The icing on the donut: Cider Ride 2019

It’s been a great fall for WABA: Open Streets, progress on Long Bridge, more than 60 people showing up to testify for safer streets at the Vision Zero Hearing. Plus, the Presidents rode Capital Bikeshare bikes in the Nats’ World Series victory parade. Then, to put the icing on the cake donut: Cider Ride!

November 2nd dawned cool and clear — a little chilly for standing around, but good temps for a bike ride! Almost 500 bicyclists gathered at Dance Place to check in, get their Cider Ride carabiner mugs, and fill their water bottles, before setting off on WABA’s last ride of 2019.

The cider was hot, the pies were enormous, and our ride marshals looked glamorous in brand-new (!) marshal vests.

Spiffy new marshal vests!

Bicyclists of all ages enjoyed donuts at Proteus Bikes and our new pit stop at Bladensburg Waterfront Park before continuing their ride, and riders on the 55-mile Honeycrisp route took a loop around the Patuxent Research Refuge before resting at the 30 mile mark at Buddy Attick Lake Park.

A rider and their 2019 Cider Ride mug at Buddy Attick Park.

Staff and volunteers were ready with pie as participants rolled into the post-ride celebration at Brookland’s Dew Drop Inn,  where music, food, and drink kept the party going late into the afternoon.

So much pie. Which isn’t a terrible problem to have.

Thanks to everyone who came out for Cider Ride! I hope we’ll see you December 18th at our WABA Member Holiday Party at Franklin Hall. You can check out more photos from Cider Ride below— but first, thanks again to all our sponsors:

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Find a gallery of photos from Cider Ride 2019 below:

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!

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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!

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Cider Ride: Best. Day. Ever.

On Saturday, November 3rd, WABA hosted the Cider Ride!

The rain stopped and sunny, blue skies opened up just in time for hundreds of riders join us in a celebration of fall! Riders chose one of three routes, all of them showcasing our region’s incredible multi-use trails, colorful fall foliage, and delicious cider and pie along the way.

Fall foliage on the trails makes us this happy, too.

Many riders took the chance to advocate for more trails; we worked with local businesses in Hyattsville to host a pop-up pit stop at a gap in the Hyattsville Trolley Trail. Along with sampling the offerings of several nearby businesses, riders wrote postcards to Maryland state officials to ask for quality trail design and accelerated construction of the trail extension, which would fill a critical gap in the regional trail network. Click here to sign up for future updates on the Trolley Trail.

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Afterwards, participants celebrated the beautiful ride, ate more pie, and drank another cup of steaming cider at Dew Drop Inn. Biking, advocacy, treats, and friends—it can’t get any better!

Riders at Dew Drop Inn, enjoying donuts and the snazzy Cider Ride mugs!

To all the riders: thank you for supporting WABA! Like all signature rides, the proceeds from Cider Ride directly fund the hard work that WABA is doing to make bicycling better for everyone in the region. Your support helps us advocate for better trails and more bike lanes. Thank you.

If you want to get more involved with WABA, sign up for our advocacy alerts, join us for a City Cycling class, or volunteer at an event. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the Holiday Party in December.

We’ve collected some photos from the ride below, but, first, a final shoutout to our sponsors:

 

Celebration Sponsor:

And for additional support from:

Enjoy the photo gallery from this year’s Cider Ride!

 

Top 5 Reasons to join us for the Cider Ride

The Cider Ride is one WABA ride that you absolutely don’t want to miss out on. With three routes (10-, 28-, and 55-miles) there is something fun for everyone. Get outside and enjoy all the good stuff happening on this ride:

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  1. The Ride: Nothing beats a cool, clear fall day on trails and calm roads. Explore the Anacostia Tributary Trail system, dive deep into Prince George’s County to see the agricultural and wildlife preserves, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors the way they were meant to be seen: from your bike!
  2. The Treats: Donuts, cider, pie, and hot chocolate are a delicious way to celebrate fall bicycling, and they’ll warm you right up when you’re feeling chilled from the ride. (If you aren’t into sweets, don’t worry; we’ll have fruit, water, and salty snacks around as well.)
  3. The Friends: 700 bicyclists from around the region come out to ride and support WABA. Cider Ride is a great place to see old friends and make new ones—you already have one thing in common: you love biking!
  4. The Progress: Every year, we see the region get better for biking. If you’ve done the ride before, note the progress we’ve made, like new trail connections near College Park. If you’re new, join us in pushing for more! By doing Cider Ride, you are directly supporting our advocacy work to move the needle.
  5. The Celebration: The Dew Drop Inn, voted DC’s bike friendliest business in earlier this year, is hosting the post-ride celebration. Stay and hang out for awhile: there will be live music, food, drinks, and lots of good cheer!

