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May 30, 2013

Tifton hosts Bicycle Ride Across Georgia

TIFTON — Tifton will be subject to an invasion Monday. Approximately 300 bike riders are anticipated to be spending the night in the city, one of the legs of the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG), which will take place over the course of a week. This will not be an entirely new experience, though, as Tifton has hosted BRAG bicyclists in 1994 and 2000.

Some riders will be camping out at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture while others will staying at hotels in town. Shuttle buses will transport participants to downtown, restaurants or motels.

Tifton is one of five overnight spots along the way – Cordele, Douglas, Waycross, Brunswick and St. Marys are the others. Cordele is where the ride begins on Sunday.

Riders will be getting a scenic route. Rather than hugging U.S. 41 from Cordele to Tifton, the route enters Turner County on GA 33 before taking the Warwick Highway to enter Ashburn. In Ashburn, they will pass by the peanut monument before going to Sycamore. From Sycamore, they will ride down the Coverdale Highway and Cravey Road until it changes to Whiddon Mill Road in Tift County.

After staying overnight at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, they start on 8th Street on Tuesday, turning left on Tift Avenue and take GA 125 to Irwinville. The route from Irwinville to Ocilla will use Old Whitley Road and Vo-Tech Road. They will next take GA 90, turning right Bethlehem Church Road before reconnecting with the state highway system at GA 158 and go through Lax before proceeding to Douglas.

BRAG has been sponsoring the bike ride since 1980. The course varies year-to-year, last year's running across the top of the state from Dalton to Rabun County High in Tiger. Cordele and Douglas were part of the ride in 2007. Ocilla has been included in the route three times and Ashburn twice, the last time for each in 2000.

For those interest in participating, the rate depends on age and ride package, the cost ranges from $30-$320. Bicyclists can ride for a day, any three days or for the entire week.

Registration forms are available at brag.org or can be done on the first day of the event at Crisp County High.

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