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Bicycle Across South Carolina Virtual Q&A

JOIN THE TEAM FOR A VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR

Are you wondering what you should pack? Are you curious what the daily mile log adds to? Or just want to know more about the ride? Grab a beer and join us as we answer questions from past, present, and future riders!

Tune in this Thursday, September 10th from 6-7 PM for the very first live Bicycle Across South Carolina Virtual Q&A!  Join Alison Warburton-Ride Coordinator from The Post and Courier and Bob Bowman- Project Manager from Medalist Sports for a virtual beer as they answer all of your questions about BASC 2020!

  Alison – Ride Coordinator

Bob – Project Manager

We encourage viewers to submit questions beforehand to ensure their questions are answered by the team!

Click HERE to RSVP

Click HERE to submit questions and join in on the discussion on our Facebook Event Page.

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.

Awendaw

Introducing our 1-Day Ride

You’ve heard of our 3-Day ride, you’ve heard of our 2-Day ride BUT NOW, we’re introducing a NEW 1-Day ride option!

Bicycle Across South Carolina brings you a 1-Day, off-road ride that takes participants into the depths of the Francis Marion Forest and through quintessential South Carolina landscapes.

With 3 different length routes, this is an adventure for all! Riders will experience the unique opportunity to explore off-the-grid trails, engage with a community of like-minded enthusiasts, and enjoy a celebration with friends and family after the ride.

The celebration will feature live music, locally sourced food and beer, kayaks and paddleboarding, campfires, and more!

To sign up for our 1-Day ride, click here!

Learn More About the 1-Day Ride

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:

What about the festivities and activities?

We encourage riders, non-riders, family, friends, and the like to come and celebrate at the finish line! The Awendaw Municipal Park is the perfect backdrop for this ride with on-site biking and hiking trails, a large, freshwater lake, multiple links to surrounding trails, and a massive field to spread out (and socially distance) in while awaiting your fellow riders!

There will be a two-mile, family-friendly loop intended for both cycling and hiking, appropriate for all ages. All attendees can expect local food, beverages, games, live music, kayaks, paddleboards, and more – all of which are included in your registration!

Our Official Beer Sponsor, Fat Tire, will have their 2-story “Build-a-Bar” set up on-site. Standing at a staggering 20 feet tall, serving as a lighthouse; its beacon guiding thirsty riders to its free-flowing beer paradise.

With acres of open land, we encourage attendees to make a day of this ride and bring their own blankets and chairs to enjoy the beautiful lake views. This “picnic-style” setting will help keep riders and guests safe and socially distanced while enjoying the event. Please note, attendees are not allowed to bring their own alcohol.

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.

Catch up on some previous blogs…

 

Navigating the Trail

Navigating BASC

How do I know where I’m going? With 157.4 miles to cross in three days, oftentimes riders find themselves asking that exact question. At BASC, our goal is for every rider to arrive at the night’s campsite without struggling to find it. Navigating the sometimes overgrown trails of South Carolinas dense swamps and forests can lead to a sense of vertigo, even for those familiar with the landscape. This year, we have established three ways for participants to safely navigate the trails.

Navigating the Trail with Signs

Navigational signage will be hung along all 157.4 miles of the trail, helping riders safely get to their destination. Signs will mark all lefts, rights, straights, and rest stops along the route!

 

Navigating the Trail using Ride with GPS

Ride with GPS is a route planning and tracking app with turn-by-turn voice navigation for cyclists, runners, and hikers. With multiple map styles available, including satellite and street-view, to ensure you have the best route.

All BASC routes are available for free on Ride With GPS.

To utilize Ride with GPS, download the smartphone app, and load the respective days’ routes before arriving on-site, as there will be minimal cell phone coverage at some parks. We ask that all riders who use the app are required to have the routes downloaded prior to check-in. If you don’t have access to a smartphone, you will be required to partner with someone who does as this is a safety requirement for all participants.

Navigating the Trail using TraQCentral

This year we have partnered with TraQCentral to deliver the safest event possible and elevate your overall experience. Simply download and use the TraQCentral free mobile app.  The app displays the route(s) and your location.  If needed, you can request assistance with the simple click of a button.  It receives any notifications, including location-specific alerts such as road conditions or weather warnings.  Plus, you can also share your progress with friends & family. Download TraQCentral today and pre-register it with Bicycle Across South Carolina here.

