Laconia Bike Week – The Top 5 List
Bike Week on Lakeside Ave.
Author: Byron Mackelroy
Born from the “Loudon Classic”, a motorcycle race that started in 1923 Laconia Motorcycle Week is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the United States with attendance of up to 400,000 visitors in some years. Every year the nine days leading up to father’s day brings in a groundswell of bikers and bikes of all different varieties. From souped-up super customs to rip-roaring race bikes, Bike Week is sure to tickle the fancy of any motorcycle enthusiast. Here are the top 5 things to ensure you have the time of your life during the festivities.
The Loudon Races and the Gunstock Hill Climbs
Laconia Motorcycle Week started as a rally to watch the local bike races. The Loudon Classic Race, the original event, is the longest continually running motorcycle race in America. If you enjoy racing, make it a point to visit the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. For those of you looking for something a bit more unorthodox, the Gunstock Hill Climbs are the event for you. Watch from the base of the local ski resort as daredevils on supercharged hill climb bikes race up the slopes for the best time. This event always has a few close calls that will leave you with a few stories to tell your friends when you get back home.
Cruising the lake
There is no other way to say it, Lake Winnipesaukee is one of the most scenic lakes in the world. Covering almost 69 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee’s stretch of pristine water harbors hundreds of islands and numerous towns and villages. During your Bike Week Adventure, either by car or Harley, make it a point to cruise the circuit running the perimeter of the lake. Your trip will take you through quaint harbor towns like Meredith and Wolfeboro. Each village and town has its own character as well as numerous restaurants and stores to visit. The scenic stretches of road running higher up the mountainside will open up panoramic views of dark blue lakes and rolling green mountain spanning out as far as the eye can see.
Everyone knows that the Weirs Beach area in Laconia is the heart and soul of Bike Week. This boardwalk and beach area offers host to many of the vendors and drinking establishments that make Bike Week such a crazy event. While it may not be “kid friendly”, the Weirs offers some of the best people watching in the world during the rally. Throw on your leathers, show off your tattoos and add some extra time to find a parking spot, a visit to the Weirs is like stepping into one of the Mad Max movies.
For those of you who want to take in the festivities, tip back a few drinks and avoid the parking problems, be sure to check out the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. This vintage railroad offers transportation directly to the train station on the Weirs Boardwalk from the more Quiet towns of Meredith and Lakeport. With tickets pricing in at only $12.50 for a round trip, this ride is well worth the investment.
With all the opportunities for a goodtime during Laconia Motorcycle Week one thing is for certain, at the end of the day you are going to be exhausted. Planning for this fact ahead of time can make the difference between a good trip and a great trip. For those attendees looking to be in the thick of the action, make sure to get your reservations early and look for a New Hampshire hotel like the Summit Resort (http://www.summitresortnh.com/) near the Weirs that fits your needs. The Summit Resort, just walking distance from Weirs Beach, offers fantastic amenities from indoor pools and roman spas to saunas and a weight room. If you are looking for a bit more peace and quiet after a long day, check out Steele Hill Resorts (http://www.steelehillresorts.com/) right outside of Laconia. Steele Hill Resorts, the largest resort in central New Hampshire, offer close proximity to the rally with killer views and a list of amenities that will make your head spin.
Bike Week is a unique New Hampshire tradition. The Lakes Region is proud to host such a colorful event. If you are a hardcore bike, someone looking to experience something new or just a fan of the races, make it a point to plan out your trip and get ready for a goodtime. Don’t forget your bandana.
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