It’s a truth we know all too well. We like riding bikes. Even truer, we like riding them in new places far from the local routes we know all too well. In fact, just thinking about preparing and traveling to a new event keeps us motivated during our daily rides. Planning a cycling vacation to an out-of-state location or even a new race course can be a great way to keep each pedal stroke inspired.

After too many missed rides, events and outings with friends over the last few years, now is the time to stare down the calendar with pen in hand and chart a path to connect on and off the bike. We’re happy to see so many events back on the schedule—and yes, many of them do lean on the gravel side of things. To that end, we figured this would be the perfect time to compile a list of the more popular rides on the calendar as a reminder of all our favorite cycling-centric places to be.

Photo: Robert Deberry


L.A. Tourist Race 1 (gravel)
January 28, Burbank, CA

The Rock Cobbler (gravel)
February 11, Bakersfield, CA

Belgian Waffle Ride AZ (road/gravel)
March 5 Scottsdale, AZ

The Mid South (gravel)
March 9, Stillwater, OK

La Tourist Race 2 (gravel)
March 11, Burbank, CA

Redlands Classic (pro road)
April 12-16, Redlands, CA

Belgian Waffle Ride CA (road/gravel)
April 15 San Marcos, CA

Sea Otter Classic (all disciplines)
April 19-23, Monterey, CA

La Tourist Race 3 (gravel)
April 22-23, Burbank, CA

Levi’s Gran Fondo (road)
April 22, Windsor, CA

Campagnolo San Diego Gran Fondo (road)
April 23, San Diego, CA

Gorge Gravel Grinder (gravel)
April 23, Dufur, OR

Giro d’Italia (pro road)
May 6-28, Italy

Cascade Gravel Grinder (gravel)
May 12-14, Bend, OR

The Heywood Ride (gravel)
May 20, Northfield, MN

Belgian Waffle Ride BC (road/gravel)
May 28, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Unbound Gravel (gravel)
June 1-4, Emporia, KS

FNLD GRVL (gravel)
June 10, Lahti, Finland

Belgian Waffle Ride NC (road/gravel)
June 10, Hendersonville. NC

Ride the Rockies (road)
June 11-16, Copper Mountain, CO

Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder (gravel)
June 21-25, Sisters, OR

Grodeo (gravel)
June 22-25, Ogden, UT

Tour de France (pro road)
July 1-24, France

Crusher in the Tushar (gravel)
July 08, Beaver, UT

Ochoco Gravel Grinder (gravel)
July 8, Prineville, OR

The Rift (gravel)
July 22, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

RAGBRAI (road)
July 22-29, Sergeant Bluff, IA

Vuelta a Espana (pro road)
August 19–September 10, Spain

SBT GRVL (gravel)
August 20, Steamboat Springs, CO

Belgian Waffle Ride UT (road/gravel)
August 25-26, Cedar City, UT

Gravel Worlds (gravel)
August 25-26, Lincoln, NE

Rebecca’s Private Idaho (gravel)
August 31, Sun Valley, ID

Pablove Across America (road)
End of August (no location yet)

Mammoth Gran Fondo (road)
September 9, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Tuff (gravel)
September 16, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Eroica California (gravel/road)
September 16-17, Cambria, CA

Rosarito Ensenada (road)
September 23, Rosarito, Mexico

Belgian Waffle Ride KS (road/gravel)
October 16, Lawrence, KS

Big Sugar (gravel)
Mid-October, Bentonville, AR

Best Buddies Challenge (road)
Mid-October, Nicasio, CA

Belgian Waffle Ride MX (road/gravel)
November 26, Queretaro, Mexico

Photo: Troy Templin


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