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Best Gravel Cycling Events California 2024

Best Gravel Cycling Events California 2024

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 overall uniqueness of the event or race.  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, only 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.

If we had to pick the best of the best gravel cycling events California 2024, we’d recommend the Belgian Waffle Ride in April, the Truckee Dirt Fondo in June, and the USAL Hopper: Lost Coast in October.   We also strongly correlate the best events and professional event producers.  In California, premiere event producers include  Monuments of Cycling, Bike Monkey, Grasshopper, and LifeTime 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 get in touch with us here or send us a note at

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gravel cycling scenery at Low Gap

Low Gap

In the heartbeat of the Mendocino County, Ukiah, CA, the Low Gap event unfolds as an iconic “Hopper Classic,” a gravel ride that fuses adventure, challenge, and unparalleled scenic beauty. The Low…
gravel cyclists at Rock Cobbler

Rock Cobbler

A favorite among gravel aficionados, Rock Cobbler, is a quirky and challenging adventure race in/around the surrounding hills of Bakersfield, California. Rated by Strambecco as one of the best gravel grinders in California…
cyclist at huffmaster hopper event

Huffmaster Hopper

The classic second annual Huffmaster Hopper takes place in Maxwell, CA and is produced by notable Hopper Adventures, marking the second leg of its six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series. Sandwiched between Hwy 5…
riders at gran fondo hincapie - merced

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Merced

The West Coast debut of the Gran Fondo Hincapie - Merced presents an unparalleled opportunity to ride alongside cycling legend George Hincapie through the captivating landscapes of California’s Central Valley and into…
fish rock gravel logo

Fish Rock

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

The Sea Otter Classic, produced by Life Time Events, is a classic and the largest festival and gathering of cycling enthusiasts in North America. Professional and amateur athletes make the annual pilgrimage…

Gravel Road in the high sierra's near lone pine

WTF – Whiskey Tango Fondo

The Whiskey Tango Fondo, affectionately known as WTF, is not your typical cycling event; it's an extraordinary fusion of two passions—cycling and fine spirits. And it is what the organizer calls a…
Riding Lost and Found Gravel Grinder

Lost and Found Gravel Grinder

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

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 of the majestic Tahoe…
gravel cyclists at Usal Hopper: The Lost Coast

USAL Hopper: The Lost Coast

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 an extremely beautiful and unique…
gravel cyclists at Heart of Gold Gravel event

Heart of Gold Gravel

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 events in NorCal, California and the Southwest,…
gravel cyclists at Hammer Road Rally

Hammer Road Rally

The Hammer Road Rally, produced by Bike Monkey, is one of California's premiere gravel events. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California and the Southwest, it features some…
gravel cyclists at The Bovine Classic

The Bovine Classic

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 Strambecco considers one of the…
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