Saying au revoir to V lo Qu bec

Kristy Kennedy, an organizer of the event and a group marketing specialist with the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with how things turned out.

"It was a complete community effort," she said. "Even if it was just something simple like putting a sign in their window or giving me a call, I can't thank everyone enough ... The outpour from the community was just overwhelming."

When V lo Qu bec first announced the Grand Tour would travel through upstate New York, it was estimated participants would spend more than $300,000 in the region, with 83 percent of participants returning in the future.

Kennedy now knows these statistics are true.

"I think the participants loved the area. A lot of them came up to me and said they would be back with their family and so forth," she said. "I can't even complain about anything. It was an amazing experience and it went off better than I could have even imagined."

Although Kennedy doesn't know how much money was spent in the area, she believes it is possible they exceeded the amount expected.

"I just know by people telling me what downtown looked like with the bikes everywhere and cyclists coming up to me at the tourism booth and asking where is the closest bike shop, is there a laundromat, or the beach or where can they go shopping," she explained. " They were just everywhere."

Corinna and Paul Maggy, owners of Mountain Riders, also noticed the people throughout Plattsburgh.

The Maggys worked alongside Kennedy and the Adirondack Visitors Bureau in preparation for the tour, setting up a water station at AuSable Point Campground and volunteering at Clinton Community College, where many of the cyclists slept under the stars.

"It was amazing to see cyclists filling the town. They had a shuttle to the mall, farmers' market, and the beach so it was great for local businesses," said Corinna. "All the restaurants were packed."

Paul agreed, adding throughout their volunteering, they must have spoke to at least 1,200 of the cyclists personally.

For the future, Kennedy said she is more than willing to have V lo Qu bec return to the area.

"We have talked to them and thrown it out there that Plattsburgh would be happy to host again and they seemed receptive to the idea," she said.

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