volunteer

How to Volunteer

Do you consider yourself a S’more’s connoisseur? Snack enthusiast? Amateur baggage handler? Then we need your help!

Bicycle Across South Carolina is looking for a team of dedicated volunteers to help support our team in executing this event.

Volunteer Perks

Anyone who volunteers will receive:

  • 1 Free day to ride (Ex: 1 day of volunteering = 1 free day of riding)
  • BASC T-Shirt
  • Food and Beverage
  • Campsite
  • Partake in Nightly Activities
  • And the chance to be a part of a fun and exciting team!

Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Check In / Registration:
    • Set-up Check in.
    • Mark Parking Area.
    • Check-in Registrants.
    • Load up registrants onto Sprinter Vans.
    • Give each participant a waiver, bib number, and contact form
  • Equipment Load In / Unload:
    • Organize and pack luggage and bicycles onto truck.
  • S’mores & Hotdogs at the Campfire
  • Breakfast
    • Coffee Served
    • Breakfast Served
    • Clean up breakfast
  • Lunch
    • Serve lunch at rest stop
  • Rest Stop Management
    • Serve & help manage Break Areas
  • Dinner Prep/Set Up
    • Set- up for Dinner/ Tent/ Celebration etc.
  • Dinner Server & Activity Manager
    • Serve Dinner, Beer & Wine, etc.
    • Rent out paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, etc.
  • Dinner Breakdown
    • Manage break down and clean up.
    • – Prep coffee.
  • Campsite Breakdown
    • Manage break down and clean up.

How to Become a Volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044EADA623A1F85-bicycle 

If you’d like to utilize your free day of riding, please email me here which day you’d like to participate in the ride; awarburton@postandcourier.com

If you do not email me your preferred free riding day, we cannot guarantee you’ll be able to participate in the ride.

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FAQ

General FAQs

As we head into the final weeks leading up to BASC, here’s a compilation of the most common questions we received!

  1. Do we have to transport our camping gear and equipment?
    • Nope! Our team of professionally trained movers will be in charge of transporting all bicycles and equipment, camping gear, luggage, and anything else riders do not want to ride with. Please keep in mind that your supplies must be appropriately packed (so nothing is overflowing or spilling) and a considerate size/weight.
  2. Are there showers and electricity at the campsites?
  3. Can my children join me on the ride?
    • Your children are welcome to join the ride as long as they can 1) handle the mileage each day (physically and mentally) and 2) can ride a 20″ bike or larger
  4. What type of bicycle would you recommend?
    • We would recommend a hybrid bicycle or gravel. It really comes down to what you are most comfortable with. Day 1 (Friday) of the ride is a bit more mountainous but Day 2 and 3 (Saturday, Sunday) are relativity flat, gravel paths. Check out full route details here: 2019 Route Highlights 2019 Route Highlights
  5. How do I become a volunteer?
    • Volunteer registration will launch next Friday, August 23rd. Volunteers will help with transportation, setup/break down, food and beverage, and other tasks along the way. Anyone who volunteers will also be welcome to ride 1 day for free. If you are interested, please email me here and I’ll add you to our list: BASC@PostandCourier.com
      • Ex. If you volunteer on Friday, you can ride with the group and participate in all activities on Saturday or Sunday for free.
  1. What if my spouse/friend/family member doesn’t want to ride with me?
    • We have a non-rider options that allows friends or family to participate in the nightly activities without having to ride each day. Non-rider registration cost include; dinner each night, access to hiking trails, kayaks, and paddle boards, and your campsite. It does not include your transportation or breakfast/lunch.
  2. Do we have to camp?
    • We have hotels and cabins options available for anyone who would like an upgraded camping experience. Shuttles will be available for hotels nightly so you can enjoy the festivities each night and be shuttled to and from the hotels each night and morning. Check out our other blog post here that goes into details about our Nightly Accommodations.
  3. Are there vegan/vegetarian options each night?
    • Yes! We will have vegan and vegetarian options available for each meal.
  4. Will there be rest stops along the way?
    • We will provide a break area, snacks, and extra water along trail every 15 miles. Lunch is also served along the trail.
  5. How can I connect with other riders?
  6. Are there cut off times for riders each day?
    • Yes, there are cut off times for each day but those will based off when the last rider departs. There will be a “sweep team” that leaves each morning at 10:00 AM (an hour after the last rider) to ensure everyone finishes and no one gets left behind. We will also have meetings each night to go over the routes for the following day, SAG stops, cut off times, and other important details.
  7. Can I bring 2 bicycles?
    • Yes, you are allowed to bring 2 bicycles for an additional $25.00 (for transportation fees). You can select this option when you go through the registration process.

