Bottega Gran Fondo
Credit: Jonathan Herre

Where: Napa Valley, CA

When: April (Register early for next year as it caps off at just 300 riders!)

How far: 40 and 75 miles

Price: $250, bottegagranfondo.com

Why it's a must: You share the same philosophy as the race's slogan: "We ride to eat!" And on this special course, you will not go hungry. "It's hosted by celebrated chef and avid cyclist Michael Chiarello, which makes this event the ultimate combination of cycling, food and wine. Local chefs provide gourmet food at the rest stops, and then there's a sit-down, relaxed post-ride feast on the lawn of Bottega Ristorante," says Chris Carmichael, founder/CEO of CTS.