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STU 2014 25% Off
STU 2014 Ride Overview
STU 2014 Ride Details
STU 2014 Schedule
STU 2014 Meals
STU 2014 Motels
STU 2014 Directions
WinterRide Openings
BRAG Gone Social   

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You Can't BRAG if You Don't Ride.
Ride On 25% Discount Spring Tune-Up Ride
You're heard of Groupon. Well, BRAG wants to help you Ride On. From now through February 14, register for Spring Tune-Up Ride by BRAG for 25% off. That's right. 25% off the regular price. You must use the special Ride On registration form. Click on the Ride On Spring Tune-Up registration form here, and mail it in with your check to BRAG or fax it with your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover information. We are not using online registration for this special promotion.

This is a great way for BRAG to say THANK YOU to our loyal riders and to encourage new riders.

Are you wondering what to give that special someone for? BRAG has the answer for you. Give your sweetie a registration to the Spring Tune-Up Ride at the discounted price. Now that's a win-win solution!

Triathletes, the Spring Tune-Up Ride is a great place to get in some training. After riding one of the various mileage options each day, or the Century Ride on Saturday, you can swim at the Morgan County Aquatic Center, within walking distance of BRAG HQ. The Aquatic Center is open Thursday until 8pm, Friday, 6am - 5pm, Saturday, 10am - 5pm, and closed on Sunday. After your swim, check with BRAG HQ for a 5-mile jogging route.   

Sign up now for this special discount. And get it to us now. The deadline is February 14, 2014.

The details about the Spring Tune-Up Ride are below.
BRAG 2014
Spring Tune-Up Ride
April 4-6, 2014
Madison, Georgia

Ride It. Love It. BRAG About It.

Come ride with us at the 21st annual BRAG Spring Tune-Up Ride on April 4-6, 2014. BRAG veterans, experience the fun and fellowship of BRAG without having to put up and take down your tent each day. BRAG newcomers, this is a terrific way to experience BRAG without taking a week off from work to do so. Join us for the Spring Tune-Up Ride to clear the cobwebs off your bicycle and shake the winter right out of your legs. Come see what makes the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia so special. It's much more than just another bike ride. Ride for a day or for the entire 3-day weekend. Join us for the fun, the food, the fellowship, and the festival at BRAG Spring Tune-Up 2014!

The terrain around Madison is flat to rolling hills, with a few surprises. Madison was voted "Best Small Town in America" and is "the town Sherman refused to burn."  Madison is located on Georgia's Antebellum Trail and Georgia's Antique Trail and features pre-Civil War and Victorian homes with a charming downtown. There are 14 restaurants on the square, plus an ice cream/chocolate shop, and a candy shop, all just a mile from camp. Find out more about Madison at

You can stop by Scoops Ice Cream Shop in downtown Madison and enjoy a banana split, milkshake, or a cone of your favorite ice cream before heading back to camp. You can start your diet Monday morning.
Again This Year
On Friday afternoon, we will have a DJ and free Happy Hour beer party downtown at the air-conditioned Conference Center, complete with DJ Ned Mountain. Ned has been spinning mountains of tunes for years at SBL dances. He knows exactly what bike riders want to hear after a long day in the saddle. We'll also have some Cokes, Dasani Water, and snacks to go with the beer. Bring your ID for the beer party. We will be checking them.  
Also back this year: Free Pimento Cheese Sandwiches at one lucky rest stop each day of the tour. We're not just BRAGing about our PBJs anymore!
We will also have Happy Hour Saturday afternoon, 4pm - 6pm. Location TBA.
When Does it Start & Schedule of Events
THURSDAY, APRIL 3.  Outdoor camping available at Heritage Park after 3:30 p.m. (not before). BRAG headquarters open from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. NOTE: Camping is NOT allowed at Heritage Park on Wednesday, April 2. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time at Heritage Park.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4.  The Brer Rabbit Ride. 58 miles (or 30 or 11). HQ open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Café Campesino on site with optional coffee, juices, muffins, and bagels. Ride to Eatonton. Optional lunch restaurants in Eatonton will be noted on the route description. Back at camp: hot shower at shower trailer, walking or biking tour of historic Madison, including African-American museum. Downtown Happy Hour from 4pm - 6pm at the Conference Center with DJ Ned Mountain and free beer. Dinner at one of 14 restaurants downtown. Campfire on site with S'mores. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time at Heritage Park.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5.  The Oreo Cow Century Ride. 101 miles. Social Circle, Rutledge  Loop.  FULLY SUPPORTED. Free STU 2014 Century Ride Bandanna to the first 100 finishers, or The Blue Willow Ride 57 miles (or 32, 10, or shorter miles). HQ open 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Café Campesino on site with optional coffee, juices, muffins, and bagels. Ride through rural Good Hope and Social Circle, GA. Optional lunch at The Blue Willow Inn, voted Top 5 "Bodacious Buffets" in America by the Food Network. Back at camp: Walking or biking tour of Historic Madison. Happy Hour from 4pm - 6pm. Location TBA. Ned Mountain will be back spinning your favorite tunes. Dinner at one of 14 restaurants downtown. Campfire at Heritage Park with S'mores. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time at Heritage Park.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6.  The Rock Eagle Ramble. 62 miles (or 39, 21, 15, or shorter miles). HQ opens at 7 a.m. Café Campesino on site with optional coffee, juices, muffins, and bagels. Ride to Rock Eagle for the optional Spring Sunday Lunch Buffet. Get back to camp in time for a hot shower. HQ and campsite close at 3:00 p.m. Note: Camping is not allowed at Heritage Park Sunday night. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time at Heritage Park.