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Friday

What to Expect: Friday

Friday morning kicks off in The Poinsett Tea Room at Poinsett State Park for breakfast and packet pickup! From there, riders will begin to depart as they start their 3-day ride.

Friday Route Options

Day 1 offers two different route options; a shorter route (20 miles) and a longer route (40 miles).

Both routes will take riders through the sharp turns and mountainous terrains of “The Knot.” The only difference between these two routes is the loop at the beginning of the ride that allows riders to choose the extra 20 miles or bypass it. This day is intended for more experienced riders that can handle steep inclines and fast declines.

BASC map

The High Hills of the Santee Passage cover some of the most historic sections of the trail. Cyclists 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. Cyclist will stop for lunch in the swamp at Sparkleberry 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.

2-Day Riders Join

Meanwhile, our 2-day riders will start arriving at the shuttle in Awendaw. The shuttle will take the 2-day riders and their belongings to the campsite for the night in Santee State Park.

2-day riders, 3-day riders and all non-riders will meet at Santee State Park for a night of barbecue and homemade ice cream!

Barbecue, Carolina Keller, and Homemade Ice Cream

Set up your camp or take the shuttle to your hotel, then join us for happy hour and a barbecue dinner served between 6 pm and 9 pm. Enjoy live music, dancing and laser skeet shooting. The park historian will share the origins of the man-made lake, the Santee Indian Mounds and the British Fort Watson, which was overtaken by the troops of General Francis Marion in 1871.

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What to Expect Saturday Morning

Breakfast and coffee will be served between 7 AM and 8 AM as riders get ready to depart for Day 2!

The day begins winding through the crops and farm fields of rural South Carolina before emerging onto the shoreline of Lake Moultrie.  The trail follows along the dike system giving riders an elevated view of the lake created in the early 1940s by the South Carolina Public Service Authority. Its effluent is the Cooper River and is dammed by the Pinopolis Dam. It covers about 60,000 acres and was named for Governor William Moultrie.

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Early Bird Pricing has been extended for another week! Discounted pricing will be offered now through August 11.

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10 things to remember to pack

10 Things to Remember to Pack

Packing for a few nights in the wildness can be a bit challenging. So we created a list of a few items you might not think of when it comes time to start packing. Here are 10 things you’ll want to remember to pack..

**We’ll be shuttling all of your camping gear and supplies so you don’t have to worry about throwing it on your back as you ride!

  1. Sunglasses/hats
  2. Reusable water bottle
  3. Rain gear (for both camping and riding)
  4. Flashlight
  5. Sunscreen and bug spray
  6. Towel for swimming and showering
  7. Headphones
  8. Baggage tags for your camping supplies
  9. First Aid supplies (Aspirin, Band-Aids, etc.)
  10. Your best 70’s outfit for disco night

To make sure you have absolutely everything you need, check out this list from REI: checklist-bike-multiday-touring

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2019 Route Highlights

What’s interesting about the routes for this event is that they’re always changing. The paths, the bridges, and the water are constantly evolving as a part of The Palmetto Trail. All part of the fun, right?

