Progressive’s Laconia Motorcycle Week, “America’s Original Riding Rally,” gets ready to celebrate its 94th year of heart-stopping motorcycle riding and its signature classic rally experience on June 10th through 18th. Progressive’s Laconia Motorcycle week is a statewide rally, beginning in 1916, with its epicenter at Weirs Beach, in the heart of the Lakes Region.
Laconia Bike week starts off on June 10th, with the Annual Peter Markis Memorial Ride, a police escorted motorcycle ride around Lake Winnipesaukee, which departs from the NASWA Resort. This annual rides ends back at the NASWA Resort, around 4pm with a pig roast and live music. Motorcycle rides and tours, live music, shows, expos, contests and more are guaranteed to keep visitors busy from dawn till dusk. The rest of the week is filled with more excitement such as racing action at the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon, The Hill Climb at Gunstock and various other races and stunt shows throughout the area.
Below is a schedule of just a few of the dozens of events taking place each day during Motorcycle Week:
- Kickoff Breakfast: June 10. Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant, 233 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. Start chowing down at 8 a.m., as one of the area’s most famous restaurants serves a scrumptious start to the day.
- Bike Week Trains: June 10-11, 15-18. The Hobo Railroad is offering service between Meredith and Weirs Beach. Not only are the trains a convenient way to get to the Bike Week action, but it’s also a great chance for visitors to check out the well-known Lakes Region scenery. For rates and schedule see ad in this Rally News and on hoborr.com.
- Peter Makris Memorial Run: June 10. NASWA Resort, 1086 Weirs Blvd., Laconia. This eleventh annual all-day fundraiser – the official Motorcycle Week kickoff event – starts at 11 a.m. and offers bikers and boaters a police escorted ride around Lake Winnipesaukee. It raises money for the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program and the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund and Water Rescue Unit.
- AMA Sanctioned, Amateur-only Hill Climb: June 14. Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford. The Hill Climb is returning to Gunstock for Laconia Motorcycle Week Rally! This classic event on June 14th is at its original location which includes the 70-meter ski jump! 50/50 RAFFLE: Ridge Runners proceeds go into the Shawn Farnsworth Memorial Fund.
- Loudon Classic Weekend: June 16-18. NH Motor Speedway, 1122 NH – 106, Loudon. The race weekend will feature different series and types of motorcycles, including the Granite State Legends Cars, which are powered by motorcycle engines. The Loudon Classic feature event will be run by the Loudon Road Race Series in the form of Middleweight Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon.
Lakes Region visitors who are also interested in non-Motorcycle Week events during their visit will find other options on the LRTA’s Events Calendar or check out some of the Lakes Region area attractions at www.lakesregion.org/play. We’ve got something for everyone, from exciting zip lines to relaxing scenic cruises.
When you ride into the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region during Laconia Motorcycle Week, don’t forget to check out some of the beautiful views of the Lakes in the area. Many riders like to take the beautiful scenic day trip around Lake Winnipesaukee, using Route 25 out of Meredith, Route 16 in Ossipee, 28 through Wolfeboro, then Route 11 through Alton and Meredith. Some other spectacular lakes to check out are Squam Lake, where “On Golden Pond” was filmed; Lake Winnisquam, Newfound Lake and Ossipee Lake.
Laconia Bike week brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over New England. Lakes Region offers an extensive list of hotels, campgrounds and cottages to find something that fits your needs and budget, from the center of all the action to a more peaceful setting on the water or in the woods. Check out some of the lodging options at www.lakesregion.org/stay.
Laconia is easily found off Interstate 93, roughly an hour north of Manchester. Or you can just follow the sound of that low thunderous rumble and it will lead you right to Motorcycle Week.
The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations. For more information or visitors’ guides, visit LakesRegion.org, facebook.com/NHLakesRegion or follow on Twitter. For more information about New Hampshire, go to www.visitnh.gov. The LRTA office is on Route 3 in Tilton, NH and can be reached by calling (800) 60-LAKES.