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V lo Qu bec cycling organization arrives this weekend

PLATTSBURGH - A week-long bicycle tour through the Champlain Valley is promising to bring hundreds of cyclists and thousands of tourism dollars to the region.

V lo Qu bec, a Canadian-based nonprofit cycling organization, will bring their popular cycling adventure "Le Grand Tour" to the area Aug. 7 through 13, as part of a traveling vacation package.

The tour will take participants on a 500-mile journey from Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls north to Montr al in a scenic journey meant to trace the steps of the region's earliest explorers and settlers.

In preparation for the event, tourism partners in Warren, Washington, Essex and Clinton counties are organizing accommodations and entertainment in each of cyclists' destinations to help provide a memorable experience.

The tour route sends cyclists through Westport and Willsboro and past AuSable Chasm on their way north toward Clinton Community College for an overnight stay.

One of the greatest advantages of Le Grand Tour may be the impact it is likely to have on the region, both economically and socially. Tour organizers estimate riders spend more than $300,000 in the regions they tr avel through during the tour. The same study showed 83 percent of participants intend to return to the regions they explored during their visit.

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