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Grand Tour to bring $1 million to region

PLATTSBURGH - This summer, an estimated 2,000 cyclists, mainly from Qu bec, will trek through the region, generating revenue and making New York a biking destination for the future.

In a press conference held at the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce Feb. 10, Jo lle S vigny, executive director of V lo Qu bec, said the nonprofit organization's mission is to encourage bicycling, good health and tourism - all of which the chamber is hoping the area can benefit from.

"Bicycles are a part of generating prosperity here in this region as well including our bi-national region here in the Qu bec-New York Corridor," said chamber president Garry F. Douglas, "by maximizing the beauty and the routes and the assets that we have to really make this a biking destination."

Beginning Aug. 7, cyclists will take part in The Grand Tour, a 6-day trip which is now in its 17th year.

"This year, for the first time in its history, The Grand Tour will begin in [New York State] and we will spend four days in the states," S vigny explained.

The driving force behind The Grand Tour, S vigny added, comes from joint efforts.

"It truly relies on it synergy between a municipality, an institution, and a chamber of commerce and tourist information," she said, adding that is something New York has been able to offer.

During the tour, cyclists will hit such places as Glens Falls, Lake George, Ticonderoga, AuSable Chasm, and Plattsburgh - camping out at Clinton Community College while in Clinton County.

"I have to say that the Clinton Community College is one of the most beautiful sites that we have had so far," said S vigny. "It's an opportunity to stay close to nature by sleeping under the stars."

The town of Plattsburgh has also been working closely with V lo Qu bec to make The Grand Tour a reality.

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