Want to be a part of the 2019 Bicycle Ride Across Georgia without cycling 350 miles? The Lake Lanier Olympic Park has you covered with its Sunday concert.
The June 2 event at the Clarks Bridge Road park is part-welcome, part-birthday celebration for BRAG and its cyclists, which kicks off Sunday morning in Ellijay. This year is BRAG’s 40th in the Peach State.
BRAG’s 40th birthday party
What: A celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia
When: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: Free to attend
The first cyclists are expected to hit Gainesville close to noon Sunday, according to Regina Dyer, manager of the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Robyn Lynch, manager of the Olympic Park.
“We’re going to stay at the Olympic Park in Gainesville,” Franklin Johnson, executive director with BRAG, told The Times in February, “and that will give us the opportunity for participants to enjoy the lake life that everyone has come to know and love from Gainesville as well as do a concert there at the Olympic Park that night.”
After they’ve had some time to settle in, the park is opening the park to the community beginning at 6 p.m. with a concert by the Fabulous Cover Hogs band, food trucks and kayak and paddleboard rentals.
Many of BRAG’s 1,200 riders camp out along the path from Ellijay to Darien, which sits between Savannah and Brunswick. Their camping equipment and bikes will be stored on the boathouse side of the park, leaving parking available for the community on the tower side, Lynch said.
There won’t be any hard road closures along the BRAG route in Gainesville, according to Dyer, but the cyclists will have a police escort through the city and populated areas of the county when the group leaves on Monday.
Motorists should expect delays near Green Street close to 7 a.m. Monday, June 3. The Hall County Sheriff's Office has published a map of the route, along which motorists should also expect delays.