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Paul Zoeller

Rider Highlight: Paul Zoeller

“I’m in it for the fun and the beer”

We sat down with local cycling enthusiast and BASC registrant, Paul Zoeller.  Paul is a local photographer and considers himself a “recreational biker.” He and his good friend (another BASC registrant) hit the trail every Saturday up in Summerville, S.C.

“What’s happening now is we realize we’ve got to start doubling our ride. So we’ll ride the trail twice.” Paul has started doubling his rides so he can be ready for the distance and mileage that BASC requires. In addition to mileage, Paul has also started prepping his gear- making sure he’s got 3 of everything (jerseys, socks, etc.) for the 3-day ride. “We’ve been thinking of everything in three’s…”

The Palmetto Trail

Paul was first introduced to The Palmetto Trail through his work as a photographer.

“My job takes me out into the field a lot and one year I was tasked with shooting The Palmetto Trail. So I started up in the mountains near Greenville and Clemson and followed the trail all the way down to Awendaw. I’ve seen most of the trail and it showcases so much of the state.”

Day 1 of the 3-day ride is the most challenging part of the event. But that’s not what Paul’s worried about…”That second day is the scariest for us…after biking the first day through the steep terrain, we’re definitely going to be sore the following day.”

Don’t worry, Paul! We’ll have massage therapists and trained professionals on-site each night to help stretch and massage riders after the long rides.

The Experience

In the end, this ride is about adventuring through the trails and exploring the beautiful state of South Carolina. “What I really love is that the trail showcases these legs that I spend so much time on. Just being able to have those views and the time of year and all made it very enticing.”

Along the way, riders will get to learn about civil war sites from the state park historians, explore old plantations, go on a boat and various other excursions. BASC is much more than just a ride, but an experience.

“You get to ride, enjoy some live music…and at the end, you get to say you did it!”

So grab your friends, family, coworkers and join the ride! Early Bird Pricing ends August 1st ($370 for the 3-day and $270 for the 2-day). 

Join Bicycle Across South Carolina

As the event continues to evolve and come to life over the next few months, we want to hear what you’d like to see at BASC. Post-ride yoga? Football on a big screen? Email me here and we’ll see what we can do!

To stay up to date on all things BASC, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media!

 

new riders

A New Riders Experience at BASC

So you just got a new bicycle, have ridden a couple times, maybe joined a riding group or 2. Now what? BASC welcomes new riders and experienced riders by providing different routes and distances that cater to all levels.

Seeking a slight challenge with incline and distance? Go with the 3-day ride. New to cycling? Then we’d recommend the 2-day ride.

Both days offer unique challenges and distances, but with rest stops along the way, any rider can be fit enough for Bicycle Across South Carolina.

The Right Bicycle

The first and most important thing about BASC if you’re a new rider is to have the right bicycle. The 2-day ride is almost all gravel so we’d recommended using a hybrid or gravel bicycle. These bicycles can handle the uneven terrain and help make your ride easier during the long distance. For more information, check out our other blog post; “What Type of Bicycle is Right for BASC?

The hybrid bicycle will be suitable if you’re thinking about trying the 3-day ride, but be aware there are some steeper hills, rocky terrain and fast inclines.

The Mileage

If you’re still not sure if BASC is right for you, check out the recommended qualifications below (based off of the 2-day ride).

  1. Can you ride 60+ miles on (relatively) flat terrain?
  2. Are you able to pack gear, plan, and take care of your body (hydrate, rest, etc.) for a 60 mile+ ride? Note: There will be rest stops along the way
  3. Do you have a hybrid, mountain or gravel bicycle (we highly recommend not using a street bicycle)?

If you feel confident in all of these recommendations, then you’re good to go!

If you’re unsure, shoot us an email here and we can help you decide if this ride is right for you.

Also, don’t forget we have a non-rider option if you’d like to just tag along with friends and enjoy the experience on your own two feet.

And don’t forget, BASC isn’t until September so you’ll have plenty of time to train! Keep an eye out for our training guide coming soon.

Join Bicycle Across South Carolina

As the event continues to evolve and come to life over the next few months, we want to hear what you’d like to see at BASC. Post-ride yoga? Football on a big screen? Email me here and we’ll see what we can do!

Early Bird Pricing is available until August 1st ($270 for the 2-day ride and $370 for the 3-day ride).

To stay up to date on all things BASC, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media!

Nightly Accommodations 

Bicycle Across South Carolina is not just a ride, but an experience. As a part of the overall experience, we want to make each night memorable. That’s why we are offering various nightly accommodations to cater to everyone’s needs.

Option 1: Camping

Each night riders will arrive in beautiful state parks across the state. Every location is fully equipment with campsites, water, and electricity. All of which are included in your registration! The only thing you need to worry about is your tent, camping gear and setting up/breaking down your personal items.

