Entries open today for the ​TransRockies Gravel Royale​, a brand new gravel bike stage race in the TransRockies Race Series.

Taking place in British Columbia, August 23 - 26, 2021, the race takes place over four stages traversing Panorama Mountain Resort, Nipika Mountain Resort, The Village of Canal Flats and the City of Fernie, B.C.

Riders will cover 375 km (233 miles) and around 7,000 m (23,000 ft) of climbing through the spectacular wilderness of the Rockies.

Entries are open for the new TransRockies Gravel Royale.
Entries are open for the new TransRockies Gravel Royale.

"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​ 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.

Take on 375km of trails through the stunning Rockies.
Take on 375km of trails through the stunning Rockies.

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. With 20 years experience, 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. For full information on the stages, locations and registration, visit transrockiesgravelroyale.com.