Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Midwest in 2022
- April 04, 2022
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The team at Strambecco rated the Top Gravel events in the Midwest for 2022 based on a variety of factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race. Spanning Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, South/North Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, and Minnesota, Midwest terrain features of Strambecco’s best list are generally flat or rolling, but routes often include steep short climbs with significant elevation gain over the full event route.
If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend Barry-Roubaix (Michigan) in March or Unbound Gravel (Kansas) in June. Unbound Gravel is the event formerly known as Dirty Kanza. Both events are quintessential gravel experiences that helped kick off the gravel boom in America. We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers. In the Midwest premiere event producers include Lifetime Events, UCI Gravel World Series, and Monuments of Cycling.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org