Trail of the Gnu




We went out on Sunday for our final route check of the this years Trail of the Gnu. The conditions are really good, some may describe them as challenging. We would like to say fun and entertaining.

With that being said, we cannot stress enough the importance of having proper tires. Doubly important for our 2wd competitors. We would go as far and say for the 2wds is to pack some chains.

The conditions at the Gnu are notorious for changing in the final week leading up to the event. What we saw on Sunday can and most likely will change for this Saturday. Will it change for the better? For worse? Either is possible. And most likely both will happen.

On all the gravel roads it was 100% snow coverage. Some areas were quite deep. We had snow coming up over the hood. Some areas just a little, but deceiving. With what was revealed upon walk was a skating rink. Uphill. Check out the photos below.

So in a way this could be post could be looked at as a Trail of the Gnu Public Service Announcement. Come prepared. It will make your day far more enjoyable.

See you Saturday!






Time To Enter The 2013 Gnu

The time to enter the 2013 Trail of the Gnu has come, so start sending your entries in ASAP (link below).

Good news !!!  

With the feedback we received from both the competitors and Boston Pizza, we decided to go with the same format as last year. All the info for that is in the Supp Regs (link below)

As in previous years we have again secured a block of rooms at the traditional Rally HQ for the Gnu.
Best Western, Rocky Mountain House  All the info for booking the rooms are available in the Supp Regs (link below)
We are looking forward to seeing all of you again, and we are in full swing in creating a fun and challenging event for all.   

Results and thank you's

The 2012 instalment of The Trail of the Gnu is now in the books. We are happy to announce all 20 cars that started the rally finished, though some finished quite differently than expected and or hoped. The detailed results can be seen here  

Congrats to Taisto Heinonen and Leanne Junnila for taking the top spot with just 36 points. Great job by a great team. 

Anyone who was there could tell you what a mixed bag of conditions there were. Dry gravel, mud, snow, crazy ice and some large water splashes thrown in for good measure, and that could be all in a 5km stretch.  From what I heard from talking to people last night at the banquet / awards. It sounded like everyone have a great, yet challenging time. Some even creating their own extra entertainment on the nearly 500km route we created in the back country in and around Rocky Mountain House. 

We would like to say thanks for all coming out to our TSD Rally this year. It is really encouraging to keep seeing the regulars trying again at the Gnu but just as exciting are all the new faces that show up every year. This event is round one of the RallyWest TSD championship and round two of the BC TSD Rally Championship, please go and support the other events put on by the CSCC,  ERC and WCRA

Last but not least is our volunteers, they deserve a huge thank you from us and all the competitors. Without them you would have had scoring from maybe two checkpoints and still waiting for the scoring to be complete.

Carl Barrell and Adam Cless for those of you who were lucky enough to meet them with their tow rope and truck as the sweep vehicle, you may still be out there.  

Kurt Schantz for adding up, subtracting, fixing up, tearing down reconstructing all of the scores to give a final result that makes sense.  

Alex Schubel for being the steward of the event. Having someone there to make the final call on any issue was more valuable than we ever thought imaginable 

To our Checkpointers who drove around finding the locations that were given to them in areas that were completly foreign to them, Dan Bobyn, Graham Bruce, Mark Ward, Shawn Bishop, Jaclyn Schofield along with Kurt, Carl and Adam doing double duties.  With out these people there would have been a rally with no scoring.

Also to our Sponsors for the event and Open Geo Soloutions  


See you all next year.  


Kris & Eric 



Entry Form And Supps

Hi Everyone. The long awaited entry form and supps are now here for you. Take note some of the changes for this years Trail of the Gnu. Like the pizza and salad buffet at the Boston Pizza. The food should be ready for you as you arrive. So after your long day of Gnu chasing you don't have to think of what you would like to order, just eat and wait for the results to be posted. 

If you are booking a hotel room for the night, we have a block of rooms set aside. When calling the the Best Western ,  1-866-303-3100  Use the code GTRAIL 

Watch for some pre-run photos after this weekend, as we go and check on what the Gnu has in store for all of us. Looking forward to seeing you all again. 

Kris and Eric