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
86th Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run
The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club Invites You To Our 86th Annual Road Ride August 20-21 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDARS...
August 20th & 21st, 2016 for a great weekend adventure.
*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 approximately 550km *Overnight at Ashcroft River Inn in the Caribou *All makes, riders & styles of bikes welcome *Bring along your buddies, and be ready to meet new ones
START LOCATION: GVMC Clubhouse - Unit 306 - 9785 - 192nd Street - Surrey - B.C.
END LOCATION: Ashcroft River Inn in Ashcroft B.C.
Accommodation at the motel is self-booking - mention GVMC
Contact Anita at 1-866-835-2352 or 1-250-453-9124 Website - ashcroftriverinn.com
SIGNUP: Sign Up Fee - $60.00 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 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 Ron Gaudette - (604)583-8870
Check in the Photo Gallery for pictures of previous Caribou Trails Runs.
Event Comments: CARIBOU TRAILS 2016 86th AUG 20th Ashcroft BC
The GVMC Caribou Trails 86th annual road ride was held on Aug 20th and was a timed event with a distance of 495.0km (300m+) per historical practice. The ride and day began at our clubhouse where signup and paperwork was completed and then a hot continental plus breakfast was provided. It was a sunny start with 20 riders/passengers/cars. The bikes left at 30 sec intervals to the final destination in Ashcroft BC. The route was up the valley to Mission then the north side of the Fraser, Hope, Princeton, Merritt, Savona, Cache Creek then Ashcroft. Roads were in very good condition with light traffic so the pace was spirited. Weather remained excellent through out the day and on arrival at the Ashcroft a cold drink and a ride t shirt were given out and times recorded. Socializing and clean up began prior to dinner. It had been a great riding day, mostly not too hot and lots of views and wildlife seen.
Dinner was put on at the Ashcroft River Inn, roast chicken, prime rib, veg, salads and dessert. 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 early 21:50 min. off. The times were not as close as usual as there were more gas stops than necessary. Much discussion was on how each person’s time related and route chosen. With the awards came prize selections which were varied thanks to our sponsors and members. The awards were for the first three riders, two passengers and the fastest (earliest) and slowest (latest). Prizes were for all participants. After prizes, partying commenced and continued depending on an individual’s constitution until all grew quiet. Everyone spent some time sitting outside as it was a lovely evening.
Congratulations to: 1st place rider - Phil Blackburn 1st place passenger - Denise Thompson 2nd place rider - Barry Cargo 2nd place passenger - Renee Camillex 3rd place rider - Dwight Harris The Rabbit- fastest Dave Seifert 30:30 early The Turtle slowest –Mike Cassidy 1:02:30 late
Sunday, a mixed up weather day. A hot breakfast was had at the Inn 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 these folks and any others that I have missed. Donna food/ pickup/ prep Jackie poster Paper trail Julie Preride Dave, Ron Checkpoint and prize runs Ron
Dealer Sponsors: Checkpoint, Daytona, Motor Cycle World, Holeshot, Imperal Motorsports, Sea to Sky
Gifts: Bill Wells, Dave Seifert, Jim Brooke
Check in the Photo Gallery for pictures of this event.