Cycle Greater Yellowstone having positive impact on local economy

(Lander, Wyo.) – The economic impact of the Cycle Greater Yellowstone ride spending an extra day in Lander is still being realized, but the word Lander Area Chamber of Commerce Director Brian Fabel is hearing is “busy.”

Hundreds of cyclists from all over the country are participating the 7-day supported ride around western Wyoming. The cyclists arrived throughout the day yesterday in Lander having come from Farson, and they are taking a rest day today in Lander. Some are riding an optional spur into Sinks Canyon. Friday morning the cyclists will hit the road to Dubois; and after spending a night there, the ride will conclude at Moran Junction.

The ride’s headquarters are set up in enormous fashion at City Park, but many riders and support crews and family are spending the nights at Lander’s motels. Fabel said Lander is booked to capacity, with some folks staying up in Riverton and filling rooms there.

An estimated 100 Landerites are volunteering for the event, including Fabel. He said a hospitality crew has been giving rides for people to Sinks Canyon and making shopping and dining recommendations. Fabel said he’s heard that the cyclist have been filling seats in restaurants and shopping at numerous locations downtown. Additionally, the local Laundromat’s been getting a significant amount of business today as well.

“It’s a great thing for Lander,” Fabel said.

While the ride routinely mixes up its routes annually, Fabel said he hopes Cycle Greater Yellowstone will choose to be back to Lander again.

Tonight at City Park, starting at 6, the Chanman Roots Band is playing a free show and the public is invited to attend.