What’s the best part of Cider Ride?

Those two 70-degree days last week was all it took to get me fully in the mood for fall. And it’s not just me: all of a sudden pumpkin-spice everything is everywhere, and decorative gourds are popping up on every block. 

But for WABA, the autumn equinox means one thing: Cider Ride!

Sign up for Cider Ride!

Cider Ride, one WABA staff member remarked, is “everything good about fall in a bike ride.” 

What does that mean? 

It means apple pie and donuts. It means hot cider and heavier layers. And, most importantly, it means winding along gorgeous Prince George’s County trails transformed by autumn.

Seriously – it’s not an exaggeration. Look at these views:

Fall foliage at Lake Artemesia in Prince George’s County. You can’t beat it.

What makes Cider Ride even better is that it has something for everybody. Three routes (the 55-mile Honeycrisp, the 30-mile McIntosh, and the 10-mile Candy Apple route) means you can get out on your bike for a while whether you feel like riding for two hours or six. 

We’ll have fall treats at the pit stops on every route — plus, hot cider (and a commemorative WABA Cider Ride mug to drink it from) to warm you up while you take a break. A leisurely ride through the woods or a fast-paced tour of the trails – the pace is up to you! 

A canopy of autumn’s best colors – experience it on your bike!

So whether you’re itching to tackle the Honeycrisp route on your road bike, hoping to snap a perfect fall Instagram shot as you catch your breath on McIntosh, or planning to hitch a trailer with 3 kids on the back of your bike for the Candy Apple ride, we can’t wait to go on a bike ride with you. 

Because really, that’s the best part about Cider Ride — spending a crisp fall morning outside with friends. I hope I see you there!

Register today!

Sunshine and PB&Js: 50 States 2019 Recap

Hundreds of bicyclists came out on Saturday, September 7th for WABA’s annual 50 States Ride. We saw a burley-bound baby along for the Route 66 Ride, a couple tackling the 50 States in matching jerseys, and 13 Colonies riders rolling out together by the dozen from Walter Pierce Park. Whether this was your first 50 States Ride or your tenth: it was awesome to see you all bright and early to celebrate bicycling in D.C. 

The day was clear and warm— a great day for a bike ride! Volunteer-made PBJs kept bellies full and pedals pumping at our Eastern Market pit stop, and the WABA Boutique at the Mellow Mushroom post-ride celebration had plenty of shirts, socks, and jerseys for sale so riders could show their WABA pride. Thanks to the sunshine, the roofdeck filled up quickly, and 18th Street felt even more festive than usual as rider after rider rolled up to the finish line looking for their hard-earned pizza and beer.

Thank you so much to all of you who came out for the ride. Like all of WABA’s signature events, the 50 States Ride is a fundraising event. Your registration fees fund WABA’s mission of making sure there are safe, accessible places to bicycle across the region. We’re grateful for your support, and I hope I’ll see you at our next signature event, Cider Ride, on November 2.

Check out the photos below for a glimpse of the 2019 50 States Ride —but first, one last thank you to the sponsors whose support made the 50 States Ride possible:

Meet the Riders: WABA in the Wild 2019

We’re packing up and heading out of town—this October 11-14, eleven WABA supporters will be riding the entire length of the C&O Canal Towpath to raise awareness about WABA’s work. 

In the weeks before the ride, Pamela, Randall, Sarah, Stephanie, Rocio, Bradly, Tom, Peter, Bryan, Henning, and Jamie will each fundraise $1000 support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach for better bicycling in our region.

Click a rider’s photo to see their personal fundraising page and learn more about the experiences that turned them into bicyclists and advocates—and fundraisers. 

Visit the WABA in the Wild page to learn more about this adventure! Interested in coming along for the ride next year? Email events@waba.org

Stephanie Kaufman

“Biking gives me the freedom to go where I want without contributing to traffic or air pollution. It’s my small way of doing my bit to address climate change…”

Tom McCann

“In recent years riding in DC has improved significantly thanks in part to the Washington Area Bicycling Association (WABA). Today, riding in Washington is safer, more accessible, and more fun for me and Madeleine who is learning to ride her own bike….”

Sarah Phillips

“WABA’s activities and advocacy in the region, from city cycling classes and info on what to do after a crash to great events like Bike to Work day and the fall Cider Ride, remind me every day that there’s a great cycling community out there!”

Rocio Paul

“I don’t want anyone to be afraid of riding a bike next to cars or running into dangerous road conditions. Let’s not wait for accidents to happen to take action…”

Randall Meyers

“WABA In The Wild combines two of my core values: working with great people to do great things and enjoying our planet through biking…”

Peter Mathers

“This October 11-14 I’ll be bicycling from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown to raise awareness for WABA’s 40 year history of successful advocacy in the D.C. region…”

Henning Schulzrinne

“The DC area is blessed with a good biking infrastructure compared to many other metro areas and an active biking community, but this doesn’t happen by accident – it requires long-term advocacy with local authorities, outreach and education…”

Bradly Winans

“Bicycling can change lives in big and small ways. On a personal level, it’s an inexpensive, active and enjoyable form of transportation for me everyday on my way to and from work. I feel healthy and happy every time I sit in my saddle knowing I’m benefiting my body as well as the environment!”

