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
87th Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run
The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club Invites You To Our 87th Annual Road Ride Sunday August 20th,2017
MARK YOUR CALENDARS...
Sunday August 20th, 2017 for a great motorcycling 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 *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.
GVMC Clubhouse - Unit 306 - 9785 - 192nd Street - Surrey - B.C.
SIGNUP: Sign Up Fee - $30.00 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 Sunday and Sunday End of Run Refreshments, Trophies and Merchandise Prizes.
SUNDAY SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:30am - Signup and Breakfast 7:30am - First Rider Out 8:00am - Last Rider Out 4;00pm - Last Rider In 4:00pm - End of Run Refreshments 5:00pm - Awards
INFORMATION: Jim Brooke - (604)930-8464 Ron Gaudette - (604)583-8870
Check in the Photo Gallery and Past Events to see the great fun had at this event in the past.
Event Comments: CARIBOU TRAILS 2017 87th AUG 20th CLUB TO CLUB
The GVMC Caribou Trails 87th annual road ride was held on Aug 20th and was a timed event with a distance of 564.8km (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 6 riders. The bikes left at 30 sec intervals to the final destination back at the club. The route was up the valley to Hope then up the Coq to Merritt, over to Spencers Bridge then down the canyon and the north side of the Fraser to the Mission bridge and over back to the club. Roads were in very good condition with light traffic so the pace was spirited. Weather remained excellent though out the day and on arrival at the club a cold drink and times recorded. Socializing and clean up began prior to dinner. It had been a great riding day, mostly empty roads, not to hot/cold and lots of views.
Dinner was put on at the club, pulled pork on a bun with cold slaw and ice cream bars. 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 presented our awards and prizes. Awards were given out based on times computed on a key time with the closest being early 5:20 min. off. The times were very close except for the Rabbit (earliest). 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 four riders, and the fastest (earliest) and slowest (latest). All riders got trophies, prizes were for all participants. After awards/prizes, chatter began and continued depending on an individual’s constitution until all began slipping away for home. All helped in final cleanup and shut down at the club.
Congratulations to 1st place rider Jim Sloat 2nd place rider Phil Blackburn 3rd place rider - Dwight Harris 4th place rider John Taylor The Rabbit- fastest Dave Seifert 30:30 early The Turtle slowest –Jason Sousa 14:20 min. early ( everyone was early, he was the latest early rider other than the rabbit!)
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 Prep/cleanup Ron prize run Dave checkpoint Pre run Bill Dealers sponsors Checkpoint , Daytona, Motor Cycle World, Holeshot ,Imperal Motorsports, Sea to Sky, Jacks Leathers Gifts ; Bill Well, Dave Seifert, Jim Brooke,club