 

With TraQ, riders can:

  • Receive system-wide, location-specific, and even personal messages from organizers.  Messaging could be about anything, including schedule changes, road conditions, or weather.
  • Share progress with friends and family by sending a tracking link via text, email, or social media.  The personalized web page displays the route(s) and monitors progress with up-to-the-minute location
  • Access a variety of event information within the mobile app.  By default, it displays the route(s) and your current location.  It also includes event schedules and its physical footprint.

Rider Expectation: Saftey First

There will be 3-4 SAG (Saftey and Gear) vehicles equipped with supplies such as; inner tubes, floor pumps, tire levers, multitools, first aid kids, bottled wanted, and more. SAG vehicles will be following along the trail within a safe distance from riders. However, being that Bicycle Across South Carolina is a self-supported ride, we encourage riders to come prepared with the necessary equipment and tools.

The mark of a safe and effective cyclist is the ability to show respect and awareness of their surroundings. Including weather, road conditions, and others who may be using the road. We request that all riders follow these basic guidelines:

Helmets are required when on a bike!
  1. All participants who are mounted on a bicycle shall wear a securely fastened helmet that meets either the US DOT helmet standards or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets. Helmets with the European CEN certification may also be worn by riders while participating in the BASC event. For more information about our helmet policy, please click here.
  2. Obey all traffic laws and stop at all stop signs
  3. Ride no more than two abreast (Some areas only have room for one rider at a time.)
  4. Ride as far to the right of the road as safe to do so
  5. Move right and ride single-file when cars are behind you and need room to pass
  6. Use appropriate hand and verbal signals when turning or stopping
  7. Alert slower riders when you are passing on the left and do not pass on the right
  8. Observe whether an intersection is clear before crossing
  9. Do not wear headphones while riding
  10. Always ride in a safe and predictable manner

Housekeeping

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! Or follow us on Instagram and Facebook

Catch up on some previous blogs:

 

 

Keeping BASC Safe

Safety on the Trail

Welcome to Bicycle Across South Carolina, where the foundations of our ride are based on 4 pillars that we thought best encapsulated the BASC. When planning our 2019 ride our team decided that our ride most heavily leaned into the realms of Community, The Experience, The Adventure, and The Ride. Fast-forward to today, and taking into account all of the unexpected twists and turns of 2020, we thought it best to add a fifth pillar to BASC; Saftey.

Just like you, we want BASC to remain an event where like-minded individuals can gather and bond over a mutual affection for cycling, while also adhering to the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations given to us by professionals. As the situation unfolds daily, we continue to have conversations with our towns & communities, riders, business partners, vendors, and leadership team to determine the best course of action for everyone involved. Additionally, we are monitoring the discussions on our forums, blog posts, and social platforms and want you to know we are listening to your feedback. BASC takes months of planning and preparation to execute a safe and successful ride. We plan to make a decision that is in the best interest of our riders, towns & communities, and residents of South Carolina.

Now, you probably have some questions. We’ll try and answer as many as we can!

Q: What are you doing to prepare for a safe event?

A: We have budgeted for various materials that will be used to create a safer and more clean environment. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Makes or Facial Coverings
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Touchless Thermometer
  • Bleach

Q: What changes and precautions are being put in place?

A: We will have protocols in place about monitoring and dealing with potential COVID-19 cases during the event.

  • Sanitation stations will be set up at all venues, and rest stops.
  • All BASC Staff will be versed in COVID-19 protocols and contingency plans
    • All BASC staff will also be wearing masks or facials coverings wile in the venue or engaged with guests
  • There will be staggered start times for riders to prevent and congestion around the starting line.
  • Professional cleaning companies will be hired to clean all cabins per State Park protocols
  • Strategic placement of tents and campsites to ensure appropriate and safe social distancing
  • Strategic placement of food and beverage tents to avoid congregating in small areas.
    • This year we will be utilizing predominately smaller tents instead of larger ones to prevent large crowds from forming
    • Food and Drinks will be served by a staff member, there will be no buffet. Most items will be prepackaged or prepared.
      • All vendors and caterers will be required our rules and standards per their contract

Q: What can Riders do to help their part?

