Best Road Cycling Events in the Southwest 2022

Strambecco rates 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 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 two Northern California events,  Levi’s Gran Fondo in the Spring and Tour of CA Alps (aka The Death Ride) in July.   We’d also recommend the Utah-Cache Gran Fondo in the Fall.    We find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In the Southwest premiere event producers include Outside Events, Life Time Events, and the 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  You can also see some of our other best guides here:

Best Gravel Cycling Events in the Southwest in 2022

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Individual Events Listings

Tour de Palm Springs – Coachella Valley
Location: Palm Springs, California
Date: February 12
The 24th annual Tour de Palm Springs offers a mid winter opportunity to get a big ride in the seasonally mild dessert mountain climate.  This is one of the largest […]

El Tour de Zona
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
Date: March 25 @ 6:00 am
El Tour de Zona sponsored by Benson Healthcare is a multi-day cycling festival and tour through the most picturesque towns in Arizona; Sierra Vista, Bisbee, and Tombstone. This three day […]

El Tour de Mesa
Location: Mesa, AZ
Organizer: El Tour Events
Date: April 22 @ 8:00 am
Holualoa Companies hosts the 30th El Tour de Mesa ride of 100 kilometers known as the most scenic Metric Century in the world! The start and finish line are Red […]

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 […]

Utah-Cache Gran Fondo
Location: Logan, Utah
Organizer: UCI Gran Fondo World Series
Date: July 9
The Utah-Cache Gran Fondo is an annual Italian-style ride in Cache Valley in Northern Utah that has consistently been ranked as one of the best Gran Fondo’s in North America […]

Tour of California Alps – Death Ride
Location: Markleeville, California
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
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 […]

Enchanted Circle New Mexico
Location: Red River, New Mexico
Organizer: Roll Massif
Date: August 27 @ 8:00 am
The Enchanted Circle Bicycle Tour, produced by Roll Massif, offers riders some of the most picturesque riding in the southwest and a unique opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty […]

LOTOJA Classic (Logan UT to Jackson WY)
Location: Logan, Utah
Date: September 10
The LoToJa was started in 1983 by two Logan cyclists, David Bern, a student at Utah State University, and Jeff Keller,the owner of Sunrise Cyclery. The two men wanted a […]

Mammoth Gran Fondo
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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 […]

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