Volunteer for BASC

Volunteer with BASC

Do you consider yourself a S’ more’s connoisseur? Snack enthusiast? Amateur baggage handler? Maybe just looking for a good excuse to ride for free? 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.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Sign up HERE!

Volunteer Perks

Anyone who volunteers will receive:

  • (1) Volunteer T-Shirt
  • (1) Meal per Shift (some production shifts may be excluded)
  • (3) Volunteer shifts = (1) Free Day to ride in BASC

Volunteer Roles

  • Check-In/ Registration
    • Greet registered participants
    • Answer event-related questions
    • Give packet to the participant (includes bib, wristbands, etc…)
  • Equipment Load-In/ Unload 
    • Take bags from participants & tag them
    • Load and unload trucks with bikes for storage or transporting
    • Keep bike and bag valet area neat and organized

  • Food and Beverage Support
    • Clear tables
    • Assist with food service
    • Restock plates, cups, and tableware
    • Restock ice
    • Restock beverages
    • Monitor entry lines and patios for appropriate wristbands
  • Rest Stop Management
    • Unload supplies from box truck
    • Set Up tents, tables, and chairs
    • Set Up bike racks
    • Set out food and drinks
    • Keep rest stop clean
    • Tear down rest stop tents, tables, chairs, etc. and load into box track

  •  Venue Set-Up/ Breakdown 
    • Loading in event equipment (i.e. food, sound gear, registration product, merchandise, tents, etc…)
    • Hanging banners
    • Setting up Pop-Up tents
    • Setting sandbags
    • Set up lights
  • Hospitality Team/ Green Team
    • Setting up tables & chairs in hospitality areas 
    • Decorating
    • Putting on table clothes
    • Setting up food stations
    • Help locate and retrieve hospitality supplies from Load Lot (cups, tableware, plates, napkins, etc.)
    • Set up beverage stations

Important Notes

  • Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from their shift(s)
  • If you decide to participate in the ride, please email Alison at awarburton@postandcourier.com to secure your spot. If you do not email Alison, you’re not guaranteed a spot
  • Any volunteers riding in the event are responsible for their own transportation to start/endpoints of the ride. This includes getting back to your car at the end of the ride.

How to Become a Volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Sign up HERE!

Housekeeping

This year’s ride will take place on October 15th – 18th with 3-Day, 2-Day, and 1-Day ride options. Sign up here!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Nichole Blevins at nblevins@postandcourier.com.

For the most up to date information, subscribe to our Newsletter here! Or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Text to Win

Text-to-Win a FREE RIDE

Thanks to our Official Beer Sponsor, Fat Tire Amber Ale, we are offering riders the chance to text and win the ultimate Bicycle Across South Carolina Prize Package! Throughout the month of September, BASC and Fat Tire enthusiasts will have the chance to win a free ride for two and a bicycle!

 

How to Enter

Entering is easy! All you have to do is text FATTIRE to 31996.

After that, you’ll be automatically entered to win. The winner will be announced on September 30th.

What do you Win?

Grab your riding buddy! The winner will receive (2) 3-Day BASC Registrations and a Fat Tire Branded Bicycle (a $1,000 value)!

The Fine Print

No purchase necessary. Winner must be at least 21 years old to claim prize. Begins at 12:00 AM EST on 9/1/2020 and ends 11:59 PM EST on 9/30/2020.

Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg & Data rates may apply.

Join our NEW 1-Day Ride

An adventure for all! Our 1-Day Ride will take place on Sunday, October 18th.  We will have 3 different length routes that all start and finish in Awendaw Municipal Park, located at 7900 Doar Rd. Awendaw, SC.

This ride is perfect for anyone who can’t get away for the 3 or 2-Day ride but still want to be a part of the adventure!

Read more about the routes with RideWithGPS links below:

Awendaw

Housekeeping

This year’s ride will take place on October 15th – 18th with 3-Day, 2-Day, and 1-Day ride options. Sign up here!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Nichole Blevins at nblevins@postandcourier.com.

