Panorama, B.C., September 9, 2020 — TransRockies Race Series, a global leader in adventure stage races, is excited to announce a brand new premiere gravel bike race – the TransRockies Gravel Royale, which will take place in British Columbia, August 23 – 26, 2021. Traversing Panorama Mountain Resort, Nipika Mountain Resort, The Village of Canal Flats and the City of Fernie, B.C., the four-day stage race will cover 375 km (233 miles) and around 7,000 m (23,000 ft) of climbing. Registration for the 2021 event will open September 21.
“We are excited to be coming back up to this area of B.C. after hosting the first TransRockies Challenge mountain bike stage race 20 years ago,” says Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies. “As gravel continues to grow, we knew we had an opportunity to create an epic experience on some of the most beautiful and remote gravel roads in the world.”
In addition to the four-day stage race, TransRockies Gravel Royale will offer alternative options for riders and their families, including a two-day “Ante Up” ride, a three-day E-Bike “Poker Ride,” and the “Fair Deal Family Mountain Bike Challenge” during stage two in Nipika.
The stages of Gravel Royale will take riders on secluded gravel roads through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, traditional home to the Ktunaxa Nation Indiginous people. Riders will experience vast mountain views, native wildlife and winding stretches of gravel in this difficult, but achievable challenge. The extensive network of well maintained fire roads in the region guarantee great riding and racing conditions. With only 300 spots available, riders will want to “ante up” early to get a spot at the table!
After each stage, participants can anticipate a relaxing, fun and memorable time at camp. After 20 years, TransRockies has perfected their camp hospitality and provides all of the amenities riders could need. The TransRockies team transports gear/luggage, sets up tents at each stage, provides showers and prepares meals. Each night, massage and athletic therapy stations are available along with mechanical support and a bike wash for participants. With all TransRockies stage races, the Chillville will make an appearance at Gravel Royale and will be equipped with music, snacks and a nice campfire for riders to socialize and hang out with other participants.
“The camp experience for participants is always so special for our team,” says Kevin McDonald, TransRockies VP Operations. “This is where everyone gets to connect, share stories and reflect on the day as well as look forward to a new adventure the next day.”
TransRockies Gravel Royale registration opens on Sept. 21 at 9am MDT. Registration link here.
For additional information on the stages, locations and registration, please visit transrockiesgravelroyale.com.
About TransRockies Race Series: TransRockies Race Series operates ten events over 32 days annually in Western US and Canada. Specializing in multi-day and endurance cycling and running events, TransRockies serves over 3,500 participants annually. The organization has operated over 200 days of stage racing since it was founded in 2002.