We invite you to come and enjoy the World's Largest Touring Rally, from
June 4 to 9, 2007 at beautiful Lake George, NY. It will be the 25th annual edition of "the best rally in the world" and the entire Adirondack mountain region will be alive with motorcycling excitement!
If you like riding winding roads, cruising on elegant sightseeing boats, riding new demo bikes, eating great meals, or meeting other tourers from around the continent, Americade's the place to be, with more activities, rides, and tours, than any other rally - ever.
How did it start?
May 1983 marked the first "Cade" in the east. Veteran motorcyclist Bill Dutcher, and a small but able staff, hosted "Aspencade East " at Lake George, NY. Social and demo headquarters were at Roaring Brook Ranch. The TourExpo tradeshow was held at the Glens Falls Civic Center, approximately 10 miles to the south. This first event drew over 2,000.
Why Lake George?
What place could be better? (or so reasoned Dutcher) Lake George is a large friendly resort community with many scenic roads, easy access from interstates, and the unexcelled natural beauty of Lake George. As the gateway to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the area boasts many winding roads, often leading to mountain summits. This makes for breathtaking riding opportunities.
Why was it called "Aspencade" ?
Since 1971, there had been a touring motorcycle rally in Ruidoso, NM bearing this name. The name came from an annual civic festival, which celebrated the changing colors of the aspen (birch) trees. Dutcher arranged with Aspencade organizer Til Thompson to use the Aspencade name for the eastern touring rally.
In 1986, "Aspencade East" was changed to "Americade", because the new name better signified the multibrand national-sized rally it had become. By 1986, total attendance at this event was nearly 10,000, making it the largest touring rally in the motorcycle world.
By 1986, the TourExpo tradeshow had been relocated to Lake George Village, to keep it closer to the motels and riding activities. Initially located halfway down Beach Road in a large gravel parking lot, in 1994 TourExpo was relocated to the larger, dust-free quarters, which it now occupies at Million Dollar Beach Parking Lot. This facility is owned by the State of New York, from which Americade and TourExpo rent this property.
In 2004 TourExpo expanded the tradeshow to include The Forum, Lake George's newly built convention center. Good thing, because 2004 was Americade's largest-ever event. Over 60,000 attended (although local estimates placed the crowd figure much larger), once again making Americade the world's largest organized motorcycle convention.
Americade Week has become the biggest week of business for the Lake George Region resort community, and the biggest single boost to the local economy. Local merchants welcome these smiling motorcyclists not only for the economic boost they provide, but also because many lasting friendships have been developed, as well. Americade also works hard to be a Good Neighbor.
For more Americade info, here's a website put together by a long-time Americade enthusiast: www.americade.info
To help greet arriving Americaders and run this huge event, an experienced staff of over 200 volunteers from across North America, mostly motorcycle enthusiasts, pitch in to help. (click here if you are interested in joining them)