Luckily, we are working with The Palmetto Conservation Foundation to ensure the routes are clean and safe. With that being said, here are the route highlights of all three days!

Day 1 Route Highlights:

Kick off Bicycle Across South Carolina in Poinsett State Park and loop around The Wateree Passage and Everwood Lane Pasture. This route is one of two options you’re welcome to take on Day 1. The longer route is 40 miles total and loops uphill through steep terrain.  The shorter route is 28 miles total and bypasses the loop and steep terrain.

After looping around the Everwood Lane Pasture Road, the trail takes riders into The High Hills of the Santee Passage. This historical section boasts Indians, plantations, traders and early settlers.  In addition to the historical significance, this part of the trail turns a bit more challenging as the trail twists and turns over slightly rougher terrain.

Next up is the Lake Marion Passage. This part of the trail winds along the lake until you reach the ferry at Packs Landing. The ferry will then bring riders across the lake to our campsite for the night at Santee State Park Landing.

Day 2 Route Highlights:

Day 2 takes riders through crops and farm fields of rural South Carolina before emerging onto the shoreline of Lake Moultrie. The route is 62 miles and is relatively flat, gravel paths.  Eventually riders will end up on the Eutaw Springs Passage. This passage cuts through the tiny downtown of Eutawville and showcases dairy farms, grassy pastures and Revolutionary War sites.

The final stretch of Day 2 will be the Lake Moultrie Passage.  This 27-mile passage loops around the massive Lake Moultrie with scenic views and shady pine forests.  Fun fact: This 60,000-acre lake was named after Governor William Moultrie.

Riders will eventually end up at Overtop Park in Moncks Corner for a night of food trucks and music!

Day 3 Route Highlights:

The final day of Bicycle Across South Carolina takes us off The Palmetto Trail and into the Francis Marion Forest.  Small bridges over swampy terrain, logging roads and long-leaf pines guide the way with multiple chances to explore Indian settlements and old churches. The 49 mile route ends with a celebration in the lush setting of Hidden Ponds Nursery. Friends and family are welcome to join!

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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).

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Getting Ready for BASC

We are just 2 months out from the official kickoff of Bicycle Across South Carolina! In these next coming months, here’s what you need to know to get ready!

We have created a training schedule designed to help you crush this ride! Use this schedule to guide you to success. If you’re used to the mileage and terrain that BASC covers, keep doing your thing and you’ll be set! If you’re a newer rider still adjusting these challenges, use this guide as a tool to help prepare for this event.

The training schedule incorporates a combination of Cycling and Cross Training. Each week the intensity increases so by the time the event rolls around, you’ll be good to go!

Cross-training can be anything from weightlifting to running to resistance training to kickboxing. Ultimately, it is to keep your body moving for a certain period of time that works your muscles and builds your endurance.

Don’t forget to always hydrate and let your body rest if needed.

Equipment and Gear

Another thing to keep in mind as you’re getting ready is your gear. Do you have enough gear to get you through 2 or 3 days in the wilderness? There are a few lakes near the campsite if you need to do a quick load of laundry…But to avoid having to do laundry with the fish, think ahead!

Here are some things to keep in mind…

  • Bicycle Equipment
  • Clothes
  • Camping Equipment
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • First Aid
  • Miscellaneous (headphones, sunglasses, zip-lock bags, etc.)

Accommodations

If you decided to stay in one of the cabins, feel free to invite friends to stay with you to cut down on costs! Some of the cabins sleep 8+ so make sure you’re taking full advantage!

Don’t have anyone to bunk with? Check out our new BASC Registrant Facebook page to connect with other riders and potential roommates. If you haven’t done so already, please request to join and we’ll add you to the group! Note: This is a closed group for registrants only.

If you opted to stay in a hotel for your nightly accommodations, make sure you book it! Hotels are not included in registration costs and it is your responsibility to book your stay. We will have shuttles available to take you to and from the camp site.

 

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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).

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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). 

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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.

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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).

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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!