For the most up to date information, subscribe to our Newsletter here! Or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Meet the Team – Nichole

Meet Nichole

If you’re subscribed to our newsletter then you’re familiar with our weekly ‘Meet the Team’ snippet featured at the bottom each week. We thought this would provide riders and those interested in learning more about BASC with a unique insight into the amazing collection of people who work behind the scenes. This week we are going to get to know Nichole, Event Marketing Manager, and BASC Team member.

 

Nichole grew up in Fairfax County, located in Northern Virginia. After graduating from George Mason University with a degree Sociology and Art History, Nichole decided to take a leap of faith and move across the pond, settling down in London where she lived for 14 years, working in the Advertising Industry.

Being more centrally located provided Nichole with ample opportunities to travel and explore the world. With an impressive 45 counties under her belt, the fondest memories include adventuring to Nepal where she trekked through the Himalayas to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, Borneo to visit an Orangautange sanctuary, and skydiving on the coast of New Zealand.

As her tenure in London came to a close, Nichole made her way back State-side with her growing family. She has since lived in New York City and now Charleston! In the 4 years that have passed, Nichole has made the Lowcountry her home, working several years at the Charleston Radio Group, and joining the Post and Courier team last November.

 

In her spare time, you can find Nichole enjoying leisurely rides on her beach cruiser through her neighborhood. She also can be found trying out the newest restaurants in town, attending a local wine tasting, practicing photography, and listening to her favorite podcasts.

Quick Q & A

Q: Beach or Pool?

A: Both, but in the shade!

 

Q: Movies or Books?

A: These days, Netflix

 

Q: Camping or Glamping?

A: Glamping

 

Q: Rain or Sun?

A: 72 degrees and sunny

 

Q: Favorite Color?

A: Sea Foam Green

 

Q: Favorite Food?

A: Goat’s cheese on everything

Housekeeping

As you may have seen from our Instagram and Facebook, we officially have launched BASC 2020 Registration! This year’s ride will take place on October 15th – 18th with 3, 2, and 1-day ride options. Sign up here!

For the most up to date information, subscribe to our Newsletter here!

 

Shopping Local for Bicycles in 2020

Bicycling in 2020

2020 has seen a huge increase of bicycle activity. In the midst of national unrest and a global pandemic, we have watched from our windows observing how small changes can create much larger impacts. New York City bicycle rental company CitiBike reported a 67% increase in rentals compared to this time last year. Not to mention their amazing Critical Workers Program, helping Critical Workers all across the city get to work safely and timely. In addition to CitiBike, the New York Department of Transportation has reported that it has seen a 50%+ increase of cyclists along all of their East River Bridges.  The Brooklyn Greenway has also seen a major uptake of daily users, reaching a staggering 112% more compared to the previous year.

On a more local front..

Bicycle shops in and around Charleston (as I’m sure the world) have been almost completely wiped clean of their regular inventory. Shops are now faced with tackling the steady flow of bicycles being brought in desperately in need of some TLC after a trail ride. Though more likely due to the long stint spent forgotten in the garage. Though the NIH and various government assembled COVID Task Forces may not consider bicycles shops ‘critical’ to day-t0-day operation, it is safe to say that without them, most peoples quarantine would have been a lot more boring and would of included a lot more time spent indoors.

Shopping local helps stimulate the local economy. The money you spend at a local business stays within your town and community, helping to ensure future fiscal growth. Local shops can offer more personalized service and often have one-of-a-kind products on display. We wanted to highlight some bike shops that can service all of your needs while also supporting local businesses.

Sweetgrass Cycles

Owned and operated by a bicycle shop veteran of 18 years, Lee Edwards, Sweetgrass Cycles is a one stop shop. Patrons can browse through a variety of road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, cruisers as well as bicycles for kids. Services such as rentals and repairs as also readily available. Lee was quoted by the Post and Courier in an article covering the increase of bike sales during the pandemic saying,

“We’re selling everything. Cooped-up people seemed to suddenly want bicycles. It’s a great way to get outside and exercise without getting too close to other people”

With an average google review of 4.6 stars, it is little wonder that this bike shop is a favorite among locals. Two reviewers stated:

 

 

 

The Bicycle Shoppe

Family owned for thirty years, The Bicycle Shoppe is the oldest bicycle shop in Charleston. With four locations spread across the city, this local treasure offers a wide selection of bikes to choose from, customizations, rentals, repairs- you name it and they have it at The Bicycle Shoppe. 

