Epic Race Recommendations for Europe

I live in the US, but will have the opportunity to travel to Europe soon. I would ideally like to build in a bike race or two, so I’m wanting to get the forum’s recommendations on epic gravel/road race and fondo recommendations in Europe probably in the August to October time-frame. I’m game for events from 50 miles up to 200! Maybe more, depending on the event! And fewer miles could actually be better if it’s a beautiful area and well-organized event. I look forward to the responses! Cheers!

I’d like to do:

Octopus Gravel
Bike Trans Alps
Traka 560


Whatever their equivalent of Tour of Divide.

Among others

Haute Route Alps?

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Check out: CycloWorld. granfondo calendar 2023 | cycloworld.cc

Below a small selection of well organized events:

24 Aug 2024
Vélomédiane Claudy Criquiélion
172km/3570m, 138km/2830m, 96km/1800m.
La-Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium
Road bike Sportive

25 Aug 2024
GFNY Orcières
158km/4469m, 76km/2105m.
Orcières Merlette, France
Road bike Gran fondo

31 Aug 2024
Kronplatz King
64km/3150m, 49km/2150m.
San Vigilio di Marebbe, Italy
MTB Marathon

31 Aug 2024
Marmotte Granfondo Valais
Le Châble, Switzerland
Road bike Gran fondo

31 Aug 2024
Tour des Stations
242km/8848m, 185km/6800m, 74km/2850m.
Le Châble, Switzerland
Road bike Gran fondo

08 Sep 2024
Kitzbüheler Radmarathon
216km/4600m, 209km/3700m.
Kitzbühel, Austria
Road bike Gran fondo

27 Sep - 29 Sep 2024
Catalunya Bike Race
3 stages.
Puigcerdà, Spain
MTB Stage race

This - friends have done and loved HR. I’m working towards it this year, if all goes to plan.

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Been there last year for middle route and planning to conquer the long one this year.

It’s an amazing experience, I did the HR Ventoux a few years ago. Highly recommend it :+1:

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The Tour des Stations fondos in August are worth considering too: Tour Des Stations - Meet Your Limits