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Best Gravel Events in the Southeast 2023

Best Gravel Events in the Southeast 2023

Strambecco rates the top gravel grinder events in the Southeast region for 2023 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi — Southeast terrain features of Strambecco’s best list varies but include many events navigating parts of the Appalachian Mountains along with rolling hills, rich river valleys, and high flat plateaus.  States in the lower part of the region offer significantly flatter terrain amidst beaches, swamps, and wetlands.

If we had to select the best of the best, we’d recommend the Belgian Waffle Ride – Asheville, which is part of the unique national BWR Series, or the Southern Cross Gravel grinder in Georgia.  Also, consider events in the six-part Southeast Gravel Series which takes place throughout South Carolina

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.

Southern Cross Gravel Grinder

The 2023 Southern Cross is again based out of the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA.  Expect mountainous terrain consisting of mostly gravel, with a grass section in the last half mile…

Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest

The first leg of the Southeast Gravel series, the event takes place on a beautiful 2000-acre hunting preserve.  The Piedmont region of South Carolina is generally flat, but don't be fooled; first-time…

True Grit Gravel Epic

Very few gravel events travel from one ecozone to another in a few miles. The route runs between the Colorado Plateau, the Mojave Desert, and the Great Basin all in one day.…

Saluda Redbank 100

The second leg of the Southeast Gravel Series, the event starts/finishes in downtown Saluda, SC which is known to have some of the best gravel terrains in the state.  The signature event…

Race to Valhalla

The most demanding course and third leg of the 6-part Southeast Gravel Series, the event takes place in early May, which is the best time to ride in the Carolinas.  Temps are…

Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina (Asheville)

Brought to you by Monuments of Cycling,  the same organizers as the iconic Belgium Waffle Ride California (San Diego), BWR Asheville debuted in 2020 in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. If you…

Greenwood Gravel Grinder

The fourth leg in the six-part Southeast Gravel Series, a noteworthy South Carolina series often utilizing private land not normally accessible to gravel aficionados.  This event is no exception, with singletrack, long…

Tryon Gravel Gallop

The 5th (of 6) leg of the Southeast Gravel Series, the largest gravel grinder series in the Southeast.  The Start Finish venue is located at the log cabin in Harmon Field in…

Kershaw Gold Rush

This is the season finale of the 6-part Southeast Gravel Series.  This year’s finale comes with a new location.  Situated on the “fall line” of South Carolina, the ground surface is ever-changing.…

Heart of Gold Gravel

Heart of Gold Gravel, produced by Bike Monkey,  explores remote roads north and east of Nevada City, California. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, the course features…

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