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Sturgis 2012

Sturgis 2012

by Alain W. Bélisle

Now that’s a title worthy of an Olympic year wouldn’t you say ? But you can probably guess that the worldwide athletic competitions are not the real reason I chose it. In fact this year was the first time I participated in the world renowned motorcycle rally held in South Dakota, U.S.A., and I can honestly say that this event like any coin has two completely different sides. On one hand you can experience the human craziness of nonstop partying as well as limitless mechanical and human eccentricities. The variety of bikers and machines you come across equals the variety of breathtaking scenery that this region of the American Midwest offers – and that’s the other side of the coin.


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Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Who hasn’t heard of the legendary “Friday the 13th” motorcycle rally which takes place in southern Ontario ?

Port Dover is a town of 5,500 residents located about two hours from Toronto on the shores of Lake Erie. For those unfamiliar with this event it all started in 1981 when a guy named Chris Simons and roughly twenty-five of his buddies met up at the Commercial Hotel (A.K.A. The Zoo) which is now known as Angelo’s of Dover. That “day” was a Friday the 13th. They had such a great time together that before they parted ways a decision was made to meet again every Friday the 13. This is how a tradition was born.

Since that first encounter the number of bikers that joined in on the run increased significantly and has continued to do so for the past fifty-four Friday the 13ths. Chris has a suitcase full of newspaper clippings and magazine articles covering the phenomenon and he has become somewhat of a celebrity because of this event. The people he meets on his many travels have all heard of Friday the 13th in Port Dover.


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