81st Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run



Saturday, August 20, 2011
6:30:00 AM
GVMC Clubhouse
Jim Brooke

History of the Caribou Trails Run

Caribou Trails

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

81st Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run


August 20th & 21st, 2011 for a great weekend event.

Compete for awesome prizes in an event that focuses on your love of riding.
Overnight in Kamloops at the Ranchland Motel.
All makes, riders & styles of bikes welcome
Bring along your buddies, and be ready to meet new ones

GVMC Clubhouse - Unit 307 - 9785 - 192nd Street - Surrey - B.C.

Kamloops Ranchland Motel - 2357 Trans Canada Hwy Kamloops B.C.

Accommodation at the motel is self booking - mention GVMC
Contact - 1-800-663-4902 or 250-828-8787

On the GVMC website www.gvmc.ca via Pay Pal or at the Clubhouse on the day of the event.
Pre-Registration closes on August 12, 2011. Preregistration is $60.00 per person. If signing up Via Pay Pal the Run is $60.00 (plus applicable service charges).

Event day registrations will be accepted. Same Day/Late Registration is $70.00 per person.

$60.00 Entry Fee includes:
Continental Breakfast Saturday
Continental Breakfast Sunday
Saturday Banquet Dinner,
Event T-shirts, Trophies, and Merchandise Prizes.

6:30 - 7:30am - Signup and Continental Breakfast
8:00am - Last Rider Out
6:00pm - Last Rider In
7:00pm - Dinner
8:00pm - Awards

7:00 - Continental Breakfast

Jim Brooke - (604)930-8464

Event Comments:


The GVMC Caribou Trails 81st annual road ride was held on Aug 20th and was a timed event with a distance of 506km (300m+) per historical practice. The ride and day began at our clubhouse where signup and paperwork was completed and then a hot breakfast was eaten.

It was a sunshine start with 29 riders/passengers enrolled including eight members of our Sister Club OMC. The bikes left at one minute intervals to the final destination in Kamloops BC. The route was up the north side of the Fraser and then up the Fraser Canyon to Lytton /Lillooet /Cache Creek/ Logan Lake/Ashcroft/Lac Le Jeune then to Kamloops. The roads were in very good condition with very light traffic so the pace was spirited. This showed on the early arrival times of the riders.

On arrival at the Ranchland Motel a cold drink and commemorative T shirt was given out and times recorded. Socializing and clean up began prior to dinner.

We had to travel to our dinner and as partying had already started - most cabbed to the restaurant. The Orchard Grill gave us a great meal complete with a tasty 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 then were able to use the room for our awards and prizes.

Awards were given out based on times computed on a key time with the closest being 12 mins off. 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 five riders, two passengers and the Long Distance Traveller. Prizes were for all participants.

Congratulations to:
1st place rider - Sam Brustolin
1st place passenger - Denise Smith
2nd place rider - Bob Vickers
2nd place passenger - Pat Harris
3rd place rider - Wes Jamison
4th place rider - Ron Benderski
5th place rider - Gord Thompson
Long Distance Traveller OMC member Larry Frey

Back at the motel partying commenced and continued depending on a individuals constitution until all grew quiet.

Sunday, another sunny day, a great continental breakfast was provided and 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 another great time next year.

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