More Than Just a Bike Ride!
WHAT IS BIG BRAG ALL ABOUT?
2019 is a special year for us as we mark the 40th annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia! As a tribute to our amazing host state, the 2019 BRAG routes offer up a wide sample of beautiful Georgia terrain.
We're taking you from the mountains to the coast! We'll start in the gentle foothills of North Georgia, ride through the fertile plains of the antebellum capital, and then onto the splendid Golden Coast.
On Big BRAG 2019, 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. BRAG celebrates 40 years in 2019.
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 a very special 40th Anniversary BRAG in 2019 and see what there is to BRAG about.
Official 40th Anniversary Kit
Saturday, June 1
Visit the North Georgia mountains, and experience our acclaimed trails, take a pontoon on Carters Lake, then relax with friends by the fire in your base camp for adventure. Taste our farm fresh and homegrown flavors in Georgia's apple capital. Treat yourself to a tasting at our family owned vineyards, or discover historic Downtown Ellijay where the quaint antique shops, and local fare will have you reminiscing of the good ole days.
Coosawattee River Tubing
The Coosawattee River Tubing Company will provide transportation to and from the BRAG Headquarters.
A representative will be at the Big Red tent with waivers to sign before you can go tubing. There will be a 2:30PM trip and a 4:30PM trip. Each trip will last 2-3 hours and can accommodate up to 100 people.
If you would like to register for the 2:30PM trip, please do so by May 15 by calling Coosawattee River Tubing Company 706-635-1609.
We will take on site registrations for the 4pm trip.
Cost is $15+ Tax/person.
Sunday, June 2
ELLIJAY TO GAINESVILLE
Known as the Queen City of the Mountains and the Poultry Capital, Gainesville's most recent designation as "Hospitality Capital of the World" came when Gainesville hosted the 1996 Olympic rowing/kayaking events. 38,000-acre Lake Sidney Lanier offers many recreational opportunities, including canoe and kayak rentals at the Olympic Venue.
Monday, June 3
GAINESVILLE TO COVINGTON
Enjoy shopping in historic downtown Covington. Whether you are in the market for a wedding gift, antiques, hardware items, florist, ladies or children's apparel, toys, or just a special item for yourself, they can all be found downtown. Treat yourself to an afternoon of luxury at a day spa.
No matter what your taste in food, it can be satisfied downtown. You can choose from several deli establishments, Italian cuisine to Louisiana fare. The small-town, friendly atmosphere is refreshing and welcoming to everyone.
Tuesday, June 4
COVINGTON TO MILLEDGEVILLE
Bathed in an intoxicating mixture of magnolia and moonlight, her classic beauty is unsurpassed. Like a true Southern belle, she perfectly charms treasured guests with fascinating tales, southern delicacies and gracious hospitality. Enjoy a trolley ride through the historic district or meander through the streets of downtown. Meet Milledgeville, the First Lady of Georgia.
Wednesday, June 5
Optional Ride Day
Thursday, June 6
MILLEDGEVILLE TO SWAINSBORO
Visitors to Swainsboro and Emanuel County will find themselves in a gently rolling landscape of fields, woods and sandy soil. Under a canopy of piney woods, the forest floor is still carpeted with wiregrass, flora and fauna. The native deer, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, alligators, fish, bobcats, quail, foxes, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife compete with recent immigrants such as coyotes and armadillos. The Ohoopee, Ogeechee, and Canoochee rivers flow through the county, and the smaller streams and innumerable ponds make the region an excellent recreation and fishing area.
Friday, June 7
SWAINSBORO TO HINESVILLE
Hinesville is one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Georgia, and home to Fort Stewart and the 3rd Infantry Division, the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River. Come honor our heroes and view Warrior's Walk at Ft. Stewart. Spanish moss gracefully drapes off our magnificent live oaks, and there are plenty of shops, restaurants and hotels to choose from to make your stay comfortable and affordable. Hinesville offers Southern hospitality and a relaxed way of life.
Saturday, June 8
HINESVILLE TO DARIEN
Established as a port on the Altamaha River by Scottish Highlanders in 1736, Darien has a long martial tradition. By 1863, Darien was considered one of the great ports on the eastern seaboard. Aside from shipping staples like cotton and lumber, the port was a haven for blockade runners. Because of its economic importance and notoriety as a blockade-running sanctuary, Darien became a target of Union forces invading the Georgia coast during the Civil War. With the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, now is the perfect time to explore Darien's Civil War history.
Visit Darien and explore rivers, estuaries, islands, beaches and natural habitats. We boast one of the world's largest estuarine systems swimming with seafood that is harvested locally. While we know you will find your favorite place in history whether it be Fort King George, Ashantilly or the Old Jail; our best advice is sure to be dining on local cuisine at one of our restaurants, events or festivals.
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)
HQ/Registration Desk OPEN
6:15-7:30 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
by appointment with Eddie, LMT
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!
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 6/1 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves DARIEN at 10am on 6/1 and will proceed to ELLIJAY. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags!
Saturday 6/8 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves DARIEN by 1:30pm on 6/8 and will proceed to ELLIJAY. We will carry you, your bike, and 2 bags.
BRAG LITE SHUTTLE
Tuesday 6/4 Shuttle - This shuttle leaves MILLEDGEVILLE at 3pm on 6/4 and will proceed to ELLIJAY. 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 Ellijay or Darien.
ELLIJAY: Across from Citizens Bank on Highland Crossing Rd. (Get Map)
DARIEN: Grassy Area near fire station in Darien (Get Map)
**There is no camping available on the evening of Saturday, June 8. 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 8. 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 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!
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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 - ELLIJAY
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 - GAINESVILLE
MONDAY, JUNE 3 - COVINGTON
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 & WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 - MILLEDGEVILLE
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.
FIRST CLASS BRAG
BRAG FIRST CLASS is provided by Pork Belly Ventures and 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) $350/person
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.
PAST MUSICAL ACTS
We will announce 2019 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 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!
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.
BIG BRAG PROGRAMS
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? Registrants have until March 21, 2019 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.
November 1, 2018
2019 Registration Open
January 1, 2019
2019 Routes Announced
January 2, 2019
2019 Rates Increased
May 26, 2019
Online Registration Closes
Last Day to Register for FREE T-Shirt
June 1, 2019
2019 Big BRAG Begins!
On-Site Registration Available
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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