The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia’s US Bicycle Route 21 is covering 160+ miles from Chattanooga to Atlanta September 27 – 29. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing a network of officially numbered interstate bicycle routes that connect America’s cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Georgia recently joined the USBRS by designating a system of roads and trails as US Bike Route 21. In Conjunction with the Georgia DOT, The Atlanta Falcons, and Northside Hospital, BRAG is hosting this ride.
The City of Summerville will proudly host this group of avid cyclists in Dowdy Park on Friday, September 27 for its fourth year. The cyclists will be arriving in Summerville at their own pace between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. Riders will spend the day in Summerville, camping out in Dowdy Park. During their stay they will enjoy an educational class, board a shuttle to local restaurants, shop local retail, and enjoy a Friday Night Live concert in Dowdy Park.
Summerville Main Street will present Nashville music star Faith Jackson in concert for a Friday Night Live Community Concert from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Dowdy Park. The concert is free to the public. Food and specialty vendors will be site for the evening. Concert goers are suggested to bring a lawn chair.
For spectators and photographers wishing to cheer this group on as they depart, a group start, with police escort, is scheduled on University Street Saturday at 8:00a.m. Cyclists will continue their journey an additional 58.4 miles from Summerville to Rockmart and camp at Skydive Spaceland Atlanta. On Sunday the cyclist will complete their ride by traveling 43.1 miles from Rockmart to Atlanta / Mableton. A shuttle bus will transports the participants back to Chattanooga once everyone reaches their destination.
The annual bicycle ride across the state of Georgia began in 1980 under the guidance of Dot Moss. Dot received her inspiration for the tour from Iowa’s RAGBRAI. Georgia’s event started out as the Great GASBE (Georgia’s Annual State Bicycling Event). The 1st ride began in Savannah and ended in Columbus.
The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing affordable, quality bicycle tours in and across the state of Georgia. BRAG is the second oldest across-state bicycle tour in the world and attracts riders from across the United States. It has covered thousands of miles and touched hundreds of towns through the years. Along the routes, Georgia residents open up their towns and communities to participants, making for a truly memorable experience. The fellowship and spirit that comes along with all of BRAG’s rides keeps many riders coming back year after year. BRAG is a bicycle ride, not a race. Its about the journey.