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See you there! If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or get in touch with us: events@waba.org or 202-518-0524 x218.

Of course, we want to say a huge thank you to our sponsors for supporting better bicycling in our region:

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Best of WABA Events: 2016

Looking back at 2016, the WABA Events Team wanted to share with you our favorite moments from our signature events of the last year:

February 2016: The Bicyclist Choice Awards and Annual Members Meeting

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The WABA Vision Zero award.

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The Awards event is our opportunity to be fancy and to recognize and thank those people who really and truly make a positive difference for bicycling in the region. It was really special this year to have the Director of the District Department of Transportation in attendance to accept an award we gave him. -Michelle

March 2016: The Congressional Ride 

Photo Credit: The League of American Bicyclists

The Congressional Ride is a really unique ride event that WABA organizes as part of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit each year. It’s special because we get to meet bike advocates and bicyclists from all over the country, talk to them about the work WABA is doing in our Nation’s Capital and around the region, and show off some of DC’s best bicycle infastrucutre. Everyone is always so impressed with the bike lanes and protected infrastructure, and they love hearing about our programs, events, and the impact we have on the region. -Michelle

The Vasa Ride

Vasa Ride 2016

The weather machine cooperated and the cloudy skies held their rain for this year’s Vasa Ride. Flowers were in bloom. The breeze was almost warm. The highlight is always the grumbling and tight muscles in the morning as sleepy-eyed riders stretch out their riding legs for the first time all winter, and then the joy, smiles, hugs, and happy conversations had over warm blueberry soup at the end of the ride inside the absolutely gorgeous House of Sweden. -Michelle 

May 2016: Bike to Work Day

Photo Credit: John Pickett

What’s not to love about Bike to Work Day? The ENTIRE WABA staff and board unite to go spread the bike love. This year, WABA had a presence at a record number of pit stops for us: 26 different pit stops! We mobilized 31 WABA captains and 112 volunteers to get out there super early on a Friday morning and talk to people about better bicycling. So much sunshine. So much coffee. So many bagels. And so many bicycle-induced smiles and high fives. -Michelle

Tour de Fat

DC celebrity spotting! Local bicycle advice columnist Gear Prudence for City Paper came out to support WABA.

Just look at those lines!

I was a bit terrified when Tour de Fat rolled around this year because there was rain in the forecast — LOTS of rain. But, to my delight, people still came out to celebrate and drink beer and ride bikes in the rain! I couldn’t believe it and I am SO grateful that the #bikedc community is so supportive of the work we do. -Michelle 

June 2016: Bike to Work AGAIN Day

Bike to Work Again Day + beer!

We loved Bike to Work Day so much this year that we decided to celebrate it again a month later! With three “pit stops” at local bars and restaurants in Arlington, Bethesda, and the District, we hung out with bike commuters on their way home and talked about our favorite subject: bikes! -Nick

July 2016: Bike to the Pools Ride

Cooling off at a splash park right off the Marvin Gaye Trail!

The Washington area gets pretty hot in July, so we decided that we’d combine two things we all love to do: biking and swimming! (And a bit of splashing.) We rode our bikes from the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens along the Marvin Gaye Trail, stopped at a splash park, hopped on our bikes again, and finished the ride at the Deanwood Pool. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon! -Nick

August 2016: Open Streets Community Organizing

Petworth residents, ANC commissioners, and community leaders came together to help guide us in planning a community wide event in their neighborhood that will have a positive lasting impact, promote community building, and bring neighbors together.

