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Best South Carolina Cycling Races 2024

Best South Carolina Cycling Races 2024

Racers in Southeast Gravel Series event

South Carolina is a beacon for cycling enthusiasts, offering an array of events that cater to all levels of experience, from the serene gravel rider to the adrenaline-seeking mountain biker. The state’s diverse landscapes, ranging from the rolling hills of the Upstate to the scenic vistas of the Lowcountry, provide a perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. The team at Strambecco rates the Best South Carolina Cycling Races 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness. Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review special and noteworthy events, spanning Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike events and races.  Here are South Carolina’s most noteworthy events and races.

The Southeast Gravel Series is a testament to the state’s commitment to gravel cycling and the largest gravel series in the Southeast.  The Series features 6 events throughout South Carolina, including the Greenwood Gravel Grinder and the Kershaw Gold Rush. These events highlight South Carolina’s unique terrain, offering routes that traverse private lands, historic sites, and challenging landscapes. The Greenwood Gravel Grinder, for instance, takes riders through singletrack, long gravel roads, and hillier terrains, with distances suitable for all levels.

For those who prefer road cycling, the Gran Fondo Hincapie – Greenville offers an experience like no other. This event travels through South Carolina’s picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a VIP Experience for those looking for an elevated experience. Greenville, the event’s home, is a hub for cyclists, with accommodations and attractions that cater to every visitor’s needs. From upscale eateries to outdoor adventures like hiking in Paris Mountain State Park and cycling on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville is a city that welcomes outdoor enthusiasts with open arms.

Another road event is the Assault on Mount Mitchell, a grueling challenge. This 102.7-mile ride features a total vertical ascent of over 10,000 feet, crossing from Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the summit at Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina. The event attracts nearly 850 cyclists worldwide, drawn to its scenic and demanding course.

South Carolina’s appeal for outdoor activities extends beyond cycling. The state’s varied terrain and mild climate make it ideal for running, hiking, and kayaking. From the tranquil waters of Bear Creek Lake to the historical trails of Ninety-Six National Historic Site near Greenwood, South Carolina offers endless opportunities for adventure.

In conclusion, South Carolina’s range of cycling events, natural beauty, and southern hospitality make it a prime destination for cyclists and outdoor adventurers. Whether you’re a competitive cyclist looking to tackle the Southeast Gravel Series or a family seeking a leisurely ride through Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail, South Carolina has something for everyone.  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 contact us here or send us a note at  Strambecco also rates the best Gravel, Road, and Mountain Bike events in the Southeast Region.

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Kershaw Gold Rush 2024

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Last Updated March 17, 2024 - Note: 2025 date is not confirmed The fourth leg in the six-part Southeast Gravel Series is a noteworthy South Carolina series often utilizing private land not normally…
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