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The 41st Bicycle Ride Across Georgia

BIG BRAG 2021

June 5-12, 2021

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT ON 4/13/20

The health and well-being of our riders, staff, volunteers, and partners is a priority for BRAG. We are committed to making decisions that align with this priority.⁠ We are committed to playing a constructive role to limit the spread of the virus which is why we are moving the 41st Annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia to June 5 - 12, 2021. Same ride, routes, good times and good vibes! If you registered for Big BRAG 2020, your registration and merchandise purchases will be automatically transferred to 2021- you don't need to do a thing.

Stay up-to-date with public health guidelines from cdc.gov.

More Than Just a Bike Ride!

Riding.

Recreation.

Relaxation.

WHAT IS BIG BRAG ALL ABOUT?

One of the most scenic, shortest, and most exciting BRAG's in memory! Are you ready to get Under the Covers with BRAG???

This year we are starting on top of beautiful Lookout Mountain on the border of Tennessee. From there we'll head way down the mountain and ride through the famous "cove" on our way to LaFayette. From LaFayette we'll head down US Bicycle Route 21 to Cave Spring. In Cave Spring, we'll sleep in beautiful Rolater Park and enjoy a giant natural spring-fed swimming pool. We'll cross over the Silver Comet trail on our way to Carrollton and you'll have a shot at a century if you dare.

We'll layover in Carrollton and enjoy a music festival, the most recent brewery, canoeing/kayaking and one of the world's longest ziplines. Departing Carrollton we'll take rolling hills into Senoia. Home of the Walking Dead, be sure to keep your head on a swivel in their beautiful downtown. Leaving Senoia, we hop over to LaGrange and enjoy their beautiful new path, the Thread. In LaGrange we'll enjoy the great restaurants and the brewery voted #1 best new brewery in the country. From LaGrange we'll pedal straight south into Columbus and ride in on the Riverwalk adjacent to the Chattahoochee River.

On Big BRAG, we'll have a different cover band each night coverint the 80's, the beatles, Neil young, the Allman Brothers, the Cars and much more! Join us Under the Covers in 2021!

On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and features some of the best food Georgia has to offer.

When you pull into camp after your ride, you'll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are BRAG-tivities like bike trivia, one legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the town's where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals.

Plan to ride your bike with us for BRAG and see what there is to BRAG about.

WHERE WE ARE GOING

2021 OVERNIGHTS

Start

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Lookout Mountain - May 30 Overnight

Begin Big BRAG 2020 at the top of a mountain... and then hold on tight, because it's all downhill from there!

Most people know Lookout Mountain as the home of See Rock City, the historic rock formations and gardens open to the public year 'round. Take in the views at Lover's Leap. Explore the Lulu Lake Land Trust. There is always something to do at Rock City.

 

Day 1

LaFayette - May 31 Overnight

Often called the "Queen City of the Highlands," LaFayette is the county seat of Walker County and boasts a rich Native American, Civil War and African American history.

Rock Town, with its house-size boulders, rivals the formations at Rock City. MacLemore Cove/Pigeon Mountain area has some of the most beautiful valleys in the region. Learn Civil War history (and maybe a ghost!) at the Marsh House and visit Chattooga Academy, the oldest brick school in the state of Georgia.

 

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Day 2

Cave Spring - June 1 Overnight

Cave Spring, just 15 miles southwest of Rome, has a picturesque square and a mix of specialty shops, restaurants, and charming bed and breakfast inns. An abundance of antiques, nestled within sight of a 29-acre tree-shaded park, await exploration and discovery.

The namesake limestone cave is the signature attraction of this Southern village. Cave Spring offers a wonderful getaway and a step back in time with its rich history, architecture and gentle beauty.

 

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Days 3 & 4

Carrollton - June 2 & 3 Overnights

You'll find lots to do during our extended stay in Carrollton!

On the layover day, you can bike the Carrollton GreenBelt, Georgia's longest closed loop bike trail. Then you can opt to explore the shops, restaurants and galleries of historic downtown. Connect with the art and history of textiles in West Georgia at the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum, and along the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail.

Or maybe you need a little adrenaline boost...

Make a reservation to fly high on the "Screaming Eagle" zip line at Historic Banning Mills, Guinness-certified longest in the world. Or swim off the sand beach at John Tanner Park

Carrollton is a flourishing community with so much to do! Altogether Original.

