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BRAG 2013

June 2 - 8, 2013

BRAG MISSION STATEMENT:
BRAG IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION DEDICATED TO PROVIDING AFFORDABLE, FAMILY-ORIENTED, QUALITY BICYCLE TOURS IN AND ACROSS GEORGIA WITH AN EMPHASIS ON BICYCLING FUN, SAFETY AND EDUCATION.

Ride It. Love It. BRAG About It.

BRAG is proud to support Special Olympics Georgia

Register online with a credit card here.
Download a paper form here.

Route for 2013
Testimonials from 2012
Registration Fees
What's Included in the Fee?
Private Vehicles
Day-by-day Schedule
Rest Stops, Meals, Baggage
Parking & Bus Service
Motels
Team SOGA
BRAG Dream Team
BRAG About Safety
Highlights this year
General Information
2013 Sponsors
Other Upcoming Events

Where are we going?

Route Confirmed:
Cordele, Tifton, Douglas, Waycross, Brunswick and
St. Marys.

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pdf of the map

Register early, at least by May 1.

Why?

* You save the late fee.
* You get a bus seat if needed.
* You get the Confirmation Letter in time to prepare for the ride and order meals.
* You get psyched up about the ride.
* And you help us plan.

 

Listed below are the dates, towns, and overnight sites. Plan now to ride with us in 2013.

Motel List is now available here.

Download your registration form.

Register online with a credit card.

Sun. June 2 Cordele Crisp County High School
Mon. June 3 Tifton GA Museum of Agriculture (Agrirama)
Tues. June 4 Douglas South Georgia College
Wed. June 5 Douglas South Georgia College
Thurs. June 6 Waycross Ware County High School
Fri. June 7 Brunswick College of Coastal Georgia
Sat. June 8 St. Marys St. Marys Waterfront Park

Testimonials from BRAG 2012 riders

“Meeting such wonderful people from all over that share the love of cycling!”

“It's all good! Great organization, I'm hooked.”

“Great support by BRAG…in all respects! By far the best supported ride I do. It is done totally right in all respects.”

 

 

“Great route! Well thought out and planned.”

“Seeing old friends and a feeling of accomplishment”

“The whole concept of riders getting together and pedaling across the state.”

"Friendliest people on two wheels!"

 

“I take my children every year and I like the level of safety and security knowing that someone is there if trouble arises.”

“Beautiful routes, organized activities in town, and the camaraderie. ”

“Friendly people enjoying biking.”

“Seeing great biking areas that I had never seen before.”

“Love the camping, love the riding, and love the rest stops. Also enjoyed the hills and route selection.”

“Organized with good SAG and rest stops”

“The summer camp atmosphere—it gets better every year!”

“Good people, beautiful country, well planned routes.”

“All the wonderful people I met. Friendliness of all (staff and riders). The taste of a very simple lifestyle for a week…makes we want to simplify things at home!.”

“Chance to meet so many nice people.”

“A GREAT way to just get away and have a good time.”

“Everybody is on vacation and smiles a lot. They have a lot to be thankful for..their health and their wealth.”

“Reasonable cost, good planning/support”

“All of it, the whole experience. Rain, sunshine, uphill and downhill!”

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“The feeling of safety in case anything went wrong with the bike or if I got too tired to continue, I knew I could count on a SAG. Liked the routes, the clarity of the road markings and the general excellence of the organization.”

“Riding 400 miles on a bike for a week with people who understand why I do it.”

“The sense of community and the excellent rides”

“Meeting new people, leisure time and the beauty of the geography during the rides.”

Registration Fees

None of the registration fees listed includes a t-shirt. You may add on t-shirts and other items on the registration form.

Weekly Fees:
Adult $320
Senior (65 and older) $310
Child (age 0-6) FREE
Child (age 7-12) $135
College Student (with ID) $220
Non-Rider: 1/2 of weekly fee

BRAG Lite Fees - any 3 consecutive days:
Adult & Senior (65 and older) $180
Child (age 0-6) FREE
Child (age 7-12) $90
College Student (with ID) $120
Non-Rider: 1/2 of BRAG Lite fee

Daily Fees - per day:
Adult & Senior (65 and older) $60
Child (age 0-6) FREE
Child (age 7-12) $30
College Student (with ID) $40
Non-Rider: 1/2 of daily fee

Late Fees:
Weekly riders & non-riders: $30
BRAG Lite & non-riders: $15
Daily riders & non-riders $5 per day

BRAG Mission Statement:
BRAG is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing affordable, family-oriented, quality bicycle tours in and across Georgia, with an emphasis on bicycling safety, fun, and education.

