Frequently Asked Questions

What Does My Registration Fee Include?

Your registration includes:

  • Camping areas in beautiful Tennessee State Parks
  • Delicious breakfast and dinner each day (11 meals total for 6 day ride)
  • Hot showers
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Maps and cue sheets
  • Extra porta-potties at overnight sites
  • Rest stops every 15 – 20 miles with hydration, nutrition, porta-potties
  • Tennessee State Park Ranger support and security
  • Bike mechanic on the route and at camp
  • Access to medical team
  • Awesome 2019 BRAT t-shirt

When Should I Arrive for the BRAT?

Friday, September 13th

Riders are welcome to arrive at Natchez Trace State Park on Friday, September 13th to camp the night before the ride starts on Saturday, September 14th. On Friday, registration will open at 3PM at the Natchez Trace State Park Pin Oak Lodge. The Natchez Trace State Park address is 567 Pin Oak Lodge Rd, Wildersville, TN 38388.

Join us for a BRAT Welcome Party! During registration from 3PM to 6PM, we will have an afternoon of fun.  The Western Spur Restaurant staff will be selling beverages and dinner. 

Once you check in, we will point in the direction of your campsite or where you can check in to your cabin or inn room for your overnight accommodations.

At 6:00PM on Friday, we still have a brief Rider Meeting to answer any questions that riders have and discuss more about what you can expect on the route. State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath will speak about the beautiful region of Tennessee that you will be biking through for the next 6 days. 

Saturday, September 14th 

If you will be arriving on Saturday, September 15th, please arrive before 6:30AM and follow signs for registration at the Natchez Trace State Park Pin Oak Lodge. Breakfast will open at 6:00AM and the ride will start at 7:00AM.

What are the registration fees?

Early Registration Regular Registration Late Registration
 Jan 11 – March 3 March 4 – July 28 July 29 – Sept 8
6 Day Ride  $479.00  $539.00  $599.00
3 Day Ride  $239.00  $269.00  $299.00
2 Day Ride  $159.00  $179.00  $199.00
1 Day Ride  $79.99  $89.99  $99.99

I am signed up for the 2-day ride. How does that work?

Riders who signed up for the 2-day weekend ride will ride the same routes on Saturday, September 15th and on Sunday, September 16th as 6 day riders. Your weekend ride will be from Natchez Trace State Park.

Riders who signed up for the 2-day ride at Montgomery Bell State Park will ride the dame routes on Tuesday, September 17th and on Wednesday, September 18th as 6 day riders.

 

What is the daily schedule?

6:00AM-8:00AM — Breakfast

7:00AM — Ride Begins

8:00AM — Riders must be on the ride

5:00PM-8:00PM — Dinner

Please note that some days may vary slightly.

What is the Event Policy On Alcoholic Beverages?

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowable in accordance with the policy set forth by Tennessee State Parks. Beer, liquor, and wine by the drink are available at each park inn and catered event space. Additionally, riders over the age of 21 may enjoy beverages in designated rider camping areas.

I will be flying in for the BRAT. What’s the best way to get there?

The closest airport are:

For transportation from the airport, we recommend using a rental car. If you choose shuttle service or ride share, such as Uber or Lyft, use code mllux for $20 off your first ride with Uber.

Driving Directions from Nashville to Natchez Trace:

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Driving Directions from Knoxville to Natchez Trace: 

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Driving Directions from Chattanooga to Natchez Trace:

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What is the refund policy?

We do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods. A code for 85% of your race registration fee will be offered until 14 days prior to the start date of the event. No refund codes will be given within 14 days before the event. Refund codes can be used to register for another Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee event and will be valid for 12 months after the event date. No exceptions can be made for illness, injury, natural disasters, family emergencies, or conflicts.

How is the route marked?

In most instances, the turn signals are painted on the pavement close to the right shoulder of the road. The route markings in some areas may be placed on signs located on the right shoulder of the road when it is not permissible to paint the symbols on the pavement. They will be marked as follows:

The route will be marked on the road in the following manner:

  1. The first route marker will be 100 feet prior to the turn.
  2. The next route marker will be 20 feet prior to the turn.
  3. The third route marker will be 10 feet after the turn.
  4. Some turns, like those on downgrades, will have three (3) markers before the turn. The spacing will be 150 feet, 100 feet, and 20 feet prior to the turn.
  5. When there is a long stretch of road that does not have any marked turns, there will be a straight-ahead marker every five (5) miles to confirm you are traveling in the right direction.

What Do I Need to Bring?

With the new 2 basecamp model, you can pack as much as you want! You will always have access to your vehicle, so bring as many bags as you would like.

Are you struggling with what to pack? We’ve put together a packing list to help you decide what to bring: CLICK HERE FOR PACKING LIST TIPS.

We do still encourage you to pack in waterproof bags and plan for all possible weather conditions. Additionally, it is helpful to have name tags on bags and gear. This help us get items returned to their owners, in case they are lost.

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