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Best NorCal Gravel Grinders 2023/2024

Best NorCal Gravel Grinders 2023/2024

The team at Strambecco rates the Best NorCal Gravel Grinders 2023/2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Northern California is a gravel racer and enthusiast mecca and offers a stunning array of event options spanning high alpine, old-growth forests, remote logging roads, and coastal (the famed Highway 1).   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 you are looking for early-season events, check out all the events in the Grasshopper Adventure Series, one of the longest-running gravel series in the country.   Bike Monkey is another premier event producer in the Norcal region, with great events throughout the calendar year.

Strambecco’s Best Norcal Gravel Grinders 2023/2024 list 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, don’t hesitate to contact us here or send us a note at  Strambecco also rates the best gravel grinders in the Northwest and Oregon.

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,…

The 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, it features some of the most…

Low Gap: Grasshopper

Low Gap is the first stop of the six-event Grasshopper Adventure Series, a leading Northwest and global event producer produced by Hopper Adventures.    This epic mixed-terrain adventure has become a “Hopper…

Huffmaster Hopper

The classic Huffmaster Hopper, produced by Hopper Adventures, and the second leg of the six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series.  The event starts in Maxwell, California. West of Hwy 5 and east of the…

Sherwood Adventure: Grasshopper

This is a true NorCal mixed-terrain Hopper Adventure and the third leg of the six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series.  The event starts in Caspar, California, a small community north of Mendocino.  On this…

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…
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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