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Any update or comments on Americade 2020 with regards to the Coronavirus? While it may be a bit early to discuss was just wondering what the Americade Team was thinking ?? I suspect others are interested as well.

Hope you all are staying safe!
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After 37 years of Americade (nee Aspencade) it took this pandemic of huge proportions to put a wrinkle in the "World's Largest Touring Motorcycle Rally" and change its chosen date from the first full week in June -- to a later date in July.

The logistical problems resulting have challenged the Director in ways none of us can possibly understand. Although many changes have been made, (and will continue to be made) the good people who organize this rally each year will undoubtedly try their best to make it a success again this year. For those who attend -- one can only hope and pray that the bikers' favorite vacation place and time is able to provide something very close to what they have come to expect over the last three-plus decades. The mountains are still there; the roads are still the same; the air is still fresh & pure and smells of pine. The riding will still provide the same freedom and enjoyment of being in a favorite place. It's all a matter of being ultra-flexible and accommodating the changes. With the same level of hope, the staff in their white hats will do their best to accommodate the needs of the attendees.

By pushing the dates back a month-plus, your rain gear should be able to stay packed away in your saddlebags!
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You nailed it, WC!
“ The logistical problems resulting have challenged the Director in ways none of us can possibly understand. Although many changes have been made, (and will continue to be made) the good people who organize this rally each year will undoubtedly try their best to make it a success again this year.”

Christian and the office staff have been jumping through hoops to try to keep Americade’s 38 year tradition intact. Trying to coordinate hundreds of vendors and manufacturers needs and travel schedules is no easy task. For those who attend, it will be a much-needed celebration of riding in the Adirondacks.
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I really hope the Americade team can pull this off smoothly. I think we were all caught with our guard down this year and without getting political I hope we can survive this. I worry about those who are still in the workforce and those who will be joining it. What will be left when they are allowed to reopen? I think I'll try a quick ride before the snow tonight. That is probably the only thing that hasn't changed this year. I wish the best for all of you.
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I can't imagine the plethora of issues in changing the dates. I hope it comes off and if it is a go I will certainly try to attend. For me it's about the friends and my "Americade family". And I certainly hope WC is correct that we may see a dry Americade. How unusual will THAT be !! HA!
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So, is Americade going to be only comprised of Tour Expo and Bike Demo Rides? Unguided bike tours don't count, because your on your own.

Since social distancing with crowds is important, doesn't appear anything else could, or would be allowed

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Really? With just a month notice?

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How will Americade 2020 handle registration cancellation and refunds?

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Ryck wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 6:35 am
How will Americade 2020 handle registration cancellation and refunds?
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I believe everything will be done on-line. No more waiting in a queuing line to sign the liability waiver nor checking on the contents of your package.

Registration will be completed in a one-step fashion which will delight many who complained in years past, and cancellations will also be done via electronic communication with the office. Funds will be restored with the exception of a mini cancellation fee which the bank imposes.
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WCLamb wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 8:50 am
Ryck wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 6:35 am
How will Americade 2020 handle registration cancellation and refunds?
Ryck -
I believe everything will be done on-line. No more waiting in a queuing line to sign the liability waiver nor checking on the contents of your package.

Registration will be completed in a one-step fashion which will delight many who complained in years past, and cancellations will also be done via electronic communication with the office. Funds will be restored with the exception of a mini cancellation fee which the bank imposes.
Ok I'll check the online registration for the cancellation provision. If not, I'll look for online chat help.

I'm sorry I'll miss Americade 2020. I can't take off on the new dates. Notice was too short.

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Ryck wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 1:09 pm
I'm sorry I'll miss Americade 2020. I can't take off on the new dates. Notice was too short.
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It's a shame the timing won't work for you. One reason the rally's been held the same week each year for the last 30-some years is so attendees could plan their vacation time well in advance, especially for those who needed a long lead time in their vacation planning. It's also one of the reasons that the timing and venue have remained constant over the years, even when "external influences" (who will remain nameless here) threatened to force changes to Americade's M.O. and have it move elsewhere or to a different date.

It is especially distressing when one has a long string of years of attending Americade put together -- and one hates to break that tradition. I know from 20 years in a row that sometimes factors (like a death -- or two -- in the family) can interrupt the string of years.

