2020 Cider Ride Guide

Crisp autumn air, picture-perfect foliage, and a day spent on the Prince George’s County trails. Plus: hot cider along the way and donuts at the finish line. What more could you want out of a fall day?

Registration for this event must be purchased at waba.org/ciderride.


Ride Dates


Saturday, November 14

10-Mile Candy Apple and 30-Mile McIntosh Rides

Sunday, November 15

60-Mile Honeycrisp Ride

The 2020 ride routes will be available on this page on November 9, 2020.


Quick Links


COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Code of Conduct

Ride Support

WABA Hotline

Ride Safety

Getting There

Check-in

RideWithGPS Navigation

Group Starts

10-Mile Candy Apple Ride Route

30-Mile McIntosh Ride Route

60-Mile Honeycrisp Ride Route

Ride Start Locations and Addresses

Pit Stops

Time Limit

What to Bring

Locking Your Bike

Food and Water

Bathrooms

FAQ


COVID-19 Safety Precautions


COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. Please read our full COVID-19 Safety Statement for the 2020 Cider Ride before the event.

What does this mean for ride participants?

1.You MUST arrive at your start location during the check-in window you selected at registration.

Your start location and check-in time are in your confirmation email and reminder email (where you found the link to this website).

2. You MUST wear a mask in the check-in area and at the pit stops.

WABA staff at check-in and pit stops will enforce mask use. We have a zero tolerance policy for improper mask use. Participants who are not wearing a mask will be told to leave the event space. Please see CDC guidelines for proper mask use.

3. You MUST practice physical distancing.

Check-in and pit stops will have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 

Snack and water lines will have “6 ft” markers to indicate where participants should stand to avoid being too close to one another.

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, you must maintain 6 ft of distance between yourself and others not in their households.

4. You have a responsibility to keep our community safe. 

If you do not comply with safety procedures at an event: 

  • You are risking the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and other participants. 
  • WABA staff will ask you to leave the event.
  • WABA staff will record your name.
  • You will not be able to participate in future WABA events.

Code of Conduct


WABA’s first priority is to provide a fun, inclusive and safe environment for all participants.  Below is the Code of Conduct that you commit to when you enter a WABA space.

WABA events are opt-in; the Code of Conduct is not. We expect everyone at the Cider Ride to adhere to the Code.

If you have questions about the Code of Conduct, contact Anna: events@waba.org.


“As a member of the WABA community, I commit to the following whenever I am in a WABA space:

  1. I acknowledge that I exist in a society built on unequal, and unjust power structures. I agree that I have a responsibility to interrogate my privileges and use my power to help make WABA spaces increasingly safe, inclusive, and supportive for everyone. 
  1. I acknowledge that WABA has a zero-tolerance policy for racist behavior, sexual harassment, physical or verbal abuse, microaggressions, tokenism, and all other harmful actions. I agree that these actions have no place in a supportive, inclusive community, and to make it a priority to never harm another person in any of these ways.
  1. I acknowledge that my behavior — not my intentions—is what affects the people around me, and that it is possible for me to harass or otherwise harm others even when I don’t mean to. I agree to be respectful, kind, compassionate, and supportive to those around me in both word and in action—and, if someone lets me know that my behavior is harmful, to immediately adjust that behavior with the goal of preventing future harm.
  1. I acknowledge that the work of mitigating the harmful effects of unjust power structures is never done. I agree to take on the responsibility of speaking out against instances of racism, sexism, ableism, and other discrimation or manifestations of prejudice, whenever I have the power to do so.
  1.  I acknowledge that if I cannot adjust a behavior that is harming other community members, it makes sense for WABA staff to ask me to leave the community space. I agree that if WABA staff asks me to leave a WABA space because of a Code of Conduct violation, I will do so. 

If you experience a code of conduct violation at the hands of another participant, staff member or volunteer, or witness unjust behaviors by another individual, please notify a WABA staff member. 


Ride Support


The Cider Ride is an unsupported ride:

  • Streets are not closed for this ride. You will ride on streets with motor vehicle traffic.
  • The route is unmarked. 
  • There is no support and gear vehicle to pick you up.  

Participants should:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides)

WABA Hotline


On the morning of your ride, if you are…

  • unsure if you are registered for the ride
  • confused about where to check-in
  • lost on the way to your check-in location

call the WABA Hotline during the ride to reach an on-call staff person who can assist you!

WABA Hotline #: 202-996-8097

Hotline hours:

7 am to 1 pm, November 14 and 15.


Ride Safety


Cider Ride participants have a responsibility to bicycle safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all trail and road users.

When you are on this ride, you are a representative of WABA.

We ask you to:

  • 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 users and slow down.

Check-In


Check-in Time

To keep crowd size small, there are three check-in windows for this ride, with 25 participants assigned to each 45-minute time window.

  • You MUST check-in during the check-in window you selected at registration.
  • Your check-in time is in your confirmation email and reminder email (where you found the link to this website).

If you don’t know your check-in time, email events@waba.org.

Check-in Location

Once you arrive at your check-in location, please follow the signs to the check-in area entrance.

  • You MUST wear a mask the whole time you are in the check-in area
  • You MUST follow the posted one-way traffic flow through the check-in area
  • You MUST maintain 6 ft from ride staff, volunteers, and fellow ride participants who are not members of your household.

If you don’t know your check-in location, email events@waba.org.

Check-in Process

Event staff will greet you at the entrance to the check-in area to check your ride registration email and confirm you have arrived during the correct check-in window and check off your name on the registration list.

