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Massive bicycle tour headed for region

Onstage at the Shepard Park amphitheater, the Tequila Mockingbirds band is to perform from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by the Rev Tor Band from 6 to10 p.m.

On Aug. 8, from about 7 to 11 a.m., riders will depart at their own pace and cycle along Warren and Washington county residential streets and scenic roads that include Bay, Haviland, Rockwell roads and routes 35, 36, 149, 17, and 22, before they head north to discover the various communities of Essex and northern Warren counties.

Ticonderoga will be the location of the second cyclist village. On the second day of the tour, 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 to 75 miles a day, pedaling roughly 500 miles in a week, they will eventually end their journey in Montr al Aug. 13.

One of the greatest advantages of hosting Le Grand Tour, Brand said, is the impact it will have on the region.

Tour organizers have estimated the tour riders will spend more than $300,000 in the regions they travel through during the tour. The same study showed 83 percent of participants intend to return to the regions they explored.

Brand said she enjoyed working with V lo Qu bec in organizing the tour arrangements.

"We are excited that they recognized the potential of our beautiful area for this exciting event," she said. "We are eager to show off the Adirondack region. The Grand Tour will provide an incentive for the cyclists to return again and again with their friends and families."

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