Many in the tour group would arrive in Lake George on Friday, Aug. 6, staying at a park or large plot where they could set up hundreds of tents. Battlefield Park in Lake George is their preferred location, but their stay requires approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
When in Ticonderoga, they are likely to be headquartered at Ticonderoga Central School, Brand said.
Ticonderoga area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Brassard said this idea is pending approval before the Ticonderoga Central School Board, and that area officials are excited about the prospects of the mass two-wheeled tourists.
"It looks very hopeful the tour will go through," she said. "It would be a definite boost to the economy, and we're very optimistic."
After their second night in Ticonderoga, the group will then head off to Plattsburgh, where they are expected to spend a similar amount of time in Clinton County bicycling before they conclude their tour.
While visiting Lake George Tuesday, the Velo officials toured various venues to compare potential headquarters for the first leg of the proposed trip. The group went to the Lake George Forum, Wild West Ranch, the Lake George Recreation Center, The Dome, Adirondack Community College, and both the local high school and elementary school. Battlefield Park in Lake George Village was their first choice, and ACC was the apparent runner-up.
Brand said that the group would probably be looking for scout groups or youth sports teams to volunteer as valets, in assisting unpacking the tourists bicycles and luggage from a fleet of tractor trailer trucks and performing other tasks.
"This would be a really cool event for everyone involved," Brand said.