By Tia Lynn Ivey
About 1,000 cyclists peddled through Morgan County beneath the uninterrupted sunshine last weekend for the 23rd Annual BRAG Spring Tune-Up Ride. BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) “is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing affordable, quality bicycle tours in and across Georgia with an emphasis on bicycling fun, safety and education. BRAG supports charitable causes and the BRAG Dream Team. 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 first ride began in Savannah and ended in Columbus.”
BRAG’s goal is “To provide extraordinary cycling experiences for youth to dream beyond their circumstances and grow greater by the mile.”
This was the first year the Spring Tune-Up set up base camp at Sunflower Farm in Rutledge. Owner Wes Holt worked hard to ensure cyclists were treated to the best Morgan County had to offer during the two-day event. Bike riders enjoyed the peaceful scenery of Morgan County during their daily rides and returned to Sunflower Farm to unwind with locally provided food, beverages and local musical talent in the evening.
The band Rust, out of Stone Mountain, performed, along with the Darnell Brothers, out of Athens. Big Kev’s Barbeque and The Caboose sold food at Sunflower Farm throughout the course of the event.