Thank You For One Last Hains Point 100!

Now that we have had a few weeks to thaw out and get through the holidays, we wanted to thank you again for joining us for the 2019 Hains Point 100—The Finale. The sky was clear, the wind calm, and—most importantly—joy was everywhere. 

Thank you for eight amazing years of coming together to ride bicycles, making new friends, celebrating old friends, sharing a laugh, and supporting getting even more women on bikes. And thank you to all the business supporters for making it the largest door prize and grab bag ever.

In short, thank you #bikedc for being you. You brought snacks to the potluck, magic, and your awesome selves to the ride. You definitely made December 22nd such a special day. 

Because of the generosity of you and the community, we raised $11,600 for WABA Women & Bicycles!

Since the first Hains Point 100, you brought over 2600 people for loop de loops of Hains Point, and we raised over $85,000 to support more women on bikes. 

The HP100 memory will live on with every person you’ve helped with advocacy, education, and encouragement through the WABA Women & Bicycles Program.

What a ride! Thank you for being part of it, and we hope you’ll continue to support WABA and its mission in the future.

From our friends,
Megan Jones and Mark Blacknell

Want to relive the fun? Dominion Cycling Photography generously took a bunch of great photos of the event and is offering free downloads. Photo album is here.

You’re Invited to Hains Point 100 – The Finale

This is a guest post from Megan Jones, co-founder of Hains Point 100 and a Women & Bicycles supporter!

Megan Jones (center, with megaphone) at Hains Point 100.

Hi. I’m Megan. And, in 2012 I started a thing. Something that I had no idea that would catch on like it did.

What if I rode a bunch of laps around Hains Point and asked people to join me? Well, that’s what became the Hains Point 100 which has now become the premier December outside bike event filled with fun (and absurdity) for everyone!

Come join us on December 22nd. We already have a huge line-up of supporters that have donated some amazing door prizes and more! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the updates of what we’ll have.

As always, this is not a formal event – we’re just getting together on a chilly Sunday to ride our bikes in a circle and have some fun! And we are raising awareness for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. All levels of riders are welcome – we can’t wait to see you there!

Please let us know you’re coming by mushing on the big button below!

Hains Point 100
When: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Where: Hains Point, Washington DC

Sign up for Hains Point 100!


Permit me a moment for a quick flashback.  I was sitting in an Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting in the county building letting my thoughts wander and heard a few people talking about how they rode around Hains Point continuously for 100 miles. “Are they serious?” thought I. “Who would do such a thing?” As my mind continued to wander, I thought about how I’d been putting a lot of miles on my bike that year and still wanted to do more. At that moment I thought, “Wait, I’m that bananas, why not!?!” Then my mouth said, “Hey, I’m going to ride 100 miles around Hains Point.” And, those people heard me and my idea so I couldn’t back out.  That’s like, a rule.

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The 2017 Hains Point 100 was a tremendous success

Hains Point 100 riders celebrate before beginning the ride in December of 2017

This past December, we celebrated the 6th annual Hains Point 100. Over 600 riders showed up throughout the day, riding all sorts of bicycles and raising $19,300 to support WABA’s Women & Bicycles program.

Donations from the event help fund over half the budget for the Women & Bicycles program, allowing us to provide programming all over the metro areas of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We really couldn’t do what we do without the support of amazing volunteers–like Megan, Mark, and every rider who shows up to ride circles around Hains Point.

The Hains Point 100, now in its 6th year, began as an informal bike party to help fund the then-brand-new Women & Bicycles program. Megan Jones invited her friends to come ride 100 miles around Hains Point, a three-mile flat loop usually popular with triathletes and bike racers doing speed training on racing bikes. Riding a small loop for 100 miles on different types of bikes seemed like a silly and fun reason to ride a bike in December.

Riding a three mile loop in December appealed to hundreds of other people. It’s become known as a great way to have fun outside with friends. People began riding different styles of bikes: folding bikes, cargo bikes, tandems, tri bikes, beach cruisers, vintage steel, and even Capital Bikeshare bikes (dutifully docking every lap to avoid fees!), unicycles, and e-assist bikes. The Hains Point 100 now includes support from the amazing Team Sticky Fingers (a women’s cycling team), dozens of businesses, a specialty pie company, bike clubs, and the famous Potluck Table where riders drop off treats to share.

WABA’s Women & Bicycles program is supported by donations. Please consider supporting us so we can keep offering new programs.

Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our email list here so you don’t miss out on future rides! Yes!




10 Reasons You Should Ride The Hains Point 100

e6MXyK7ObZyMVaWZ7KTNlYi1U8M0BlyNV1r6XhihuwIThis entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.

