Gunstock Hillclimb Doubles Down for Bike Week 6/4/2018
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Contact: Mike Roth
Gunstock Mountain Resort
Gunstock Hillclimb Doubles Down for Bike Week
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Gilford, NH
Following its triumphant return in 2017, the popular Gunstock Hillclimb is coming back to Gunstock Mountain Resort on Wednesday, June 13. Staged by Ridge Runner Promotions and presented by Laconia Harley Davidson and Amoskeag Beverages, this incredible day of action consists of two separate events – an Amateur Invitational in the morning and a $15,000 American Hillclimb, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, in the afternoon. Bigger and better than ever before, this adrenalin inducing event is certain to be a focal point for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts who visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire during the 95th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week.
The Gunstock Hillclimb is a classic “Bike Week” tradition dating back as early at 1938. Last year, after a six year hiatus, the event was resurrected as an amateur only event to kick off the celebration of Gunstock Mountain Resort’s 80th anniversary. Climbing the steep runout of the historic 70 meter Torger Tokel Memorial Ski Jump, a massive earthen start ramp has been constructed to add even more flair and excitement for the spectators who come to witness some of the best amateur and pro riders as they race to the hilltop finish line.
“Bringing back the Hillclimb last year was a nod to our past, celebrating the generations of motorcycle families who have participated in the Gunstock Hillclimb over the years” said Greg Goddard, General Manager at Gunstock. “This year we’re looking forward by building on Gunstock’s rich history of innovation to stage a unique event that can grow even further to support Laconia Motorcycle Week as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2023.”
In addition to Laconia Harley Davidson and Amoskeag Beverages, sponsors of the Gunstock Hillclimb include Bank of New Hampshire and United States Air Force Special Ops. A special 50/50 raffle will be held by Ridge Runner Promotions, with proceeds benefiting the Shawn Farnsworth Memorial Fund.
“We’re really excited about the show we’re bringing to Gunstock for the Hillclimb this year,” said Michael Farnsworth of Ridge Runner Promotions. “This is the first one-day event to feature both amateur and pro hillclimb competitions, and we have an awesome line-up of riders from the 50cc kids all the way up to the Extreme and Unlimited pros. It’s going to be a great day of thrilling excitement and there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.”
Gates open to the public at 8am. Opening ceremonies are at 9am, immediately followed by the Amateur Invitational running until noon. Intermission and entertainment is noon - 1pm. The AMA Pro Racing American Hillclimb will run from 1pm – 5pm, with awards to follow.
Admission is $20 for the day, and free for children 10 and under. Onsite food, beverage, and retail vending are available at the hillclimb. The event is NOT BYOB. Please note: no coolers, no backpacks or large bags, no tents or umbrellas, no glass bottles, and no animals will be allowed into the venue.
Hillclimb spectators and Laconia Motorcycle Week visitors are invited to make Gunstock their home base for the week. Camp sites are available in easy walking distance to the Hillclimb in Gunstock’s expansive campground, voted Best of NH 2018. The Adventure Park, also voted Best of NH 2018 for Lakes Region Summer Attraction, will be open with reduced operations, featuring the high-speed ZipTour, Mountain Coaster, and Scenic Lift Rides overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.
To learn more about the Gunstock Hillclimb, please visit GUNSTOCK.COM
Located in Gilford, New Hampshire, and boasting spectacular mountaintop views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Range, Gunstock Mountain Resort is one of the largest winter and summer recreation areas in the state, and one of the oldest, opening its doors in 1937. Gunstock was the first New England ski area to install a chairlift, offers 1,400 vertical feet, 227 acres and 55 alpine ski trails, plus 50km of Nordic skiing and snowshoe trails. Gunstock claims New England’s largest aerial obstacle course with 91 challenging elements, more than 1.6 miles of high-adrenaline ZipTour™ zip lines, off-road Segway tours, and the new 4,100 foot Mountain Coaster. Gunstock’s campground has 271 tent sites, cozy cabins, and RV/trailer hookups, providing outdoor accommodation for kids of all ages when they stay and play at the mountain. Gunstock also plays host to a growing number of festivals and events.