With an average Google review of 4.2 stars, The Bicycle Shoppe has been a long standing figure withing the cycling community. Two reviewers commented:

Holy Spokes

With a more limited range of services, Holy Spokes specializes in providing quick and easy bicycle rentals.  With 250 bikes available at 27 kiosks strategically placed around the peninsula, Holy Spokes is accessible to tourists and locals alike. A huge step in the right direction when in 2016, Charleston was voted the “Worst City for Cyclists“. Coupled with affordable pricing and the ease of picking up and dropping off whenever, all tracked by an app on your phone, finding an easier rental service is hard to beat. Similar to the CitiBike service in New York City, Holy Spokes has teamed up with MUSC as a title partner to promote a healthier way of living and getting outdoors. One report stated that their goal was..

“…..in one year, for riders to collectively burn 1,000,000 calories.

Google Reviewers said:

Housekeeping

As you may have seen from our Instagram and Facebook, we officially have BASC 2020 dates! This year’s ride will take place on October 15th – 18th with 3, 2, and 1-day ride options.

As we closely monitor the ongoing COVID19 situation, we are working together to ensure the safest possible ride and routes. For the most up to date information subscribe to our eNewsletter here!

Check out our Instagram to enter our giveaway! Running through the 22nd of June, enter to win a Terry bike saddle!

Catch up on last weeks blog post “Surface Level Introduction”

How to Celebrate National Bike Month

For the past 64 years, every May we have celebrated National Bike Month with hopes of spreading awareness of the sport and the many benefits cycling has to offer. As a community, we aim to encourage as many as possible to get up on two wheels and give cycling a try. Though some choose to celebrate 24/7/365, for others, National Bike Month is about discovering a new hobby and joining a community that you may have not known existed but now cannot live without. From recreational clubs to taking a spin around the neighborhood, we want to help you celebrate our favorite activity. Which- you guessed it, is the bicycle.

How Can I Celebrate?

Although there are four weeks dedicated to National Bike Month, coming up with thirty-one daily activities to commemorate the once-annual holiday can be an exhaustive task. There is no ‘gold standard’  level of participation expected from anyone. 31 days or 3, there is no wrong way to express the appreciation and gratitude shared by many. The celebration of National Bike Month can be as interactive as you choose– we’re just here to provide the resources needed to help join in on the fun. Some of those being month long, and others that don’t require 1/12 of your year. Rather simply, a day here or there, and a week towards the end, even all 31 days- if you’re up for it. Required only is the love of two wheels and some scrap metal.

  • In more predictable times, National Bike to Work Week is observed
    In the Netherlands, 50% of the total commuting is done by bicycle

    throughout the third week of May. Aside from the health benefits daily cycling has to offer, biking to work helps cut emission rates resulting in a smaller carbon footprint. Not to mention, the added bonus of saving up to $1,800 annually on gas

  • Typically, the last Friday of National Bike to Work Week is National Bike to Work Day. Those unable to participate in a week-long bikeathon are encouraged to join in unity with fellow cyclists on the third Friday of the month.
**The League of American Bicyclists has postponed the promotion of National Bike Month until September 2020, with Bike to Work Week taking place September 21st- 27th, and Bike to Work Day on September 22nd. However, May remains the official National Bike month. Don’t let a reschedule deter you from getting outside and safely celebrating what this sport is all about.**

Take it from our 35th president,

 “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” – John F Kennedy

  • In addition to National Bike to Work Week and Day, there is also National Bike to School Week. Aimed at those who have yet to enter the workforce but have somewhere to be at 8:30 in the morning and a day full of work looming on the horizon. Students are invited to ditch the seatbelt and trade it in for a *correctly* fitted helmet.

