TransRockies Gravel Royale To Launch August 22-25, 2022

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Registration spots are still available for the inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale

PANORAMA, B.C., Canada (April 21, 2022) — As the summer race season approaches, TransRockies Race Series, the global leader in adventure stage races, is looking forward to a successful inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale gravel stage race August 22-25, 2022. Initially set for August 2021, COVID-19 restrictions canceled all events in British Columbia’s Interior. The gravel stage race will now debut in August 2022, and there are still registration spots available for interested riders.

Ted Savin gravel road riding over the Kootenay River near Canal Flats, B.C., Canada. Photo courtesy TransRockies Race Series

The TransRockies Gravel Royale course kicks off at Panorama Mountain Resort and tours some of the most scenic and challenging gravel routes in British Columbia. The route will also visit Nipika Mountain Resort and the Village of Canal Flats before finishing in the City of Fernie. The four-day stage race will cover 375 km (233 miles) and around 7,000 m (23,000 ft) of climbing.

“After two years of planning, we can’t wait to bring the legendary TransRockies stage race experience to the gravel community,” said Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies. “This part of British Columbia is so perfect for a wilderness gravel experience.” 

Riding the forestry roads near Nipika Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy TransRockies Race Series

As of April 1st, a negative COVID test is no longer required for fully vaccinated visitors to Canada, making the Gravel Royale even more accessible for riders coming from the United States and other parts of the world. Daily direct flights into Calgary International Airport are available from 85 destinations in 15 countries, including Denver, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and many more.

Continuing in 2022, TransRockies Gravel Royale will offer alternative options for riders, including a two-day “Ante Up” ride and a three-day E-Bike “Poker Ride.” The shorter options are ideal for riders who are looking to dip their toes into the stage race experience.

Riders: Ned Woods, left, and Travis Hauck. Photo courtesy TransRockies Race Series

The stages of Gravel Royale will take riders on secluded gravel roads through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, traditional home to the Ktunaxa Nation Indigenous 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.

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.

“People hang out for hours after the races and just hang out and talk about their day and celebrate the things that went well and laugh about the things that didn't go so well,” said pro mountain biker Emma Maaranen. “It's pretty incredible. I haven't been to races like that in years and years that have such a community feel to them.”

For additional information on the stages, locations and registration, please visit transrockiesgravelroyale.com or follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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