The 22nd annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT 2011) is being held this year Sept. 11 – 17. The seven day ride is planned to start at Montgomery Bell State Park and will feature a combination of valleys, rolling hills and a bit of flat terrain.
The bicycle tour will include a balance of several long distance rides and a few short distance days. This design helps to challenge Cool Springs expert cyclists, while accommodating beginner and recreational riders.
Bicycle riders will camp overnight at four different Tennessee State Parks along the planned route, including David Crockett, Henry Horton, Montgomery Bell, and Paris Landing. The City of Clarksville Tennessee will host one overnight stay at Swan Lake Park. One layover day is planned at Montgomery Bell State Park, giving Cool Springs cyclists an opportunity to sight see the beautiful surroundings, including nature hikes and canoeing.
New for 2011 is a three day ride choice for cyclists who aren’t ready for a weeklong tour or have limited vacation time. Daily mileage ranges from 84 miles on the initial and longest leg of the route to 52 miles on the last and final day.
Sponsors include Whole Foods Market, Advocate Marketing and Print, City of Clarksville, Clif Bar, Grand Fondo Cycles, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Smoothie King, Paris Winery Vineyards, Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Start 2 Finish Event Management, McKee Foods, REI, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
This event is benefiting the Cumberland Trail Conference and The TN Park Rangers Association.
To register online check out the website for the 22nd Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee.