Best Road Cycling Events in California 2022

The team at Strambecco rates the top road cycling events in California for 2022 based on a variety of factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  California offers a stunning array of event options spanning high alpine, old growth forests, coastal (the famed Highway 1), desert and everything in between.  Strambecco does not cover every event, only those we deem the best.  All of our recommendations are bucket list events by themselves and almost always take place at a high quality destination that offers a great opportunity for a longer getaway.

If we had to pick the best of the best, we’d recommend Levi’s Gran Fondo in April and the Tour of CA Alps, also known as the Death Ride, in July.   We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In California premiere event producers include  Monuments of Cycling, Bike Monkey, Grasshopper, and 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 contact us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com

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Individual Events Listings

Levi’s Gran Fondo
Location: Windsor, California
Organizer: Bike Monkey
Date: April 23 @ 8:00 am
Levi’s (King Ridge) Gran Fondo is one of the best Gran Fondo’s world over, let alone America or California.   The events namesake is former world tour pro rider, Levi […]

Tour of California Alps – Death Ride
Location: Markleeville, California
Organizer:
Date: July 16
What was scheduled to be the 40th Anniversary of The Death Ride was cancelled in 2021 due to the Tamarack Fire.  Look for the return of this iconic cycling event […]

Tour de Big Bear
Location: Big Bear Lake, California
Organizer:
Date: August 6 @ 8:00 am
Southern California’s ride, Tour de Big Bear, is back in 2022. The start/finish is Bear Mountain Resort including the Big Bear Cycling Expo. There are multiple course options from 5K […]

Mammoth Gran Fondo
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Organizer:
Date: September 10 @ 10:00 am
Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation presents Mammoth Gran Fondo, a fun and challenging event that offers 3 courses for various levels of road cyclists that starts at 8,074 ft elevation, covers […]

Jensie Gran Fondo
Location: Novato, California
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: September 18
Former UCI Pro Yens Voigt is teaming with the Gran Fondo National Series to produce the annual Jensie Gran Fondo. The event returns to Novato, CA for a start/finish at […]

Mt Diablo Challenge
Location: Danville, CA
Organizer: Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club
Date: October 2 @ 8:00 am
Valley Spokesmen Bicycling Club is sponsoring the 39th year annual Mt Diablo Challenge, a 11.2 mile ride that climbs to the summit of Mount Diablo, one of the highest peaks […]

Sea Otter Classic
Location: Monterey, CA
Organizer: Life Time Events
Date: April 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am
The Sea Otter Classic, produced by Life Time Events is just that, a classic, and the largest festival and gathering of cycling enthusiasts in North America. Picked as one of […]

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