TransRockies Gravel Royale kicks off at Panorama on Monday

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August 18, 2022

Four-day off-road bike race to visit Panorama, Nipika, Canal Flats and Fernie

Panorama, BC (August 16, 2022) – TransRockies Race Series is looking forward to the inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale stage race which kicks off Monday August 22nd at Panorama Mountain Resort. Originally set for August 2021, COVID-19 restrictions have canceled all events in the BC interior.

The TransRockies Gravel Royale course begins at Panorama Mountain Resort and runs through some of the most scenic and challenging gravel roads in British Columbia. The stages go through Panorama, Nipika, Canal Flats and end in Fernie. Gravel biking is a discipline that combines sections of paved roads with off-road forest roads and sections of single track trails. Cyclists use bikes similar to road bikes, but optimized for off-road use. TransRockies Gravel Royale will see professionals and amateurs tackle a challenging four stage course. The inaugural event will have 37% female participation.

Athletes will arrive at Panorama Mountain Resort the weekend before the event officially kicks off on Monday morning. The opening ceremony will take place in the resort’s Great Hall where the TransRockies team will go over rider safety and protocols for the week. Additionally, ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation Chief Don Sam will speak to the athletes about the history of the land they will be cycling on during the week.

In total, the full four-day route will cover over 400 km (200 miles) and approximately 7,500 m (25,000 ft) of elevation gain. A whopping 84% is gravel road. The rest is made up of 10% carriageway, 5% double track and 1% single track.

Step 1

Tegart Pass | Panorama of Nipika

81 km – 2,100 m drop | 50 mi – 6,900 feet of climbing

The week will begin at Panorama Mountain Resort, which has 2,975 acres of skiable terrain in the winter and is a great setting for gravel and mountain biking in the summer.

Day one of TRGR features the toughest climb of the route – the Tegart Pass. The most difficult part ranges from 42 to 46 km, with 1.5 km of singletrack at the top. After a descent and some hilly terrain, the riders will finish in Nipika.

2nd step

Miller Pass | Nipika to Nipika

83 km – 1,500 m drop | 51 mi – 4,900 feet of climbing

Nipika will be the starting point for Stages 2 and 3. As an eco-resort, Nipika operates in harmony with its mountainous environment in British Columbia. At Nipika, we hope to take advantage of the spectacular setting by using self-propelled activities, while using clean energy sources and recycling whatever we can. The second day includes 83 km and 1,500 m of climbing, with the main climb of the day crossing Miller Pass.

Step 3

Little Elk Collar | Nipika at Canal Flats

108 km – 1,500 m elevation gain | 67 mi – 4,900 feet of climbing

Starting from Nipika, the route retraces the arrival of stage 2 in the opposite direction for only a few kilometers to Cochrane Creek. Then the ascent begins gradually on a good forest service road until the riders reach the steep climb of the day. Riders will reach the top of the climb and the highest point of this stage at around 11km, beginning a long descent down the Kootenay River Valley and towards Canal Flats.

Step 4

Col Hartley | Canal Flats in Fernie

135 km – 2,400 m drop | 84 mi – 7,900 feet of climbing

The longest stage with the most climbing, earning it the designation “Queen Stage”! This stage is generally rolling, with less steep climbs than on some of the previous stages. Runners will enjoy some of the most beautiful and remote locations in the entire event. Head to the finish line in Fernie where finisher celebrations will take place throughout the day.

The Finisher Festival at Station Square in Fernie will feature a number of great local restaurants and musical talent. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the Flippin’ Crepes food truck and Tool Shed beer will be available to all attendees. As the runners arrive at the finish line, DJ Naturalist and Birdhaus will perform and keep the energy high. Later in the afternoon, the official pilots reception will be held at the Kodiak Lounge at the Raging Elk Adventure Lodge. Followed by the final banquet at the Fernie Community Center.

Additionally, during the finisher celebrations, Gravel Royale will host the Sponsor Expo which will include TransRockies’ major brand partners. Felt, Giro, 4iiii, Easton, GearHub Sports and more will be set up for athletes to experience the latest gravel products.

Throughout the event next week, stay tuned for results and athlete experiences by following on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

For additional information, please visit transrockiesgravelroyale.com.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the first TransRockies Challenge mountain bike stage race first took place in Fernie, BC for an epic 7-day adventure taking riders into the Canadian Rockies to finish in Canmore, Alberta, helping to launch world mountain biking. the stage racing craze and the face of cycling in the Rockies. TransRockies Gravel Royale is the latest company-produced event that brings together endurance athletes TransRockies Run and Singletrack 6, among other signature events.

About the TransRockies Race Series

The TransRockies Race Series holds 10 events over 32 days a year across the western United States and Canada. Specializing in multi-day and endurance cycling and running events, TransRockies serves more than 3,500 participants each year. The organization has organized more than 200 days of stage races since its creation in 2002.

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