After having to cancel all 2021 events in British Columbia due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, TransRockies Race Series, the global leader in adventure stage races, is excited to open registration for the TransRockies Gravel Royale 2022 event. The new inaugural event will take place in British Columbia August 22 – 25, 2022. With nearly the full field being rolled over from 2021, Gravel Royale is adding 100 more spots for next year which includes 25 early bird spots reserved for women.
The TransRockies Gravel Royale course traverses Panorama Mountain Resort, Nipika Mountain Resort, the Village of Canal Flats and ends in 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.
“Not going to lie, it has definitely been a difficult end of the summer; we were really excited to be hosting our BC events again,” said Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies. “But like we tell our athletes as they are climbing the last hill of the day, it’s time to dig deep, we still have to make it to the finish. We are already looking forward to 2022 and hosting an even better Gravel Royale.”
Continuing in 2022, 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. We will have limited 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.
TransRockies Gravel Royale 2022 registration is now open. Registration link here.
About TransRockies Race Series
The TransRockies Race Series operates 10 events over 32 days annually in the Western U.S. 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.