Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Southwest in 2022

The team at Strambecco rated the Top Gravel events in the Southwest 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 California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, Southwest terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include mountains, canyons, mesas, buttes, high broad basins, plateaus, desert lands, and some plains, characteristic of the Basin and Range Province. The entire southwestern region features semi-arid to arid terrain.  That being said, the list also includes several events in Northern California marked by old growth forests, spectacular coastal routes and generally cooler temperatures.

If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Belgian Waffle Ride (San Diego) in August or the Sea Otter Classic (Monterey County( in April.  We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In the Southwest premiere event producers include  Monuments of Cycling, Bike Monkey, Grasshopper, and National Endurance 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 contact us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.  You can also see some of our other best guides for the region here:

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Individual Events Listings

King Ridge Dirt Supreme
Location: Willow Creek, California
Organizer: Grasshopper Adventure Series
Date: March 27 @ 8:00 am
Grasshopper Adventure Series (G.A.S.) 2022 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 […]

Fish Rock
Location: Booneville, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: April 2 @ 8:00 am
Fish Rock is a serious event that is billed as a “Road bike race for people who aren’t afraid of a little hardcore gravel”. Picked as one of our best […]

Belgian Waffle Ride California (San Diego)
Location: San Marcos, California
Organizer: Monuments of Cycling
Date: April 30
The Belgian Waffle Ride is considered one of the most unique cycling events in the country with 1500+ participants and stands as one of the largest gravel eventa in America, […]

Stetina’s Pay Dirt
Location: Carson City Nevada
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: May 21 @ 8:00 am
Peter Stetina moved on from the World Pro Tour in 2019 to focus on adventure racing and with a focus on the less-trafficked routes like gravel.  Stetina’s Pay Dirt has […]

Lost and Found Gravel Festival
Location: Portola City Park, CA
Organizer:
Date: June 4 @ 8:00 am
Lost and Found Gravel Festival offers a mixed surface blend throughout the Lost Sierra, some of the most beautiful and vast alpine valleys California has to offer. Picked as one […]

Humboldt Hopper
Location: Weott, CA
Organizer: Grasshopper Adventure Series
Date: June 5 @ 8:00 am
Grasshopper Adventure Series (G.A.S.) 2022 presents Humboldt Hopper as the finale for G.A.S 2022 , a 99-mile course with mixed pavement and gravel with two timed segments and 11,600 feet […]

Truckee Dirt Fondo
Location: Truckee, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: June 11 @ 8:00 am
Truckee Dirt Fondo, produced by premier event operator Bike Monkey, is a wild mixed-terrain adventure ride into the gravel and dirt roads of the majestic Tahoe National Forest. Picked as […]

Crusher in the Tushar
Location: Beaver, Utah
Organizer: Life Time Events
Date: July 9 @ 8:00 am
Crusher in the Tushar is a very popular event/race celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this July in Southern Utah.  Crusher is produced by premier operator Life Time Events and will be […]

The Hammer Road Rally
Location: Shaver Lake, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: October 15
The Hammer Road Rally, produced by Bike Monkey,  is one of California’s premiere gravel events. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, it features some of […]

True Grit Epic
Location: Santa Clara, Utah
Organizer: National Endurance Series
Date: March 10, 2023 @ 5:00 am
The famous True Grit Epic race weekend is a world-class mountain bike and gravel expo taking place yearly over a three-day course in Santa Clara Utah. The True Grit is […]

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