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Best Road Cycling Events in the Northwest 2023

Best Road Cycling Events in the Northwest 2023

The team at Strambecco rated the top road events in the Northwest for 2023 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning Oregon, Washington, and Northern California,  Northwest terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include agricultural plains, a temperate rainforest, semi-arid deserts, mountain ranges,  and enormous canyons (including the deepest in North America).

Our Northwest best list includes several unique events that are noteworthy on a national scale.  The chance to ride from Vancouver, BC, to Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, a one-day loop around Mt Ranier, or a two-trek from Seattle to Portland.  The Oregon Gran Fondo from Mudslinger events is also a great option. Significant Norcal events include Levi’s Gran Fondo in Sonoma County and the Death Ride near Lake Tahoe.

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

Best Gravel Events in the Northwest 2023

Levi’s Gran Fondo

Levi’s (King Ridge) Gran Fondo is one of the best Gran Fondo’s world over, let alone in America or California.   The event’s namesake is former world tour pro rider Levi Leipheimer …

Oregon Gran Fondo

Oregon Gran Fondo is an Oregon Triple Crown Series event produced by Mudslinger Events, a premier Northwest cycling event producer.  The event is very popular and takes place annually on the first…

Gran Fondo Badlands

The start point for this unique event is the world’s largest dinosaur, a 26.2 meters high (86 feet) fiberglass Tyrannosaurus Rex.  Founded in 2011, Gran Fondo Badlands quickly gained popularity when it…

Tour of California Alps – Death Ride

The Death Ride started in 1978 when five guys decided to cycle the California Alps in one day, with just the support of friends and family following along in a vehicle. The…

Seattle to Portland (STP) Bike Ride

The Seattle to Portland (STP) organized by Cascade Bicycle Club is the largest bicycle event in the Northwest, covering a 200+ mile ride through western Washington, south of Seattle, and ending in…

RAMROD – Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day

RAMROD [Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day], organized by Redmond Cycling Club in Enumclaw, WA, is a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 152 miles with 800 other riders.…

RBC Gran Fondo Whistler

One of the largest and most popular Gran Fondo’s in North America, RBC GranFondo returns to Whistler for its 14th year.  Rated by Strambecco as one of the best road cycling events…

Mt. Baker Hill Climb

At just under 11,000 feet in elevation, Mt. Baker is one of the highest peaks in the cascade range, setting the stage for one of the Best Hill Climbs events in the…
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