Laconia Bike Week 2018 – The Hill Climb
It’s the time of year again: Time for Laconia Bike Week! A group of 5 of us, that turned into just 3 since this was a mid-work week get-a-way, got together so we could go over to Gunstock and see the hill climb.
I pulled out my trusty (ok, far from trusty, but completely rebuilt) T120R – 1968 Triumph Bonneville. Not the best bike for long tours, but this was the right distance for this bike. Far enough to stretch her legs, but not so far that I couldn’t get it back simply enough if it all went wrong.
The first thing we did was go down to the Weirs Beach strip just to take a quick tour around the area.
The infamous sign:
While there was plenty of people, it wasn’t the usual jam packed weekend crowd which was actually nice for a change. Parking spots were easily found on the strip. Had to purchase the obligatory t-shirt and even found a 1 of a kind handmade knife I purchased. Just to find another guy a block away selling the same one of a kind knives. To be fair, I didn’t find the exact same identical twin, but damn close. Oh well, like the blade and handle so I’m good with it.
After a bite to eat, we headed out.
Over at Gunstock, the hill climb area was packed. Far more bikes than down town. I posed a panorama shot on my flickr: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/896/42805136721_9deabda644_k.jpg
The hill climb consisted of a 70 degree hill that doubles as the landing zone for a ski jump.
They ran both a motocross style event with multiple bikes at once:
And a single bike timed event:
Saw more Triumphs at the hill climb (there were two of the bikes below at the hill climb) than I did in downtown Laconia.
Had a great time, will definitely make a point to come back to this event next year.
Time to ride out.