Family members are welcome to wait for their riders at the YMCA, where inside and outside camping is available, or to meet their riders at the various SAG stops along the routes. Also we expect to have the outdoor pool open in the afternoon after the Saturday ride. Come Friday night if you wish to set up camp and register between 6:30–8:00 p.m. There's space to camp on the soccer field with nearby toilets. Indoor camping and the showers are inside the YMCA gym. Air conditioning has now been added to the gym. If you have people in your group who are not riding there will be a car show on the square Saturday morning. Directions from I-85 north of Atlanta: Take the Exit 177 off of Interstate I-85 (this is near the GA-SC border), and go south on GA Hwy. 77 which leads to Hartwell (approximately 12 miles away). In Hartwell, turn right onto US-29/GA-8/Athens Street. Go 0.8 miles, then turn left onto Opal Extension.
For a number of years the Boy Scouts have helped Kiwanis by providing manpower at the SAG stops along the way.
Mix and match your routes to tailor a 2-day training weekend right before the 2018 Bicycle Ride Across Georgia—this is an Official BRAG Training Ride. Or come for just one day and challenge yourself: Is it time for your first century ride? Is a 35 mile ride going to be your longest bike ride ever? Either way, we're prepared to make this a fun weekend for your personal cycling challenge. Register early to save $10 and receive a free t-shirt. Join us on Facebook to share your photos from the
.This ride is sponsored by the Hartwell Kiwanis Club. We support with the proceeds of the ride, Hartwell YMCA, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the Boy Scouts. Hartwell is proud of the YMCA we have, outstanding for a town of 5,000. Dolly Parton Imagination Library distributes about 1,000 books a month free to local children 0-5.