Counting CoupCleveland National Forest, California - April 6 1 of 12
This 44-mile ride has 8,000 feet of elevation gain through the Santa Ana Mountains of inland Orange County. This ride comes at the end of rain season in Southern California so the fire roads and single track could be extra challenging.
Sea Otter ClassicMonterey, California - April 18-21 2 of 12
This "celebration of cycling" has four days of events, both amateur and professional, including cross-country, dual slalom, downhill mountain biking and more. There's also a mountain bike Gran Fondo if you're less competitive.
Best Dam RideClarks Hill, South Carolina - April 21 3 of 12
Explore the historic Bartram Trail on your mountain bike with distances of 15, 36 and 50 miles offered. Proceeds benefit the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation.
Fruita Fat Tire FestivalFruita, Colorado - April 25-28 4 of 12
This festival "kicks off" mountain biking in the area. A variety of rides are offered over the four days and are surrounded by pancake breakfasts, beer gardens, parties, raffles, coffee socials, and more.
Shasta Lemurian ClassicRedding, California - April 27 5 of 12
Three courses—8, 20 and 26 miles—take riders through the hills of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and along the shores of Whiskeytown Lake. Winners get a cash prize, everyone gets a chance at great "schwag" through a generous post-race raffle, along with a finishing pin
Mud Sweat and Beers Fat Tire FestTraverse City, Michigan - May 4 6 of 12
The start/finish line is at the Mt. Holiday ski resort overlook Grand Traverse Bay. Races of 22, 12 and 2 miles, in addition to a mini-loop for kids, headline the festive weekend. The suds will be flowing all day long from the beer tent.
Ramble Around PrattsburghPrattsburgh, New York - May 5 7 of 12
Routes of 8, 15 and 30 miles explore the dirt roads of the Finger Lakes, where, as the event claims, "you're more likely to see a horse and buggy than a car during the race." The 30-mile race has almost 2,500 feet of elevation gain, including a massive hill early on.
Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike RaceSouth Beach, Oregon - May 5 8 of 12
Enjoy the ocean views and incredible single track on what should be a muddy course in western Oregon. The total cash prizes add up to $1,500 (plus a lot of great swag).
Catalina Island MTB Gran FondoCatalina Island, California - May 11 9 of 12
This non-competitive ride explores the island off the coast of Los Angeles. Three distances—14, 41 and 55 miles—are offered. Lots of climbing and breathtaking views are to be had.
L.A. 50-50 Bike RacesJunction City, Kansas - May 12 10 of 12
An event that attracts both trail runners and mountain bikers, the L.A. 50-50 explores Milford State Park on single track and mowed paths through woods, ravines and along the shores of Milford Lake. The course is a 10.5-mile loop.
Pisgah 55.5K Mountain Bike RacePisgah Forest, North Carolina - May 19 11 of 12
Taking place the day after the Pisgah 111K, mountain bikers can use this to cap a brutal weekend of mountain biking, or just race the 55.5K alone without the monster the day before. The start and finish is at the Davidson River Campground.