But an adjustment to one's mindset can allow overcoming the loss of continuity and you can get over it. In the realm of important things in one's life, it becomes less significant.
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WCLamb wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:11 am
Ryck wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 1:09 pm
I'm sorry I'll miss Americade 2020. I can't take off on the new dates. Notice was too short.
Ryck -
It's a shame the timing won't work for you. One reason the rally's been held the same week each year for the last 30-some years is so attendees could plan their vacation time well in advance, especially for those who needed a long lead time in their vacation planning. It's also one of the reasons that the timing and venue have remained constant over the years, even when "external influences" (who will remain nameless here) threatened to force changes to Americade's M.O. and have it move elsewhere or to a different date.

It is especially distressing when one has a long string of years of attending Americade put together -- and one hates to break that tradition. I know from 20 years in a row that sometimes factors (like a death -- or two -- in the family) can interrupt the string of years.

But an adjustment to one's mindset can allow overcoming the loss of continuity and you can get over it. In the realm of important things in one's life, it becomes less significant.
Very well said. :)

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The news everyone has dreaded: Christian and the team tried very, very hard -- but the increase of coronavirus in the rest of the country -- and the number of people who come a long distance to Americade -- sealed the deal.

AMERICADE CANCELED FOR 2020


LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. – Americade, the motorcycle touring rally and a Lake George tradition of nearly 40 years, will not take place this summer, Americade organizer Christian Dutcher announced today.

“When we rescheduled Americade to July, I knew that it was a bit of a long shot. Attempting to create a safe event in the face of a global pandemic was a big challenge and would require numerous changes to ensure everyone's wellbeing. The odds of it being financially worthwhile were near zero, but we wanted to give it a try for several reasons: We didn't want to be yet another event that canceled in 2020 (there was already enough depressing news). We knew that all of our partners (vendors and the local community) needed every bit of help we couldgive them. And we didn't want to interrupt the 37-year tradition of Americade. It was a challenging, financially draining effort, but we wanted to try. And man have we tried. Five of us have been logging long hours, doing our damnedest to make it happen. But the recent bad turn of events regarding COVID-19 in the U.S. makes it less likely that we could achieve the number one objective we announced when we first set the July dates: It Has To Be Safe.’’

Dutcher said Americade organizers had the popular Americade Expo and other events lined up, including factory demos and displays. Comprehensive safety plans were in place and broad motorcycle industry support had been secured. While organizers felt they could meet the challenges of managing potentially large crowds and maintaining social distancing, the recent national worsening of the virus could not be overcome “with a level of confidence that we felt
was warranted."

Americade draws participants from across the United States, and Dutcher said, “the worsening trendline of coronavirus cases nationwide coupled with New York State’s quarantine restrictions on people from 16 states led to the final decision. “Out of concern for our customers and our community and out of respect for the work so many are doing to protect our health, canceling Americade 2020 is the right step. We deeply regret having to disappoint our fans and the communities that have always supported us. We hope they will understand.’’

Americade will offer refunds for registrants or enable them to apply their 2020 registration fee to the 2021 event. Registrants who take the 2021 credit will receive early-registration privileges and a $20 additional credit.

Dutcher thanked Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore, Lake George Mayor Robert Blais, Ross Levy of the Empire State Development Corp.’s I Love NY program, Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino, Warren County Tourism Director Joanne Conley, Warren County Sheriff Jim LaFarr, Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gina Mintzer and Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce President Michael Bittel for their help and continued support.

“Americade is truly a community undertaking. We could not do it without their help and advice,’’ said Dutcher.

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With the recent NY quarantine rules requiring a 14-day quarantine process for people entering NY State from so many, many states in the USA, it has become impossible for the vendors and cycle demonstrators to conduct what was still scheduled for 2020's Americade rally to put on many favored parts of the rally. Attendees would also struggle to find a way around the quarantine in order to attend (and compete for their lodging among the usual summer vacationers). It is so unfortunate that this COVID-19 virus could shut down a favorite vacation for so many people. We can only hope that 2021 offers a new and better chance to make up for our losses and celebrate a year hence.
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