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
88th Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run
The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club Invites You To Our 88th Annual Road Ride Saturday August 18th to 19th, 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS...
Saturday August 18th to 19th, 2018 for a great motorcycling weekend.
*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 the Quality Inn in the Interior *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: Merritt Quality Inn in Merritt B.C.
Accommodation at the motel is self-booking - mention GVMC
Contact Jasmine at 1-778-798-2512 or 1-250-378-4253 Website - Quality Inn Merritt
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 Phil Blackburn - (604)534-7560
Check in the Photo Gallery for pictures of previous Caribou Trails Runs.