Saturday, August 16, 2014
History of the Caribou Trails Run
Vancouver Harley Davidson dealer Fred Deeley is given credit for starting the “300 Miler” in 1930. It was a true test of man and machine in those days, held on gravel and dirt roads, with many riders finishing long after dark. Photos of the 1938 start, taken at Stanley Park, show a long line of smiling riders on Indians, Harleys and British bikes, wearing leather helmets and peaked caps, all with numbered vests bearing a sponsor’s name (“Export”).
In 1948 it was re-named the “Caribou Trails”, and went through many changes over the years. Often it was held as a one-day enduro, sometimes a two-day ride, or a ride plus a field meet the next day. For a few years in the late 1960’s it had simultaneous starts in Vancouver and Bellingham, finishing 300 miles later at an all-night campout and party. A high point of the rally was the 50th anniversary in 1980, when 702 riders, many with passengers, braved the rain soaked streets.
The Caribou was conceived as a challenging event, and has always retained the tradition of a 300 mile endurance ride.
Current Information on the Caribou Trails Run
84th Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run
MARK YOUR CALENDARS...
August 16th & 17th, 2014 for a great weekend adventure.
The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club Invites You To Our 84th Annual Road Ride August 16-17 2014
*Timed Event complete with checkpoints *Ride at your own pace over some of the best roads in B.C.
*Compete for awesome prizes in an event that focuses on your love of riding. *Main course is over 500km per historical events.
*Overnight in Kamloops B.C. *All makes, riders & styles of bikes welcome *Bring along your buddies, and be ready to meet new ones.
START LOCATION: GVMC Clubhouse - Unit 307 - 9785 - 192nd Street - Surrey - B.C.
END LOCATION: Hospitality Inn 500 West Columbia Street, Kamloops B.C.
Accommodation motel only is self-booking mention GVMC Caribou Trails
Contact 1-800-663-5733 or 1-250-374-4164 web - www.hospitalityinn.kamloops.com
SIGNUP: Sign Up Fee - $50.00 per person
You can sign up on the GVMC website www.gvmc.ca via Pay Pal plus applicable service charges or at the Clubhouse on the day of the event. Your paid entry includes a Continental Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Cold Drink on Arrival, Saturday Banquet Dinner, Trophies and Merchandise Prizes.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:30am - Signup and Breakfast 8:00am - Last Rider Out 5:30pm - Last Rider In 6:30pm - Dinner 8:00pm - Awards
SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Own Pace - Homeward Bound
INFORMATION: Jim Brooke - (604)930-8464
Check in the photo gallery for pictures and see all the fun had in the past at this event
84th CARIBOU TRAILS 2014
AUG 16 Kamloops BC
The GVMC Caribou Trails 84th annual road ride was held on Aug 16th and was a timed event with a distance of 563km (350m+) per historical practice. The ride and day began at our Clubhouse where signup and paperwork was completed and then a continental breakfast was provided. It was a cloudy start with 31 riders/passengers including 5 of our OMC brothers and sisters The bikes left at 30 sec intervals to the final destination in Kamloops BC. The route was up Howe Sound to Duffy Lake Rd to Lillooet right to Lytton, Spencers Bridge, Merritt and Quilchena to Kamloops. The roads were in very good condition with very light traffic so the pace was spirited. Some new routes/roads were taken. Weather improved though out the day. On arrival at the Kamloops motel a cold drink was given out and times recorded. Socializing and clean up began prior to dinner. It had been a great riding day not too hot and lots of views and wildlife seen. Dinner was put on at the Chapters Viewpoint a nearby restaurant, chicken breasts with all the usual extras (great bread). We were joined by some others who had ridden with us before and lived nearby or were starting a ride of their own. This was the only time everyone was quiet, at all other times the barbs and quips and stories and future plans never stopped. After dinner we went outside for our awards and prizes. Awards were given out based on times computed on a key time with the closest being 5 minutes off. The times of many were very close but checkpoint times were not required to break ties. Much discussion of how each person’s time related. With the awards came prize selections which were quite extensive thanks to our sponsors and members. The awards were for the first three riders, two passengers and the fastest and slowest. Prizes were then for all participants. After prizes, partying commenced and continued depending on a individuals constitution until all grew quiet. Everyone spent some time sitting outside as it was a lovely evening and view. Congratulations to 1st place rider - Emma Fry (on a trike) 1st place passenger - Chris Heritage 2nd place rider - Bob Vickers (new Bike) 2nd place passenger - Pat Harris 3rd place rider - Wes Jamison The rabbit- fastest - Brock Kinnard 30 min early The snail – Frank Fox 42 min late Sunday, another sunny day, a great continental breakfast was provided by Donna then all prepared for the ride of the day. Some for more travels, some for home. All planning future meets and rides. A big thanks to all our GVMC member helpers and volunteers, our sponsors and all the people who participated. It’s you that make this ride possible and fun. Plan for next year. Thanks to Donna - food/ pickup/ prep Ron Gaudette, John Loveday - dealer visits Jackie - on line and paper trails Robert Livingstone - Checkpoint Dealers sponsors - Checkpoint , Daytona, International , Motor Cycle World, Western Power Sports, Holeshot , 2nd Gear Motorsports, Sea to Sky. Gifts - Wes, Club, Ron, Ji