Jamie Buss

“Join me on a bicycling and fundraising journey as I bike 184.5 miles on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath — and raise money for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association along the way!”

Pamela Sutherland

“I believe in the cause of better bicycling. That’s why I’m going on WABA in the Wild. Will you support me and WABA by donating to my campaign and helping me raise $1000 by October 11, 2019?”

Bryan McCann

“I believe in the cause of better bicycling. That’s why I’m going on WABA in the Wild. Will you support me and WABA by donating to my campaign and helping me raise $1000 by October 11, 2019?”

Top Three Reasons to do WABA in the Wild

We’ve run four WABA in the Wild trips since we started to do the trip, back in 2016. Going into number five, we thought it may be a good time to reflect on what makes the trip awesome by talking to some of the people who would know best—the folks that were there!

After you do WABA in the Wild, you suddenly have 20 new bike friends that you spent an amazing weekend with! You can opt into an online group—WABA in the Wild Alumni—where you can keep in touch with them, plan rides or other get-togethers, and more. We asked this group: “Looking back at the experience of your trip, what were the best things about WABA in the Wild?”

Here’s what they said:

1. Getting to know the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.

The C&O Canal is incredibly scenic.

“The C&O Canal is truly a marvel to ride along. There is so much natural beauty and fascinating engineering to take in every mile.”

WABA in the Wild is a three day, 184.5 mile ride from Cumberland to Georgetown on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.

Construction of the C&O Canal began in 1828 and was completed in 1850 to transport coal from the Allegheny mountains to port cities. Now, as part of a National Historical Park, the towpath is an incredible chance to take in the transportation history of the early United States, with wildlife and greenery surrounding us on all sides.

2. Meals prepared campside by WABA staff and volunteers.

Can’t beat a good campfire meal!

“Food prepared by the staff—each meal was great.  I especially enjoyed the veggie chili the first night…along with the spaghetti and meatballs! I never knew I could eat so much!”

We know that 184.5 miles calls for calories. So from breakfast when you wake up in camp, to pit stops stocked with lunch and snacks, to dinner cooked campside, WABA will make sure you’re fueled up and ready to go. Who knows—there might even be s’mores by the campfire. 

3. All of it! 

2018 WABA in the Wild riders and staff at mile zero in Georgetown.

“Looking back on the experience…it was all of it that was the best. The people I rode with, the adventure, the WABA staff…I look back on the experience and I think, I did that. And I was able to support the work that WABA does. It really doesn’t get much better than that.” 

WABA in the Wild is a supported ride, which means staff and volunteers will be with you every step of the way. In the weeks leading up to the weekend, we’ll have a meeting and practice ride where you can get up to speed on details of the weekend and meet the other bicycling advocates who will be on WABA in the Wild. We’ll work with you to develop a fundraising plan and strategy so you can meet your $1000 fundraising goal. And we’ll transport you, your bike, and your gear to Cumberland, Maryland; set up pit stops as we pedal our way to Georgetown; and be available to cheer and support you all weekend. All you need to do is enjoy the ride.

Register for WABA in the Wild

WABA in the Wild is made possible by these generous supporters:

Bronze Sponsor:

Meet Anna McCormally, our new Events Coordinator

I remember my first time riding my bike in the city. It was 2013, my first year in DC. I got off the Metro at McPherson Square Metro and rode north on 14th Street to Columbia Heights.  It was a little scary, but I felt powerful and free, alert to my surroundings, present in my body…and completely hooked on bicycles! Since then, whether I’m exploring the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail with a friend, training for a race on Beach Drive, or just enjoying the sun on my morning commute, my bike has gotten me wherever I need to go. 

My first experience with WABA was as a participant in the 2014 50 States Ride. Group rides are a great way to  build community, explore the city, and grow your confidence on a bicycle, and I can’t wait to share the 50 States Rides and WABA’s other signature rides with you in my role as events coordinator. We’ll buckle our helmets, hop in the saddle, and celebrate the work that WABA’s advocates, members, and supporters are doing to make the DC area safe, fun, and accessible to bicyclists.

Want more details about one of WABA’s signature rides?  Interested in volunteering to create an awesome experience for your friends and neighbors? Feeling unsure which of our rides is right for your level of bicycling?  I’d love to talk about that and anything else related to WABA events. Drop me a line at anna.mccormally@waba.org. I can’t wait to go on a bike ride with you.