 

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Day 5

Senoia - June 4 Overnight

Senoia is a special place...frozen in time. It lies hidden within the historic district of a quaint little town incorporated in 1860, and you'll find it just outside of Atlanta in Coweta County. Grand in its simplicity, Senoia is a destination for those who seek to decompress from a modern, fast-paced lifestyle...or escape it altogether. It's a place for leisurely shopping in our historic downtown with one-of-a-kind gifts and antique treasures. Enjoy a tour of historic homes and then dine in our unique restaurants or coffee shop. Southern Living Magazine chose Senoia as the site of its 2010 and 2012 Idea House. Senoia welcomes you to a passage back to simpler times, where neighbors are friends, shopkeepers believe in service, and family values are important to everyone.

 

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Day 6

LaGrange - June 5 Overnight

LaGrange was named for the estate of French and American hero General Marquis de Lafayette, whose extensive travels brought him through this lovely, west Georgia enclave. During one of his visits to Georgia, General Lafayette is said to have commented to Governor Troup that the landscape here reminded him of his own estate in France. Adding a touch of French flair to the former Creek lands, the townsfolk chose LaGrange as the name most fitting for this new city destined for success.

Visitors are discovering that there is always a warm and friendly welcome and plenty to see and do in LaGrange Popular attractions include Hills and Dales Estate, Bellevue, Explorations in Antiquity Center and Highland Marina Resort.

 

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End of the Road

Columbus - June 6

Dip your rear tire in the Chattahoochee and then take a high adventure on the zip line that crosses the Chattahoochee River from Georgia to Alabama and back again. Then enjoy a lazy river ride or a wild adventure on the longest urban whitewater course in the world. 

Explore your creative side with our arts scene. Visit the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia, Columbus Museum, one of the largest museums in the Southeast that brings American art and regional history to life, and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, the centerpiece of the city's new arts and entertainment district. When you're hungry, no other destination offers more authentic, eclectic Southern cuisine!

 

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Please read the updated refund policy.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

DAILY SCHEDULE

  • Fair Shot Coffee OPEN

    5:30-7:30 AM  |  1:00-5:00 PM

  • On-Site Food AVAILABLE

    5:30-7:30 AM  |  12:00-8:00 PM

  • Aztec Cycle Tech Support

    6:00-7:30 AM  |  2:00-6:00 PM

  • First Timers' Meeting (by request)

    6:30 AM

  • HQ/Registration Desk OPEN

    6:15-7:30 AM  |  12:00-5:00 PM

  • Mass Start

    7:00 AM

  • Baggage Truck Deadline

    8:00 AM

  • Shower Truck OPEN

    11:00 AM-10:00 PM

  • Local Shuttle Service

    Varies Daily - See RIDE GUIDE

  • Massages

    by appointment with Eddie, LMT

  • Yoga

    2:00 PM

  • BRAG Bar OPEN

    Varies Daily - See RIDE GUIDE

  • Educational Bicycle Class

    4:00 PM

  • Live Music & Entertainment

    Varies Daily - See RIDE GUIDE

Times are subject to change and will be different on Saturdays. Please consult the RIDE GUIDE.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

TRANSPORTATION

FULL-WEEK SHUTTLES

$80

Are you riding a full week on BRAG? Need help getting back to your car at the end of the week? Want to drop your car off at the ending town and catch a ride to the beginning of the ride? We've got you covered!

Just pick the Full-Week Shuttle of your choice when you register for BRAG.

These spots will fill-up quickly! 

BRAG LITE SHUTTLES

$80

Are you riding 3 Days on BRAG LITE? Need help getting back to your car after you're finished riding? We've got you covered! 

Just pick the BRAG LITE Shuttle of your choice when you register for BRAG.

These spots will fill-up quickly! 

DAILY SHUTTLES BACK

$40

Planning on riding just 1 day on BRAG? Need help getting back to your car after you're finished riding? We've got you covered!

To assure your spot, just pick the DAILY Shuttle when you register for BRAG.

Seating Limited! 

SKIP-DAY SHUTTLES

$20

If you wake up one morning on Big BRAG and just aren't feelin' it, don't fret! You may elect to ride the Skip-Day Shuttle to the next location. 

Sign-up on-site at the registration tent, day of or on the night before.

Seating Limited! 

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FULL WEEK SHUTTLES

Saturday 5/30 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves Columbus at Xam on 5/30 and will proceed to Lookout Mountain. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags!

Saturday 6/6 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves Columbus by 3pm on 6/6 and will proceed to Lookout Mountain. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags.

BRAG LITE SHUTTLE

Tuesday 6/2 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves Carrollton by 3pm on 6/2 and will proceed to Lookout Mountain. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags!

