The largest event of its kind in the state, BASC 2022 welcomed a record number of participants to scenic McCormick County, SC
Since its inaugural ride in 2019, Bicycle Across South Carolina (BASC) has invited participants of all ages and abilities to discover the natural beauty of communities across the Palmetto State while connecting with one another. The annual event, hosted by the Post and Courier, consists of a multi-day bicycle ride, plus camping and nightly entertainment and activities, with the goal of bringing together a community of like-minded enthusiasts.
… And BASC 2022 did not disappoint!
Spotlight on McCormick County
From October 13-16, 400 participants from 18 states and Europe descended to the pines and hill country of Sumter National Forest in McCormick County, South Carolina. From the base camp, located at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe (JDLH), participants experienced an adventure of a lifetime, exploring up to 150 miles of beautiful, vast landscapes during one-to-three-day rides. In the evenings, family members, friends, and partners joined riders at the base camp, relaxing around the fire pits and enjoying live music, food, and drinks.
Every year, BASC chooses a different ride location, often highlighting “hidden gems” that may be new to some South Carolinians and out-of-staters. This year, $50,000 was awarded to the event from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) Undiscovered SC grant program, in support of driving tourism to underrepresented areas.
Several local and national businesses and organizations partnered with the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce and McCormick County Economic Development to make this year’s event possible.
Focus on the Future
The popularity of BASC has the Post and Courier team excited for the future. Chief Opportunity and Marketing Officer Chris Zoeller said riders return year after year and bring more friends and family.
“BASC is unique not only for the full-service experience, but the riders coming together as a community for their common passion of cycling and adventure,” Zoeller said. “Our riders love to see new parts of our beautiful state. And beyond riding, they love sharing their ride with others over a beer, at a campsite, and with local entertainment. They’re like a second family.”
“I’ve become so attached to this event over the past few years and even more so to the tight-knit community surrounding it,” said BASC Director Alison Warburton. “We’re currently working on a long-term plan for BASC, as gravel and off-road rides are becoming more popular in recent years. We’re definitely on the right path and I’m looking forward to BASC 2023!”
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