A: If you are feeling unwell leading up to the event, please take the necessary precautions to make sure you are protecting yourself and others. In accordance with the CDC, please do not attend the event if you are showing any of the symptoms below;

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or Vomiting
Also…

We encourage riders to stay a safe distance of at least 6 feet apart, this includes both on and off-the-bike activities. BASC signage will be posted throughout the venues and trails as policy reminders. Additionally, Common areas such as dinner tents and campfires will have capacity limits for everyone’s protection. Face masks will be available for all riders upon check-in. We encourage all participants to wear a mask when inside the venue. All staff will be required to don a face covering when at venues and when interacting with guests. Riders can find handwashing and hand sanitization stations readily available at venues and rest stops to help prevent the spread of germs and maintain proper OCVID-19 hygiene. This will help ensure all riders and participants stay safe and healthy.

Temperature checks will be required of anyone participating in the event. This will be done via a no contact forehead scanner and will typically scan ~1 degree lower than an oral thermometer. Any rider with a temperature reading of 99.4 or above will not be able to participate in the ride. As a reminder:

  • You should not eat, drink, or be physically active before or while taking the measurement
  • Remove hats ten minutes before taking a reading
  • Remove hair from forehead before taking a reading
  • Oil and cosmetics can cause lower readings. Wait ten minutes after washing or cleaning the forehead before a reading.

Q: What about refunds?

A: If Bicycle Across South Carolina is canceled due COVID-19, riders will be fully refunded except for a $50.00 service fee.

Unfortunately, if a rider is feeling ill or unwell leading up to the event, we are unable to issue a refund if it falls within the no-refund period.

Please refer to our COVID-19 Resource page or email us at BASC@psotandcourier.com if you have any questions/concerns.

 

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.

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

 

Early Bird Registration is still Open!

Now through July 15th, riders can sign up at a discounted rate for our 2-Day and 3-day ride options. This exclusive offer will only be available for a limited time!

Click here for Early Bird Registration

 

 

Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration is Open!

The wait is finally over and the early bird gets the worm! I think we can collectively exhale in a sigh of relief, because as of right now through July 15th, 2-Day and 3-Day Early Bird Registration is now open and ready for our first sign-ups of 2020!

This limited-time offer allows potential riders to save $50 on their registration fee! All participants will receive one camp site, transportation between State Parks (you and your gear!), breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks, water and beer/wine!

Additional costs and pricing is listed below.

  • Regular 3-Day Registration: $400 (July 16th to Sept. 16th)    
  • Regular 2-Day Registration: $300 (July 16th  to Sept. 16th)
  • Last Minute 3-Day Registration: $450 (Sept. 17th  to Oct. 12th)
  • Last Minute 2-Day Registration: $350 (Sept. 17th  to Oct. 12th)

We are also offering Non-Rider and Child Rider Options! Click here to register!

What to Expect in 2020

Over the past several months, as I’m sure I have mentioned, we have been eagerly and excitedly planning for our second annual, Bicycle Across South Carolina ride this October. Having gained knowledge and perspective after last year (hindsight is 2020 after all) we know what works, what needs to improve, and the adaptions and precautions required to make this unique experience happen. Some things will be staying the same, some changes will be made, and some new guidelines and precautions will be put in place!

Staying the Same

Similar to last year, BASC 2020 will kick off at Poinsett State Park, from there taking riders through Santee State Park, Overton Park, and finishing in the Francis Marion National Forest.

Despite venturing through the same parks as the previous year, riders can expect completely different routes and scenery along the way as they make their way towards the Lowcountry.

Riders can also enjoy nightly live music and entertainment, great food and beverages, and great conversation with like-minded enthusiasts. Similarly to last year, each night will include a complimentary camping option for those who want to embrace the great outdoors, as well as cabin or hotel options at an additional cost for those who need a little extra padding under their back when they sleep.

Some Slight Alterationsnew riders

This year, on average, each day of riding will consist of at least 80% dirt surface (mostly dirt roads) and 20% pavement. The ride is set up for mountain, cross, gravel, and crossover bikes with wider, knobby tires.

This year we will also be offering a 1-Day ride option! 1-Day riders will join the group on Day 3 with several routes to choose from with varying mileage. Our finale party will feature activities suited for all ages and is a family-friendly event! 1-Day registration will open soon – stay tuned!

Some Big Changes and Upgrades

We are proud to announce that we are officially a USA Cycling Association Sanctioned Ride!

