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.

Have You Signed Up For the Cider Ride Yet?

You asked for more organized ride events, and we heard you: We’re proud to present the first-ever Cider Ride on Dec. 7.

Three route lengths are available, two of which (the Honeycrisp, 60 miles, and McIntosh, 30 miles) will take riders out of D.C. and to Queen Anne Farm near Bowie, Md. A third (the Gala, 15 miles) will remain within D.C. WABA will provide snacks and handwarmers and throw a great afterparty, the Cider Celebration, at Canal Park’s Park Tavern. The ride starts at Canal Park.

More information can be found hereRegistration for the Cider Ride opened last week. Have you signed up yet?

The Cider Ride is made possible by these generous sponsors: Queen Anne Farm for hosting the cider stop; Canal Park in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood for hosting the start location; Park Tavern for its tremendous hospitality in hosting the Cider Celebration; Heat Pax Warmers for its generous donation to keep our riders toasty; Murray Cider Company for donating fresh cider for all riders; Kaleena Porter for the awesome Cider Ride graphics.

Register Now for Our First-Ever Cider Ride!

You love bike rides. We love throwing great events that get more people on bikes. Our signature, organized yearly rides, the Vasa Ride and 50 States and 13 Colonies, always sell out. So we’re excited to announce a new one for 2013: The Cider Ride. Registration is open now! The first-ever Cider Ride is on Sat., Dec. 7. It begins at D.C.’s Canal Park at the Capital Riverfront and takes riders through Maryland’s back roads to Queen Anne Farm in Glenn Dale, Md. (near Bowie) for warm cider and fall treats. Back in D.C., the ride will conclude at Park Tavern, part of Canal Park, for a cider celebration. Three ride lengths are available: the Honeycrisp (about 60 miles), McIntosh (about 35 miles), or Gala (about 15 miles). Read below the jump for more details on the Cider Ride. You can register here now. Continue reading