This entire year we have been working to bring an open street event to DC, where a roadway is temporary closed to vehicles so it can be opened up to the people to walk, bike, dance, and play in the middle of the street. We are lucky to have the support of the DC Office of Planning in this effort and received a substantial grant for this project from the agency. It’s a big undertaking, and we still have a lot of work to do, but we’re excited for the connections and relationships we’ve begun to build with Petworth and city officials, and can’t wait to continue work in 2017 to bring DC its first open streets program. -Michelle

September 2016: The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

Photo credit: Chuck Cage

Years of tinkering with WABA’s weather machine to let up on the rain finally paid off, but someone forgot to adjust the temperature… it was HOT! Despite the heat, we welcomed our biggest crowd yet—700 registrants—to a fun and challenging ride throughout DC’s 8 Wards. This year, we hosted riders from California, Alabama, Texas, Ohio, and many other far-flung places! -Nick

October 2016: WABA in the Wild Overnight C&O Tour

In a matter of days, the 11 strangers who came together for WABA in the Wild became fast friends.

Everyone celebrated in the warm autumn sunshine at mile marker 0 in Georgetown at the end of the ride.

WABA in the Wild was the highlight of my year for sure. It was a feat of an event to pull off: the first time WABA has ever done an original peer-to-peer fundraising event, the first time we’ve ever done a multi-day bike tour, the first time we’ve ever organized a group camping trip. But we pulled it off and it was a tremendous success. We bicycled through rain and mud with smile on our faces. We saw beauty in the trees along the canal and the shimmering sunshine on the Potomac. There was whiskey, laughter, games, camaraderie, and so. many. snacks. And we can’t wait to do it again with more people in 2017! -Michelle

November 2016: The Cider Ride

Photo credit: Mr.TinDC

This year’s Cider Ride was the biggest ever, with over 700 people riding their bikes along the beautiful trails and farm roads of Prince George’s county, the Patuxent Research Refuge, and the new (and old) sections of the Anacostia River Trail. Riders also helped to advance our campaign to finish the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail in Hyattsville — we collected over 300 signatures at an advocacy pit stop along the course! -Nick

December 2016: The Holiday Party

Many, many bikes outside Boundary Stone for the WABA Holiday Party. Photo credit: Jeremiah Lowery

One of our ‘accomplishments scrapboards’ from the party

We hosted our year-end Holiday Party at Boundary Stone and had an awesome time chatting with members about all the things we accomplished together in 2016 and what we’re looking forward to working on in 2017. It was great to hang out with so many of our members and enjoy some holiday cheer! -Nick


We hope you enjoyed being part of the bike community as much as we did this year. Happy New Year and here’s to more awesome WABA events — and a few awesome event surprises — in 2017!

Cheers,

WABA Events Team

Thank you EYA!

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WABA would like to give a great big bicycle thank you to EYA for their support of better bicycling, their title sponsorship of The 2016 Cider Ride, and for bringing out an awesome EYA team to ride along with us last weekend on the Cider Ride.

EYA is WABA’s biggest signature ride event supporter. As the Title Sponsor of our fall community ride event for 2016, 2017, and 2018, EYA is making it possible for WABA to hold ride events that not only bring people together to celebrate bicycling, but also raise support for our on-going advocacy efforts to make bicycling better. EYA is a regional developer with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian friendly urban homes and communities.

Since 1992, EYA has earned recognition for introducing innovative and thoughtfully designed new homes in DC metro area neighborhoods that offer life within walking distance. They share a lot of common goals with WABA members to reduce dependence on cars and encourage new opportunities for more sustainable living.

Thank you so much EYA!

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WABA Ride Recap: The 2015 Cider Ride

Last weekend on Saturday, November 14th, WABA’s third annual Cider Ride took place. Check out the ride in photos below, and we hope you will join us in 2016 for next year’s Cider Ride.

And if YOU took any photos yourself, we encourage you to share them with us by adding them to the WABA Flickr pool.

The ride started at The Dew Drop Inn, a perfect spot in an old brewery along the train tracks in NE DC and right on the Met Branch Trail. The ride also finished at The Dew Drop Inn where beer was flowing and the bar was serving up grub to hungry riders – there was even a local bluegrass band, The Capitol Hillbillies! What’s even better is that several of the Capitol Hillbillies are lifetime WABA members.

