Harley-Davidson and the Harley Owners Group have announced the cancellation of the 29th Annual European H.O.G. Rally, scheduled for June 10-13, 2021, in Portorož, Slovenia.
The Rally had been in intensive planning for almost two years, and after its postponement in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers had been working especially hard with the local authorities, hotels and other vendors in Portorož and Piran to prepare for a 2021 event that could be run as safely as possible in these unusual times.
Of course, the first priority concerned the health and well-being of customers, staff, dealers and Portorož residents, and as a result of the continued unpredictability of the pandemic, including rapidly changing travel and lockdown restrictions across Europe, the difficult decision was made to cancel.
The European H.O.G. Rally traditionally attracts Harley-Davidson riders and fans from all over Europe and the rest of the world, with guests from as many as 62 countries attending these events in the past.
At Harley-Davidson and within the Harley Owners Group, great pride is taken in creating uniquely engaging customer events, and plans to support local and international motorcycle rallies will continue, relying on local health guidelines to protect staff, riders and communities. These events epitomise the spirit of freedom, adventure and kinship on the open road, and are an integral part of H-D and H.O.G.’s commitment to this greatest of global motorcycle communities. Announcements on future European events will be made at the appropriate time.
Tom Robinson, Consumer Experience Manager, EMEA, told Bikers Nod: “We have explored every avenue available to run the 2021 European H.O.G. Rally, as we know it means so much to so many people. We recognise that travel for our customers – especially across borders – would have been challenging, so cancellation was the most responsible thing to do. I would especially like to thank the local authorities, hotels in the town of Portorož and our sponsors and vendors for their patience and work in supporting this event.”