2019 Cider Ride Marshal Guide

Thank you for volunteering to Marshal the 2019 Cider Ride!

The 2019 Cider Ride will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

You must complete the Marshal Training (below) by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 to be eligible to marshal at the ride.

Marshal Training Marshal Expectations Incident Response Marshal Manual Marshal Resources Ride Routes
Full Rider Guide Venue Address Getting There Locking Your Bike Ride Information Schedule of Events What to Bring Route Updates Site Maps



Marshal Training

In order to marshal for this ride you must listen to a mandatory training (below) by Wednesday, October 30.  The whole process should take you less than 15 minutes.

In order to confirm that you listened to the entire training, fill out the response form (below). If you do not fill it out by 10/30 you will not be able to marshal.

If you need a transcript of the training, email events@waba.org.

Marshal Training Audio| Response Form

Once you submit the response form, you are eligible to marshal the ride.



Marshal Expectations

WABA relies on ride marshals to make sure that riders are safe, following traffic laws, and to be WABA’s eyes and ears on the road (since WABA staff can’t be). You are providing a very important service to our riders and we are placing a lot of responsibility on you. 

Check in at a separate marshal table at the ride start.

  • Your check-in time will depend on the route you are marshaling—see the Schedule of Events.

Collect a marshal vest, and marshal kit

  • Kit contains first aid supplies, incident report forms, and WABA contact info.

Ride safely and legally

  • Keep an eye out for riders who may need extra support or cheering
  • Stop at stop signs and red lights.
  • Wear a helmet (this is not a policy stance—it’s required by our insurance).
  • Don’t ride more than two abreast.
  • Yield to and notify pedestrians of your presence (especially on trails!).
  • Position yourself properly on the roadway—that is, if you plan to go straight through an intersection, don’t be in the right-turn only lane; instead, position yourself in the rightmost lane that serves your destination. If you do this, it helps keep all riders safe because they’ll follow your example.
  • Finally, be a good representative of bicycling in general. Don’t be aggressive, obnoxious, or rude to other road users while on a WABA ride. Don’t get into arguments or altercations with drivers—that’ll cause problems for others on the ride either in front of you or behind you.

Check-out and return vest/kit at Mellow Mushroom

  • Check in with the Marshal Manager at Mellow Mushroom so we know you came back. 
  • Return your Marshal vest and kit
  • Celebrate with us at Mellow Mushroom! 


Incident Response

If you witness an emergency incident on the ride…

  • You are not required to render first aid, but if you feel like you can deal with a rider’s injuries with the materials in your marshal kit, and the rider is fine with you doing so, feel free to render care as you are comfortable.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable or you discern that the incident requires it, call 911. 
    • Please don’t leave the scene until someone more qualified than you can take over. 
    • Do not surpass your own training or expertise. 
    • The Good Samaritan laws in DC state that, if you are not fully qualified, you must hand over responsibility to the licensed caregiver upon their arrival at the scene.
    • Call the WABA Marshal Manager. Their phone number will be on cue sheets and in your marshal kit.
    • Document the scene as completely as possible, by completing the incident report form in your marshal kit.

Marshal Resources

  • What to do after a crash: Please read this guide so you can best assist riders when they need it most.
  • City Cycling: If you haven’t yet taken a WABA City Cycling class, please try to get one soon (we have spring and fall seasons of classes)! They are free for WABA members.
  • ABC Quick Checkrefresh your memory of this important pre-ride ritual.
  • Helmet Fit: make sure you know how to fit a helmet properly.
  • Intersectional Positioning: set an example for safe bicycling by using these techniques.
  • Sharing a Road: be a predictable and safe road user.
  • Sharing a Trail: be courteous to other trail users.

Routes

Routes from the 2018 Cider Ride are below. The 2019 routes will be similar but not the same.

Registrants will receive a link to the 2019 routes (ride with GPS, GPX, TCX, and Google Maps files) the week before the event. Cuesheets will be given out at ride check-in.

2018 Cider Ride Honeycrisp Route —2019 Route will be posted week of the event!

2018 Cider Ride McIntosh Route—2019 Route will be posted week of the event!

2018 Cider Ride Candy Apple Route—2019 Route will be posted week of the event!

Day of changes will be shared at pit stops and on Twitter when possible. However, unexpected construction or a last-minute road closure are always a possibility. As always, stay aware of your surroundings when riding in traffic.



Venue Address

The check-in and route start location for the Cider Ride routes (Honeycrisp; McIntosh; and Candy Apple) is Dance Place (3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017).

All routes end at Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) in Brookland.



