CANADIANS SWEEP TRANSROCKIES GRAVEL ROYALE
Unlike the majority of popular gravel events in America that consist of hard, one-day efforts, the TransRockies Gravel Royale race in Canada was a four day affair that included tent camping for all the competitors.
TransRockies Race Series just completed a successful inaugural event presented by Felt gravel stage race. The event brought 200 athletes from eight countries and 22 states/provinces with all different riding experience and abilities to enjoy the Kootenay Mountains on two-wheels.
The course created by the TrainsRockies team contained a large variety of terrain from pavement to technical singletrack. In total, the full four-day course covered 400 km (200 miles) and around 7,500 m (25,000 ft) of climbing. The routes were 84% gravel road, 10% pavement, 5% doubletrack and 1% singletrack.
After kicking off at Panorama Mountain Resort the course took athletes on remote logging roads, over steep mountain passes, by clear blue rivers and fun fast gravel. The other host communities Nipika Mountain Resort, Village of Canal Flats and the Town of Fernie were very inviting and a great backdrop for this one-of-a-kind gravel event.
“This was my first gravel stage race and the group from TransRockies did a heck of a job taking care of us. Done and dusted and happy to get a win at this race and my first win as a gravel pro.” Rob Britton, overall winner for the men’s division.
“This race is definitely unlike anything else I have experienced in gravel racing so far. The courses, the multi day aspect and the tent camping, it really all has been a fantastic experience and so fun to be surrounded by the gravel community all week.” Rach McBride, overall winner for the women’s division.
1st: Rach McBride, of Vancouver, British Columbia, with a time of 14:20:47
2nd: Lauren Cantwell, of Reno, Nevada, with a time of 15:13:11
3rd: Lindsay Glassford, of Panorama, British Columbia, with a time of 15:37:41
1st: Rob Britton, of Victoria, British Columbia, with a time of 12:05:38
2nd: Caleb Swartz, of Missoula, Montana, with a time of 12:14:45
3rd: Josiah Middaugh, of Vail, Colorado, with a time of 12:17:53