Touring motorcyclists wait at a stoplight in downtown Lake George during a prior year’s Americade event. This year’s edition — which starts this next week — is expected to attract tens of thousands of motorcyclists, who will undoubtedly enjoy a variety of new activities and attractions offered.
Photo by Thom Randall.
LAKE GEORGE For decades, Americade has been considered the King Kong of touring motorcycle rallies internationally.
Regardless of this enviable status, the rally’s supersize proportions have expanded even further for this year’s edition.
When tens of thousands of motorcyclists roll into the region this week to enjoy the varied activities of Americade, they’ll find that the rally’s colossal TourExpo trade show has been expanded in scope and duration. But that’s not all — the rally will be offering the most-ever demo rides, as well as featuring new attractions including famous motorcycle stunt shows.
Americade begins Monday June 3 for those who have pre-registered, and the following day for those registering on site. Such open registration begins 8 a.m. Tuesday June 4 at the Lake George Holiday Inn.
Tour Expo extended to 8 days
Tour Expo, renowned as the world’s largest marketplace for touring, sport-touring, cruiser products and services, will engulf two weekends this year instead of one.
TourExpo Beach, the outdoor venue located in Million Dollar Beach parking lot, will be expanded by three days, running from Saturday June 1 through Saturday June 8. The indoor edition of TourExpo will again be housed at the Lake George Forum, Americade spokeswoman Nora Twyman said.
“The extension of TourExpo allows people to have two weekends to attend it, which is convenient particularly if the weather is not cooperating,” she said.
Three new stunt riding shows
Activities annually at Americade include workshops, demo rides, cruises, competitions, excursions, entertainment, parties, concerts, contests, scavenger hunts, equipment clinics, talent and comedy shows — you name it, it will be happening.
The rally, the largest of Warren County’s many annual events, is headquartered at Fort William Henry Resort.
For the first time ever, Americade will be offering three motorcycle stunt shows.
Topping the list is the Smage Brothers, who took America’s Got Talent by storm with their two-wheeled acrobatics. Their shows will be offered Monday June 3 through Wednesday June 5 at the Fort.