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Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Northwest in 2023

Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Northwest in 2023

Updated Nov 6, 2022

The team at Strambecco rated the Top Gravel events in the Northwest for 2023 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning Oregon, Washington, and Northern California,  Northwest terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include agricultural plains, a temperate rainforest, semi-arid deserts, three different mountain ranges,  and enormous canyons (including the deepest in North America).

If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Oregon Coast Gravel Epic in April and the USAL Hopper: Lost Coast in October.  We also strongly correlate the best events and professional event producers.  The Northwest premiere event producers include Hopper Adventures,  Mudslinger Events producer of the Oregon Triple Crown Series, and Breakaway Promotions, specializing in unique multi-day gravel events with fully supported camping options.  A special callout to a new Northwest event this year, the inaugural Belgian Waffle Ride – Vancouver Island, produced by 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 get in touch with us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.

Low Gap: Grasshopper

Low Gap is the first stop of the six-event Grasshopper Adventure Series produced by Hopper Adventures, a leading Northwest and global event producer.    This epic mixed-terrain adventure has become a “Hopper…

Huffmaster Hopper

The classic Huffmaster Hopper, produced by Hopper Adventures, and the second leg of the six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series.  The event starts in Maxwell, California. West of Hwy 5 and east of the…

Sherwood Adventure: Grasshopper

This is a true NorCal mixed-terrain Hopper Adventure and the third leg of the six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series.  The event starts in Caspar, California, a small community north of Mendocino.  On this…

Gorge Gravel Grinder

Gorge Gravel Grinder kicks off the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series.  Although only one day, the Gorge Gravel Grinder Big Grind route covers 93 miles and 6,100 feet of elevation through the stunning…

Oregon Coast Gravel Epic

The Oregon Coast Gravel Epic is the first leg in the five-event Oregon Triple Crown Series of gravel, produced by Mudslinger Events.  Also known as the “Spring Classic”  of the Pacific Northwest,…

West Coast Gravl

Mudslinger Events presents West Coast Gravl as the second leg of the 11th Anniversary of the Oregon Triple Crown Series.  The first leg takes place the day prior.  The Oregon Coast Gravel…

Cascade Gravel Grinder

The Cascade Gravel Grinder is the second race in the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series.  The event is unique in that it includes a single-day event on Sunday, May 14, or the chance…

King Ridge Dirt Supreme

Hopper Adventures 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 is an 80-mile course with…

Belgian Waffle Ride Canada (Vancouver Island)

Monuments of Cycling (MoC), a premier cycling events producer best known for its iconic Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego), brings its popular format to Vancouver Island, British Columbia,  this Spring for the first…

Oregon Gran Fondo

Oregon Gran Fondo is an Oregon Triple Crown Series event produced by Mudslinger Events, a premier Northwest cycling event producer.  The event is very popular and takes place annually on the first…

Humboldt Hopper: Grasshopper

Hopper Adventures presents Humboldt Hopper, the series finale of the six-leg Grasshopper Adventure Series, a 99-mile course with mixed pavement and gravel with two timed segments and 11,600 feet of elevation gain.…

Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder

The third leg of the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series, this “Grand Tour of Gravel,” is a five-day event that will challenge and reward racers and adventure riders alike, not only on the…

Takelma Gravel Grinder

Takelma Gravel Grinder is an Oregon Triple Crown Series event produced by Mudslinger Events, a premier producer of cycling events in the Pacific Northwest. Seven Feathers RV Resort, nestled among tall Douglas…

Ochoco Gravel Grinder

The final event in the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series, Ochoco is a multi-day gravel experience in the stunning Ochoco National Forest; it offers two days of gravel roads in Oregon during an…

Sasquatch Duro

Sasquatch Duro is the final event in the Oregon Triple Crown Series produced by Mudslinger Events, a premier producer of cycling events in the Pacific Northwest.  Strambecco also rates Sasquatch as one…

USAL Hopper: The Lost Coast

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. The Lost Coast is…

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