 

**Although most schools are temporarily closed and transitioning to a ‘learn from home’ setting for the remainder of the 2019 school year, you can still participate in National Bike to School Week 2020 from May 4th- May 8th. Follow along with updated, at-home, socially mindful daily activities that the whole family can enjoy, here**
Per the previously mentioned..

“different gear shifts and varying levels of participation”.  Cyclists need not feel limited in their displays of prideful sportsmanship and love for the sport. What if organized gatherings arent your thing but you…….

…Want to Celebrate National Bike Month with a more “hands-off” approach?

“You can never be overprepared or overeducated.” -An adaptation of an Oscar Wilde qute

  • Truer words have rarely been spoken. When you live in a state that is 42nd in the country for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities, staying well informed and up to date on the current laws and practices of cycling can be a matter of life and death. Get familiar with South Carolinas State bicycle laws here
Get Creative
Teach a younger family member how to ride a bike!
Charleston’s Bicycle Rental Service- Holy Spokes

Celebrating National Bike Month doesn’t mean showing up at every event or participating in every activity. The relationship we all share with cycling is deeply personal and can be expressed in a multitude of ways that aren’t on an official calendar. Do what feels right to you. Go for a twenty-miler on the trail, teach a younger family member how to ride, put air in your tires, or take a leisurely spin around the block. Don’t own a bike? Check to see if your town has a bicycle rental service. Whether you are new to the area or new to cycling, there are opportunities to expand upon not only your skill level but social circle as well. Find a cycling community in your area that can introduce and guide you seamlessly into the world that is                                            36  spokes surrounded by a rubber circle.

What Else?

The Bicycle Across South Carolina Team will be celebrating National Bike Month with giveaways and other exciting opportunities for our BASC community. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates! In the meantime, get acquainted with BASC 2019 in preparation for our soon-to-be-announced BASC 2020 dates!

Happy Cycling! And remember,

“You are one ride away from a good mood.” — Sarah Bentley, British cyclist

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5 Essentials for BikePacking

“Simply put, bikepacking is the synthesis of mountain biking and minimalist camping. It evokes the freedom of multi-day backcountry hiking, but with the range and thrill of riding a mountain bike.” – https://bikepacking.com/

The up and coming trend of getting off the road and out onto dirt trails has always been built into the pillars of Bicycle Across South Carolina. Our goal is to create a unique riding and camping experience that allows registrants to challenge themselves while still having the support of an organized ride.

Although we don’t categorize our ride as a “bikepacking,” we still love learning about new ways riders are venturing out and mastering this challenging activity.

Here are 5 essentials items we like to carry with us when bikepacking.

1. The Essential Blanket

While these might seem unnecessary, one or two THIN acrylic blankets can really come in handy when bike packing long distances. For their light weight, they are extremely versatile. I have used mine on the trail for everything from an oven mitt to a lawn towel. Most importantly however, if you don’t happen to be camping with blow-up mattress (or if the pesky thing just keeps leaking throughout the night) when folded, they really help to bolster your back against the hard ground under your tent.

2. Neon Para Cord

Para Cord is always a good idea, it is super versatile and great for building rain canopies for storms or sun. I will admit however, that it is very easy to lose in the dark or overgrowth, so be sure to look for offerings in neon or ostentatious colors. Para Cord is known for its strength, used as suspension lines in parachutes. It can also be used for fishing line, survival gear shoelaces and more!

3. A Buff

Though a tubular headband made of thin synthetic fibers may not sound like much, the buff has a staggering 12 uses. From headband, helmet liner, dust mask, scarf to also providing sun protection! The Buff comes in many colors and patterns, making them easily identifiable if it is stuffed in the bottom of your pack.

4. “Safety Socks”

This one is a must- the warm, dry socks you’ll always need post-ride. You never know what kind of weather you’re going to encounter on the trail, and there’s nothing worse than wet socks. After a long day of riding, it is vital that you have someplace warm and fuzzy to put those barking puppies. I like to leave my pair of safety socks at the bottom of my sleeping bag. As the item you want least wet, and usually the most water-resistant item in your pack, your sleeping bag makes for a great shield from the elements. Just to be clear, safety socks are not a brand – just my fun little alliteration for keeping my happy feet.

