Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BRAG – The 31st Annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia!

The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) will celebrate its 31st consecutive ride this year as approximately 1500 cyclists gather for the annual bicycling trek across the state. BRAG is a family –oriented tour, not a race, with bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

Riders & family members will begin to arrive at Our Lady of Mercy High School on Evander Holyfield Hwy, Fayetteville, on June 4th and 5th for Saturday registration and prepare to start the ride on Sunday morning, June 6 and return to Fayetteville on June 12.

From Fayetteville, cyclists will travel to Spaulding High School in Griffin on Sunday, and the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center in Thomaston on Monday, then a layover day and two nights spent at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus. The layover day on Wednesday, June 9, provides an opportunity for cyclists to rest, do laundry, or complete a shorter ride in the middle of the week. It is also the day for BRAG’s Century Ride, 100 miles on a bicycle, earning those who complete it the coveted BRAG bandanna. Departing Columbus on Thursday morning, cyclists will visit West Side Magnet Middle School in LaGrange and Newnan High School in Newnan on Friday, before completing their journey by returning to Our Lady of Mercy High School in Fayetteville on Saturday, June 12.

BRAG began in 1980 under the direction of Dot Moss, who was inspired to do a cross state tour similar to Iowa’s RAGBRAI. Known as GASBE (Georgia’s Annual State Bicycling Event) at that time, the first route began in Savannah and ended in Columbus. From 120 riders that first year, BRAG grew to 1800 riders by 1989 and has had as many as 2600 participants in 1996 for an Olympic route from Atlanta to Savannah.

The BRAG ride has a very positive impact on the communities they visit by patronizing local motels, restaurants, shopping areas and points of interest. Most of all, this charitable event benefits Special Olympics Georgia. For more information or to register, visit, email, or call 770-498-5153.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce applauds Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School for hosting this year’s BRAG event. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School is a co-educational, college-preparatory school in Fayetteville serving grades 9 – 12. Our Lady of Mercy offers 180 days of instruction, traditional math curriculum, and a 100% college acceptance rate. For more information about Our Lady of Mercy, please call 770-461-2202 or visit

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