Bike Ride Across Georgia ends in grand fashion at Mary Ross Park – The News (subscription)

Dale Covington is 78 years outdated — the right time to take part in his seventh Bike Ride Across Georgia. 

“I’ve been driving bicycles since I used to be a child,” Covington stated at Mary Ross Waterfront park Saturday, the final cease of the experience.

The experience, referred to as BRAG, this 12 months was per week-lengthy experience that began in Athens and ended in Brunswick. Tons of of individuals participated with the assistance of assist autos.

Alongside the best way riders stopped in Washington, Louisville, Metter and Jesup.

Cyclists experience a median of 55 miles a day, with stops for water about each 12 miles. Every night cyclists pull in at the camp website the place there have been occasions like bike jousting, races and a BRAG bar which served drinks.

“It was nice [this year], among the finest ones I believe. The climate was unusually cool in the mornings and for June in Georgia. It was exceptionally good,” Covington stated.

On the finish of the experience in Brunswick Saturday, cyclists arrived to a crowd of fellow cyclists cheering them on because the rode below the inflatable end line. They had been met with loads of water, an opportunity for a bathe, meals, stay music and even a beer tent.

A Brunswick Fireplace Division ladder truck created a bathe of water at the nook of Reynolds and Gloucester streets, simply blocks away from the end line. 

“I at all times benefit from the finish of the experience ceremony,” Covington stated. “This simply makes it the actually finest a part of it … due to the fantastic thing about the coast and the seaside, the palm bushes and the Spanish moss hanging down”

Covington, from Marietta, described BRAG as a chance to fulfill folks from different elements of the state and to make associates with fellow biking fanatics who come to experience from everywhere in the nation.

Covington stated this 12 months the BRAG additionally targeted on training.

“This bike experience actually emphasised some academic options, like what do you do to keep away from an accident,” Covington stated. “It’s a chance to study extra about security and biking so should you get into a decent scenario you have got a way of what it is advisable to do.”

BRAG additionally has labored to convey the game of biking to deprived youth by the Dream Crew program. The program was created in 1994 to provide Atlanta public center and highschool college students the chance to cycle across the state. Since then, extra cities have signed on to have BRAG dream groups of their very own, most lately opening a membership on the Georgia coast this 12 months.

On the finish of the greater than 300 mile trek, cyclists piled on to buses to take them and their bicycles again to Athens, the place the journey started final week. Many of those riders, regardless of the difficult route, will likely be again once more subsequent 12 months.

“The experience was nice however it was onerous,” stated James Chapman who rode a hand-peddle bike and accomplished the journey together with his grandson. “The final 4 miles had been killer, however it was effectively placed on.”

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