NOTE: If riding short options, a vehicle may be needed to get to the lunch stops.

Café Campesino will be back to jump start your morning with BRAG brew coffee. Optional breakfast items such as bagels and muffins will be available for purchase. For dinner, you can eat at one of the 14 restaurants in downtown Madison.  
BRAG Spring Tune-Up 2014 will begin and end at Heritage Park in Madison, Georgia. At on-site registration, you will receive your obligatory BRAG Spring Tune-Up wristband. You will also receive your maps and route descriptions. You can purchase BRAG merchandise at the registration area. There will be a bike shop available to provide bicycle repair and technical support. A portable shower trailer will be on site to provide hot showers after each day's ride.  

All outdoor camping for the weekend (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights) will be at Heritage Park. RVs are welcome, but no hookups are provided. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on Heritage Park property. There is no indoor camping at Heritage Park. See below for Directions to the Start/Finish.

Rest stops will be located every 15 to 20 miles along the route. There will be a fully-supported optional Century Ride on Saturday, April 5. Shorter ride options will be offered each day.

On-route lunch options are available all three days. Friday's ride features several restaurants in Eatonton. Saturday's route goes by The Blue Willow Inn, and Sunday's route goes to the Rock Eagle Spring Sunday Lunch Buffet. Short option rides may not go past the lunch stops. If you ride a short option, you can ride your bike back to camp, get your car, and still make it to the lunch stop to meet your friends. All rest stops will offer PBJ sandwiches. One rest stop each day will also offer pimento cheese sandwiches.

All BRAG rides are "Show and Go." There is no organized group start. It's a ride, not a race. There will be Newcomers' Meetings each morning at 7:30 a.m for first-time BRAG riders.

If you prefer to stay in a motel, Madison has several motels to choose from, including our sponsor, the James Madison Inn downtown. There are also several Bed and Breakfasts in the Madison area, including the Brady Inn. For more information on accommodations, visit

James Madion Inn The James Madison Inn in Madison has again joined BRAG as a sponsor of the Spring Tune-Up Ride and will award one lucky rider with a free night's stay at the Inn. A registration will be chosen at random from all the Spring Tune-Up registrations received by March 15, 2014. This free night's lodging may be used during Spring Tune-Up, subject to hotel room availability. Register now for the Spring Tune-Up Ride and get your name in the drawing. For more information on The James Madison Inn, please visit This room is a $234 value. They are offering a 20% discount to BRAG riders staying with them during the ride. When making reservations, make sure you tell them you are a BRAG rider to receive the discount.
To confirm your ride registration, check the web site for the updated weekly registration list.

Directions to the Start/Finish
google map Do a map search for Old Buckhead Rd. and Brown Ln., Madison, GA  30650.  Madison is about 70 miles east of Atlanta.
  • Take I-20 to Madison, GA (I-20 East from Atlanta).  Exit at Exit 114, US 129/US 441, Madison-Eatonton Exit.
  • Go north on US 129/US 441 at the traffic light.  If coming from Atlanta, this is a left turn off the exit ramp.  If coming from the East, this is a right turn off the exit ramp.
  • Go approximately .8 mile and turn right on the Madison Bypass (US 129 Bypass/US 441 Bypass) at the traffic light.
  •  Travel 3.1 miles on the Bypass and then turn right onto Old Buckhead Rd. at a traffic light.
  • Continue .1 mile and turn left onto Brown Ln. Madison Heritage Park is .1 mile ahead on the left. BRAG headquarters is located in the picnic pavilion on the left.
WinterRide 2014

There are a few spaces left to join the WinterRide 2014, February 18 - 23. This is a biking, hiking, and kayaking adventure in St. Marys, GA. Take a break from the cold weather and come to St. Marys where the average temperature during this week in February is 65ºF. St. Marys is 350 miles from Atlanta and takes about 6 hours to drive. This is a great late-Winter escape, a relaxed multisport event suitable for all levels of bicycling. Non-riders are welcomed also. For detailed information and registration, visit our website.