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
Postponed till September 15 - 16, 2018 due to fires, smoke and road closures.
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.
CARIBOU TRAILS 2018 88th Sept 15 Merritt BC Jim Brooke / Phil Blackburn Hosting
The GVMC Caribou Trails 88th annual road ride was held on Sept 15th and was a timed event with a distance of 539.0km (300m+) per historical practice. The ride had been rescheduled due to road closures, fire and heavy smoke conditions on original date. Unfortunately it affected turnout. The ride and day began at our clubhouse where signup and paperwork was completed and then a continental plus breakfast was provided. It was a damp start with 9 riders/passengers/cars. The bikes left at 1 min intervals to the final destination in Merritt BC. The route was Hwy 1 to Agassiz then up the north side of the Fraser, Lytton, past Lillooet, to Cache Creek, Kamloops then Hwy 5A to Merritt. Roads were in very good condition but wet with light traffic. Weather remained variable with light to heavy rain and warm too cold though out the day but all arrived in Merritt where a drink waited and times were recorded. Socializing and clean up began prior to dinner. It had been a great riding day, despite the conditions.
Dinner was put on at the Newtown Restaurant private room, various Chinese foods and dessert. A real feast, they cooked for 15 and then provide seconds for whatever we wanted. 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 the dishes were cleared for our awards and prizes.
Awards were given out based on times computed on a key time with the closest being early 26.30 min. off. The times were off due to some racing thru the weather and some hiding and waiting. Much discussion was on how each person’s time related. With the awards came prize selections which were varied thanks to our sponsors and members. The awards were for the first three riders, two passengers and the fastest (earliest) and slowest (latest). Prizes were for all participants. After prizes, partying commenced and continued depending on an individual’s constitution until all grew quiet. All retired early as it had been a hard riding day. Homeward was expected to be the same.
Congratulations to: 1st Place Rider - Adam Wong 1st Place Passenger - Julie Blackburn 2nd Place Rider - Bob Vickers 2nd Place Passenger - Barry Cargo 3rd Place Driver - Donna Serne The Rabbit - fastest - Bill Wells 1:49 early The Turtle slowest – Mike Cassidy 27:40 late
Sunday, a mixed up weather day, a hot breakfast was had at the inn 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 next year.
Thanks to these folks and any others that I have missed: Donna - food/ pickup/ prep/check point Jackie - poster Julie - checkpoint Pre ride - Phil/Jim Prize solicitation and pickups - Dave /Phil/ Jim Perennial Trophy restoration - Rob Pinder Dealers sponsors: Checkpoint (2 locs), Daytona, Holeshot ,Imperal Motorsports, Cypress Motorbike, 3-D Cycles, Burnaby Kawasaki, High Road BMW, Sinclair Motorsports; and the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club.