  • Every ride attendee must be prepared to show a registration email showing their name and the ride check-in time
  • Every registered participant will pick up a Cider Ride Mug. This is your check-in packet. It contains your ride cue sheet and your ride wristband.
  • You MUST be wearing your fanny pack or wristband to regain entrance to the pit stops.
  • In the check-in area, you will be able to fill your water bottle and select snacks to fuel your ride. Food and water must be consumed OUTSIDE of the check-in area

Starting the Ride

After you have checked-in, received your fanny pack, filled your water bottle, and selected your snacks, you’re ready to go!

Follow the signs to the route start and have a great ride.


RideWGPS Navigation


To get free RideWithGPS turn-by-turn navigation on your smartphone, you will to do three things, all pretty easy:

  1. Sign up for a free RideWithGPS account and install the mobile app on your phone.
  2. Join the WABA RideWithGPS club by clicking here.
  3. Click the route link for your starting location, then open the route in the app and click “Navigate.”

Route Links

Coming soon! check back here on November 9.


Group Starts

There will be an optional group start for those who wish to ride as a group 30 min after the start of each check-in window. Remember, you must check-in during the window you selected at registration.

Group starts will have a “lead” ride marshal who rides in front and a “sweep” ride marshal who rides in back.

Group 1

  • Check-in: 7:30 AM
  • Group start: 8:00 AM

Group 2

  • Check-in: 8:30 AM
  • Group start: 9:00 AM

Group 3

  • Check-in: 9:30 AM
  • Group start: 10:00 AM

Group 4

  • Check-in: 10:30AM
  • Group start: 11:00 AM

Group 5

  • Check-in: 11:30 AM
  • Group start: 12:00 PM

10-Mile Candy Apple Ride Route


Coming soon! Check back here November 9 for routing information.

In the meantime, here’s the route from the 2019 Candy Apple Ride. This year’s route will be similar, but not identical.


30-Mile McIntosh Ride Route


Coming soon! Check back here November 9 for routing information.

In the meantime, here’s the route from the 2019 McIntosh Ride. This year’s route will be similar, but not identical.


60-Mile Honeycrisp Ride Route

Coming soon! Check back here November 9 for routing information.

In the meantime, here’s the route from the 2019 Honeycrisp Ride. This year’s route will be similar, but not identical.


Ride Start Locations and Addresses


You selected a check-in location at registration. Your confirmation email has your check-in location.

Check-in locations on Saturday, November 14 (10-mile and 30-mile rides):

Dew Drop Inn

  • 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
  • Parking: available on neighborhood streets in Brookland, DC

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

  • 4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Parking: available at Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Check-in locations on Sunday, November 15 (60-mile ride):

Dew Drop Inn

  • 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
  • Parking: available on neighborhood streets in Brookland, DC

Buddy Attick Lake Park

  • 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • Parking: available at Buddy Attick Lake Park and in neighborhood streets

Pit Stops


All 3 ride routes pass through at least one pit stop, where you can fill up on water, hot cider, snacks, and treats!

10-Mile Candy Apple Ride (Saturday, November 14)

If you start at Dew Drop Inn, you will have 1 pit stop at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, halfway through your ride.

If you start at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, you will have 1 pit stop at Dew Drop Inn, halfway through your ride

Both pit stops are open until 3:00 PM.

30-Mile McIntosh Ride (Saturday, November 14)

If you start at Dew Drop Inn, you will pass through these pit stops in this order:

  • Proteus Bikes (closes at 1:30 PM)
  • Bladensburg Waterfront Park ( closes at 3:00 PM)

If you start at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, you will pass through these pit stops in this order:

  • Proteus Bikes (closes at 1:30 PM)
  • Dew Drop Inn ( closes at 3:00 PM)

60-Mile Honeycrisp Ride (Sunday, November 15)

If you start at Dew Drop Inn, you will pass through these pit stops in this order:

  • Proteus Bikes (closes at 3:00 PM)
  • Buddy Attick Lake Park (closes at 5:00 PM)
  • Bladensburg Waterfront Park ( closes at 4:00 PM)

If you start at Buddy Attick Lake Park, you will pass through these pit stops in this order:

  • Bladensburg Waterfront Park ( closes at 4:00 PM)
  • Dew Drop Inn (closes at 5:00 PM)
  • Proteus Bikes (closes at 3:00 PM)

Time Limits


There is no time limit for the Cider Ride— since this is an unsupported ride and no roads are closed for the ride, WABA will not ask anyone to stop riding.

However, you will not be able to get snacks, water, or cider at any of the ride sites after they close— see schedule above.


What to Bring


  • Bike
  • Helmet (Required by our insurance. You can’t ride without one.)
  • SmartTrip card
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles (you can fill it at the check-in area if you need to)
  • 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!

Locking Your Bike


Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you during the ride, in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop along the ride route.

Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.


Food and Water


There will be snacks and water available for registered attendees at the ride start, ride finish, and pit stops along the way.

Water

There will be water jugs from which you can fill your reusable water bottle. WABA does not provide cups or plastic water bottles—bring your own!

There will be hand sanitizer by the water jugs and provided in your check-in packets. Please sanitize your hands before and after touching the water spout. Event staff will disinfect the water spout between check-in groups.

Snacks

Snacks will be vegetarian. There will be vegan and gluten-free options.

Snacks will be single-serving and pre-packaged (you can have more than one! This preparation is part of our COVID-19 safety procedures).

All snacks will be served in a no-contact fashion—you can pick up what you want from the snack table. Please touch only the snacks you will take.


Bathrooms

There will be restrooms (either public restrooms or portapotties) available at all ride sites (start/end points and pit stops).


FAQ


I have a question about the Cider Ride.

Click here for full event FAQ.

You haven’t answered my question in this Ride Guide OR in the full FAQ

We are happy to help! Email your question events@waba.org.