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Best Road Cycling Events California 2023/2024

Best Road Cycling Events California 2023/2024

The team at Strambecco rates the best road cycling events California 2023/2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  California offers an array of event options spanning high alpine, old-growth forests, 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, we’d recommend Levi’s Gran Fondo in April and the Tour of CA Alps, also known as the Death Ride, in July.   We also strongly correlate the best events and professional event producers.  In California, premiere event producers include  Monuments of Cycling, Bike Monkey, Grasshopper, and Gran Fondo National Series.

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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Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps

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