What is Included in the Fee?

* Maps and Route Descriptions
* Camping facilities for up to seven nights (weekly fee)
* Fabulous Special Olympics Georgia Rest Stops
* Hot shower each night (at shower trailer)
* Shuttle buses to most host town restaurants and motels. (There may be a small fee.)
* Daily baggage transportation to camp
* Entertainment nightly
* BRAG Talent Show
* Fully Supported Century Ride
* FREE BRAG memento to first 125 Century Ride finishers
* Hammerhead Option most days
* Porta-potties at all rest stops
* Afternoon and evening movies
* Children’s activities and movies, football, Frisbee, water slide
* End-Of-The-Road Meal and celebration
* “Gold” Medals to children 15 and under, and Seniors 65 & older
* Discounts for Starving College Students, Seniors, Children, Non-Riders - See registration form
* BRAG’N WRITES (Email update newsletters for future events)
* Great Pride in Accomplishment (BRAG’N RIGHTS!)
* Souvenir T-shirts, Tanks, Jerseys, Hats are optional

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Make this year's vacation a true adventure...
Celebrate 34 Years of Discovering Georgia by Bicycle

The BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS GEORGIA is an annual odyssey of discovery of gorgeous Georgia by bicycle. BRAG is a family-oriented tour. It is not a race. It is recreational, social, and, in many ways, educational. While a strenuous journey, BRAG has been completed by all types of people – college students and first graders, judges and soldiers, teachers and grandparents. It's like a fun summer camp for the whole family.

On BRAG 2013 you will see Georgia in a way few others see it...at the quiet, slower pace of a bicycle ride. You'll discover things about Georgia, and about yourself, that you never even imagined. You will meet people from all over the world. Many riders come back year after year to make BRAG a favorite part of their vacation.

Riders travel at their own pace along a set route. At the end of each day's ride, we tent camp at a local high school or college. Limited indoor camping will be available at all overnight sites, usually in the gym. Some riders will choose to stay at local motels. During the afternoon and evening, there will be activities and entertainment. The towns we'll be visiting are going all out to make sure we have a great time.

BRAG 2013 will take us over the lightly traveled back roads of South Georgia to Coastal Georgia, through small towns and rural countryside. As much as possible, the route will follow scenic roads with minimal auto traffic. In places where we have no alternative, we must travel on high traffic roads, usually for
short distances. Roads are not closed to automobiles. Riders travel at their own risk.

During June, a typical weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s during the day, dropping to the 70s at night. Sometimes afternoon thundershowers pop up, so be prepared for rain.

BRAG 2013 is conducted by the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, in cooperation with volunteer cyclists throughout Georgia and the nation.

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BRAG 2013: DAY BY DAY

SOME EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS WE CONTINUE TO PREPARE THE BEST POSSIBLE BRAG RIDE. WE ARE TRYING TO ARRANGE SHUTTLE BUSES IN ALL OVERNIGHT TOWNS. ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND UPDATES WILL BE IN THE MAY CONFIRMATION LETTER, AND, AS THEY OCCUR, ON THIS PAGE OF THE BRAG WEBSITE.

THE 2013 RIDE
The BRAG 2013 route will begin in Cordele and end in St. Marys, GA. There will be rolling hills the first couple of days and will begin to flatten out as we get closer to the coast. The daily distance will average 59 miles. The total distance will be about 359 miles. There will be an optional Century Ride (100 miles) on Wednesday, with a free BRAG century bandanna to the first 125 finishers. There will be optional Hammerhead Options most days of the tour for additional mileage.

