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Best Road Cycling Events Southwest 2023/2024

Best Road Cycling Events Southwest 2023/2024

Strambecco rates the Best Road Cycling Events Southwest 2023/2024 based on factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness.  Spanning California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, the Southwest terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include mountains, canyons, mesas, buttes, high broad basins, plateaus, desert lands, and some plains characteristic of the Basin and Range Province.  The entire southwestern region features semi-arid to arid terrain.  The list includes events in Northern California marked by old-growth forests, spectacular coastal routes, and generally cooler temperatures.

If we had to pick the best of the best road cycling events Southwest 2023/2024, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend two Northern California events,  Levi’s Gran Fondo in the Spring and Tour of CA Alps (aka The Death Ride) in July.   We’d also recommend the Utah-Cache Gran Fondo in the Fall.    We find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  The Southwest premiere event producers include Outside Events, Life Time Events, and the 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  You can also see some of our other best guides here:

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Mt. Diablo Challenge

Valley Spokesmen Bicycling Club is celebrating the 40th annual Mt. Diablo Challenge, an 11.2-mile ride that climbs to the summit of Mount Diablo, one of the highest peaks in the Bay Area.…
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Phil’s Cookie Fondo

Phil's Cookie Fondo will satisfy your love for cycling, cookies, and adventure. The event not only showcases the natural beauty and diverse terrain of Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains in Los…

El Tour de Tucson

2023 will mark the 40th annual edition of the Tour of Tucson, one of Arizona’s largest and longest-running participative events. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving every year, El Tour is a fundraising…

Tour de Palm Springs – Coachella Valley

The 24th annual Tour de Palm Springs offers a mid-winter opportunity to get a big ride in the seasonally mild desert mountain climate.  This is one of the largest cycling charity events…

El Tour de Zona

El Tour de Zona, sponsored by Benson Healthcare, is a multi-day cycling festival and tour through Arizona’s most picturesque towns: Sierra Vista, Bisbee, and Tombstone. This three-day event is focused on FUN,…

Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic, produced by Life Time Events, is a classic and the largest festival and gathering of cycling enthusiasts in North America. Professional and amateur athletes make the annual pilgrimage…

El Tour de Mesa

Holualoa Companies hosts the 30th El Tour de Mesa ride of 100 kilometers, known as the most scenic Metric Century in the world! The start and finish lines are Red Mountain Park…

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Gran Fondo Moab

One of Utah’s top Gran Fondo style cycling events and a Transrockies Race Series event.  Strambecco also rates the event as one of the best road cycling events in the Southwest.  Gran…
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L’ETAPE Las Vegas

L'Etape Las Vegas is another impressive and unique cycling experience that L'ETAPE Event Series has brought to the US with rave reviews and one that we consider to be one of the…
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Utah-Cache Gran Fondo

The Utah-Cache Gran Fondo is an annual Italian-style ride in Cache Valley in Northern Utah that has consistently been ranked as one of the best Gran Fondos in North America and is…
road cyclists at death ride tour of CA alps

Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps

The Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps started in 1978 when five guys decided to cycle the California Alps in one day, with just the support of friends and family…
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Enchanted Circle

The Enchanted Circle road cycling event, produced by The Ride Collective, offers riders some of the most picturesque riding in the southwest and a unique opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty…
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