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Best Gravel Cycling Events in Colorado 2023

Best Gravel Cycling Events in Colorado 2023

Updated Nov 6, 2022

Strambecco rates the top gravel grinder events in Colorado in 2023 based on various 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.  You can expect lots of elevation gain and events at high base elevations.  Pay special attention to those events at or above 7,000 feet of elevation, which warrant more specialized training at altitude and/or acclimation time.  You can also expect less predictable weather conditions in Rocky Mountain events, including wind, thunderstorms, 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 in August in Steamboat Springs.     We also strongly correlate 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 get in touch with us here or send us a note at

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Gravel Locos Pueblo

Gravel Locos had a successful debut in 2022 and returns strong with the second annual event in 2023 in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Pueblo, Colorado, Gravel Locos Pueblo.…

SBT GRVL (Steamboat Springs)

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 roads surrounding…

Desert Gravel Co2uT (Colorado to Utah)

As CO2UT implies, the event takes you from Colorado, along the I-70 corridor across the border to Utah, and back covers some very remote and stunning Southwestern landscape.   This event is also…

Crooked Gravel

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 95-mile dirt…

Wild Horse Gravel

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 the opportunity to compete and win significant prize money,…

Rad Dirt Fest

The Rad Dirt Fest is produced by Life Time Events, the Leadville Race Series owners, and Unbound Gravel (formerly Dirty Kanza). Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in Colorado,…

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