Bicyclists to visit Ticonderoga

There will also be opportunities for civic groups to make money by helping during the tour stop, McDonald said.

Velo Quebec Voyages is also looking for a local caterer to feed the cyclists at the school. The tour group has a specific menu and requires breakfast and dinner two days for upwards of 2,000 cyclists in shifts of 600 people each seating.

Interested caterers can contact Brassard at the chamber for details.

A local business is also being sought to operate the bistro, where alcoholic beverages will be served and entertainment provided. An events tent is required. Interested people should contact Brassard.

"We want to reach out to the entire community and give everyone an opportunity to participate," explained Suzanne Maye of ROOST, formerly the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau. "It'll be a big event."

That same weekend the annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Antique Car Show and the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership StreetFest are scheduled.

While local officials look forward to the event, they hope the tour will have longer-lasting affects.

"They (Velo Quebec Voyages) say about 80 percent of those in the tour return to the area with their family later to visit," Brassard said. "We hope that's the case."

McDonald agreed.

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