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Best Gravel Cycling Events Southwest 2024

Best Gravel Cycling Events Southwest 2024

The team at Strambecco rates the Best Gravel Cycling Events Southwest 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness.  Spanning California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, the Southwest terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include mountains, canyons, mesas, buttes, high broad basins, plateaus, desert lands, and some plains characteristic of the Basin and Range Province. The entire southwestern region features semi-arid to arid terrain.  The list includes events in Northern California marked by old-growth forests, spectacular coastal routes, and generally cooler temperatures.

If we had to pick the best of the best gravel cycling events Southwest 2024, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Belgian Waffle Ride (San Diego) in August or the Sea Otter Classic (Monterey County) in April.  We also strongly correlate the best events and professional event producers.  The Southwest premiere event producers include  Monuments of Cycling, Bike Monkey, and Grasshopper.

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 or send us a note at  You can also see some of our other best guides for the region here:

Best Road Cycling Events in the Southwest 2023

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…
gravel cyclist at Belgian Waffle Ride BWR Arizona

Belgian Waffle Ride BWR Arizona

From the iconic routes of Belgium to the rugged terrains of Arizona, the Monuments of Cycling took the leap into the heart of America's southwest in 2023 bringing cycling enthusiasts the Belgian…
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…
gravel cyclists at Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) Utah

Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) Utah

Brought to you by Monuments of Cycling, the same organizers as the iconic Belgium Waffle Ride California, Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) Utah debuted in 2020 to rave reviews at an elevation of…
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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 cyclists at stetina's paydirt

Stetina’s Paydirt

Stetina's Paydirt has become a favorite gravel event among riders and was picked by Strambecco as one of the Best Gravel Events in California. Started by former World Pro Tour rider Peter…
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…
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Crusher in the Tushar

Crusher in the Tushar is a popular gravel event celebrated and rated by Strambecco as one of the best gravel events in the Southwest. Crusher in the Tushar is produced by premier…
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 riding scenery at Rexy Co2uT

Rexy Co2uT

Rexy Co2uT (Colorado to Utah), aka Queen of the Desert, is designed not just as a race but as a true desert adventure, Rexy sets riders on a journey across stunning terrain,…
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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