Car show, bike tour coming to Ticonderoga

"We're excited," Brassard said. "The car show has always been popular and this year we've added several new elements like 'The Logger'."

Velo Quebec Voyages of Montreal, which organizes international bicycle tours, will bring as many as 2,000 cyclists to Ti on Sunday.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the community to have 1,600 to 2,000 people in town for two days," said John McDonald, Ticonderoga Central School superintendent and co-chair of the local Velo organizing committee. "It's going to be quite a show."

The bicycle tour is scheduled to take riders from Montreal to Lake George, where they'll spend a night. On Aug. 8 cyclists will come to Ticonderoga and stay overnight. They will spend Aug. 9 touring local attractions and stay a second night before leaving Aug. 10 for Plattsburgh.

A "cyclist village" will be set up at Ticonderoga Middle School with a "bistro" across the street.

The village will accommodate bikers who want to camp - others will stay in local hotels - and serve as abase of operations in Ticonderoga. The school will provide its kitchen, cafeteria and showers. Velo Quebec Voyages will pay all expenses associated with its use of the school.

The village will also feature local vendors selling items such as fresh fruit, ice cream, hot dogs and corn on the cob.

"The Velo people were here last week for a walk-through," said Brassard, who is also co-chair of the local Velo organizing committee. "They seemed pleased."

Velo Quebec operates 60 tours a year on several continents. Their 2010 tours include two-wheeled trips in Europe, North America, Mexico, Cuba and Asia as well as Vermont and the Lake George-Ticonderoga-Plattsburgh tour.

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