Considered the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” in the cycling world, this bodes very well for all things BASC. Read more about USCA and the amazing rides and opportunities that they have to offer!

However, that isn’t our only big announcement. This year we have teamed up with New Belgium Brewing and are excited to say they will be the Official Beer Sponsor for BASC 2020! There will be an ice-cold Fat Tire Beer waiting at every campsite.

As the current situation unfolds, we continue to have conversations with our towns & communities, riders, business partners, vendors, and leadership team to determine the best course of action for everyone in 2020. We have made the decision to increase our safety precautions- technical and those pertaining to COVID-19. As we’ve stated previously, we are closely monitoring the situation. Riders can expect a more socially distant social scene and a staggered start time, but the spirit of BASC remains as fervent as ever.

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. Sign up here for Early Bird Registration!

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

 

Surface Level Introduction

Surface Level Introduction

At BASC we simply can’t resist a good pun! This blog post serves as a ‘Surface Level’ introduction, focusing on the different terrains cyclists can expect while bicycling through South Carolina. Of course, if you are looking to have a surface level introduction to BASC, check out previous blog posts where we properly introduce ourselves, and a recap of our first year!

Geologically, South Carolina can be divided into three separate regions.

  1. The Blue Ridge
  2. The Piedmont
  3. The Coastal Plain
The Blue Ridge Mountain Region

Located in the northwest corner of the state, the Blue Ridge Region covers about 2% of South Carolina. Home to the states tallest peak, Sassafras Mountian, the region rises on a crest of 3,560 feet.  The poorly developed Blue Ridge soils lack clay accumulation beneath the surface, making it unsuitable for most farming.

The Piedmont Region

With an elevation ranging from about 300 to 1,200 feet and covering nearly a third of the state, the Piedmont region stretches from the Blue Ridge Mountains southeastward toward the Midlands. At the edge of the Piedmont lies the Sandhills, which run diagonally across the state from northeast to southwest. In the Piedmont, its reddish soils are clayey, with noticeable deposits of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. However, more than 200 years of cotton and corn cultivation have contributed to severe soil erosion

The Coastal Plain Region

Comprised of the southern and eastern thirds of the state with an elevation varying from sea level to 300 feet, the Coastal Plain region goes from slightly rolling at its border with the Sandhills, to increasingly more flat as it nears the 187 miles coast. Soil in the Coastal Plain is generally formed from marine deposits of sand, clay, and limestone over granite and other crystalline substances.

What about BASC?

Though routes ate subject to change, this year’s ride will take place across Sumter, Orangeburg, Berkeley, and Charleston counties, located in the Midland and Coastal regions. This allows riders to experience the subtle topographical differences and diverse ecosystems between regions while cruising through county lines. As a result, riders can expect a diverse range of surface levels such as grass, swamp, shoreline, dirt, and pavement. All typical terrains for the region.  Every cyclist has a preferred surface of choice and these varying opinions have opened the door for friendly debate in regards to the superiority and benefits of each.

On average, each day of riding will consist of at least 80% dirt surface (mostly dirt roads) and 20% pavement. 

Cycling on a Paved Surface

Paved roads often provide the smoothest, easiest riding surface. The catch is that you share it with cars and trucks- the biggest danger to a cyclist. Roads with wide shoulders and low traffic are the safest road option for cycling. Blacktop makes for a super smooth ride while chip seal and rumble strips prove to be the roughest and most unforgiving of paved surfaces.

Cycling on a Grass Surface

Dry grass can grip very well and you will have no problems with controlling your bike. However, if grass becomes worn, perhaps from previous cyclists, it will begin to lose some of its grip. When grass is wet it becomes very slippery and a surprisingly difficult surface to ride on. Tires can struggle to grip when turning, braking, and pedaling. Use a gear low enough to achieve a cadence of around 90 rpm to help prevent wheelspin and if you need to make a stop, brake lightly with only the rear brake.

Cycling on Dirt

Dirt is a catchall for any terrain that isn’t paved. Within the realm of roads, dirt can mean a well-maintained dirt road that meanders through the countryside. But it can also be an old forest service road that’s been rutted out. The quality of the surface can make a big difference in how far you can travel in a day and how difficult the riding can be. Dirt riding can be slower than paved, sometimes be more strenuous, but often sees less traffic.

 

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!