Americade 2009 Adds More New Events Than Ever

Lake George, NY.

In a strong contrast to most events this year, Americade has announced that it will have more new events than ever.

In addition to over 100 motorcycle tours, meals, parties and other activities, this year they have added whitewater rafting, horseback riding, a "bowling thunder" night, a country music line dancing night, a Mardi Gras boat cruise and even a fuel economy contest. "There's a whole bunch of new "handlebar and non-handlebar" events this year" according to event founder, Bill Dutcher.

Other events they are offering this year include manufacturer demo rides, 10 guided and unguided MiniTours, 12 boat cruises including a Rock N' Roll Cruise, a dual-sport ride, a championship rodeo, fashion shows, offerings for trike riders, and a tradeshow with more than 200 vendors.

MiniTour offerings this year include a train ride, a tour of VT Covered Bridges, a Lake Champlain Ferry ride, and a trip to the ex-Olympic Lake Placid ski jumps, including a bobsled ride option. Their 3 Poker Runs and a Scavenger Hunt offer riders more opportunities to explore the surrounding communities and twisty Adirondack mountain roads.

Featured Speakers at the event include the President of the AMA, Rob Dingman; the publisher of RoadRunner Magazine, Christa Neuhauser; author and developer of the Total Control riding program, Lee Parks; famed motojournalist Fred Rau; popular moto-travel writer from Rider Mag, Clement Salvadori; and trike expert Pete Woodruff.

Americade Volunteer Coordinator Margie Connelly commented: "Americade's the place for riders to meet many of our country's top motorcycle magazine writers and leaders in the motorcycle industry, and also enjoy some great riding at the same time. This year we've made a special effort to add more new features than ever before in the event's 27 year history. Our staff of 220 volunteers will have to stay hoppin' to cover them all."

The week is capped off by their Friday night Spectacular at Six Flags Great Escape with fireworks and awards and a Saturday morning parade and mountaintop barbecue with a demonstration from the world championship Central Florida Drill Team. The Americade website indicates $50,000 in door prizes from a wide variety of sponsors plus a drawing for a 2009 Gold Wing.

Americade, the world's largest touring rally, was founded in 1983, and is based in Lake George, NY. Americade Week is traditionally the first week in June, and this year is June 1 - 6, 2009. Riders can register directly online or through a downloaded form. The rally's website is and they offer a 24-hr infoline: 518-798-7888 to request a multipage info packet by mail.