updated September 19th, 2021

EnduroCross brought to you by the organiser of THE THISTLE

Date: October 17 2021
Location: 1303 Merkley Rd., Gravenhurst

Rules and Regulations:

  1. 1  Social distancing requirements will be in force.
  2. 2  Face masks are to be worn whenever social distancing can’t be observed. ( Sign in, riders meeting etc )
  3. 3  Contract tracing forms must be completed and submitted to registration when you sign in. ( email john@thethistle.ca to have this and the entry form emailed to you so that you can fill them out at home and bring with you to save time at the registration desk)
  4. 4  Entry forms are available by contacting john@thethistle.ca.
  5. 5  All “ CASH “ event, we do not accept debit or credit cards.
  6. 6  Camping is allowed for free on the Saturday night and gate is open from 1.00pm to 7.00pm.
  7. 7  Staggered registration hours for various classes to reduce lineups and to make the event more user friendly.



Heritage: Evo:


described as motorcycles built up to 1975, air cooled, twin shock, drum brakes and a maximum of 4 1/2” of rear wheel travel.

described as motorcycles built between 1976 and 1982, no Disc brakes! Described as bikes built from 1983 to current.

Entry Fees

$10.00 per person $20.00 per

Admission to grounds: Entry fee per class: Camping:



Registration: 8.00am to 12.00 pm Staggered times. Vintage: Heritage:

8.00am to 9.30 8.00am to 11.00 8.00am to 12.00pm

9.45am Riders meeting 10.00am Vintage Scramble 12.00pm Heritage Scramble 2.00pm Evo Scramble 3.30pm Awards

About the event:


After having to cancel The Thistle vorf the last 2 years we are pleased to offer an event based mainly for the vintage era bikes, but also open to newer bikes.

The sole purpose of this event is to offer a competitive, unique outing that you can enjoy with your friends and fellow competitors.

To make it even easier to participate, we’ve staggered the sign in times to allow Heritage and Evo riders the opportunity to arrive later in the morning.

The event is comprised of both single track trails and the motocross track, hence the name endurocross. Starting will be like a Moto cross with a Flag start and once one complete lap of the MX track is completed, you will then start the actual course using the single track trails and mx track. This will help spread the riders out before entering the single track trails.

In total, approx 80% of the mx track will be used per lap but it is recommended that a proper enduro bike be used as opposed to a MX bike, but it is open for either and totally your choice.

Race duration is 60 minutes plus 1 lap with the race starts spaced 2 hours apart to allow for a decent breather between Scrambles in case you are riding multiple disciplines.

Scoring will be done manually and you will receive a helmet sticker at registration with a number on it that we will use to score. This worked great at The Thistle 2019.

Vehicle Info:

Parking is broken into 3 basic areas, area 1 is right at the entrance and will be reserved for participants with larger motorhomes, trailers or toy haulers. This has easy access and is basically on the owners lawn. Area 2 is close to the starting line and is best for single vehicles and those with smaller trailers. Area 3 is an overflow area for single vehicles only.

If you have a larger trailer, please contact me directly (John Lake)

updated July 20, 2021
Hi everyone, have some big news to share regarding the 2021 or as we call it, the Covid edition Thistle VORF.
As of today, the event is officially cancelled due to mother nature. After last Thursdays severe storm and tornado in Barrie, the region is literally flooded.
All major lakes in the immediate area are experiencing extreme high water levels which shows just how much rain fell. Lake Muskoka is 16″ higher than normal, Lake Simcoe is 14″ higher and Lake Dalrymple is a whopping 19″. Lake Dalrymple is about 15 minutes south of the track.
All of our infrastructure and work has literally been washed away which is repairable, but the damage to the parking area and road system is simply too much to repair, especially since they had another major downpour today. ( and apparently another tornado in the Parry Sound area.)
We are going to be hosting another event there this fall and another in the spring. Dates will be posted once we find a date that doesn’t conflict with any Off Road Ontario events or the Corduroy Enduro.
To all those people who pre entered, I am going to contact you one by one and start the refund process. May take me several days but you will get your refund. Please let me contact you.
The raffle bike draw is still a go and some lucky person will win this totally rebuilt 1981 YZ250. The draw is going to take place on the same date and time ( Saturday Aug 7 at 8.00 pm ) and we ask for your continued support of this worthwhile cause. ( net proceeds going to the Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf )
We are planning on doing this live on The Thistle’s FB page commencing at 8.00pm with the winner being posted online.
I thank you all for your support and if God’s willing, I look forward to starting this process over again in the New Year for the 2022 Thistle Vorf.
The venue will be the same as this year but with a full year more development, so a good thing will be better. This truly is a special place for this type of event.
The 2022 Thistle VORF is being held AUGUST 12, 13 & 14th 2022.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and be kind, we’ll be back.
John Lake
The Thistle vorf
updated July 11, 2021
Join Sasquatch Vintage Racing and friends at the 2021 THISTLE VORF August 6th, 7th, and 8th – reentries available at http://www.thethistle.ca
See you there!!!
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OUR 2019 Winner of the YZ 250:
Last Post  June 16, 2019
Get your Thistle draw tickets!!! for the 1981 Yamaha YZ 250  TRIBUTE EDITION!
Get your Thistle draw tickets now!!!!  contact us for more information.
Posted March 9, 2019 – stay tuned for more details to come.
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