November 14 and 15

The Cider Ride

November 14 and 15 — Brookland, DC

Ride Tags: DC / Long Ride / Maryland / Members / Short Ride /


The 2020 Cider Ride is over!

Solo Ride Kits are available for purchase through 11/23/2020.

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

Three route choices mean you can ride for 10, 30, or 55 miles, enjoying fall-themed treats at pit stops along the way. Then, join us in Brookland for a post-ride celebration.

As one of WABA’s Signature Rides, the Cider Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. Your registration fees support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!


Ride Information and Registration

Candy Apple Ride—10 Miles—EVENT OVER

10 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails.

McIntosh Ride—30 Miles—EVENT OVER

30 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails.

Honeycrisp Ride—60 Miles—EVENT OVER

60 miles on streets and trails inWashington, DC,  Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the Patuxent Research Refuge.

Solo Cider Ride Kits

Don’t want to join a group ride? No problem— you can still do the Cider Ride!

Digital Kit: PDF cue sheet and map and route files for our 10, 30, and 60 mile ride routes, emailed to you on Monday, November 16th. 

Member: $15

Non-Member: $25

Cider Mug Club: Digital kit plus a WABA Cider Ride mug mailed to your door

Member: $25

Non-Member: $35

Purchase a Solo Cider Ride Kit!

Route Maps

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out last year’s Cider Ride Routes routes! 

The 2020 ride routes will be available to registrants the week of the event.


Thank you to our generous sponsor

NoMa Bid

COVID-19 Safety Statement

Policies and Procedures for WABA Events during COVID-19 

COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. This means:

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA or a refund. 
  • WABA requires participants to wear face masks in accordance with CDC and jurisdictional mask guidelines at all in-person events:
    • Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
    • Masks must be secured below the chin. 
    • Participants should sanitize their hands before and after touching their mask or face area. 
    • For more details, read the full CDC mask guidelines. 
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • WABA will enforce physical distancing at in-person events. (See individual event guidelines for details).

Participants who choose to attend an in-person WABA event 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.

COVID-19 Precautions during the 2020 Cider Ride 

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2020 Cider Ride to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe.

Multiple, smaller events.

 Instead of one big ride on a single Saturday, the 2020 Cider Ride will take place over 2 days:

 • November 14: 10 Mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 Mile McIntosh Ride

 • November 15: 60 Mile Honeycrisp Ride 

Designated check-in times. 

At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 25 people per 45 minute slot.

Registration for each ride will close the week before the ride. At check-in, participants will be required to show proof of registration. 

Mask enforcement. 

  • All ride and staff participants will wear masks covering their nose and mouth while at ride sites, in compliance with CDC guidelines for proper mask use. 
  • WABA staff at check-in and pit stops will enforce mask use. 
  • Participants who are not wearing a mask will be told to leave the event space. Masks may not be removed until they exit the pit stop area. 
  • Masks may not be removed for eating or drinking in check-in and pit stop areas— participants must consume snacks and water outside of the main pit stop area, maintaining 6 ft from fellow participants who aren’t in their household.

WABA has a zero tolerance policy for improper mask use (i.e., not wearing a mask, wearing a mask that does not cover both the mouth and nose or is not secured below the chin, pulling up part of a shirt over the face instead of a mask, etc.) 

Physical distancing enforcement.

  •  Check-in and pit stops will be held at parks and other spacious sites with room for physical distancing. 
  • have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 
  • Check-in and snack 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, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. 

No-contact check-in and  pit stops. 

  • At check-in, participants and staff will maintain 6 ft of distance and wear face masks covering their nose and mouth as per our mask and physical distancing policies. Participants will collect their check-in packets from the check-in table one at a time and then exit the check-in area. 
  • At pit stops, all snacks will be single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the check-in area.
  • WABA staff will have basic first aid materials available to participants at each check-in and pit stop site, but will not render first aid to individuals.
  •  In case of an emergency, WABA staff will call 911 unless the participant can call their own emergency contact to pick them up

 No post-ride celebration.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration. Participants can refill on water, hot cider, and snacks from no-contact food tables and then depart.

 Solo ride option 

For those who don’t feel comfortable doing the group event, we will have Solo Cider Ride Kits available for purchase so folks can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released on Monday, November 16.

Volunteer Signup

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS! There’s a lot of fun and useful stuff to for this ride:

Ride Marshal Signup

Do you love helping people have a great bike ride? Consider serving as a ride marshal!

These are on-bike shifts. You will use the cue sheet/Ride with GPS to navigate the ride route; be a friendly and welcoming presence to all participants; check in with WABA staff at pit stops; and support participants in decision-making if they have a mechanical incident or crash (including calling 911 if there is an emergency).

Ride marshaling is loads of fun, but it’s also serious business. After you sign up, you will receive a link to a Ride Marshal Questionnaire. You must complete this questionnaire to complete the sign-up process. You must also attend a virtual Ride Marshal training with WABA staff on either 11/9 or 11/10 (the week before the ride).

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

This year, WABA is splitting our annual Cider Ride into two smaller events on two separate days:

 • November 14: 10 Mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 Mile McIntosh Ride

 • November 15: 60 Mile Honeycrisp Ride 

You can register for any of the 3 routes or purchase a Solo Cider Ride Kit, which lets you ride the routes on your own time.