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pdf of the map

SUNDAY, JUNE 2

REGISTRATION AND CAMPING in Cordele, Georgia at Crisp County High School, the Home of the Cougars. You may sleep indoors in the gym or tent camp. Tent camping ONLY will be allowed Saturday evening, June 1, on the school campus. Free optional parking for the week at Crisp County High School. On-site registration will be Sunday from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 pm. Late arrivals can register Monday morning at BRAG HQ from 6:00am – 7:00am. There will be an Introduction to BRAG (First-Timers) and Childrens' Safety Meeting at 5:00 pm. Special Olympics Reception for those riders sponsoring a SOGA athelete. Crisp County High School is located at 2402 Cougar Alley, Cordele, GA 31015.

The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome each of you to Cordele-Crisp County. We have plenty to offer with many friendly restaurants looking forward to serving you! If you are looking for something to do while you are here remember there are many things to do like Lake Blackshear, SAM Shortline, Veterans Memorial State Park, Cordele Motor Speedway, Spotlight Theatres, Farmer's Market, Crisp County Recreation Dept & the Titan Missile.

Monica Simmons
Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce
(229) 273-1668
info@cordele-crisp-chamber.com
www.cordelecrispga.com

MONDAY, JUNE 3
50 miles

Today's Pecan Grove Ride is about 50 miles to Tifton. Along the way we will ride through Crisp, Turner, and Tift Counties. You will have an opportunity to have your photo taken at the World's Largest Peanut Monument. Our overnight site is the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village. Special Olympics Rest Stops are every 15 - 20 miles all week. Hammerhead Option for additional mileage. Limited indoor A/C camping. Shuttle vans to downtown, restaurants, and motels. Happy Hour on-site from 4-6pm. The city of Tifton hosted BRAG in 1994 and 2000. Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village is located at 1392 Whiddon Mill Rd., Tifton, GA 31793.

TIFTON is always proud to host BRAG. BRAG always brings to TIFTON lots of friends that often return for more. You are always welcome. This visit is different as BRAG is hosted at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, now a part of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The new museum salutes many segments of agriculture as we take you back to how South Georgia was settled at the Historic Village. This is yours to enjoy...welcome to TIFTON.

Tyron Spearman, Executive Director
The Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association
(229) 386-0216
tspearman@friendlycity.net
www.tiftontourism.com

TUESDAY, JUNE 4
65 miles

The Tigers Ride goes to Douglas. Along the way you will ride through Tift, Irwin, and Coffee Counties. Take time to visit the Jefferson Davis Memorial Park along the route. Our host for the evening will be South Georgia College. Hammerhead Option. Movies. A/C gym. Happy Hour location TBA. South Georgia State College hosted BRAG in 1994, 2000, 2003, and 2007. South Georgia State College is located at 100 West College Park Drive, Douglas, GA 31533

Welcome to Douglas, Georgia! The City of Douglas, together with South Georgia College and other community partners, are pleased that you have chosen our town as your two night stay for June 2013. Our community pride will shine as we provide riders with southern hospitality and quality entertainment during your stay. As you pedal through our area, we encourage you to visit our local shops, sample farm fresh produce, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere along our rural roads. Douglas is an excellent, friendly community and we look forward to your visit.

Blondale Thomas, Facility Supervisor
City of Douglas
912-383-0277
bthomas@cityofdouglas.com
www.cityofdouglas.com

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
65 miles

(or 101, 28, or 0 miles)

Wednesday is our layover day in Douglas. You can ride 65 miles, 28 miles or the Satilla Century Ride, or take the day off and relax, or go and do your laundry. Take a swim in the city pool ($3 cost). Free BRAG bandanna to the first 125 century finishers. Happy Hour location TBA. Entertainment, Shuttle buses. A/C building.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 6
51 miles
The Gators Ride will take us to Waycross and Ware County High School. You will ride through Coffee and Ware Counties. Sign up for the optional trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. Vans will leave the high school at 3:00pm. You can sign up for the trip on the BRAG registration form. BRAG stayed in Waycross in 1994 and 2003. Shuttles to motels. Indescribable Moonbase Planetarium. Ware County High School is located at 700 Victory Drive, Waycross, GA 31503.

