COVINGTON — After being invited to a public concert on the Covington Square, more than 1,000 cyclists set up camp at Indian Creek Middle School on Monday night.

Covington was Bicycles Ride Across Georgia’s third stop on the weeklong Big BRAG 2019 tour.

The cyclists started in Ellijay on June 1, and will end on Saturday, June 8 in the city of Darien in McIntosh County, a journey of more than 300 miles.

Cyclists came from all over including South Carolina, Alabama and even Canada.

“It’s like one big family road trip, without spending a lot of money or resources,” said 10-year cyclist Fiona Matthews from Macon.

To commemorate BRAG’S 40th anniversary, after the day’s ride, participants have the opportunity to partake in “BRAG-tivities” like bike trivia, one legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages and more.

The city of Covington and Piedmont Newton Hospital hosted a public concert on the Square; Bicycles & Beats, and several food vendors set up trailers at the camp site.

After a cool night of fun, riders ride out bright and early Tuesday morning led by a police escort.

BRAG is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing affordable, family-oriented bicycle tours in and across the state of Georgia. BRAG’s rides are just that — rides, not races — for young and old, beginners and experts and everyone in between.

Cyclists discover Georgia on two wheels, proving a unique perspective on the state’s diverse landscape and small towns.

To learn more about BRAG, visit

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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