The 2020 Thistle has been CANCELLED

Due to Covid-19

Hi All (July 10, 2020)

Just wanted to let everyone know that we have been busy right up to last week trying to secure a location for this years event.

But, unfortunately, provincial and municipal governments are not allowing any gatherings of this sort. Even if the province went to level 3 or 4 immediately, this sort of event would not be allowed.

Last week, our last hope at salvaging this event was crushed when I got a call from Frank at Gopher Dunes explaining that the local gov’t wouldn't authorize the use of his property for this or any other event for that matter.

So for 2020, The Thistle is now formally cancelled due to Covid-19.

The Thistle 2021 is already in the works and negotiations are underway with the dates being August 6, 7th & 8th.

The location will be revealed once negotiated and I am sure that you will be very pleased with what’s available.

Regarding the recently announced event in Port Sydney I’d like to clarify things a bit.

1) the people and the venues involved are the same as I had negotiated with for hosting the 2020 event, unfortunately, once advertising began to be distributed, they decided that they wanted to control the events being held as well as change the bike classes to be the same as a “totally non associated event”.

2) Immediately upon hearing about this “new” event, I called the head Bylaw officer in their area and inquired about this. I was told very matter of factly that if they do decide to host this event it will be done against both provincial and local laws and that this would be handled by the OPP as the local municipality is following provincial guidelines.

3) When I announced to the Port Sydney people that I was cancelling this event at their venue, within weeks they had already started to advertise the exact same event on the same dates, then the day after Blaire announced that the Corduroy Enduro was cancelled for this year, these guys announced this event was on again.

Please note that these same people are the ones who put on an “Unsuccessful Event” last fall even though they had no real expenses (no land leases, rent, insurance etc) yet they are quick to try to cherry pick an event based on others hard work and expertise.

I wish them all the best in their future attempts and totally feel that they are trying to do the right thing, but for all the wrong reasons. This is a very small segment of an industry that’s declining and everyone needs to work together.



John Lake
The Thistle VORF

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