This event was started in 1954, dedicated to Bob Routledge, a respected motorcycle mechanic and one of the signers of the 1939 GVMC incorporation. The original perpetual trophy features a pewter figure of a German army dispatch rider on a BMW. This may have been a souvenir brought back by returning soldiers after World War II, but itís exact origin and significance is a mystery.
Traditionally, the event was held as a Saturday ride to a campground, with a field meet on Sunday. Field meets involved tests of rider skill, such as riding a length of 2x4, throwing darts from a moving bike, rolling a barrel with the front wheel, a slow race (last one across the finish line wins, touch a foot down youíre out), and any other crowd pleasing stunts the organizers could dream up.
The field meets gradually lost their appeal, and with the rise in dual sport riding, the event was given a fresh approach. The Routledge Run has in recent years been successful as a two-day ride, with street riders and dual sport riders taking separate routes to an overnight campout. The camaraderie and good times continue.
Need an excuse to take off work on Friday and go riding on the weekend? Here it is !
July 20th, 21st and 22nd 2018 Mark these dates on your calendar for a great Motorcycle Weekend Adventure and register early as accomodation space is limited.
Road Ride:This will be a scenic tour through the Southern Okanagan.
Adventure Touring: This ride is for street legal bikes 400cc and larger that are suitable for unpaved forest service roads as well as major highways. The ride is approximately 400 kilometers and will take you over very scenic back roads In the Penticton, Peachland, Merrit area.
We will be gathering on Friday the 20th of July at the Villager Inn, Princeton BC.
A block of 8 double rooms at $95.00 per night and 2 single rooms at $85.00 per night have been set aside for us. The motel offers a continental breakfast and is located between a restaurant and a pub.
Book anytime from now on at: 1-250-295-6996
Villager Inn Penticton B.C. Canada Phone:(1)250-295-6996 Toll free - 1-877-295-6996
Amemities: Heated Pool - bring your swimsuit Continental Breakfast served year round Computer in Lobby for Guest Use Coffee, Fridge and Microwave Coin Laundry Cots with bedding available Phone in every room - Free local calls Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board Fax and Copy Services Heating/Air Conditioning Gas Barbecue for Guest Use Parking for Trucks/Campers Cable TV Common/Meeting Room 8 Kitchenette Suites Pet Friendly and Welcome Soft Drinks and Ice Non Smoking Rooms Family Run /Family Style Environment Two Bedroom Suites
Signups: Pay Pal at www.gvmc.ca Plus Applicable Fees or you can pay at the clubhouse #306-9785 192nd Street Surrey.
Accommodation space is limited and sign ups after June 29th, 2018 no guarantee of a t-shirt.
In 2018 Entry Fee is $25.00 per head t-shirt provided.
Passengers are welcome at the same cost.
We will need your t-shirt size once you have paid and that can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check in the photo gallery for pictures and see all the fun had in the past at this event.
Bring your riding buddies and meet new ones!
Event Comments: 2018 64th Annual GVMC Routledge Run
The 64th Annual Routledge run was a well attended event with over 30 riders and friends meeting Friday July 20th in Princeton BC.
Saturday saw two groups of riders, both Road riders and Adventure touring going different directions on a day long excursion. This year the Adventure touring bikes outnumbered the Road riders by almost double.
Both rides were impacted by the forest fires in the south Okanagan and both routes had to be re-written on the morning of the rides to compensate for smoke and traffic concerns.
The weather was cool enough to avoid the usual sweltering summer heat that can press hard on the South Okanagan and riders enjoyed moderate temperatures. The dual sport riders explored parts of Hwy 5A over to Brookmere, Tulameen and areas to the north West of Princeton for a day long ride headed by John Taylor. The Road ride saw a group head east on Hwy 3 by Wes Jamison to Greenwood for lunch and a return to Keremeos later in the day to load up on what fresh fruit they could carry.
At days end all entrants were offered a cold beverage, which was followed for many, by a dinner at the Copper Pit Restaurant in Princeton.
Sunday morning saw the participants depart for various roads home, some opting for SR 20 over the Winthrop to Sedro Wooley cascade route, while others headed for Merritt and Highway 1 though the Fraser canyon.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the 65th Annual Routledge run next year in 2019.