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Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Rockies in 2023

Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Rockies 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 Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming,  Rocky Mountain terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include tall peaks, canyons, basins and valleys, and forested regions.  You can expect lots of elevation gain and events at high base elevations.

If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Co2Ut in April or Rebecca’s Private Idaho in September  We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional events producers.  In the Rockies, premiere event producers include Outside Events, Lifetime Events, and the Gran Fondo National Series.

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

Best Road Cycling Events in the Rockies in 2023

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,…

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…

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…

TransRockies Gravel Royale

TransRockies Gravel Royale offers 350 riders an unforgettable experience through the Canadian Rockies. In four days, riders will travel 407km (252 miles) and climb 7500m (25,000 feet) on a course that is…

Rebecca’s Private Idaho

Rebecca’s Private Idaho is a long-haul gravel grinder that takes place from Sun Valley, Idaho, on Labor Day weekend. Rebecca Rush, the event namesake, is an American ultra-endurance pro athlete, world champion,…

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.…

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,…

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…

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