Best Gravel Cycling Events in California 2022

The team at Strambecco rates the top  gravel cycling events in California for 2022 based on a variety of factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  California offers a stunning array of event options spanning high alpine, old growth forests, remote logging roads, coastal (the famed Highway 1), desert and everything in between.  Strambecco does not cover every event, only those we deem the best.  All of our recommendations are bucket list events by themselves and almost always take place at a high quality destination that offers a great opportunity for a longer getaway.

If we had to pick the best of the best, we’d recommend the Belgian Waffle Ride in April, the Truckee Dirt Fondo in June, and the USAL Hopper: Lost Coast in October.   We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In California premiere event producers include  Monuments of Cycling, Bike Monkey, Grasshopper, and Life Time Events.

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 editors@strambecco.com.

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Individual Events Listings

King Ridge Dirt Supreme
Location: Willow Creek, California
Organizer: Grasshopper Adventure Series
Date: March 27 @ 8:00 am
Grasshopper Adventure Series (G.A.S.) 2022 presents King Ridge Dirt Supreme, offering two stunning California coastal route options.  Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, option #1 […]

Fish Rock
Location: Booneville, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: April 2 @ 8:00 am
Fish Rock is a serious event that is billed as a “Road bike race for people who aren’t afraid of a little hardcore gravel”. Picked as one of our best […]

Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego)
Location: San Marcos, California
Organizer: Monuments of Cycling
Date: April 30
The Belgian Waffle Ride is considered one of the most unique cycling events in the country with 1500+ participants and stands as one of the largest gravel eventa in America, […]

Lost and Found Gravel Festival
Location: Portola City Park, CA
Organizer:
Date: June 4 @ 8:00 am
Lost and Found Gravel Festival offers a mixed surface blend throughout the Lost Sierra, some of the most beautiful and vast alpine valleys California has to offer. Picked as one […]

Humboldt Hopper
Location: Weott, CA
Organizer: Grasshopper Adventure Series
Date: June 5 @ 8:00 am
Grasshopper Adventure Series (G.A.S.) 2022 presents Humboldt Hopper as the finale for G.A.S 2022 , a 99-mile course with mixed pavement and gravel with two timed segments and 11,600 feet […]

Truckee Dirt Fondo
Location: Truckee, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: June 11 @ 8:00 am
Truckee Dirt Fondo, produced by premier event operator Bike Monkey, is a wild mixed-terrain adventure ride into the gravel and dirt roads of the majestic Tahoe National Forest. Picked as […]

Heart of Gold Gravel
Location: Nevada City, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: October 8 @ 8:00 am
Heart of Gold Gravel, produced by Bike Monkey,  explores remote roads north and east of Nevada City, California. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, the […]

The Hammer Road Rally
Location: Shaver Lake, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: October 15
The Hammer Road Rally, produced by Bike Monkey,  is one of California’s premiere gravel events. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, it features some of […]

USAL Hopper: The Lost Coast
Location: Whitethorn, California
Organizer: Hopper Adventures
Date: October 15 @ 8:00 am
Chosen as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, the Lost Coast off-road biking event is an extremely beautiful and unique experience organized by Hopper Adventures. There is […]

Sea Otter Classic
Location: Monterey, CA
Organizer: Life Time Events
Date: April 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am
The Sea Otter Classic, produced by Life Time Events is just that, a classic, and the largest festival and gathering of cycling enthusiasts in North America. Picked as one of […]

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