Daily Parking will be available will be available at each overnight camping location for a nominal fee. Please register your vehicle with us at the Registration Desk when you arrive.

If you've opted to use a Full-Week Shuttle, free parking is available for the entire week at either START or END.

**There is no camping available on the evening of Saturday, June 6. Feel free to make your own arrangements at an area facility.

Don't feel like roughing it all week? Bring along your RV! We will have designated RV Parking at each overnight location for a nominal fee.

Please register for a Private vehicle permit for your RV when at the registration desk when you check-in or register for Big BRAG. No hook-ups will be available and loud generators are prohibited after 10pm. 

There will be no official BRAG camping or RV parking available on the evening of Saturday, June 6. Feel free to make your own arrangements at an area facility.

Please contact Aztec Cycles for bicycle rental information: 678.636.9043

Please contact Aztec Cycles for bicycle rental information

WHAT ABOUT THE RIDE?

ON YOUR BIKE

There are 4 ways to find your way while riding BRAG: 

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1. RIDE GUIDE

The BRAG Ride Guide is the answer to most of your questions! Route maps and turn-by-turn cue sheets are available for each day in the Ride Guide. Take it with you on your bike!  

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2. SIGNS

There will be BRAG arrows at every turn to tell you which way to turn. If there is no arrow it, means go straight. Please exercise caution here (and look for ROAD MARKINGS) as sometimes people like to collect our signs.

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3. ROAD MARKINGS

We have marked routes for BRAG riders. You will find BRAG's trademark circle with a hash mark in the direction of travel before, at, and after each turn. This will assure your decisions along the way! Roads are not marked in downtown areas or in areas where it is prohibited (like on bike trails).

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4. RIDE WITH GPS

All BRAG Routes are available for free on Ride With GPS. Download the smart phone app and load the respective day routes. Use it. Love it.

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Rest Stops!

BRAG rest stops are be located every 15-20 miles on the routes each day. Rest stops are indicated on the route maps in the RIDE GUIDE.  Stops are stocked with hydration, nutritious snacks, first-aid kits, and porta-potties.

Be on the lookout for a fun stop along the way!

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Support and Gear (SAG)

Along the route there will be SAG support vehicles. They can be identified by the yellow BRAG flags they will be flying from the windows. Use SAG if you need mechanical help, have a non-emergency medical issue, or you cannot complete your ride for the day

To stop a SAG vehicle, simply tap your palm on the top of your helmet. If you are waiting for a SAG vehicle, please place your bike upside down perpendicular to the road.

The phone number for SAG is 404.382.7747 (also on y our wrist band) for immediate assistance. Call 911 in the case of an emergency.

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On-Site Bike Mechanics

Aztec Cycles will be on hand each day to keep your bicycle finely tuned! 

SAFETY FIRST!

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BRAG events take place on public right of ways. We ask motor vehicles to share the road, so we must extend the same courtesy. As much as possible we travel on low traffic roads, however we will need to travel on roads with higher traffic volume from time to time. Please review the BRAG Safety Pledge you were required to sign to participate in this BRAG event. Please consult the rider handbook provided by Georgia Bikes for more safety information.

YOU MUST STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS AND RED LIGHTS!! Obey all traffic control devices and exercise caution crossing rail road tracks and road crossings!

  • You are responsible for your own safety - BRAG assists as much as possible in ensuring a safe ride, however you are in control of your ride and safety. Please read carefully the cue sheets and take note of hazards outlined. Also be on the look out for BRAG signs on the roadway warning of hazards. Hazards are always being created and note we can not warn participants of every potential or existing hazard. Cycling can be a dangerous sport - take safety seriously!
  • You must obey all traffic laws and traffic control devices.
  • Wear a helmet and ensure your gear is properly functioning.
  • Communicate with other cyclists to keep each other safe - please yell, when appropriate, "car back", "car up", "rider on", "rider off", etc. Communicate about hazards such as RR tracks, pot holes, rumbles, debris in the road, cracks, animals, etc. Do not yell "CLEAR" as what is clear for you may not be for others.
  • Visibility - See and be seen, wear bright clothes, reflective clothing and use lights.
  • Bicycle lanes and shoulders - please use them when possible and safe to do so.
  • Report dangerous motorists and cyclists.
  • In the event of rain, the road and road tires can be slick and brakes can slip. Normal conditions may become more hazardous, especially rail road tracks.
  • In the event of lightning, take appropriate action and exercise caution.

This is a ride, not a race. We encourage you to stop and smell the roses and get a true taste for the vibrant fiber and culture of Georgia.