Greetings from Waycross and the Okefenokee Swamp! We cannot wait to show you all that we have to offer here in the Land of the Trembling Earth! Experience traditional down home cooking at our local restaurants and slip away into comfort at one of several accommodations. From the Historic Downtown district to the swamplands of the Okefenokee, there is something for everyone. Please visit our website for more information on Waycross and Ware County.

Sloan Fountain
Main Street/Tourism Director
(912)287-2969
sfountain@waycrossga.com
www.waycrosstourism.com

FRIDAY, JUNE 7
69 miles
Today's Mariners Ride will take us through four counties while riding through Blackshear and the communities of Hortense, Needmore, Browntown, Popwellville and Thalmann. College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick is our overnight site. BRAG stayed in Brunswick in 2003. BRAG Talent Show. Happy Hour from 4pm – 6pm at The Dog House Sports Bar. Shuttle buses. College of Coastal Georgia is located at One College Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520.

Amid the lush natural beauty that has made this unspoiled corner of Georgia's Colonial Coast so legendary, 180 holes of golf were created by some of the game's most gifted architects. Fishing, water sports, tennis courts, horseback trails and birding locales appeal to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. And, because of our moderate temperatures, the unspoiled natural beauty of the Golden Isles can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Golden Isles CVB welcomes BRAG 2013. We hope you enjoy your stay in Brunswick and will return for another visit to Brunswick and one of the four barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and
Little St. Simons Island.

Tomee Sellars
Golden Isles CVB
912-265-0620
tome@goldenisles.com
www.GoldenIsles.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 8
59 miles
The Submariners End of the Road Ride is 59 miles to the End of the Road Party and meal at Howard Gillman Memorial Waterfront Park in St. Marys, GA. As you leave Brunswick you will ride over the Sidney Lanier Bridge, the Gateway to Jekyll Island. You will ride through the White Oak community and the town of woodbine onyour way to St. Marys. The End of the Road Lunch is included in your registration fee. "Gold" Medals to children 15 and under and seniors 65 and older. Showers will be available at the end of the ride. We will have an optional bus and truck back to Cordele and Douglas for weekly riders and BRAG Lite riders and their bikes on Saturday afternoon.

St. Marys, Georgia Welcomes BRAG! We are excited to share with you the charm, beauty, and history of our coastal community. Visitors enjoy the relaxed, welcoming feeling you get from visiting our historic district and our waterfront. You'll experience genuine southern hospitality at every turn and when you check-out of any of our St. Marys' hotels or bed & breakfasts, you'll leave us feeling relaxed and reenergized. Enjoy your visit.

Angela Wigger
Director of Tourism
800-868-8687
Angela.Wigger@stmaryswelcome.com
www.stmaryswelcome.com

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REST STOPS

BRAG is proud to again welcome Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) as our recipient charity for 2013. Special Olympics Georgia
will coordinate BRAG's official free rest stops along the route. SOGA / BRAG Official Rest Stops will be every fifteen to twenty miles along the route and are free to all registered riders. If
a rider just picks up some cookies, a peach or banana, and a PowerAde drink at each of 5 rest stops each day, that's more than $15 worth of free munchies per rider per day. You may sponsor a Special Olympics athlete on BRAG and become a member of TEAM SOGA for a donation of $100. There is a line on the BRAG 2012 Registration Form for donations to Special Olympics Georgia.

Please help enrich the lives of Georgia bicyclists with
intellectual disabilities by donating to Special Olympics Georgia.

Call 1-800-866-4400, ext. 103, for more information about Team SOGA or to volunteer to help staff the rest stops.

MEALS

Each rider is responsible for his or her own meals. The local
schools or colleges where we will be staying will offer suppers and breakfasts on site. These meals should be purchased in advance. Café Campesino will also have gourmet coffee in camp each morning. The Meal Order Form will be available at www.brag.org in early May, and you will also receive a form in your confirmation packet. There are also restaurants in the towns where we are staying. PBJ sandwiches will be available at BRAG rest stops along the route. Convenience stores, restaurants, and fast food places are noted on the daily route descriptions.

BAGGAGE

BRAG will provide daily transportation for your camping and personal gear. The following items are not permitted and will not be allowed on the trucks: lawn chairs, trunks, mattresses, coolers, cots, flammable fuels, stoves, and extra bikes. Do not tie bags together.

