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Best Road Cycling Races Southeast 2024

Best Road Cycling Races Southeast 2024

Long line of racers in a Gran Fondo National Series event

Strambecco rates the Best Road Cycling Events Southeast 2024 based on factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness.  Spanning North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi — Southeast terrain features of Strambecco’s best list varies but include many events navigating parts of the Appalachian Mountains along with rolling hills, rich river valleys, and high flat plateaus.  States in the lower part of the region offer significantly flatter terrain amidst beaches, swamps, and wetlands.

The most notable events on Strambecco’s list of best road cycling events in the Southeast 2024 are events that are part of the Gran Fondo National Series, the largest and most competitive series of Gran Fondo cycling events in the United States. The series was the first to implement timed-segment racing into US gran fondo events, and since 2012 has crowned Gran Fondo National Champions in a variety of age/gender categories. In 2020, the series partnered with USA Cycling to bring a one-day Gran Fondo National Championship into the portfolio of official USA Cycling National Championship events.  GFNS Southeast events include Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo, Gran Fondo Boone, Gran Fondo Asheville, and Gran Fondo Florida.  Each event is a qualifying event for the National Championship event at Gran Fondo, Maryland, in September.

The Cheaha Challenge, a Gran Fondo National Series partner event, is also a qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, a series of long-distance cycling races held worldwide. These races are open to amateur cyclists who are looking to challenge themselves and compete against other riders from around the globe.  The Series is organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body for international cycling. The series consists of approximately 25 events, each featuring a challenging route through scenic landscapes.  Strambecco rates many of the events that you can see below or the full calendar of events here.  One of the unique features of the Series is that it allows amateur cyclists to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships held late August this year in Denmark.

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  Strambecco also rates the best MTB and best Gravel Events in the Southeast. 

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Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo 2024

The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, now in its 30th year, takes off annually from Jacksonville, Alabama, and is one of America's top cycling events, if not Alabama’s. Picked by Strambecco as one…
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The Assault on Mount Marion 2024

The Assault on Mount Marion is a sister event to the hugely popular Assault on Mount Mitchell event, also organized by The Freewheelers Club. It is a separate event and a shorter version…
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The Assault on Mount Mitchell 2024

Last Updated May 8, 2024 The Assault on Mount Mitchell, organized by The Freewheelers Club, is a 102.7-mile self-paced ride from downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the…

Gran Fondo Asheville 2024

Gran Fondo Asheville is a special Gran Fondo National Series event on many levels, starting with the chance to see the alluring Asheville downtown and surrounding countryside from the perspective of your…
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Hot Hundred 2024

Updated April 1, 2024 For 21 years, the Hot Hundred has held its reputation as one of the best rides in the country, attracting road cycling enthusiasts from all corners. Established in…
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Boone Gran Fondo 2024

Boone Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events.  In mid-summer, the High Country of North Carolina enjoys 80-degree temperatures while…
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Blue Ridge Brutal 2024

The Blue Ridge Brutal has been an annual epic ride in North Carolina for over 30 years put on in partnership with the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce.  There are multiple route…
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Six Gap Century 2024

Last Updated April 2, 2024 Set amidst the rolling hills and scenic landscapes of Dahlonega, Georgia, the Six Gap Century stands as one of the most challenging and revered cycling events in…

Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

Updated April 21, 2024 -- The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is a celebrated cycling event that welcomes cyclists and spectators to Harrisonburg, Virginia, for a weekend full of challenging rides, charity fundraising,…
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Gran Fondo Hincapie – Greenville 2024

Last Updated April 3, 2024 Gran Fondo Hincapie - Greenville is an extremely popular and well-run event that travels through South Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. This is no ordinary cycling event—it’s…
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GFNY Florida Sebring 2024

Last Updated March 23, 2024 For road cycling aficionados searching for their next thrill, the GFNY Florida Sebring event in the delightful Sebring, Florida beckons with its beautiful landscapes, clear lakes, and…

Gran Fondo Florida 2024

Last Updated March 25, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed The Gran Fondo Florida stands as a beacon of warmth and rolling terrain for road cycling…
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Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo 2025

The 2025 event date is not confirmed - Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, producing some of the best US cycling events. Picked as one of the…

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga 2025

Last Updated May 11, 2024 Hincapie Events offers the ultimate cycling experience in Tennessee, the Gran Fondo Hincapie - Chattanooga 2025, which offers standard and junior entries for ~81-mile, ~55-mile, or ~10-mile…
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