Lake George, N.Y. - Plans are currently underway to welcome an impressive pack of Canadian bicycle aficionados to the area in August 2010. Velo Quebec, a non-profit cycling organization, will bring their popular cycling adventure Le Grand Tour to the area August 7-13th, as part of a week long, organized, traveling vacation.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 Adirondack Community College campus as the departure point for the non-competitive event and 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 the participants will camp out the night prior to their morning departure. Participants will be able to enjoy the beauty, dining and attractions of Lake George Village the evening of their arrival along with a warm community welcome to include street entertainment, vendors and music in Shepard Park. The following morning, riders will depart ACC at their own pace and cycle along residential streets and scenic roads throughout Warren and Washington Counties before they head north to discover the various communities of Ticonderoga, Horicon, Hague, Chester and Plattsburgh. Ticonderoga will be the location of the second cyclist village and it will include several amenities to allow the cyclists to feel at home and enjoy their trip such as hot showers, massage therapists, bicycle mechanics, live local acts performing nightly and a wine bar and bistro. While in Clinton County, the cyclists will camp at Clinton Community College and have a chance to visit Willsboro, Rouse's Point and stop at Ausable Chasm for a catered lunch. 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