Getting There

The start location, Dance Place, in the Brookland neighborhood of DC. It is accessible by bicycle on the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the surrounding neighborhoods.

If arriving by public transit, the closest metro station is Brookland on the Red Line. There are also several bus lines with stops nearby, all of which have bike racks on the front.

If arriving by car, there is limited parking available in the Brookland neighborhood (find out more).



Locking Your Bike

There will be limited bike parking at the start and end locations. If you plan to spend time at the post-ride celebration at Dew Drop Inn, bring a lock for your bike. If you don’t want to carry the lock with you on the ride, you may label it (we’ll have duct tape and a sharpie for you) and give it to us. We’ll bring it to Dew Drop Inn for you.



Ride Information

This is an unsupported ride.

If  there is an emergency, call 911. 

This is an unsupported ride, which means there are no Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles riding the route to help in case of emergency.

There will be Ride Marshals. Marshals are WABA volunteers who are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and are also an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members.  If you have a non-emergency issue, let a ride marshal in a yellow vest know. They will direct you on next steps.  

Ride Marshals are as new to the ride route as you are, so don’t treat them as ride leaders—read your cue sheets!

If you feel unable to finish the ride at any time, you are free to withdraw and make your own way home or to the post-ride celebration .

We suggest you bring a SmartTrip card, charged cell phone, and $20 for cab fare with you. It’s also a good idea to have a friend or family member in the city “on-call” to come pick you up along the route in case of an emergency, a bike mechanical issue, or if you just don’t feel like riding any more. 

Don’t feel like you have to complete your ride route to come to the celebration —we’ll be happy to see you no matter how you got there!

Food on the Ride

Riders receive snacks and water at each pit stop – including special fall treats! Think cider, doughnuts, apple pie…

If you want additional snacks or meals, please plan to pack or buy them along the route. Food and drink options at local businesses along the route will be plentiful—feel free to make your own pit stops! 

Please note: we do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottles. 

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are located at the ride start, each pit stop (onsite or at a friendly nearby business expecting us), and at the post-ride celebration. There are also ample opportunities to stop at local establishments along the ride.

Time Limits

As an unsupported ride, there is no time limit for the Cider Ride routes— WABA will not ask any rider to stop riding. However, check-in, the pit stops, and the post-ride celebration are only open during the specified hours, which are on the schedule in the Rider Guide and will be on the cue sheets you receive at check-in

If you feel unable to finish the ride at any time, you are free to withdraw and make your own way home or to the post-ride celebration. We suggest you bring a SmartTrip card, charged cell phone, and $20 for cab fare with you. It’s also a good idea to have a friend or family member in the city “on-call” to come pick you up along the route in case of an emergency, a bike mechanical issue, or if you just don’t feel like riding any more. 



Schedule of Events – Saturday, November 2, 2019

Honeycrisp Route – 50 miles

  • Check in: Dance Place, 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Rolling start: Dance Place, 9:00am – 9:30am
  • Pit Stop #1 – Coming Soon!
  • Pit stop #2- Coming Soon!
  • Pit Stop #3-Coming Soon
  • Celebration: Dew Drop Inn, open 12:00pm – 5:00pm

McIntosh Route – 30 miles

  • Check in: Dance Place, 9:30am – 10:30am
  • Rolling start: Dance Place, 10:00am – 10:30am
  • Pit Stop #1 – Coming Soon!
  • Pit Stop #2- Coming Soon!
  • Celebration: Dew Drop Inn, open 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Candy Apple – 10 miles

  • Check in: Dance Place, 10:30am – 11:00am
  • Group Start: Dance Place, 11:00am
  • Pit Stop #1 – Coming soon!
  • Celebration: Dew Drop Inn, open 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Celebration at Dew Drop Inn 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Join us for a post-ride celebration at Dew Drop Inn from 12:00pm – 5:00pm! You’ll be able to buy discounted WABA merchandise, renew your membership, hang out with other riders, enjoy food and beverages from Dew Drop Inn, and listen to live music!



What to Bring

  • Bike
  • Helmet (Required by our insurance. You can’t ride without one.)
  • SmartTrip card
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles (there will be refill stations at pit stops)
  • Saddle bag (to carry spare tube, tire levers, and pump or patch kit)
  • Spare tube (especially if you have a non-standard rim size!)
  • Charged cell phone and charger
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Additional snacks
  • An adventurous spirit!


Route Updates

We have a team pre-riding each route to catch any day-of changes to the route. This team will report any changes to us, and we will get the word out as quickly as we can! These changes will be shared at pit stops and on Twitter when possible. However, unexpected construction or a last-minute road closure are always a possibility.



Site Maps

Coming soon!