Each rider must load his or her gear into the baggage trucks before 8:00 a.m. each morning. If you can't lift it to load it, don't bring it! BRAG is not responsible for your baggage. Baggage must be loaded as far to the front of the trailer as possible, and from floor to ceiling. The first riders into camp each afternoon will help unload the trucks. Please be sure and thank them.

 

 

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PARKING AND BUS SERVICE

Free optional parking for the week will be provided at Crisp County High School in Cordele and at St. Marys Elementary School in St. Marys for week-long riders. There is not a charge to park your car for the week at any of these locations. However, you will have to sign a liability waiver. You do NOT need to purchase a Private Vehicle Permit to park your car for the week.

Flying in to Atlanta? You may send your bike by UPS or FedEX to Cycleworks and retrieve it at Crisp County High School in Cordele. You may also make arrangements with them to ship your bike home from St. Marys after the ride. Email Mark@Cycleworksinc.com or call 770-476-4949 for details and cost.

There is an optional bus back to Cordele from St. Marys for week-long riders on Sunday, June 2, and Saturday, June 8. There is an optional bus back to Douglas from St. Marys at the end of the ride for BRAG Lite riders. The cost of transporting your bike and gear is included in the bus fee. Bikes will be separated by cardboard and transported by truck. You may box your bike if you like, but we cannot guarantee the safety of your bike box all week. The truck may not get to the destination as fast as the bus. If you order a bus seat, you will receive a separate bus confirmation letter in May with more details. There are no BRAG bus refunds, but they are transferable. Please contact the BRAG office at braginfo@aol.com or 770-498-5153 if you transfer your bus seat.

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PRIVATE VEHICLES

Private vehicle drivers - please stay off our bicycle route.

Private vehicles on our route defeat the purpose of BRAG, endanger the safety of our riders, and are therefore forbidden on the route. BRAG will have alternate routes and maps for private vehicle drivers. Private vehicle permits are $35.

BRAG is planned so that you do not need a vehicle other than your bike. Shuttle buses to town will be available most afternoons and evenings. Your car is not needed.Unauthorized private vehicles along the BRAG route are strictly forbidden. Violators will be ejected from the ride and camping privileges will be terminated. All BRAG riders are asked to enforce this rule.

Each private vehicle on the tour must be registered and must display its BRAG Parking Permit on the right rear of the vehicle. Persons who need a route permit for medical reasons must make a written request in advance to the ride director.

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MOTELS

You are on your own for making any motel reservations. Most overnight host cities will provide shuttle buses to and from selected motels for riders. You may also ride your bike to and from motels.

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Larry Black, Brother John, and family will provide luggage transport service again this year to motels and B&B Inns. Contact Larry Black at Larry@BroJohnluggage.com, or call him at 770-314-2400, or visit his website at www.brojohnluggage.com. He prefers email.

Motel List is now available here. It has a list of selected motels and phone numbers, and the approximate distances from the host sites.

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Join Team SOGA!

Sponsor a Special Olympics Athlete on BRAG!

BRAG riders have been proud supporters of Special Olympics Georgia for several years. Your support allows Special Olympics cyclists to participate in BRAG at no cost to them or their families.

The mission of Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to provide our athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, develop self-confidence and experience success. When Special Olympians succeed, attitudes change, communities develop, health and self-esteem are built, and the eyes of the world are focused on all that is good, hopeful and positive.

You can help Special Olympics Georgia achieve its mission by sponsoring a SOGA athlete on BRAG. The cost to sponsor an athlete is just $100. A contribution of this amount or more entitles you to membership in TEAM SOGA, a special t-shirt, and a private reception to meet the Special Olympics athletes who are participating in BRAG. To help one of more than 160 Special Olympics cyclists around the state develop their skills and experience success that lasts far beyond a single sporting event, enclose your donation to SOGA along with your BRAG registration form.

Riders wanting to support SOGA through pledges can also do so in 2013! Look for the SOGA pledge form in your confirmation letter in May. To make your tax deductible donation, or if you have any questions about SOGA, please contact David Crawford at 770-414-9390 ext. 103 or 800-866-4400 ext. 103 or via email at david.crawford@specialolympicsga.org.