From NE DC, The Cider Ride took cyclists to the Anacostia Tributary Trails and out toward Hyattsville and College Park, MD. Riders enjoyed hot cider and donuts at Proteus Bicycles at the first pit stop. From there, the 47-mile route riders continued on to Beltsville and down miles of farm roads, through the forests of the Patuxent Research Refuge, and wooded roads of Greenbelt Park. The riders enjoyed hot chocolate and pie at the second pit stop hosted by the City of Greenbelt at Buddy Attick Lake Park.

The Cider Ride did sell out this year, so make sure you register for the ride early in 2016!

A BIG BICYCLE THANK YOU to our ride partners who made the Cider Ride possible:

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Damp but undaunted: The 2014 Cider Ride

“Damp but undaunted” was certainly the theme for this year’s Cider Ride. With a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday’s Cider Ride, we were impressed by the number of bicyclists who came out to the ride start at Mattie Stepanek Park in Rockville.

WABA wants to thank each and every one of those riders for braving the cold and rainy conditions and we hope you enjoyed the ride and the hot cider. We heard from many of you that it was worth it!

Thank you so much to the City of Rockville for their support in this ride and for providing the park as the start location. Thank you to Gene at Kingsbury’s Orchard for his very generous support of the ride by donating the cider and providing a dry place for our riders to rest. And thank you to Revolution Cycles of Rockville for providing bicycle support to the Honeycrisp riders at the ride start and the pit stop.

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Join us next year as we hold the third-annual Cider Ride in the Fall of 2015 (and fingers crossed it will be a very DRY day!). Each year the Cider Ride will feature a new scenic tour of the region’s back roads, country roads, agricultural lands and farm sites that are accessible by bike, so stay tuned to find out where the Cider Ride will take you next time.

The Cider Ride registration is now open

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The fall ride event you’ve all been waiting for is here. Registration for The 2014 Cider Ride is now open.

Register for The Cider Ride

Join WABA in Montgomery County, MD for our second annual Cider Ride, a metro-accessible bike tour of some of our region’s best and most beautiful country roads. The ride will start from Mattie Stepanek Park in Rockville, just across the street from the Shady Grove Metro Station.

Riders can choose between the longer Honeycrisp route, approximately 55 miles, or the shorter McIntosh route, approximately 20-25 miles. The Honeycrisp route will take riders out toward Poolesville where you can enjoy hot cider and snacks at the cider pit stop at Kingsbury’s Orchard in Dickerson, MD before looping back to where you started. The shorter McIntosh route will stay close to Rockville taking riders mostly on trails and side paths. McIntosh riders will enjoy hot cider and snacks upon return to Stepanek park. Each year WABA’s Cider Ride will feature a new scenic tour of the region’s back roads, country roads, agricultural lands and farm sites that are accessible by bike.

Registration for The Cider Ride is open to WABA Members only at the moment  (another benefit of your WABA membership!). If you would like to register for the ride but you are not currently a WABA member, renew or join today, before registration fills up!

Click here for more information about The 2014 Cider Ride and event details.

Interested in being a ride marshal or helping out as a volunteer? If you are an experienced cyclists and can help assist and guide other riders, click here to apply to be a ride marshal for The Cider Ride. If you can volunteer for a few hours in the morning at the ride start location or a few hours in the afternoon at the cider pit stop, click here to sign up.

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Volunteers Needed for Saturday’s Cider Ride

Are you ready for WABA’s first-ever Cider Ride? We’re certainly excited to host our first organized wintertime ride in recent memory, and can’t wait to see you on Saturday morning.

If you’re not terribly interested in braving 40-degree temperatures but do have a free Saturday, we’re in need of volunteers to help make the Cider Ride awesome.

We need:
Volunteers to help us set up and check in riders in the morning (from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.) and to help us run the post-ride cider celebration smoothly (from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.). Sign up to volunteer here.

Marshals for the medium (McIntosh, 40 miles) and long (Honeycrisp,  60 miles) routes.Sign up to marshal here.

Remember that if you volunteer for WABA three times, you can earn a free membership!

All the details for the Cider Ride you could ever want are here. Still want to register? You’ve got until today (Thurs., Dec. 5) at 5 p.m. to do so. Register now—the ride is almost sold out!*

*Please note that your registration is nonrefundable. In the event of inclement weather (like ice), the ride will be canceled. Consider the cost a gracious donation to WABA’s year-round efforts to advocate for better bicycling for you.