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The Dead Swede 2024

June 1

Solo Dead Swede participant with mountain backdrop

Nestled in the heart of the Bighorn Mountains, Sheridan, Wyoming, plays host to one of the most exhilarating gravel cycling events in the region – The Dead Swede. This annual gathering has gained notoriety among gravel enthusiasts for its challenging terrain, breathtaking scenery, and the unique camaraderie it fosters. For outdoor enthusiasts seeking a perfect blend of adventure on two wheels and exploration of the Wild West, The Dead Swede is an event that promises an unforgettable experience.

What Sets The Dead Swede Apart

The Dead Swede stands out for its combination of rugged gravel paths, scenic beauty, and a welcoming community spirit. What makes this event particularly noteworthy is its commitment to providing participants with a true Wyoming gravel experience. The challenging course, set against the backdrop of the Bighorn National Forest, appeals to both seasoned gravel riders and those looking to test their limits.  The event is rated by Strambecco as a Best-in-Class event in Wyoming and one of the Best Gravel Races in the Rockies.

Route Options

The event offers multiple route options catering to different skill levels, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

  • The Dead Swede Hundo: A 100-mile epic that explores the diverse landscapes of the Bighorn National Forest, featuring gravel roads, forested trails, and challenging climbs.
  • Swede Sixty: A 60-mile route for those seeking a slightly shorter but still demanding ride through the scenic beauty of the Bighorns.
  • Bighorn Brevet: A more leisurely 30-mile ride, perfect for beginners or those looking to enjoy the picturesque surroundings without the intensity of the longer routes.

About Sheridan, Wyoming

A Gateway to Outdoor Bliss: For those participating in The Dead Swede, Sheridan is more than just a starting line; it’s a gateway to an outdoor paradise. The town itself exudes a genuine Western charm, with its historic Main Street lined with locally-owned shops, cozy cafes, and welcoming locals. Before and after the race, explore the town’s vibrant cultural scene, with galleries showcasing Western art and the historic Sheridan Inn offering a glimpse into the town’s rich history.

Outdoor Exploration: Extend your long weekend by immersing yourself in the natural wonders surrounding Sheridan. The Bighorn Mountains, with their vast network of trails, beckon hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. The iconic Cloud Peak Wilderness, a short drive from Sheridan, offers pristine alpine lakes and rugged landscapes for those seeking a more secluded adventure.

Culinary Delights: After a day of outdoor exploration, unwind at one of Sheridan’s charming restaurants. The town offers a diverse culinary scene to satisfy post-ride cravings, from hearty steakhouses serving local beef to farm-to-table eateries.

Local Culture: Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring the Cowboy Carousel Center or catching a live performance at the WYO Theater. Sheridan’s welcoming community and rich Western heritage make it a destination where you can experience the true essence of Wyoming.


The Dead Swede gravel cycling event in Sheridan, Wyoming, is a celebration of adventure, community, and the untamed beauty of the Bighorn Mountains. With its challenging routes, diverse landscapes, and the warm hospitality of Sheridan, this event captures the essence of Wyoming’s gravel scene. For outdoor enthusiasts looking to test their mettle on the trails, explore the Wild West, and connect with a like-minded community, The Dead Swede is an experience that goes beyond the ride – it’s an unforgettable journey into the heart of Wyoming’s gravel cycling culture.


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