 

5. The Essential Bicycle Repair Kit

Last but not least- every BikePacker needs a portable yet reliable bicycle repair kit that won’t weigh you down. The Wolf Tooth Encase System is installed into your handlebars and is easily removed. Inside, the Wolf Tooth Encase system can hold a hex bit wrench multi-tool and a chain and tire plug multi-tool. It’s kind of like the old saying, “Its better to have one and not need one, than to need one and not have one” With the convenience of fitting in your handlebars, nothing beats the Wolf Tooth.

Though at BASC riders can expect a fully stocked camp-site every night, we know not all rides are as convenient. We wanted to share the tools and tricks that have helped us when we were camping on our own. When packing for BASC 2020, take a look at our post on the BASC Packing List! Dates dropping 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!

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

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Our Top 5 Favorite Off-Road Trails

Off-Road Trails in South Carolina

Going into week 2 of sheltering in place combined with the lack of exercise, interaction, and vitamin D has me going stir crazy. Work is harder from home, and the only thing (and place) I can seem to think about is hitting the open trail. Exercise has been the only respite for me, but I will say, I’ve used this time inside to start looking ahead. With state parks being closed, we’ve come up with a list of our top 5 favorite off-road trails…for later! Put some headphones in, start planning, and hopefully get your mind off the close quarters we are all adjusting to.

  1. Wannamaker North Trail

At 13 miles long with a $1 entrance fee, the Wannamaker North Trail features an all-natural terrain suitable for cyclists of all skill levels, though it does feature tight curves and some elevation changes. Open to pedestrians, hikers and cyclists alike, this trail is guaranteed to boost serotonin levels with its lust green forestry and help you adjust to the off-road lifestyle of BASC.

  1. Marrington Plantation Trail

At 17 miles long, the Marrington is primarily composed of dirt, natural and boardwalk surfaces and can be enjoyed by cyclists of all skill levels. Located in a scenic 1600-acre reserve, the trail is only a 14-minute drive from the I-26 Goose Creek Exit. As you cycle through beautiful pines and palmettos it is easy to forget that you are right next door to the Joint Naval Station. Since the trail is free and so close to Charleston, this is our favorite trail for a close to home jaunt.

  1. Biggin Creek

This 4.6-mile loop located outside of Monks Corner features terrain uncharacteristic of the Lowcountry. With the trail following a winding creek bed and noticeable changes in elevation, this trail is more suitable for intermediate riders, though can be enjoyed by all.

  1. Swamp Fox Passage

The longest section of the Palmetto Trail, the Swamp Fox Passage, stretches over a distance of 47.2 miles. With no admission fee, this dirt and grass trail will take cyclists through varying terrains such as swamps and woodlands. Open to hikers and equestrienne traffic alike, this trail is an easily achievable feat despite the long distance.

  1. Cheraw Mountain Bike Trail

Distancing at 9.6 miles, the Cheraw Mountain Trail is free to all and features trails of natural materials though predominantly of dirt and sand that can make for a speedy ride. Make your way through vast pine forests with family and friends alike, as this trail is suitable for all skill levels.

Although our top 5 favorite off-road trails are inaccessible right now, they are a great tool to help you train and adjust to the varying terrains you encounter during Bicycle Across South Carolina. As always, please ride safe and check with your local state parks and trails to stay up to date on closures throughout the next few weeks.

Join Bicycle Across South Carolina

Still have questions? Email me here: BASC@PostandCourier.com.

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Our Inaugural Year…

Looking Back on 2019

In the inaugural year of Bicycle Across South Carolina, 74 riders took on 100+ miles through the Francis Marion Forest, along the dikes of Lake Marion and into the depths of The Knot at Poinsett State Park. The riders tackled trail, dirt, road and various terrains as they made their way across the state. Our first year brought together a community as both staff and riders ventured off the grid into the unique landscapes of South Carolina.

As we begin to plan for #BASC2020, I wanted to recap a few highlights from 2019 and give a shout out to the all the riders than stuck with us through the ups and downs of our inaugural year.

Our class of 2019 included…

 

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 at BASC@postandcourier.com 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!