Ready to plan your dream cycling vacation? Then this list of the world's 10 best gran fondo amateur cycling events should help. Well by no means complete (and perhaps a little Euro centric), it does represent some of the best mass start road cycling events on earth. There are one-day tests of mettle and multi-day grinders. There are routes on the roads of the Tour de France and rides in California's bucolic wine country.

From the grueling seven-day Haute Route in Switzerland and France, to California's famed one-day Levi's Gran Fondo, to the Great Britain's Dragon ride, these rides will challenge man, woman and machine. Have a look and tell us what you think of the list. Which events have just been slotted onto your bucket list? And which events do you think should be added to the list?


Video courtesy: Global Cycling Network