American Motorcyclist Association salutes Laconia Bike Week

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Has named Laconia Motorcycle Week as the Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year.

Laconia Motorcycle Week, at 91 years, the oldest Motorcycle event in the country, was up against tough competition for this honor, the Iron Butt Rally and New York's Americade, but the AMA committee voters decided that Laconia deserved the award. AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow said, "Laconia's organizers always do a good job of advancing the core values of the AMA. Laconia Motorcycle Week promotes the motorcycle lifestyle in a safe, fun and responsible way, and we're looking forward to another 91 years of this great event."

Charlie St. Clair, Laconia Motorcycle Week Association's executive director accepted the award on behalf of the rally, saying, "It was gratifying to be recognized by the most prestigious national motorcycling organization in the country. Obviously, the "In Laconia We Ride" concept rings true for the AMA as well as rally fans."

Other award winners included Off-Road Organizer of the Year: East Coast Enduro Association; Track Racing Organizer of the Year: American Sportbike Racing Association; ATV Organizer of the Year: Michael Coburn Racing. In addition, the country's best amateur motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle racers from the track, trail, desert and everywhere in between were honored at the American Motorcyclist Association Championship Banquet in January.