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The Mid South

Stillwater, Oklahoma Stillwater, OK

Since 2011, Mid South has turned into a South-Central US Winter classic.  The surrounding rural roads of Stillwater, Ok, offer virtually limitless potential for gravel cycling. Mile after mile of gravel roads ranging from smooth, hard-packed dirt to rutted, gnarly mud revealed themselves to the growing community of cyclists who ventured out to explore the…

Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K

Avalon, California Avalon, CA

Falling into our “bucket list” trail running events, the Catalina Island Marathon is one to check off your list. California’s oldest trail marathon in one of the most beautiful locations in the world is an event that checks off boxes you wouldn’t expect to exist all in one race. On top of its famous “wine…

True Grit Epic (MTB)

Santa Clara, Utah UT

The famous True Grit Epic MTB race weekend is a world-class mountain bike event and expo taking place yearly over a three-days in Santa Clara, Utah. The event is the first leg of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE), a series that includes some of the best mountain biking events in the country. The True Grit is…

Sherwood Adventure: Grasshopper

Caspar, California Caspar, CA

This is a true NorCal mixed-terrain Hopper Adventure and the third leg of the six-part Grasshopper Adventure Series.  The event starts in Caspar, California, a small community north of Mendocino.  On this “beyond-epic” Hopper, you will be treated to some of the region's best pavé and remote public dirt/gravel roads.  This special route combines 18…

Antelope Canyon Ultras

Page, Arizona Page

This is a stunningly beautiful early-season race through the spectacular Arizona desert landscape. The Antelope Canyon region is one of the most photographed places in the country and is sacred to the Navajo people. From the spectacular Horseshoe Bend to the mesmerizing Waterholes Canyon (Ultras distances only), there is something uniquely breathtaking around every turn.…

$370

True Grit Gravel Epic

Santa Clara, Utah UT

A seriously fun challenge with 84 miles of riding and a leg-throbbing 9000 feet of climbing.  The event is produced by Gro Races which produces many top events, including True Grit Epic MTB, which takes place the weekend prior.  Strambecco rates the True Grit Gravel Epic as one of the best gravel grinders in the…

Gran Fondo Hincapie Merced

Merced, California Merced, CA

A promising new event on the California early 2023 season gravel calendar, produced by Hincapie Events, whose namesake is former world tour rider George Hincapie, best known for riding and completing the Tour de France 16 times.  The specific event route has not been announced. Still, you can expect full enjoyment of untamed gravel, rolling…

Gran Fondo Florida

San Antonio, Florida San Antonio, FL

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 GFNS event,  but with nonstop rolling hills, it’s the hardest gran Fondo in Florida!  Picked as one of the best road cycling events…

$65 – $175

El Tour de Zona

Sierra Vista, Arizona Sierra Vista

El Tour de Zona, sponsored by Benson Healthcare, is a multi-day cycling festival and tour through Arizona's most picturesque towns: Sierra Vista, Bisbee, and Tombstone. This three-day event is focused on FUN, and registration is available for all rider types, including non-riders. People can register to participate in the festival sponsored by Dragon Brewing Company…

$249

Fish Rock

Booneville, California Booneville, CA

Fish Rock is a serious event billed as a "Road bike race for people who aren't afraid of a little hardcore gravel." Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, the ride is named after the fabled Fish Rock Road in a stunning region of Northern California.  There's only one route for…

Mudslinger XC

Blodgett, Oregon 35177 Tum Tum Rd, Blodgett, OR

The 36th annual Mudslinger XC is one of the Northwest's oldest running mountain bike races. The annual kick-off event to the Oregon XC Series includes six premier Oregon MTB events spanning April to September. Having been run since 1987, the Mudslinger brings back a vintage atmosphere to Mountain Biking and cross-country racing. Hundreds of riders from…

$55

Brazos Bend 50

Brazos Bend State Park Needville, TX

Brazos Bend 50 is a UTMB World Series qualifier event.  There are 5-course options for 900 lucky registrants: 50-mile, 50km, 25km, 10km, and 5km. The flat course through Brazos Bend State Park has a variety of terrain between hard crushed rock, soft trails under the canopy, and horse trails. Only one hill is 10 feet,…

$110