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BRAG DREAM TEAM

The BRAG Dream Team is a group of low-income middle school students from cities across Georgia. BRAG sponsors the Dream Team on its annual cross-state bicycle ride in June. Since its inception in 1994, an average of 10 middle school students have been selected to participate on the Dream Team and have received bicycles, helmets, shorts and other accessories, complimentary meals and waived registration fees. The students are assigned adult mentors and coaches who help them for this rigorous ride. If the Dream Team members complete BRAG, they get to keep their bikes, helmets and other accessories. Over 180 students from Georgia middle schools are proud BRAG Dream Team alumni.

The BRAG Dream Team will mark its 20th year in 2013. Thanks to support from the REI Foundation, the Dream Team will expand to a new level by developing cycling clubs at several Atlanta high schools and recreation centers. Over the course of the year, more than 250 teenagers will participate in Dream Team led rides to area colleges, farmers markets and organized cycling events. With the support of BRAG, REI, MACC, and Cafe Campesino, the Dream Team will grow by leaps and bounds. Visit the “Dream Team Corner” on our website for articles featuring past and present Dream Team members, mentors, and alumni, etc.

If you would like to be a one-on-one mentor to a BRAG DREAM TEAM member, please email Atiba Mbiwan at Atiba@mindspring.com stating your qualifications. The deadline is May 1.

The BRAG Dream Team needs your support to be successful. You may make a tax-deductible donation to BRAG Dream Team, Inc. on your BRAG 2013 registration form, or by sending your check to BRAG Dream Team, Inc., P. O. Box 871111, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. You may also download a donation form at http://www.brag.org/dreamteam2.html.

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BRAG ABOUT SAFETY

THE BRAG SAFETY PLEDGE

1. I will ride single file when a car or truck is behind me.

2. I will never ride more than two abreast, in accordance with Georgia law. I will not be a road hog. I will yield to riders trying to pass me.

3. I will ride as far to the right as practicable, except when making a left turn, or when going straight at a right turn only lane.

4. I will call out "Car Back" or "Car Up" to riders in front of me.

5. I will call out my intentions to riders immediately behind me: "Slowing," "Stopping," "Turning." I will use traffic hand signals when appropriate.

6. I will point to road hazards and/or call out to riders behind me: "Gravel," "Hole," "Tracks."

7. I will call out to riders I am about to pass: "On Your Left," or "Good Morning." I will never pass on the right.

8. I will wear my helmet at all times while on my bike.

9. I will obey all traffic signs and signals. I will not call out "Clear" at stop signs or red lights.

10. I will always ride defensively. I will always be aware of other riders, vehicles and pedestrians near me. I will never assume I know what they are going to do.

11. I will use common sense and courtesy toward motorists and other cyclists while I am on my bike.

12. I will provide immediate adult supervision to my bicycling children under age 16.

13. I will not ride before daylight or after dusk unless I have proper lights on my bike, in accordance with Georgia law.

14. If I stop for any reason, I will get COMPLETELY off the road.

15. I will not wear headphones while riding my bike.

16. I understand I will be ejected from the ride if I repeatedly and/or flagrantly violate this SAFETY PLEDGE.

17. I will obey this SAFETY PLEDGE. If I am riding with minor children (under age 18), I will read it with them and they will obey it.

By signing the BRAG Release, you agree to obey this Safety Pledge. Keep this copy with your BRAG information. Refer to it often as a reminder to yourself. Thank you, and remember to BRAG ABOUT SAFETY.

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HIGHLIGHTS THIS YEAR!

* Reduced non-rider fees for those individuals who are attending BRAG but not riding their bicycles


* All your BRAG favorites will be back: Café Campesino gourmet coffees, Bubba's Pampered Pedalers, Cycleworks, Miles the Photographer, Cycling Logistics and Rosie's Services.




