Above, frontriders with Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. These four riders were the first of 1,200, which began streaming down Main Street in Jasper early-afternoon Monday, June 4.
BRAG cyclists, who overnighted in Jasper this past Monday, June 4, brought more than just snazzy wheels and helmets along for the ride.
According to local restaurant owners and event organizers, the BRAG stopover made a big economic impact for businesses here.
“We served 82 for dinner, and that would have been busy on a Saturday night for us,” said Woodbridge Inn owner Hans Rueffert, who opened his restaurant specifically for the event.
“We are usually closed Monday,” he said, “and if we do 35 or 40 people on a weeknight that’s good for us.”
Rueffert said all the rooms at the inn were booked as well, and the restaurant sold a record number of beers in one evening.
Other restaurant owners and hotels said they saw heavy crowds on Monday as well.
“The cyclists that visited wese very impressed,” said one event organizer. “The Sheriff’s office really stepped up with the shuttle, the drivers were courteous and campers were very impressed with the community center.