WHERE DO WE STAY?

ACCOMMODATIONS

This information coming soon.

OUTDOOR CAMPING

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After each day's ride, grab your bags from the luggage truck and set up your tent in the ideal space! Please refer to the RIDE GUIDE and location signage for designated camping areas.

INDOOR CAMPING

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OR if you'd rather leave your tent at home, take your bags to the gym inside! Please do not wear your bike shoes inside and refer to the RIDE GUIDE for designated indoor sleeping areas.

FIRST CLASS BRAG

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BRAG FIRST CLASS is a truly top notch experience. Our quality rental tents are 63 square feet (8.5' X 7.5').  With duffels inside, we consider the tent a roomy two-man.  You can share, or you can occupy it alone. Tent-renters simply pack up their bags in the morning, leave them inside the tent, and pedal away.  Enjoy your ride, and in the next host town you'll find your chores are already done--tent up with bags inside--so you can catch your breath or head off to the shower immediately.  We'll set up our rental tents on the same grid every day.  Address cards will help you locate yours.  We're happy to arrange the grid so that friends are next door to each other. There will also be refreshments and a tent for you to cool down under after each days ride as well as a charging station exclusively for first class BRAG use.

If you register online, First Class Brag will be an option to select before you check out. Simply choose single or double occupancy (if you choose double occupancy it will give you an option to list your partner) and then check out.

     Single Occupancy (Tent to Yourself)       $350person

     Double Occupancy (Share a Tent)           $250/person

Just be sure to select the "FIRST CLASS BRAG" option when you register for the Big BRAG ride!

BAGGAGE TRUCKS

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Depending on where you want to sleep that night, you'll want to make sure that your bags go on the proper truck!

FIRST CLASS

If you registered for FIRST CLASS BRAG, leave your bag in your tent. Our bag porters will make sure they are packed into the proper truck and waiting for you at the other side of your ride! 

OUTDOOR TRUCK

If you want to camp outside after your ride, place your bags in the truck labeled "OUTDOOR." We will get your bags as close as possible to the outdoor camping area.

INDOOR TRUCK

If you want to camp inside after your ride, place your bags in the truck labeled "INDOOR." We will get your bags as close as possible to the gym.

BLACK DOG LUGGAGE

Black Dog Luggage is a third-party portage service that you may use to have your bags waiting for you at your hotel or the drop site in camp. Please register with Black Dog directly at blackdogluggage.com.

THE SHOWER TRUCK

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Cool down after every ride (and have an easier time making new friends) with a nice shower! Hot showers will be available for you each day at the outdoor shower truck! Some of the gyms we use will also have indoor showers, but it is not guaranteed.

RESTROOMS

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When nature calls, Porta-Potties are there, conveniently located in camp and at each rest stop on the route! Permanent restroom facilities are also available available inside at the overnight locations.

Non-riding guests are welcome to join us for all the BRAG fun! Just sign-up on the same registration page. The fee includes camping, restrooms, showers, and entertainment.   

WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?

ACTIVITIES & SERVICES

BRAG-TIVITIES

UNDER THE COVERS WITH BRAG

 

2020 features cover bands every night! Rock out and jam to favorite tunes from 70's & 80's from your favorite artists like the Allman Brothers and more!

PAST MUSICAL ACTS

We will announce 2020 Bands closer to the ride date. Below are some past Big BRAG acts!

Hughes Taylor

Blackbird Revival

AJ Ghent

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Daily Bike Classes at 4PM Every Day

We will post this information closer to the Big BRAG trip dates. Also check the RIDE GUIDE for topics and locations!
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Stretch it Out!

Enjoy a complimentary yoga sesh each day at 2pm. Please refer to your RIDE GUIDE for the location.

SERVICES

FOOD VENDORS ON-SITE

You are encouraged to stop at one of the many cozy cafes or tasty restaurants surrounding the Sunflower Farm. You also have the option to purchase food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from any of the on-site food trucks. As always, Fair Shot Coffee will be on hand with Cafe Campesino's famous BRAG roast coffee

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BRAG BAR

Stop by the BRAG Bar to grab your favorite post-ride beverage! Open daily. Operating times vary day-to-day. Please refer to the RIDE GUIDE. 

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Charge up your phone, tablet, bike computer, or portable power supply!

For your convenience, we have set up a charging station at BRAG HQ, under the big red tent!
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On-Site Massage

Eddie will be on-hand each day (except Sunday), 11am until 8pm. Cash or check only. Sign-up on-site.
Typical rates:
30 MIN: $40.00
45 MIN: $60.00
60 MIN: $80.00

Say, "CHEESE"!