* Bring your bicycle into any Cycleworks for a free safety and preparedness inspection. Your BRAG adventure will be much more enjoyable if your equipment is in top condition. As BRAG grows closer, the stores will be busy, so act early and enjoy your BRAG training on a bicycle that's safe and efficient. If you have questions about whether you have the right bicycle for your BRAG adventure, or what clothing and accessories you may need to make BRAG the event of a lifetime, stop by one of the official BRAG stores and let them be your equipment advisors, www.cycleworksinc.com

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* Once a week, we will update the BRAG registration list on the BRAG web site, www.brag.org. Confirm your registration at a glance by logging on.

* Questions? Comments? Email info@brag.org or log on www.brag.org for all the latest updates.

* Also keep up to date by joining BRAG's Facebook group

* The annual BRAG TALENT SHOW will be held Friday evening in Brunswick at College of Coastal of Georgia. Come by BRAG HQ on the tour to sign up. Remember, this is a family show.

GENERAL INFORMATION

* All riders must also agree to obey the BRAG SAFETY PLEDGE which is displayed above. Everyone on the ride is an Ambassador of Bicycling Safety.

* The Georgia State Patrol, all police and sheriffs’
departments along our route, and hospitals have been notified of our ride and route. Their phone numbers will be included with your daily maps. Bring your cell phone for emergencies.

* Rain or Shine. The ride will be held regardless of weather
conditions. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather. No rain dates will be scheduled.

* "Rosie's Services" (aka Donna), will be on BRAG to provide towels and chair rental services. Clean towels for the week, $20. Camp chairs for the week, $20 (with a $20 deposit returned the last night in camp). For reservations, email KampingKomforts@yahoo.com or visit www.rosiethetowellady.com. Rosie is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Georgia.

* Cycling Logistics will be back again this year at BRAG to haul your luggage for you each day. Cycling Logistics provides other amenities as well. Visit http://cyclinglogistics.com/ for more information.

* Leave your tent and all the hassle behind. Bubba's PAMPERED pedalers supplies a top quality Kelty tent with daily set-up and take-down. Thick inflated air mattress for your added sleeping pleasure. A deluxe camp chair as well as a towel and wash cloth daily. Cold drinks and snacks under the shade of the PAMPER Zone. Electronic charging station as well as a bike work station. You bike, Bubba does everything else. No Bull—Just Bike. Details at www.BubbasPamperedPedaler.com See for yourself what Bubba means when he says, "It's ALL Good!"

* BRAG LITE. Ride any three consecutive days at reduced rates. See the registration form for details.

* A daily rate is available for those who cannot ride all week. The daily rate will admit you to the previous day’s campsite, the paid-for day’s route and rest stops, and the paid-for day’s campsite.

* All registrations include the End-Of-The-Road Party meal. Your wristband is your meal ticket for the EOR Meal. You may order the meal for family members separately when you receive your Confirmation Letter and Meal Order Form or you can pay on-site in St. Marys.

* There is a discounted registration fee for non-riders (anyone accompanying a rider in a motor vehicle). Non-riders will receive the same maps, use of facilities, etc. as the riders. All BRAG campsites, rest stops, and entertainment events are limited to paid registrants only

* Unregistered participants are not tolerated and are not allowed in BRAG rest stops, campsites, and entertainment events. The Security Team, BRAG Staff, and local police will eject unregistered riders. Your wristband is your ticket. Please wear your wristband on your wrist at all times. It is not an ankle bracelet.

* In-Line Skaters are welcomed. All BRAG rules and the BRAG SAFETY PLEDGE apply.

* Helmets are Mandatory. All riders must wear a U. S. Cycling federation-approved helmet - this includes while riding in camp or cruising in town. BRAG will eject any rider, and the parent of any minor, riding without a helmet.

* Riders under the age of 16 must have immediate adult supervision while riding.

* Get in shape! BRAG is a wonderful experience for those who are physically prepared. Ride as often as you can before the event. Plan to make at least two 60-mile rides on consecutive days to test yourself and your bike. We recommend the following 2013 Official BRAG Training Rides: the BRAG Spring Tune-Up Ride, April 5 - 7, in Madison, GA, Up the Creek Without a Pedal, May 11, and the Challenge of the Centuries, May 25 - 26, in Hartwell, GA.

* Training Program. If you are looking for a training program to get you ready to ride BRAG, here is a sample from Cycle Wyoming. Also, visit www.kanbike.org/pages/training for some long-distance riding tips.

