2019 Cider Ride Rider Guide

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

Routes Sponsor and Partners    Refund Policy   Venue Address   Getting There Locking Your Bike Ride Information Schedule of Events What to Bring Site Maps FAQs 


Routes

These routes are drafts.

Final routes, along with Ride with GPS, GPX, TCX and Google Maps files will be posted the week before the ride.

Honeycrisp Route (Draft)

McIntosh Route (Draft)

Candy Apple Route (Draft)

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.

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.


Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to Dance Place for hosting us for check-in, and to Dew Drop Inn for hosting our post-ride celebration!



Refund Policy

Thank you for supporting WABA through the Cider Ride!

Since WABA Signature Events are fundraisers, all ride registrations are final. The Cider Ride is rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges, or transfers for this event, even for inclement weather.  

We hope everyone who registered for the ride is able to join us on November 2! If you are unable to attend, remember that WABA is a nonprofit that relies on your financial support to make our region better for biking —we are grateful for your contribution!



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!
  • 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!
  • 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!


Site Maps – Coming Soon!


FAQs

Is this a supported ride?

The Cider Ride is an unsupported ride. You will need to follow a paper cue sheet and there is no SAG vehicle. If there is a medical emergency, call 911. Ride marshals will be on the ride to assist with minor repairs, and WABA staff will be on-call to respond as we’re able. Ensure that you have a loaded Smartcard, cab fare, charged phone, and/or a friend or family member who can pick you up in case you cannot complete the ride.

Is there a cutoff time for riding?

Since this is an unsupported ride, we will not cut you off. However, the pit stops have closing times (see above). If you like to take rides more slowly, we suggest showing up at the beginning of check-in so that you have the maximum amount of time to ride.

Will roads be closed to cars during the ride?

No. You will be riding on roads with other vehicles during this ride. Don’t feel confident riding next to cars? Look into our City Cycling classes to increase your comfort level! (They’re free for WABA members!)

Will I get a refund if it’s raining?

No. The Cider Ride is a rain or shine event!

Is the Cider Ride a fundraiser?

Yes! Signature events, like the Cider Ride, are the only rides we hold for WABA members that cost money. All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacyeducation, and outreach work.

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

Through our Free Ride Fund we provide free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate. This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you want a free ride, or, if you want to donate to the Free Ride Fund but already registered, contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org.

Are children allowed on this ride?

Yes, as long as they are accompanied by an adult! Anyone ages 12 and under can ride for free, accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must be present at check-in and give the names of the youth riding with them. Children 13 and older must be registered independently.

Where are the cue sheets?

Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for bicyclists. We ask you to please ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail users. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Communicate verbally with other riders. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other trail users and slow down.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here.

Is the route signed?

No, but we do our best to make the cue sheet clear and comprehensive. We know that some of the trails have some tricky turns, so be prepared for those. If you get lost, you can check the map, google it, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

I already registered but want to go back and register a guest. How do I do that?

Please email events@waba.org or call 202-518-0524 x218. Or, you could ask your guest if they want to register and purchase their own WABA membership:look at all the benefits!

Can I take shortcuts?

Of course! There are many places throughout the ride where you can skip a few miles if you’re tired. Furthermore, there’s no shame in bailing out early. You should do however much of the ride you feel good about—don’t push yourself to ride until you’re not having fun.

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. They are as new to the route as you are, so don’t treat them as ride leaders: read your cue sheets! The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

How many people will do the Cider Ride?

We typically sell out our rides at 700 registrants.

Do I need to register separately if I plan to ride a tandem bike with someone?

Yes. All adult individuals must be registered.

When is the next WABA signature ride?

Our next signature ride will be in Spring 2020- more soon!

Got another question?

Send us an email at events@waba.org or give us a call at (202) 518-0524 x218.