More Than Just a Bike Ride!
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 covering 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.
Carrollton Lay Over Day
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.
Take a shuttle to Painters Ale Brewery for a tour and tasting. Or swim off the sand beach at John Tanner Park. Carrollton is a flourishing community with so much to do! Altogether Original.
Be sure to check out the 80ators at the Amp from 6:30 - 8:30pm! Wear your best 80's outfit!
Ancestral lands of the Muscogee/Creek nations.
End of the Road
Café Campesino Coffee OPEN
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)
HQ/Registration Desk OPEN
6:30-7:30 AM | 12:00-5:00 PM
Baggage Truck Deadline
Shower Truck OPEN
11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Local Shuttle Service
Varies Daily - See RIDE GUIDE
BRAG Bar OPEN
Varies Daily - See RIDE GUIDE
Educational Bicycle Class
Live Music & Entertainment
Varies Daily - See RIDE GUIDE
Times are subject to change and will be different on Saturdays. Please consult the RIDE GUIDE.
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
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
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.
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.
FULL WEEK SHUTTLES
Saturday 6/5 Shuttle
Shuttles pick up in Columbus, River Center Garage, at 12:00 Noon. Please arrive to load luggage and bike.
Saturday 6/12 Shuttle
Shuttles pick up in Columbus, Woodruff Park, at 3:00 PM and will proceed to Lookout Mountain. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags.
South Campus Road,
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
BRAG LITE SHUTTLE
Tuesday 6/8 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves Carrollton by 3pm on 6/8 and will proceed to Lookout Mountain. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags!
Daily Parking 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 the START or the END.
**There is no camping available on the last evening of riding. Feel free to make your own arrangements at an area facility.
South Campus Road,
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
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 12. 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
There are 4 ways to find your way while riding BRAG:
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!
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.
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).
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.
BRAG rest stops are 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!
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.
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.
TUESDAY, JUNE 8 & WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 - CARROLLTON
FRIDAY, JUNE 4 or SATURDAY, JUNE 12 - COLUMBUS
Things to Do
Columbus, GA has many beautiful and inspiring places to visit on bicycle, and we’re especially good at welcoming the two-wheeled visitors. You can start your bike adventure with Columbus’ Dragonfly Trail. A multi-use bike and pedestrian trail that weaves its way through the city. The 11-mile trail follows former rail lines that wind through Columbus where you can see a different side of the city, with rest stops along the way. Or on the Chattahoochee Riverwalk where you will skirt the cityscape, examine historic monuments and markers, and take in the wild beauty of the rolling river and native wildlife. This 15-mile linear park spans the riverfront from the Lake Oliver city marina south to the National Infantry Museum.
Launch yourself into fun with Columbus, GA Whitewater! Named one of the Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in the World by USA Today, you'll glide down the river with rafting adventures ranging from a mild Lazy River to the famously wild Class V rapids ... something everyone in the family can enjoy!
If you’re looking for ziplining in Columbus, GA, we have you covered! Take flight on the Blue Heron Adventure from Columbus, Georgia to Phenix City, Alabama. Crossing the Chattahoochee River TWICE, experience the only dual-zip lines that connect two states reaching speeds up to 40mph.
800 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
Call Hotel Directly
The Columbus Marriott is a 177-room hotel built around a restored grist mill that began operations in 1861. The original brick was refurbished and converted into Columbus' convention hotel being directly across from the Trade Center. Now a national landmark, the hotel houses two, two-story suites with loft bedrooms; five meeting rooms; the Grist Mill Coffee Shop and Houlihan's restaurant.
Originally inhabited by the Creek Indians, the city of Columbus was settled in 1828, named for Christopher Columbus. It was an important shipping port and in 1918, became home to the U.S. Army's Camp Benning (now Fort Benning). Set along the Chattahoochee River on the border with Alabama, Columbus has become a popular spot for outdoor lovers with the longest urban whitewater course in the world and a zip line across the river. The thriving downtown is a mecca for attractions, restaurants and shops.
Be sure to explore Uptown Columbus, the lodging, nightlife, retail and Entertainment District along the Chattahoochee River. This area hosts Market Days on Broadway, a farmers and makers market, as well as a free concert series.
The National Infantry Museum interprets the history of the infantry from the founding of America to present day global peace keeping. The 190,000-square-foot facility is the only museum dedicated to the American infantryman and features a large collection of military artifacts.
Spend time in the great outdoors at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Opened in 1995, the Center has natural history displays, exhibits and nature trails to educate visitors about the biodiversity of the region.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL GROUP BLOCKS END ONE MONTH PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE IN EACH TOWN.
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.
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. Note that for 2021, you are required to pre-register for an indoor camping arm band.
FIRST CLASS BRAG
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, drop them at the truck, 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!
Depending on where you want to sleep that night, you'll want to make sure that your bags go on the proper truck!
THE SHOWER TRUCK
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.
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.
UNDER THE COVERS WITH BRAG
2021 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 2021 Bands closer to the ride date. Below are some past Big BRAG acts!
Daily Bike Classes at 4PM Every Day
Stretch it Out!
FOOD VENDORS ON-SITE
You are encouraged to stop at one of the many cozy cafes or tasty restaurants along our routes and surrounding the overnight venues. 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!
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.
Charge up your phone, tablet, bike computer, or portable power supply!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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? Read the complete refund policy here.
On Big BRAG you have the option of staying indoors or camping outdoors in each overnight location. Outdoor camping is included in the fee.
Due to COVID precautions, we are limiting on-site indoor camping in 2021. Please visit the registration page for more info. Hotels are not included in the fee.
We have prepared a packing list for you prepared by veteran BRAG riders. You are allowed two bags of no more than 50lbs each. We recommend putting your clothes in gallon ziplock bags
The weekly fee entitles you to maps, entrance to outdoor 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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