* The American Heart Association recommends a treadmill test for anyone over 40 who exercises strenuously. BRAG also recommends that you get a physical exam from your doctor before the ride.

* The American Heart Association says that an inactive lifestyle is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity helps prevent heart and blood vessel disease. The more activity, the greater the benefits.

* We recommend a multi-speed bicycle for the trip.

* You will receive a Confirmation Letter in May. This information will also be on the BRAG web site: www.brag.org, which includes a list of what to bring and what to leave at home.

* Meals are not included in the registration fee, except the
End-Of-The-Road Party meal is included. Breakfast and supper meals may be available at extra cost. PBJs will be available at rest stops. You will receive more information on available meals with your May Confirmation Letter.

* T-shirts, tank tops, and cycling jerseys are not included in the ride fee, but may be ordered separately

* The ride will end with our End-Of-The-Road Party and Meal at Howard Gillman Memorial Waterfront Park in St. Marys, on Saturday, June 8. BRAG HQ will close at 3:00 p.m. All unclaimed baggage will be transported to the BRAG office in Stone Mountain, GA.

* REST STOPS. BRAG and Special Olympics Georgia will provide
free rest stops every 15 to 20 miles. Water, PowerAde, fresh Georgia Peaches, bananas, and other fruit, cookies, and refreshments will be available. Sag wagon support to a rest stop will cease and the route will close to that point as each rest
stop closes per the times listed in the route descriptions which you will receive at on-site registration. The last rest stop will close at 4:00 p.m. (or earlier on short mileage day).

* Limited first-aid supplies will be available at all Special Olympics / BRAG Rest Stops and in all Sag Wagons. Find a Medical Team member (red badge) or come to BRAG HQ in camp if you need first aid services.

* Support vehicles (Sag Wagons) will travel the route with water, bike pump, and limited first-aid supplies to assist riders with problems. Sag Wagons are not taxi cabs, and will not carry tired riders to camp. Sagging riders will be transported from one rest stop to the next until the SAG vehicle returns to camp. Private vehicles must stay off the cycling route.

* MDs, RNs, and other medical professionals on the ride are asked to volunteer for the BRAG Medical Team. Police Officers are asked to volunteer for the BRAG Security Team.

* Bicycle repair service will be available at reasonable cost on
the route and in camp each afternoon. This service is provided by CYCLEWORKS bike store. Come prepared to change your own flat tire.

* BRAG is disability-friendly. If you have special medical or access needs, please email the BRAG office at info@brag.org.

* Need camping gear? See REI for camping gear rentals.

* BRAG is a proud member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association, an organization dedicated to safe, effective, and fun cross-state cycling.

 

 

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A Special Thank You to Our 2013 Sponsors:

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Ken Rosskopf

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UPCOMING EVENTS

BRAG, Southern Bicycle League, Georgia Bikes, Bike Roswell, Frankie's Italian Restaurant, PowerAde, Atlanta Bicycle Campaign and New Belgium's Brewery are sponsoring a bicycling social event and ride to kick off the 2013 cycling season and to celebrate Frankie's 9th Anniversary in business. The date is Saturday, March 23, 2013, Noon until 3 pm, at Frankie's Restaurant in Rockmart, GA, just off the Silver Comet Trail. Frankie's is offering free bread sticks to all attendees. New Belgium is providing free Fat Tire Beer to participating adults. Bring your ID. BRAG is donating free PowerAde. Mark your calendar now to attend.

The 20th Annual Spring Tune-Up Ride will be in Madison, GA, April 5 - 7, 2013. Come enjoy Madison's small town hospitality. Ride for a day or for the entire weekend. There will be Happy Hour both Friday and Saturday evenings. Join us for the fun, the food, the fellowship, and the festival at BRAG Spring Tune-Up 2013! For more information, visit the Spring Tune-Up page.

The 22nd Annual Georgia BikeFest will be held October 11-13, 2013, in Columbus, GA. The Georgia Bikefest was held in Columbus in 2012 and they want us back. Entertainment both Friday and Saturday evenings. Mark your calendar now! For more information, visit the Georgia BikeFest page.

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