We’re doing it again in 2021, but…

It’s going to happen again on September 16, 17, and 18, 2021, but we may have to seriously limit the number of people that we cart around. We’ll see how this whole COVID things turns out.

If the number of attendees are going to be limited in any way, then we are going to focus on Intermediate riders. Novice riders are more prone to getting hurt and advanced riders already know where to go riding.

Furthermore, if admission is going to be limited, we are going to favour Adventure Bikes. Dirt bikes that are barely street legal are cool, but they are cheating in the eyes of this event. This event was created for the kooky people like us who like to ride big 500+ pound bikes in largely ill-advised places.

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Choose Your Adventure

There is no charge for this event. We’re just some Dirt Chimps going out for a ride. You can:

  • join one of our Ambassador Guided rides,
  • take our GPS tracks and guide yourselves, or
  • create your own adventure in our many local road and trail systems.

Suitable Bikes

Anything street legal with dirt-worthy tires. 250cc to whatever monster you call your steed.

We especially enjoy our guests on big adventure bikes. This event creates a unique atmosphere for people to work together to get these bikes through challenging trails.

Routes & Difficulties

Get familiar with some of our routes by watching our videos. Remember, most videos make the riding look significantly easier.

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The Plan Each Day

Each day includes morning meeting point(s), a morning ride, lunches in town, afternoon meeting point(s), an afternoon ride, and possibly an evening gathering point.

COVID restrictions will dictate the finer points of this plan.

In More Detail

COVID Restricted Plan

  • Class 1 (Paved Roads) are not guided by Ambassadors. Go have fun and do your own thing.
  • Class 2 Riders meet at Location A. Break into groups of 10 or less and depart.
  • Class 3 Riders meet at Location B. Break into groups of 10 or less and depart.
  • Class 4 Riders meet at Location C. Break into groups of 10 or less and depart.
  • Classes 5 and 6 are self-guided if there are serious group size restrictions. We’ll need all of the Ambassadors for the Novice and Intermediates. Buy hey, if you have that much skill you can figure out routes and stuff by yourselves!

Less COVID Restricted

  • Central Outdoor Meeting with Social Distancing
  • Break into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Clusters
  • Break down further into individual riding groups of 10 to 15 riders and take off when ready.

Event Cost & Stuff

This event is totally free. There are also no perks!

  • No accommodation.
  • Bring your own bike.
  • Pay for your own meals.
  • No event t-shirts.
  • No guaranteed spots on the ride that you want to go on.

This is not a professional event. Your satisfaction is not guaranteed. You will be asked to help others. You are part making this event happen, not somebody paying to attend.

If you are lucky you may get a decal or two, and perhaps win a prize from one of our sponsors.

If you are cool with all of this, we look forward to riding with you!

Accommodations

Vernon has a lot of options, but it is often nice to stay near other event participants. We suggest:

  • Riviera Plaza
  • Prestige In
  • Vernon Lodge

If camping, we suggest Ellison Provincial Campground, which is beautiful!

Be Prepared

Physical fitness plays a significant role as rides can take 3 to 4 hours, venture deep into the wilderness, and can have sustained levels of difficulty.

50:50 tires should be considered a minimum. None of our routes groomed!

All of our bikes are geared down for technical off-road riding. If you still have stock gearing, perhaps it is time to gear that pony down so it does behaves like a good dirt monster that is not constantly trying to kill you!

Bring riding gear for weather that could be 25 degrees and sunny (yay), or 10 degrees and rainy (ew!).

Specific Details

The exact meeting locations will be announced much closer to the event itself.

GPS routes will be released at the start of the event and in a secret online location shared only with those who attend.

Evening Gathering locations will be determined closer to the event and made public here, and on Facebook. We sure hope we can go back to taking over restaurants like we have done in previous years!

2021 Gathering Draw Prizes

We’re excited about facilitating the giving away of all kinds of draw prizes for the people who attend any of our Gatherings – Group Rides and Social Gatherings included!

We often get a good number of sponsors. Please email TheAdventureBikeGathering@gmail.com.

We often get a good number of sponsors. Please email TheAdventureBikeGathering@gmail.com.

We often get a good number of sponsors. Please email TheAdventureBikeGathering@gmail.com.

We often get a good number of sponsors. Please email TheAdventureBikeGathering@gmail.com.

The Adventure Bike Gathering

September 17, 18, and 19, 2021

Vernon, British Columbia

Great Videos to Help Get Prepared

The Adventure Bike Gathering is an off road focused event. Here are some great videos that we have shortlisted for you to help you prepare. This is really just a teaser. You should watch all of Brett’s videos at MOTOTREK on YouTube.

Skill Sharing

One thing that makes this event really different is our built-in skill sharing sessions. See the booklet for details.

Basic Bike Set-Up for Offroad

Get your bike ready for going off road! As Brett explains, stock set-up is not ideal, unless you are just riding to Starbucks on your pony.

Riding Dirt & Gravel

This is a great video to get you warmed up for the harder terrain.

Riding Hills

This is a great video to get you warmed up for the harder terrain.

Loose Rocks & Babyheads

We have some climbs with bumpy sections, loose rocks, and babyheads!

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Founding Sponsor

DATS is a web-based integrated management system that works with companies of all sizes. Headquartered in Vernon, B.C.

Visit our DATS Productions Vimeo account to see a blend of software and wilderness adventures in video format.

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Join the Adventure Bike Gathering!

If you “Do” Facebook, that is likely your best place to let us know that you plan to attend, ask questions, chat with others, etc.

If email works best for you, feel free to reach out to us at TheAdventureBikeGathering@gmail.com.

Let’s go on some adventures!