Bike Week's reach extends to Mount Washington Valley
By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent | June 11. 2014 9:43PM
Motorcyclists make their way up the Mount Washington Auto Road last year during the auto road's Ride to the Sky, a motorcycles-only event that this year will be held on June 16 and June 19. (Courtesy)
One huge draw is the opportunity to ride up to the top of the Northeast’s highest peak. Known as Ride to the Sky, the motorcycles-only event has taken off since its inception a decade ago, said Dan Houde, marketing director of the Mount Washington Auto Road.
“It’s a pretty big day out around here and if the weather’s good, it’s a pretty amazing scene,” Houde said Wednesday.
The 91st running of Bike Week, which is formally known as Laconia Motorcycle Week, begins Saturday and concludes on June 22.
On the “ride” days, the auto road averages between 1,000 and 3,000 riders, said Houde, “but we have had as many as 4,000.”
Based at Hillbilly’s Southern BBQ Restaurant, the not-for-profit club sponsors Rally in the Valley, which serves to promote motorcycle riding in the area and also to raise money for scholarships given annually to local students attending technical and trade schools.
“This is our fifth year and there’s over 60 sponsors and dozens of places offering discounts with the wristbands all over the valley,” said Welch, adding that more information is available at www.rallyinthevalley.net.