Monday, Sep. 21, 2020: The 2020 Vail Outlier Offroad Festival is officially postponed until 2021. Just a week out from the event, we lost four of what we considered to be foundation brands for our inaugural North American Van Show, which was to be held in conjunction with our annual Vail Outlier Offroad Event.
The bike industry is actually on good footing at the moment as people turn en masse to bikes, boats, running shoes, dirt bikes, paddle boards, etc in order to “recreate-in-place.” Bicycle company demo programs are faring less well however. Most of them have been placed on hold until the pandemic passes and their managers furloughed or retasked.
We felt that the pairing of The Van Show with Outlier was a natural fit and a tidy solution in a difficult year, but with those four west coast-based expo teams (and their 12+ rigs) opting out due to the impacts of the fires burning there, we don’t feel as if we have a very good product to present to the public. We mounted an energetic last minute registration push, but in the end were unable to fill those slots.
It’s VERY important to produce an event that delivers on the Vail promise of excellence. Faced with the prospect of a lackluster showing, we’ve made the difficult choice to postpone the debut of The Van Show along with Outlier until the weekend of September 24, 2021.
These are difficult words to type and this decision was not made lightly, but ultimately, the pandemic, the wildfires plaguing the western US, and the closure of the Lionshead Gondola for maintenance during our event weekend were burdens too great for the events to overcome.
Thank you for your enthusiastic support these past several months. While we’re saddened by the need to make this choice, we’re excited about the prospect of having a little more runway at our disposal.
See you in 2021.