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Best Gravel Cycling Races California 2024

Best Gravel Cycling Races California 2024

Riders on Trail in BWR CA

The team at Strambecco rates the Best Gravel Cycling Events California 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness.  California offers a stunning array of event options spanning high alpine, old-growth forests, remote logging roads, coastal (the famed Highway 1), desert, and everything in between.  Strambecco does not cover every event; we only cover those we deem the best.  Our recommendations are bucket list events by themselves and almost always take place at a high-quality destination that offers a great opportunity for a longer getaway.

For those seeking the best of the Best Gravel Cycling Events California 2024, we start with the famed Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego), which is part of the Belgian Waffle Ride Series, a North American series offering some of the world’s most highly respected and well-organized gravel events/races in North America.  The Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego) is well known among cycling enthusiasts and pros as one of the most difficult bicycle races in the US at 146 miles, 40 of which are off-road sectors.  BWR CA is the culminating event in the Tripel Crown of Gravel Series, a special competition within the full Belgian Waffle Ride Series lineup that involves participation in BWR AZ (March 1-2), BWR UT (April 5-6), BWR CA (27-28)The series is produced by innovative production company Monuments of Cycling.

If you are scoping out Northern California options, check out our Best-in-Class Norcal list here.  Two preeminent event producers in Northern California, Bike Monkey and Grasshopper Adventures Series, produce many of the Best-in-Class picks on Strambecco rankings.  The Sea Otter Classic, in Monterey in the Spring, is also noteworthy for being one of the largest bike festivals in the world.

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 get in touch with us here or send us a note at

Best Road Cycling Events in California 2024

Riding Lost and Found Gravel Grinder

Lost and Found Gravel Grinder 2024

The Lost and Found Gravel Grinder is a celebration of Gravel Cycling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Despite the record snowfall in the Sierra this year, the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder…
Solo rider on Truckee Tahoe Gravel course

Truckee Tahoe Gravel 2024

Updated April 1, 2024 Formerly known as Truckee Dirt Fondo, Truckee Tahoe Gravel, produced by premier event operator Bike Monkey, is a wild mixed-terrain adventure ride into the gravel and dirt roads…
gravel cyclists at Usal Hopper: The Lost Coast

USAL Hopper: The Lost Coast 2024

Last Updated April 3, 2024 The Usal Hopper: The Lost Coast, chosen as one of our best gravel cycling events in California and the Northwest, the Lost Coast off-road biking event is…
gravel cyclists at Heart of Gold Gravel event

Heart of Gold Gravel 2024

Last updated April 3, 2024 Heart of Gold Gravel, produced by Bike Monkey, explores remote roads north and east of Nevada City, California. Repeatedly picked as one of our best gravel cycling…
gravel cyclists at The Bovine Classic

The Bovine Classic 2024

Last Updated April 4, 2024 The Bovine Classic is a relatively new event billed tongue in cheek as "America's 4th Hardest, Cow-Themed, Wine Country Experience", and an event that our team at…
gravel cycling scenery at Low Gap

Low Gap 2024

Last Updated February 2, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed In the heart of Mendocino County, Ukiah, CA, the Low Gap event unfolds as an iconic…
gravel cyclists at Rock Cobbler

Rock Cobbler 2024

Last Updated February 18, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed A favorite among gravel aficionados, Rock Cobbler is a quirky and challenging adventure race in/around the surrounding…
cyclist at huffmaster hopper event

Huffmaster Hopper 2024

Last Updated March 3, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed The classic second annual Huffmaster Hopper takes place in Maxwell, CA and is produced by notable…
riders at gran fondo hincapie - merced

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Merced 2024

Last Updated March 24, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed The West Coast debut of the Gran Fondo Hincapie - Merced presents an unparalleled opportunity to…
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Fish Rock 2025

Fish Rock is a serious event billed as a "Road bike race for people who aren't afraid of a little hardcore gravel." Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in…

Sea Otter Classic 2025

In the vast landscape of cycling events, the Sea Otter Classic stands as a beacon, drawing cyclists from across North America for an unparalleled celebration of the sport. Produced by Life Time…

Belgian Waffle Ride California (BWR – San Diego) 2025

The 2025 event date is not confirmed - This will be the 14th edition of the Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego), one of the world's most unique and respected gravel cycling…
Gravel Road in the high sierra's near lone pine

WTF – Whiskey Tango Fondo 2025

Last updated May 10, 2024 The April 2025 April event date is not yet confirmed -- The Whiskey Tango Fondo 2025, affectionately known as WTF, is not your typical cycling event; it's…
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