Warren County, NY- The Warren County Tourism Department would like area residents to be prepared to welcome an impressive pack of 1700+ Canadian bicycle aficionados to the area. Velo Quebec, a non-profit cycling organization, brings their popular cycling adventure, Le Grand Tour to the Adirondack Region August 7-13th, as part of a week long, organized, traveling vacation. (http://www.velo.qc.ca/english/index.php) This year Le Grand Tour is offering cyclists a historic route following the footsteps of Samuel de Champlain along Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and the Richelieu River. The route will also feature substantial mileage along The Lakes to Locks Passage, a designated New York State Byway that brings to life the early nation building activities of the United States and Canada. Velo Quebec has chosen the SUNY Adirondack campus as the departure point for the non-competitive event. Buses loaded with participants and tractor trailers with accompanying luggage, bicycles and equipment will start arriving at the college the morning of August 7th. A man-made tent village will be erected where participants will camp out the night prior to their morning departure. Participants will be able to enjoy the area's natural beauty while patronizing the restaurants and attractions of Lake George Village on the evening of their arrival. A warm community welcome will include street entertainment, vendors, and music in Shepard Park. The following morning from approximately 7-11am, riders will depart at their own pace and cycle along Warren and Washington County residential streets and scenic roads that include Bay, Haviland, Rockwell Road and Routes 35, 36, 149, 17, and 22, before they head north to discover the various communities of Essex and Northern Warren County. Ticonderoga will be the location of the second cyclist village. Day 2 the cyclists will have the option to travel a loop through the towns of Hague, Horicon, Chester and Schroon to explore Routes 9N, 21, 8, 64 and 74. Traveling a pre-determined route of approximately 40-75 miles a day, pedaling roughly 500 miles in a week, they will eventually end their journey in Montreal on August 13th. One of the greatest advantages of hosting Le Grand Tour is the impact it will have on the Region both economically and promotionally. Tour organizers estimate that riders spend more than $300,000 in the regions they travel through during the tour. The same study showed that 83% of participants intend to return to the regions they explored during their visit. Tanya Brand, Group Tour & Event Promoter for Warren County Tourism Department, commented, "Velo Quebec's team has been a pleasure to work with and we are excited that they recognized the potential of our beautiful area for this exciting event. We are eager to show off the Adirondack Region as a fun, affordable vacation destination just a few hours drive from the Canadian border. I am confident this unique event will provide an incentive for them to return again and again with their friends and families."
For additional information or a detailed map of Le Grand Tour's route contact:
Tanya Brand, Group Tour & Event Promoter