Professional photographers will be on the course to catch you in action and glory! You will be able to view your shots on-site and purchase prints at the the PHOTO tent.

BRAG Lite

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No time to ride a whole week? BRAG Lite lets you ride any three consecutive days. Some riders will ride the first three days, and some the last three days. Other riders will choose to do three days based out of the layover town. This way riders will start and end at their cars (super convenient), while also riding three days on BRAG. 

BETTER WITH FRIENDS!

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BRAG TEAMS

Teams are a great way to promote your cause, biking business, or just a group of friends. Free Custom Jerseys for Teams of 10 or More Riders! 

Free Team Jerseys!

To start a team, just email franklin@brag.org and we'll get your team added to the list. When you register, list your team name under "Team Name" to become associated with your team. Once you get all 10 or more of your team members signed-up, we will put you in contact with the designer to start designing your custom jerseys! It's that simple. All team members must be signed up by March 1st in order to qualify for the free jersey

*Only Adult full-week Big BRAG registrations are eligible for the Jersey promotion. 

**You must be registered by March 1st in order to receive the promotion.

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REFER-A-FRIEND

Do you have a BRAG-curious friend who has never cycled with us?

Refer them and get a limited edition BRAG cycling jersey for yourself!

GET A FREE JERSEY!

Rules and restrictions apply:

  • Friend must be a first-time BRAG rider, new to all BRAG rides including Spring TuneUp, Georgia BikeFest USBR 21, previous BRAG rides and Winter Ride. 

  • Friend must register for the full week on the 2018 Bicycle Ride Across Georgia.

  • Friend must list your email when registering online under, "Did anyone refer you?" 

  • Referral Jersey will be delivered post ride, by August 30th 2018. 

  • Children referred under the age of 18 are not eligible for the referral credit

  • Limit one Jersey per person, if you refer 2 people you only receive 1 jersey. 

QUESTIONS? Should you have any questions about the Referral Program, please call 404.382.7747.

BIG BRAG FAQs

For up-to-date registration prices, please see the registration page.

Change of Plans? Registrants have until March 15, 2020 to cancel and request a full refund. After this date, no refunds are given, no exceptions. You can purchase insurance on your trip when you register to protect your registration fee in the event of an emergency.

You may elect to transfer your registration to another rider.

Read the complete refund policy here.

Important Dates

January 1, 2020

2020 Routes Announced

January 2, 2020

2020 Rates Increased

May 25, 2020 @ 5pm

Online Registration Closes

Last Day to Register for FREE T-Shirt

May 30, 2020

2020 Big BRAG Begins!

On-Site Registration Available All Week

On Big BRAG you have the option of staying indoors or camping outdoors in each overnight location. All camping is included in the fee and is on site while hotels are not included in the fee.

We have prepared a packing list for you prepared by veteran BRAG riders. 

The weekly fee entitles you to maps, entrance to campsites (tent camping or gym camping), nightly entertainment/live bands, hot showers, extra porta-potties at overnight sites, rest stops every 15 - 20 miles (with hydration, nutrition, porta-potties), SAG wagon support, baggage transportation to the overnight campsites, access to medical team, security team, End-Of-The-Road Meal/party, medals for kids 15 and under/seniors 65 and older, and lots more.

On Big Brag, we move every day except our layover day in the middle. We will carry your bags from location-to-location so that you don't need to worry about hauling any gear on your bike. If you would like, we also offer First Class BRAG where we setup a BRAG provided tent and air mattress for you, and place your bags in your tent. 

Absolutely not! While a road bike certainly makes things a little easier, people have completed ride on every type of bike you could think of, from mountain bikes, to recumbents, to unicycles. 

The best thing about BRAG is the community of riders. Many come alone and leave with riding buddies for life. You will never ride alone on BRAG. There will always be someone riding at or near your pace. If you are the least bit outgoing, you will meet lots of new friends on BRAG - on the road, at the rest stops and in the shower line, listening to bands, etc.

The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia is a ride, not a race.  However, good training is important to ensuring you have an enjoyable experience.  Plan on riding several hundred training miles as you get ready for the week.  The route will always present physical challenges, so the more you put into training the more you will get out of the ride. The daily mileage ranges from 50 to 70 miles per day.  Terrain can vary from flat to steep hills. A major cause of injuries is poor conditioning.  There are also SAG wagons that can assist if you have serious trouble. 

You may arrive to Big BRAG as early as 2:00pm on the listed start day (typically Saturday). Riding begins the following day (typically Sunday). 

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