Laconia Bike Week still growing at age 90
Progressive Insurance Laconia Motorcycle Week, America’s Original Riding Rally, had decent weather over both weekends and very strong attendance for 2013, its 90th year. Riders enjoyed the White Mountains, crystal clear lakes and great riding throughout New Hampshire.
“We launched our AMSOIL Laconia Passport to great success this year,” notes Rally Executive Director Charlie St. Clair. “We are already exploring ways of expanding the program for next year.”
The passport program exceeded expectations for its inaugural year and riders from all over New England as well California, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, Canada and even Luxemburg participated. The Grand Prize winner of the "Win a Trip to Laconia in 2014" was Janis Bullen of Ashburn, VA.
The Laconia Mobile Guide app was new for this year and assisted riders in planning out their stay as well as giving them ways to connect with other enthusiasts. “We plan to work on developing new content for the Laconia Mobile Guide app for next year as well as fine-tuning the existing content so even more riders can have a great experience with it for 2014”, said Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association.
This year also saw a ground-breaking 1st annual Laconia Motorcycle Week Customer Appreciation Parade from New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Laconia Harley-Davidson, with over 300 riders participating to raise money for NH Children’s Charities and Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs on NH. Next year is sure to have even more riders taking in the sites, enjoying a ride around the famed NH Motor Speedway track and being a part of a great cause and parade.
Hill climbers from across the country competed for a packed crowd, at the American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned Pro Hillclimb in Canaan, NH. Enthusiastic racing fans watch as John Koester took top honors in the unlimited and Xtreme Hillclimb division this year.
Organizers and sponsors ended the event satisfied as the Rally kicked off its ninth decade in 2013 and with sights ahead for the 91st anniversary next June, to officially begin the ‘countdown to 100!”
The Rally that began humbly in 1916, alongside the roots of the sport of motorcycling, continues to make a significant impact on the Lakes Region, the state of New Hampshire, and all of New England.