We will shuttle everyone’s belongings from beginning to end! Equipment must be properly packed and delivered to the trucks by 8:30 am each morning.

Each night we will have live music, food, drinks, and entertainment on the campgrounds. To learn more about the nightly activities, click here and scroll down to Daily Schedule!

Option 2: RV’s (limited availability)

Basic RV Camping is available at Poinsett State Park, Santee State Park, and Short Stay. RV camping is not included in your registration and will be an additional $30 per night.

Only 5 spots are available at each location. Shared water hookups, (bring a splitter if you have one), electric hookups, 20/30/50 amp (bring an extension cord).

Anyone staying in the RV’s will have access to the nightly activities. Anyone with a Non-Rider Adult Ticket may transport your RV. We are not responsible for this transportation.

Option 3: Cabins (limited availability)

For an additional fee, you can stay at any of the state parks in one of their on-site cabins! You only need to book 1 (one) per group. Feel free to invite friends or family to join you in the cabin for a flat rate!

  • Thursday, Night 1: Poinsett State Park
    • Is an additional fee of $130. First-come, first-serve. ONLY 5 AVAILABLE! Book with us in your registration.
    • Cabins are completely furnished, heated, air-conditioned, and supplied with basic bath and bed linens, cooking and eating utensils, coffee maker and Wi-Fi. Each cabin also includes a fireplace and firewood is available for purchase at the park. Pets are not permitted in the cabins or cabin area.
  • Friday, Night 2: Santee State Park
    • Is an additional fee of $130. First-come, first-serve. ONLY 19 AVAILABLE!! Book with us in your registration.
    • All 19 cabins are situated along the lakeshore and have two bedrooms. The cabins are completely furnished, heated, air-conditioned, and supplied with linens, basic cooking, and eating utensils, coffee maker, microwave, TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Saturday, Night 3: Short Stay
    • Is an additional fee of $130 First-come, first-serve. ONLY 11 AVAILABLE! Book with us in your registration.
    • All 11 vacation rentals are multi-story units with full bath. Five (5) three-bedroom and six (6) two-bedroom cabins are available. Each fully furnished unit features many comforts of home, cable television, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, stove, and toaster. Linen set up provided, laundry facility available.

Option 4: Hotels

Hotels are another nightly accommodation we are offering for an additional charge. Shuttles will be provided to transport guests to and from the campsite so everyone can enjoy the nightly activities!

  • Thursday, Night 1: Poinsett State Park- Clarks Inn (Option 1)
    • Group rate $88.00 per night
    • 40 min to and from the group campsite (Pointsett State Park)
    • Clarks Inn offers traditionally decorated rooms with all of today’s expected amenities. Choose from double-doubles, King-sized deluxe or two room suites. Each room is individually furnished with no two being exactly alike. A full hearty cooked to order breakfast is included for every guest (two per room).
      • Address: 114 Bradford Blvd, Santee, SC 29142
      • Phone: (800) 531-9658
  • Thursday, Night 1: Poinsett State Park- Best Western Plus (Option 2)
    • Group rate $85.00 per night
    • 40 minutes to and from the group campsite (Pointsett State Park)
    • Best Western offers cozy guest rooms and easy access to area attractions, including golf courses and state parks.
      • Address: 9059 Old Number Six Hwy, Santee, SC 29142
      • Phone Number: (803) 854-3089
  • Friday, Night 2: Santee State Park- Same accommodations as Night 1 (see above)
    • Clark’s Inn is 12 min from Santee State Park
    • Best Western is 12 min from Santee State Park
  • Saturday, Night 3- Short Stay Park- Moncks Corner Inn
    • Group rate $89
    • 9 minutes to and from the group campsite  (Short Stay Park)
    • Moncks Corner Inn is a SMOKE-FREE hotel located in Mocks Corner, SC just 30 minutes from the campsite. 10 minutes. You’ll feel at home in their spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi. Relax on the triple-sheeted bedding while you watch HBO on a 32-inch flat screen HDTV. Microwave and mini-fridge are included in each room, so you can make your favorite snack.
      • Address: 505 Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. Moncks Corner, SC 29461
      • Phone: (843) 761-5900

Join Bicycle Across South Carolina

As the event continues to evolve and come to life over the next few months, we want to hear what you’d like to see at BASC. Post-ride yoga? Football on a big screen? Email me here and we’ll see what we can do!

Early Bird Pricing is available until August 1st ($270 for the 2-day ride and $370 for the 3-day ride).

To stay up to date on all things BASC, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media!

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Waking up to the sun rising over a motionless lake, biking alongside your family and friends through the serene Palmetto Trail, and enjoying a freshly grilled burger after a long day under the sun. Sounds like something from a dream, right? This dream can come true if you register for The Post and Courier’s first ever Bicycle Across South Carolina (BASC)! Don’t worry, we’re not going across the entire state of South Carolina (at least not this first year). And best part of all, BASC is family friendly event!
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