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Best Road Cycling Races Southwest 2024

Best Road Cycling Races Southwest 2024

Strambecco rates the Best Road Cycling Events Southwest 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 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 editors@strambecco.com.  You can also see some of our other best guides here:

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Utah-Cache Gran Fondo 2024

Last updated June 16, 2024 The Utah-Cache Gran Fondo 2024 is an annual Italian-style ride in Cache Valley in Northern Utah that has consistently been ranked as one of the best Gran…

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Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps 2024

Updated June 16, 2024 The Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps 2024 is a legendary annual cycling event that challenges riders with its grueling climbs through the scenic but rugged…

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Tour de Big Bear 2024

Updated July 6, 2024 — One of Strambecco’s best road cycling events in the Southwest and California, the annual Tour de Big Bear is a Southern California gem with multiple course options…

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Enchanted Circle 2024

Last Updated July 8, 2024 — 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…

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LoToJa 2024

Last updated July 10, 2024 The LoToJa Classic (Logan, UT to Jackson, WY) was started in the 1980s by two Logan cyclists who wanted a race that resembled the difficulty of a…

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Mammoth Gran Fondo 2024

Last updated July 10, 2024 In the heart of the Sierra mountains in California is, Mammoth Gran Fondo, a fun and challenging road cycling event that offers three courses for various levels…
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Mt. Diablo Challenge 2024

Updated April 2, 2024 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…
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Phil’s Cookie Fondo 2024

Last Updated April, 1, 2024 Phil's Cookie Fondo will satisfy your love for cycling, cookies, and adventure. The event showcases Malibu's natural beauty and diverse terrain and the Santa Monica Mountains in…
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El Tour de Tucson 2024

Last Updated April 2, 2024 This year will mark the 41st annual edition of El Tour de Tucson, one of Arizona’s largest and longest-running participative events. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving every…
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Tour de Palm Springs 2024

Last Updated February 18, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed The sun-drenched roads of Palm Springs, nestled amidst the captivating mountain backdrops, are soon to witness…
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El Tour de Zona 2024

Last Updated April 1, 2024 - Note: 2025 event date and details are not yet confirmed Imagine pedaling through the heart of the sun-soaked Arizona landscape, surrounded by the allure of historic…

Sea Otter Classic 2025

In the vast landscape of cycling events, the Sea Otter Classic stands as a beacon, drawing cyclists from across North America for an unparalleled celebration of the sport. Produced by Life Time…
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Gran Fondo Moab 2025

Last updated May 11, 2024 The 2025 event date is not confirmed -- It is one of Utah’s top Gran Fondo-style cycling events and a Transrockies Race Series event.  Strambecco rates the…
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L’ETAPE Las Vegas 2025

Last Updated May 8, 2024 L'Etape Las Vegas is another impressive and unique cycling experience that L'ETAPE Event Series has brought to the United States with rave reviews and one that Strambecco…
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Moab Fondo Fest 2025

Last updated May 15, 2024 The 2025 event date is not confirmed -- The Moab Fondo Fest 2025 is a two-day cycling event that takes place in Moab, Utah. It offers two…
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