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Best Gravel Events in the Mid-Atlantic 2023

Best Gravel Events in the Mid-Atlantic 2023

Strambecco rates the top gravel grinder events in the Mid-Atlantic region for 2023 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland — Mid-Atlantic terrain features of Strambecco’s best list often include secluded gravel farm roads and dirt/grass double track sections, rolling hills, and short, punchy climbs.  The roads vary from smooth, groomed sections to rough, choppy, bumpy areas with the possibility of some mud if there is rain.

If we had to select the best of the best, we’d recommend the Unpaved of the Susquehanna River Valley produced by Gro Races.  We’d also recommend the Appalachian Mountaineer and Appalachian Journey, produced by Wilderness Adventure.

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

The Appalachian Journey

The Appalachian Mountain range span from Pennsylvania to the Northern reaches of Alabama. These ancient mountains are some of the oldest in the world, forming a natural border between the Atlantic Ocean…

Jersey Gravel Grinder

Founded in 2018, Jersey’s epic gravel continues to gain popularity.   The event occurs in and around Bedminster, NJ, a Somerset County township within striking distance for athletes throughout the tri-state area and…

Dirty Kitten Gravel Race

An adventure gravel race on private farm roads in Rapidan, VA.  Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Locust Hill Farm & Preserve encompasses over 5,000 continuous acres of privately-owned…

Tour de Shunk

The Tour De Shunk takes place in Monroeton, Pennsylvania.  The event/race dates back to the mid-’90s when a few cycling-obsessed locals decided to link some of the best rides in the area…

unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley

A relatively new event, unPaved has gained rapid popularity attracting over 800 riders who loved the route, Lewisburg, and the weekend festival atmosphere.  One of the Best Gravel Events in the Mid-Atlantic…

The Appalachian Mountaineer

Brought to you by Journey Productions, The Appalachian Mountaineer is a ride, not a race, created to get us out, challenge our mental and physical fortitude, and explore the beauty of the…

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