Date: Aug 22, 2022
Region: British Columbia - Rocky Mountains
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TransRockies Gravel Royale
August 22 @ 8:00 am - August 25 @ 5:00 pm$1270
TransRockies Gravel Royale offers 350 riders an unforgettable experience through the Canadian Rockies. In four days, riders will travel 407km (252 miles) and climb 7500m (25,000 feet) on a course that is 84% gravel roads. Each day, or stage of race, has expertly marked courses with course crews and checkpoints to help participants when needed. The two checkpoints per stage are stocked with hydration and food to fuel your ride. Each stage starts at 8am and must be completed in 8 hours. the checkpoints will keep you posted on your progress. Every day has incredible views over high mountain passes and the chance to meet the local wildlife. See site’s important note about protection. Here is a breakdown of each course.
Day One – Stage 1 – Tegart Pass rides from Panorama to Nipika. This covers 81km (50 miles) and climbs 2,100m (6,900 feet). There is often snow on Tegart Pass from October to June so it should be clear for this August adventure, only logs and rocks possible. The climbing is double-track and there may be a few sections of uphill trail that riders will have to walk. There are also sections of downhill that are single-track and may be too steep to ride for some. Prepare to be cautious and know your abilities. It is only Stage 1!
Day Two – Stage 2 – Miller Pass is a ride that stays in Nipika. The course covers 83km (51 miles) and climbs 1,500m (4,900 feet). The route is known to have some challenges at North Boundary and limited sight lines and stream crossings between Miller Pass and Albert River FSR. Riders may need to dismount so plan to get your feet wet. Stage 2 includes a short section of rough downhill double-track that may require slower speeds.
Day Three – Stage 3 – Little Elk Pass travels from Nipika to Canal Flats. The distance is slightly longer than first two stages covering 108km (67 miles) and 1,500m (4,900 feet) of climbing. There will be logging truck traffic on this route so riders will need to be aware. Also be aware that one of the downhills includes drainage ditches that could be dangerous at high speeds.
Day Four – Stage 4 – Hartley Pass is from Canal Flats to Fernie. This stage is the most challenging with the longest distance at 135km (84 miles) and most climbing at 2,400m (7,900 feet). This course also has high stream crossings and riders need to exercise caution when crossing bridges. On the final descent, riders will need to watch for potholes and uphill vehicle traffic.
TransRockies Gravel Royale is only available for 350 riders in 3 race formats: 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day Royal Flush. Registration is open and 50% of early bird sports are reserved for female riders. Registration includes breakfast and dinner for the days you entered, tent camps for the nights registered, luggage transport, hot showers, race timing and results. All participants and supporters will enjoy a final banquet in Fergie that will celebrate the racers and best times in every category. Registrants also receive TransRockies Gravel Royale Starter Jersey, belt buckle, and Finisher Shirt. There are also add-ons available at extra cost for participants; Mechanical Package, Massage Package, Solo Tent Upgrade, and transport options for the various stage locations.
Tent Camps are unique to this event and the TransRockies team makes it a priority to ensure racers can recharge and relax at the end of each stage. Riders arrive to camps with the tents set-up, your luggage waiting for you, cooking in progress, and shower trucks available. There are even stations to wash your bike. The add-ons are available at each location as well. The host communities are resorts or mountain towns surrounded in the beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. You will enjoy Panorama Mountain Resort and Nipika Mountain Resort as well as Canal Flats and Fernie in British Columbia.