When and where does this event take place?

The 10 mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 mile McIntosh Ride will take place on Saturday, November 14. At registration, participants will select a check-in time  and choose a check-in/start location: either Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) or Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710) 

The 60 mile Honeycrisp Ride will take place on Sunday, November 15.   At registration, participants will select a check-in time  and choose a check-in/start location: either Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) OR Buddy Attick Lake Park (555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770)

If you have registered for a ride, your check-in location address and time are in your confirmation email. 

If you have registered but did not receive a confirmation email, email Anna at

I selected a check-in time/location but now I want to change it.

Please email Anna at If registration for the ride is still open, it is possible (but NOT guaranteed) that we will be able to move you. 

Can I check-in at a time/location other than the time/location in my confirmation email?

No. You will have to show your confirmation email to gain admittance to check-in on the day of the ride. If you are at the wrong location or too early or too late, you will not be able to check in to the ride. 

Why are you being so strict about check-in times and locations this year? 

Making sure we have an accurate registration list and knowledge of who will arrive where at what time is part of our policies and procedures for holding events during COVID-19. It is also necessary in the case of contact tracing after the event.

Why are there a limited number of registration slots?

For these rides, participants select specific check-in windows, so we can make sure there aren’t too many people at check-in at one time. This is so we can ensure appropriate space for physical distancing. 

We can only have 25 people per check in slot, which means registration has a firm cap based on check-in slot capacities.

The check in slot I wanted is full and I can’t register.

Sorry about that, but registration is first come, first serve. Please select a different slot. 

The ride I want to register for is full and I can’t register. 

I’m sorry. The registration cap is firm. 

However, you can still access the ride route by purchasing a Solo Cider Ride Kit, which will give you access to the digital cue sheets, maps, and files for all 3 Cider Ride routes so you can ride them another time. We’ll even mail your swag item to your door. 

Is there a wait list for the ride?

No. Registration will close when registration reaches its limit.

Can I register onsite the day of the ride?

No. There is no onsite registration for any of these 3 rides. 

I purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be available on November 16. You will receive an email on November 16 with a link to the site where you can find them.

If the date has passed and you still don’t have your route file, please email Anna at

I purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit option that includes ride swag mailed to me. Where is my ride swag?

We are getting ride swag in the mail just as quick as we can! You should have it by mid-December. Thank you for your patience. 

Do you think it is safe to hold a group bike ride during COVID-19?

The health and safety of our community is WABA’s top priority. WABA leadership and staff have worked to put together a set of policies and procedures in response to COVID-19, including limiting the size of the event; requiring masks; ensuring there is space for physical distancing at event sites; and making check-in and pit-stops no-contact. We have also eliminated all indoor elements of the event apart from restrooms (including, unfortunately, the afterparty).

Is WABA requiring staff to work at this event? 

Safety policies and procedures were developed in a collaborative staff working group and approved by WABA’s leadership. This includes a measure that staff are not required to work at any in-person events, period, during COVID-19. 

The staff who are working at the Cider Ride Series have opted in.

What precautions are you taking to mitigate risk from COVID-19 during this event?

You can read our full policies and procedures for this event here.  Still have questions? Please email Anna at

Do I have to be a WABA member to register for this ride? 

No. There is a member and a non-member rate for the Cider Ride.

When I enter my email into the membership lookup box, it says I am not a member. But I am!

Sorry about that! Please email Hannah at and she’ll help you get that cleared up so you can register for the ride.

What is your refund policy?

Because this is a fundraiser there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event— except in case of illness.

If you are feeling sick or have symptoms of an illness, do not come to the event. Email and let Anna know you cannot come because you are sick, and we will process your refund. 

Obviously, this is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. Please keep in mind that all proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?


Can I register a guest for this ride?

All individuals must register separately for the ride. You can only register one person at a time. You must provide a valid email address for every registration. 

I want to register a child or person who does not have their own email address.

Please email Anna at and we will get this worked out. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle on a WABA ride wears a helmet while riding. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. This means:

  • 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 are expected to:

  • 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)

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes. Every check-in group will have a group start with a “lead” ride marshal who will ride at the front of the group and a “sweep” ride marshal who will ride at the back of the group. 

Ride marshals will wear neon vests with their names on them and carry first aid kits with basic first aid supplies.

You are free to ride ahead of the lead ride marshal, and to depart on your ride before the formal group start, but the ride marshals are there to assist with navigation, mechanical difficulties. They are instructed to call 911 if a ride participant crashes on the route.

Where can I find information about the routes?

If you registered for an in-person ride, you will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email the week of your ride. 

If you purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit, the digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive, and provide multiple options for routing.

 If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone or paper cue sheet.

If you are participating in an in-person group ride, ride marshals in neon vests will be able to assist with navigation (or at least be a buddy for you to be lost with). 

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, we ask you to ride 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.

Will you feed me?

Yes. There will be water and snacks available at check-in; hot cider and snacks available at pit stops; and hot cider and donuts available at the finish line of this ride.

Should I bring a lock?

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

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

Can I leave my lock at check-in and pick it up at the finish line?

No. Sorry. We usually provide this service at our Signature Events, but this year it is simply not fit with best practices for mitigating risks of COVID-19. 

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.

We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at