It was a great summer for ATVing in BC

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Panty Hose Shuffle at the ATV Rodeo during the 2013 Jamboree.

The Panty Hose Shuffle at the ATV Rodeo during the 2013 Jamboree. — Photo courtesy ATV/BC

The Quad Riders ATV Association of B.C. (ATV/BC) couldn't have asked for a better season. The association held numerous rides across the province, unifying riders from all over and raising money for trails and other special causes.

Jeff Mohr, president of ATV/BC, said two of the highlights were definitely the 2013 Jamboree and the 2013 Poker Ride.

The  Jamboree was held in the 100 Mile House area at the Inner Lake Rodeo Grounds from August 19 to 26 and was hosted by the Quad Squad South Cariboo ATV Club.

"The whole week was phenomenal," said Mohr. "We had guided rides, self guided rides, and on the Friday afternoon we had an ATV rodeo which had excellent participation. There were about 115 people there, with 65 or 70 trailers, campers and tent units. We got a chance to go up Windy Mountain, which is the one of the best rides I've ever done in my life. It was a wonderful week all around."

The trip to Windy Mountain started out with some riders taking their trailers out to a small staging area outside of the rodeo grounds. They rode a bit of everything and Mohr said there was excellent climbing and fabulous views from different parts of the trail. The ride was about 110 kilometres.

Another great event of the summer was ATV/BC's 2013 Poker Ride in June.

"We started off the summer this year with the poker ride," said Mohr. "It was a great event in Coalmont, B.C., in the middle of a cow pasture adjacent to the Granite Creek forestry campsite. This is a historic site not too far from Princeton, with some of the best and most interesting trail rides available. We learned the whole history of the area. There was about 100 people at this event as well. It drew people from as far north as Fort St. John and as far away as Vancouver Island and Elkford. People came from all over the province to enjoy the poker ride and the jamboree too."

Besides having a ton of fun this summer, ATV/BC is also working on a number of projects. Right now, Mohr said they are trying to work towards a provincial trail strategy.

"We are in the initial stages of putting it together right now," said Mohr. "The whole idea is to be able to tour throughout the province. We are putting together the information and mapping out ideas on where people can go riding through the province. An excellent example is the Prince George to Wells route. You unload your machines in Prince George and can ride over 110 kilometres to Wells, where you can spend the night, ride around the area and then turn around and ride back. The whole idea is connecting towns with trails."

ATV/BC also continues to work on safety, which Mohr said is number one. Second to that is the environment. For more information on all of ATV/BC's ongoing projects, visit their website at www.atvbc.ca.


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