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Best Road Cycling Events in the Southeast 2023

Best Road Cycling Events in the Southeast 2023

Updated Nov 7, 2022

Strambecco rates the top road cycling events in the Southeast for 2023 based on 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 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 strongly correlate the best events and professional event producers.  In the Southeast, 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 get in touch with us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.

Gran Fondo Florida

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 the easiest…

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo is a Gran Fondo National Series event, a producer of some of the best US cycling events. Picked as one of the best road cycling events in the…

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Chattanooga

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 18. Picked as one of…

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

One of America’s top cycling events, if not Alabama’s. The annual Cheaha fondo takes off from Jacksonville, Alabama. Picked as one of the best road cycling events in the Southeast, this ride…

The Assault on Mount Marion

The Assault on Mount Marion is a sister event to the hugely popular Assault of Mount Mitchell event.   A shorter version and separate event altogether from the massive Mount Mitchell event. Picked…

The Assault of Mount Mitchell

The Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 102.7-mile self-paced ride from Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the summit at Mt. Mitchell State Park…

Gran Fondo Asheville

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 of your…

Hot Hundred Alabama

The Hot Hundred cycling event is “the hottest ride in the south.” The Hot hundred hosts five rides ranging from 30-100 miles annually in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Founded in 2003, “Hot Hundred is…

Boone Gran Fondo

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 temperatures while…

Blue Ridge Brutal

The Blue Ridge Brutal has been an annual epic ride in North Carolina for over 30 years.  There are three route options spanning 102 (8500 ft elevation gain), 75 (6000 ft elevation…

Six Gap Century

Georgia’s top century and one of the southwest’s best cycling events. The ride takes you up and down northern Georgia’s steep hills with a beautiful backdrop. As you would expect, the ride…

Gran Fondo Hincapie – Greenville

Gran Fondo Hincapie is an extremely popular and well-run event that travels through South Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on routes George Hincapie trained on for the Tour de France. Strambecco rates…

GFNY Florida Sebring

GFNY Florida (Sebring) is part of the GFNY Worldwide Event Series and is rated by Strambecco as one of the best road cycling events in the Southeast.  culminating in the GFNY Championship…

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