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Panaracer Announced as Sponsor of the Battle Royale Hill Climb Challenge for TransRockies Gravel Royale Gravel Bike Stage Race

April 5, 2021

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Marisa Dobrot
Verde Brand Communications

Panorama, B.C.

TransRockies Race Series, a global leader in adventure stage events, today announces that Panaracer,  maker of  high quality, Japanese-crafted bicycle tires, will sponsor the Battle Royale for the TransRockies Gravel Royale gravel bike event. The Battle Royale will award the KOM and QOM in a hill climb competition throughout the four days of the event happening in British Columbia, August 23 – 26, 2021.


“Panaracer is definitely known for having the best gravel tires available,” says Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies. “We are excited to have them on board as the sponsor of our Battle Royale to elevate the race experience for all participants, and to have another great partner as TransRockies expands into gravel.”


Panaracer’s GravelKing tires are among the most popular gravel tires on the market. Ranging from the knobbed SK versions to the do-it-all Slicks and the all-new SS models in between, the GravelKing line-up has something for every type of gravel. All tires are made of a natural rubber compound with a puncture protection breaker and a special low-rolling resistance casing, which is why so many people place their trust in the GravelKing.


Gravel Royale covers miles of gravel throughout the Kootenay Mountains in British Columbia and riders will find a wide mix of terrain, from pavement and gravel to single and doubletrack trails. As such, Panaracer suggests the GravelKing SK for the race which features aggressive knobs, ZSG natural rubber compound, a puncture protection breaker and AX-α special low rolling resistance casing, ensuring the SK will get riders to the finish line smiling stage after stage. The SK is available in 700C, 26, and 650b sizes and in a variety of widths. All sizes from 700×32 and up are tubeless compatible and are best used with Panaracer’s own all-natural Seal Smart sealant.


“We are so pleased to be part of the four-day adventure that is the TransRockies Gravel Royale. Following a year of ups and downs, we are thrilled for the return of a busy race season and encouraged by the sprouting of new events like this one,” said Jeff Zell, Panaracer’s Global Go-To Guy. “The TransRockies Challenge was a legendary mountain bike event, and we are certain the TransRockies Gravel Royale will be quick to follow into that renown. We look forward to seeing everyone in August!”


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Registration for TransRockies Gravel Royale is currently open, but almost full. Link to register here. For additional information on the stages, locations and registration, please visit


About TransRockies Race Series

TransRockies Race Series operates 10 events over 32 days annually in 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.


About Panaracer

 High-quality and thoughtfully sourced materials blended with wonderful Japanese craftsmanship to create and offer the finest tires you can cycle on in all categories; gravel, racing, touring, urban and off-road cycling.