 

HP 100 half poster

The Hains Point 100 is back for 2013! Here are 10 reasons you should ride 100 miles in circles around Hains Point on Dec. 22:

  1. It’s basically a choose-your-own-adventure ride. Start when you want. Ride as long as you want. Pause, snack, sprint, nap, and draft when you want.
  2. The route is riding in circles around Hains Point. It’s impossible to get lost or off-track and it’s unnecessary to have to rely on any kind of electronic device to find your away around.
  3. Did someone say potluck? You’re bringing snacks—brownies—right?
  4. Look at all the awesome ride sponsors! Must. Win. Raffle.
  5. You’ll ride with the finest of D.C.’s bike advocacy community, including all those people on Twitter you know only by icon, all those people from the forum you know only by signature, and all those people at advocacy meetings you know only by testimony. And you’ll bond over the fact that you’re still in D.C. three days before Christmas, riding your bike in circles in the wind around a peninsula.
  6. This is a locally organized, sustainable, homegrown, organic event, coordinated by one very dedicated supporter of the Women & Bicycles program.
  7. You’ll get bragging rights for riding (or attempting to ride) 100 miles around Hains Point.
  8. Riding 100 miles around Hains Point is a great opportunity to practice your counting. One hundred miles is 33 laps!
  9. Normalize winter riding!
  10. Your donations to the Hains Point 100 will help get more women on bikes. One hundred percent of the ride proceeds will be donated to WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, helping to fund another year of dedicated outreach.

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of an all-age, all-experience level, all-joyful, only slightly delusional century: the Hains Point 100. For more information on the ride, please visit the event website, find it on Facebook, and follow Hains Point 100 on Twitter.

A Successful Hains Point 100 and a Very Merry Match Grant

Yesterday’s Hains Point 100 today, organized on the fly by WABA member Megan Jones, was a wonderful way to spend a chilly Sunday before Christmas. Megan, an absolute powerhouse who committed to riding a century around Hains Point to raise money for WABA’s Women & Bikes program, finished around 4:30 p.m. with a total of 102 miles and 32 laps.

Over 50 people kicked off the ride just after 10 a.m., and many more trickled in to check out the information tables and ride in circles for a bit. In total, 100 people rode throughout the day. Long-distance riders paced with casual cyclists, the wind scaled back its intensity, and while the temperature never quite warmed up, riding conditions and attitudes were sunny all around.

The Hains Point 100 raised over $1,500 for Women & Bikes—and plenty of awareness. At the ride’s start, the group appeared to be majority men, an accurate reflection of the gender breakdown of cycling. But plenty of women came out to ride; Outreach Coordinator Nelle Pierson was able to talk extensively to those interested about the program, which will officially launch in March.

Donations and raffle prizes were generously provided by Revolution Cycles, the Bike Lane, Java Shack, BicycleSpace, and Bike Arlington, and ride attendees pitched in plenty of delicious snacks and baked goods. We’d like to thank Megan many times over for her enthusiasm and dedication to WABA and Women & Bikes, as well as those who donated to the Hains Point 100.

Megan talks up Women & Bikes

Couldn’t make it? Read Chasing Mailbox’s writeup of the Hains Point 100 here, and check out some photos by other participants. Head over to the event’s Facebook page for miscellaneous pictures, memories, and comments (or to share your own!).

If you haven’t yet donated to Women & Bikes, your contribution can still make an incredible difference. Thanks a generous program supporter, donations to the WABA Women & Bikes Program through the end of the year will be matched up to a total of $4,000. If you’re interested in donating, please do so here.

About $550 of the money raised from the Hains Point 100 will be matched by the aforementioned grant. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of donations here, on Facebook, and on Twitter throughout the week. We’d love it if you considered donating before the end of 2012 to help us get more D.C.-area women on bikes.

 

Ride the Hains Point 100 for WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program

Will you be in town on Sun., Dec. 23? Ride the Hains Point 100!

WABA member Megan Jones will be riding 100 miles around Hains Point to raise money for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, which will launch next year. Follow the steps to donate to Megan’s ride here, or bring cash on Sunday.

You don’t have to ride to donate, and you don’t have to commit to 100 miles to participate. Do as many laps of Hains Point as you’re comfortable with, move at your own pace, ride with a group, or ride solo—on whatever bike you want (we heard that Capital Bikeshare has even put together a relay team). Don’t hesitate to dress up or decorate your bike!

Do keep in mind that this is a largely unsupported ride, so you may be on your own for repairs, water, and snacks of your preference. Megan is casually crowdsourcing snacks and treats, however, so feel free to bring something to share and treat breaks in your ride like a big, communal picnic.

In-kind donations have been made by Revolution Cycles, Bike Arlington, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sticky Fingers Bakery, and the Java Shack. If you’re interested in contributing something, fill out this form.

A Facebook event with additional information is here, and you can follow the event on Twitter for real(ish)-time updates. RSVP for the ride here.

Gather at the southern end of Hains Point by 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, and be ready to ride at 10 a.m.!