Graham Jarvis Riders Clinic held at Shawnigan Lake, B.C.

One of the world’s top extreme enduro racers visits Vancouver Island to share tips with local riders


Graham Jarvis talks to a group of off-road motorcycle riders.

Graham Jarvis spent the mornings of the clinic teaching riders the basic skills. — Kitt Stringer photo

Riders on Vancouver Island, B.C., recently had the opportunity to ride with and learn from the master of extreme enduro, Graham Jarvis.

Graham Jarvis standing between Bobbi Bjornholt and Kitt Stringer.

Action Motorcycles ride ambassadors Bobbi Bjornholt (far left) and Kitt Stringer chat with the silent assassin. — photo courtesy Bobbi Bjornholts

Sponsored by Mile Zero Motorsports and Husqvarna Motorcycles Canada, the Graham Jarvis Riders Clinic took place August 7 to 9, 2015, at a private property near Shawnigan Lake. Between 10 and 20 riders participated each day.

“Graham spent the mornings doing basic skills work—balance, log hopping, wheelies, stoppies, downhills and turns—then after lunch, we would do a group ride,” said Kitt Stringer, a rider from Victoria who initiated the clinic.

Stringer first met Jarvis at the 2013 Red Bull Romaniacs (see our story about this). Two years later, Stringer sent Jarvis a random message with the invitation to put on a clinic in B.C. Much to his surprise, Jarvis agreed.

This was Jarvis’s first visit to B.C., and he made it known that even the toughest of Island trails are no match for this legend of the sport.

Graham Jarvis holding a cow he signed.

Apparently, Graham Jarvis has a good sense of humour. The cow doesn't seem too impressed, though, despite having the master of extreme enduro himself sign her hide. — photo courtesy Jolly Roger Ranch

“It was pretty unreal,” said Stringer. “During the group rides, he continually did moves that were beyond belief. He rode straight off a cliff that I had been avoiding for three years ‘cause I knew I would die if I messed it up, and he went down it on his front wheel. I am one of only about a dozen people that ride one of the more difficult Island trails, and he made us look like total rookies.”

According to Stringer, Jarvis was so impressed with the riding opportunities on Vancouver Island that he said he would like to make it one of his training grounds. A hard enduro race on the Island would be even better. 

Graham Jarvis throw up the five two symbol in support of the local south Vancouver Island race team.

Graham Jarvis was impressed with the riding opportunities on Vancouver Island, and he said he will be back. — Kitt Stringer photo

After the success of the Graham Jarvis Riders Clinic, Stringer has organized another. But this time, it’s featuring Chris Birch. The Chris Birch Riders Clinic will take place September 18 and 19 in Squamish and September 20 and 21 in Victoria. There is a cap of 10 people allowed to participate per day, and the clinic is already full, with names on a waiting list as well.

We’ll be reporting on the event after it happens. Watch our website for an update. 

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