Best Road Cycling Events in the Southeast 2022

Strambecco rates the top road cycling events in the Southeast 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 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi — Southeast terrain features of Strambecco’s best list varies sharply 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 pick the best of the best, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo in April and the Gran Fondo Hincapie (Greenville) in October.  We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In the Southeas, premiere event producers include Gran Fondo National Series and Hincapie Events.

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

Gran Fondo Florida
Location: San Antonio, Florida
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: March 20 @ 8:00 am
Gran Fondo Florida is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events.   Based on total elevation gain, Gran Fondo Florida is […]

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo
Location: Helen, Georgia
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Date: April 16
Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events.  The Georgia course offers one of the most challenging […]

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Organizer: Hincapie Events
Date: May 7 @ 8:00 am
Hincapie Events offers the ultimate cycling experience in Tennessee, Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga, which offers 77-mile, 55-mile, or 10-mile routes for all types of riders over the age of […]

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: May 14
The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo is one, if not Alabama’s top cycling event. Happening annually, the Cheaha fondo takes off from Jacksonville Alabama. This ride is exceptional for every level […]

The Assault on Mount Marion
Location: South Carolina, Spartanburg
Organizer:
Date: May 16
Linked with the Assault of Mount Mitchell is the Assault of Mount Marion. A shorter version and separate event all together from the massive Mount Mitchell event. It is still […]

The Assault of Mount Mitchell
Location: South Carolina, Spartanburg
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Date: May 16
The assault of Mount Mitchell is one of the toughest cycling events in America. At 102 miles and with over 11,000 feet of climbing, this is not a ride to […]

Gran Fondo Asheville
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: July 17
Gran Fondo Asheville is a special Gran Fondo National Series event on many levels starting with the chance to see the alluring Asheville downtown and surrounding countryside from the perspective […]

Hot Hundred Alabama
Location:
Organizer:
Date: July 30
The Hot Hundred cycling event is labeled as “the hottest ride in the south.” Taking place annually in Tuscaloosa Alabama, the Hot hundred hosts 5 rides ranging from 30-100 miles. […]

Boone Gran Fondo
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: August 7
Boone Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events.  In mid-summer, the High Country of North Carolina enjoys 80-degree […]

Blue Ridge Brutal
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
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Date: August 20
The Blue Ride Brutal is an epic ride taking place in North Carolina annually for over 30 years.  There are three route options spanning 102 (8500 ft elevation gain), 75 […]

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