Mark these dates on your calendar for a great Motorcycle Weekend Adventure and register early.
The Road ride will be a scenic tour through the Okanagan in a loop of some of the nicest roads the area has to offer!
This is chance to ride your 650 CC and larger DS bike on some friendlier gravel and paved roads some of the most scenic areas of Lower BC. This is also a great ride for the smaller 250- 450 CC DS bikes who are true newbies and wish to get more gravel time in before they do quad trails or single track.
We will be gathering on Friday the 17th at the Maple Leaf Motel and RV Park in Oliver BC.
Saturday morning after a brief Rider's Meeting you will be treated to some easy gravel roads, paved roads and some cool look outs. At the days end you will be greeted with a nice BBQ your choice of steak or chicken and a cool swimming pool and later a campfire Meet n Greet. Sunday is the ride home at your leisure but we will suggest some cool roads you can take.
There will be motel space and RV rental space so you can share accomodation. Yes I mean they have RV's to rent that sleep 4-8?
Book anytime from now on at:
Maple Leaf Motel & RV Campground Resort 5457 - 97th St. Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Canada Phone: (+1) 250-498-3584 Toll Free: (+1) 800-566-6006
Fax: (+1) 250-498-0333
We will be providing a paypal sign up for the ride itself early this year or you can pay at the clubhouse #307-9785 192nd Street Surrey after Feb 1, 2015.
The 2104 ride was a fun event with 32 riders all having a super fun time so space will be limited to motel accomodations only.
In 2015 we will again be providing a T-shirt, 3 meals, the ride and prizes all at $60.00 per head. 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 after Feb 1 2015.
We are looking forward to seeing you this year at the bike show or at any of our other events. You can view them here at www.gvmc.ca
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!
History Of The Routledge Run
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.
2015 saw the 61st running of the annual road and dualsport ride from July 17 to 19. Friday began with a quick but scenic ride from the lower mainland to Oliver BC with overnights at the Maple Leaf RV and resort.
Riders were greeted Friday night with the much sought after Routledge t-shirt and a welcome swim in the pool after many rode in 30į plus heat.
Saturdays ride started with a hearty breakfast at the local "Cock n Bull" restaurant. The dualsport riders were sent via Mt. Baldy, Rock Creek and Cawston/Fairview while road riders ventured through Willoughbrook, White Lake, Penticton, Kelowna to Rock Creek through to Osoyoos to Keremeos and Twin Lakes and back.
At dayís end all were treated to a thick juicy steak or chicken breast marinated in either teriyaki or mesquite along side baked new potatoes, Debbie Jamisonís superb broccoli salad all followed by fresh Oliver Bakery cinnamon buns and ice cream and fresh OK peaches.
All the participants raved about the event and serious discussions emerged from our US friends in attendance making for some great plans for a possible international event next year.
Sunday started the farewells as everyone headed in their own directions to places like Alberta or Colorado after another brief "Cock n Bull" stop.
The 2016 event promises to be even better if all goes according to plan. Wes Jamison.