a mountain biking celebration showcasing the extensive trail system near Ocala, Florida.  Taking place annually in March, this event is not just a race but a festival that includes bike demos, group rides, and various competitions. The festival’s highlight is the opportunity to explore the Santos Trail System, renowned for its well-maintained trails that cater to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced riders. The festival atmosphere, complete with vendors, live music, and camping, makes it a must-attend event for mountain biking enthusiasts looking to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty​.


Florida’s cycling events reflect the state’s diverse landscapes and commitment to outdoor recreation. From the competitive climbs of Gran Fondo, Florida, to the inclusive and family-friendly atmosphere of the Santos Fat Tire Festival, there’s something for every cyclist in the Sunshine State. These events showcase the physical beauty and varied terrain of Florida and bring together a community of cyclists who share a passion for adventure, competition, and the great outdoors.  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  Strambecco also rates the best Gravel, Road, and Mountain Bike events in the Southeast Region.

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