Best Gravel Cycling Events in Colorado 2022

Strambecco rates the top gravel grinder events in Colorado in 2022 based on a variety of factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Colorado terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include tall peaks, long high alpine climbs, canyons, basins and valleys, and forested regions.  Naturally you can expect lot’s of elevation gain along with events that take place at high base elevations.  Pay special attention to those events that take place at or above 7,000 feet of elevation which warrants more specialized training at altitude and/or with acclimation time.  You can also expect less predictable weather conditions in Rocky Mountain events including wind, thunder storms, and large temperature variations during the day.

If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you might classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend Desert Gravel CO2UT in April and SBT GRVL, August in Steamboat Springs.     We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In Colorado and the greater Rocky Mountain region, premiere event producers include Outside Events, Team Evergreen Cycling, 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

Desert Gravel Co2uT (Colorado to Utah)
Location: Fruita, Colorado
Organizer: Team Evergreen Cycling
Date: April 23 @ 8:00 am
As CO2UT implies, the event takes you from Colorado, along the I-70 corridor across border to Utah and back covers some very remote and stunning Southwestern landscape.   Picked as one […]

Wild Horse Gravel
Location: De Beque, CO
Organizer: Outside Events
Date: May 14 @ 8:00 am
Outside Events Cycling Series brings a mixed-trail ride with Wild Horse Gravel, a 65-mile gravel course with 5500 feet of elevation gain and opportunity to compete and win significant prize […]

Crooked Gravel
Location: Winter Park, CO
Organizer: Outside Events
Date: July 23 @ 8:00 am
Outside Events Cycling Series presents a high alpine gravel ride in Colorado’s Winter Park, Crooked Gravel. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in Colorado, this is a […]

SBT GRVL (Steamboat)
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Organizer:
Date: August 14 @ 8:00 am
SBT GRVL is a mixed surface race of up to 142 miles and 9,400 feet of climbing with more than 100 miles of gravel through a combination of mixed terrain […]

Gravel Locos Pueblo
Location: Pueblo, CO
Organizer: Gravel Locos Productions
Date: October 1 @ 8:00 am
Gravel Locos is adding an event in 2022 in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Pueblo, Colorado, Gravel Locos Pueblo. This event will be raising funds for the […]

Rad Dirt Fest
Location: Trinidad, Colorado
Organizer:
Date: October 8 @ 8:00 am
The Rad Dirt Fest is produced by Life Time Events, owners of the Leadville Race Series and Unbound Gravel (formerly Dirty Kanza). Picked as one of our best gravel cycling […]

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