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What to Expect: Thursday Night

What to Expect on Opening Night

Opening night welcomes campers (and non-campers) at Poinsett State Park in Sumter, S.C. Expect a turn-key experience with our trained team of professional packers who will safely transport your bikes and personal belongings. All you have to do is set up your campsite!

For those staying in nearby hotels, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Shuttles are provided to transport you and your belongings to and from the campsite so you can enjoy the nightly activities as well.

Upon arrival, guests can expect to hear the soulful strum of a banjo, rhythmic clapping and boot tapping, and the talented vocals of Pierce Edens. Pierce Edens is a perfect fit for the theme of the night; Grillin’ and Chillin’.

Grillin’ and Chillin’

After campers get settled on the lakeside retreat, we’ll be firing up the grills and serving some good ole’ fashioned campfire food curated by Jamie Westendorff. Grab a drink, grab a plate and take in the views!

Throughout the evening we will also offer free paddle board and kayak rentals provided BASC. We encourage campers to get the full experience of the campsite and take a spin around the lake to see native wildlife and the unique ecosystem.

“In the High Hills of Santee, where the South Carolina Sandhills of the Midlands region meet the coastal plain region, you’ll find Poinsett State Park.  Called the “mountains of the midlands,” this mixed ecosystem yields a high degree of biodiversity and some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail which winds through the Manchester State Forest.”

https://southcarolinaparks.com/poinsett

Expect a full-circle experience as the park naturalist shares insights on the unique ecosystem and the bi-annual emergence of over 2 million frogs from the parks pond (don’t worry, they’ll be long gone by the time we get there)!

End the night with Pierce Edens as he plays his signature folk-rock style music. His atmospheric sound and nitty gritty lyrics create the perfect vibe for our Grillin’ and Chillin’ night.

What to Expect Friday Morning

Coffee, a beautiful sunrise over the lake, and a full breakfast!

Rise and shine Friday morning and get ready to ride through the Manchester State Forest. Expect steep terrain and majestic water views as you wind through The High Hills of Santee Passage. Riders will feel the presence of the Catawba Indians, early settlers, traders and plantations. The hilly topography is an unexpected surprise in the middle of the state but offers a welcomed challenge to the able rider.  Often mistaken for mountains, these ancient dunes were formed millions of years ago along the ancient shoreline when megalodons and giant whales plowed the oceans.

The Lake Marion Passage is filled with wildlife and vistas of the coastal plains. Cyclists will stop for lunch in the swamp at Strawberry Landing and later hop on a boat for the last leg to the evening, ending at your campsite at Santee State Park.  Our volunteers will have your gear there and the hospitality tent will be open.

For more specifics on the route, click here!

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 ($245 for the 2-day ride and $345 for the 3-day ride).

Register in the month of May to receive a free BASC hat as a tribute to National Bike Month!

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A Family Friendly Event | Bike Ride

Picture this:

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!

The Family Friendly Two-Day Ride

It may sound challenging, but BASC is suitable for the whole family! The two-day ride is designed for all ages and experience levels, making this something your family will not want to miss. The first day of the two-day ride begins at Santee State Park and travels 62 miles through The Palmetto Trail. The entire day is along flat land with a mixture of dirt and gravel roads, making it incredibly safe and fun for all ages. Just be sure your child can handle the mileage each day and is able to ride a bike with 20″ wheels or larger.

Following the ride through the beautiful trails of Lake Moultrie, riders retreat to a number of lakeside accommodations where you can swim or relax at Overton Park. If you still have a little pep in your step, join us on the dance floor for disco night. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed.

Day 2 of the two-day ride departs from Overton Park and pursues a custom trail through the Francis Marion Forest. Enjoy scenic overlooks through swampy terrain, logging roads and long-leaf pines. The ride ends in Awendaw with a Lowcountry Boil, music and drinks in the lush setting of the Hidden Ponds Nursery.

And if you’re not up for the ride, we have a non-rider option that lets you enjoys the camping, food and drink, and outdoor activities but without the bikes!

Palmetto Trail

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 ($245 for the 2-day ride and $345 for the 3-day ride).

Register in the month of May to receive a free BASC hat as a tribute to National Bike Month!

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

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Introducing Bicycle Across South Carolina!

Our Inspiration

The idea of Bicycle Across South Carolina first came to us after learning about the incredible impact The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, more commonly known as RAGBRAI, had on the state of Iowa. This ride started off small and grew to become the longest, largest and oldest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. The event highlights local communities and unique landscapes and has become a trademark for the state of Iowa.

With this inspiration, The Post and Courier (South Carolina’s biggest fans) got together and started brainstorming how we can showcase all The Palmetto State has to offer. And with that, Bicycle Across South Carolina was born!

BASC

What to Expect

As we venture into our first year, we want to make sure we’re setting ourselves up for success. To do so, we’ve partnered with numerous influencers and key players in the cycling community that have helped us shape this event into more than just a ride, but an experience.

One of the major things we learned about cyclists was that they ride for the reward of having a beer and a burger with their friends afterwards. With that, we turned each night into a themed party that includes live music, open bar and lots of great food. Thursday and Friday night are the kickoff parties for our 2-day and 3-day riders (and non-riders). We’ll have barbecue dinners, local bands, laser skeet shooting, paddle boards, kayaks, historians and much more – all of which is included in your registration fee!

Check out the Daily Schedule on our website for full details.

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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 ($245 for the 2-day ride and $345 for the 3-day ride).

Register in the month of May to receive a free BASC hat as a tribute to National Bike Month!

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