26th Annual Cruisin’ in the Country Bicycle Ride

The Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the
26th Annual Cruisin’ in the Country Bicycle Ride, Saturday, November 12th, 2022.
This year’s event will be headquartered at the Evans County Public Fishing Area, 4757 Area Line Road, Claxton, Georgia. This beautiful 372- acre site is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and features a campground with 22 campsites complete with electricity, water, picnic table, fire ring and a comfort station with showers. Primitive campsites are also available. For camping information or to make a reservation, log on to http://reservations.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.
Route Options
Cruisin’ is a family friendly bicycle ride. It is not a race. Six different ride options will be offered to ensure there’s a ride suited for each skill level. Whatever route you choose, you will travel roads with minimal traffic and enjoy the beautiful countryside. While riding, you will benefit from SAG vehicles patrolling the routes as well as our award-winning, friendly, themed rest stops located every 10 to 20 miles. Rest stops will be stocked with water, Power-Ade, and various snacks. In addition, port-a-potties and/or rest rooms, and hand-washing stations will be available at each stop.
Six route options will be offered: 16- mile, 24- mile, 37- mile, 50- mile, 66- mile and the 100- mile, “Royce Smith Century Route”. Smith, a former UGA All-American football player, passed away unexpectedly in 2004. A co-founder of Cruisin’, he will always be remembered as having put his heart and soul into building this event. Maps and cue sheets are available to download and will also be available for pick-up at Cruisin’ headquarters. You can also access route information via Active.com

Registration
We are pleased to offer 3 registration schedules for Cruisin’. Early Bird registration is $45 and will be offered June 1st until August 31st. The registration fee for September 1st through October 31st is $55. Registration from November 1st through November 12th (including walk-up registrations) is $65. Active and retired military can register for $45, at any time. (Please note – event t-shirts CANNOT be guaranteed for registrations received after October 1st.) You can download a registration form (www.claxtonevanschamber.com) and mail in with payment. To register by credit card, log on to www. Active.com. On-site registration will be offered at Cruisin’ Headquarters, Saturday, November 12th, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

All routes begin and end at Cruisin’ Headquarters, Evans County Public Fishing Area Event Center, 4757 Area Line Road, Claxton, Georgia.

National Trail Day in Jackson

There is a new hiking/biking trail that connects Indian Springs State Park , Dauset Trails Nature Center, and the City of Jackson. In all, there are over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails for the public to enjoy. We would love for you to join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony and 9:30 a.m., and then enjoy a hike or bike ride on the trails.

Following this morning event, we welcome you to join us for our Grand Opening at 1:30 p.m. at the Historic Butts County Courthouse on the square in Jackson. (The address is 25 Third St., Jackson, Georgia 30233). Following the Grand Opening, we will have a Stranger Things Bike Ride for Kids directly behind the square. This is the street where scenes from Stranger Things was filmed.

Carrollton selected to host 2020 Georgia Bike Summit

Nearly 200 bicycle advocates, industry representatives, planners and elected officials will roll into Carrollton for the 2020 Georgia Bike Summit, Sept. 18-19.

“We are very excited to bring the 11th Annual Georgia Bike Summit to Carrollton,” said Georgia Bikes Executive Director Elliott Caldwell. “With the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) also coming to Carrollton this summer, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for bicycling in the area.”

Each year, Georgia Bike Summit brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to share best practices, disseminate information and collaborate in building a bicycle-friendly Georgia. A secondary purpose of the summit is to showcase the bicycle culture and amenities of communities throughout the state.

“Carrollton has really focused on being a great place to ride a bicycle,” said Caldwell. “The dedication of many community members, the local government in creating the GreenBelt, as well as better on-road infrastructure, is bearing fruit with these kinds of events coming to Carrollton.“ In 2018 Carrollton earned Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists. The League praised the city for embarking on a “bold vision to improve cycling.”

The Bike Summit is Georgia’s only statewide gathering for bicycle advocates. This is the first time the event is being held in Carrollton after being held in larger cities and on the coast for its first 10 years. Caldwell said the 2016 Georgia Trails Summit in Carrollton, which several Bike Summit organizers attended, positively influenced the decision to award the city the 2020 event.

BRAG TuneUp Ride

For  TuneUp, riders travel at their own pace along a set route which includes rest stops with refreshments. You may choose to ride as many or as few miles as you like ranging from 20 – 100 miles. The start/finish will be at the same location all weekend. At the end of each day’s ride, there will be food & drinks, hot showers, live music, and games. Some riders will choose to stay at local hotels.

2020 BRAG Winter Ride

Winter Ride is a relaxed, multi-sport tour of Coastal Georgia

The Winter Ride is suitable for all levels of cyclists. Each day we ride to different locations in the St. Marys area and visit such attractions as Cumberland Island, the Jekyll Island, Fernandina Beach, and Kings Bay Submarine Base. Each night we stay in hotels, enjoy happy hours, and sit down to delicious dinners. Non-riders are also welcomed.