2021 Lime Connect Century Ride

This annual event brings together passionate riders of all levels for a great cause: resources and scholarships for high school seniors with disabilities. The ride is fully supported with 10, 30, 60, and 100-mile ride options. Fundraise to earn more swag and prizes!

The Sweet Ride

Launch summer with a sweet bicycle ride through Arlington and Alexandria! 

Choose from a 16, 30, or 50 mile route and wind through Northern Virginia on a combination of bike lanes, quiet neighborhood streets, and trails. Enjoy, water, and WABA staff cheering you on at pit stops along the way. 

This ride is a fundraiser. Registration fees support WABA’s work in the DC region and our mission empowering people to ride bikes, build connections and transform places. Thank you.  


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Ride Information:

At registration, you’ll choose from two check-in/start locations:

  • Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)
  • Jones Point Park (Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314)

About the routes…

  • Sweet 16.  ($35 members; $55 non-members)
    • Good for beginners or anyone looking for a more leisurely ride!
    • This 16 mile ride is mostly on trails but does involve a few turns through intersections where bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles. 
    • This route is mostly flat, with a few small hills. 
    • Participants will receive snacks and water at one pit stops 
    • Includes lunch and Sweet Ride Bandana
  • Sweet 30 ($50 members; $70 non-members)
    • Good for experienced bicyclists 
    • This 30 mile ride takes place on trails and in streets with varying levels of bicycle infrastructure (protected bike lanes, painted bike lanes, and roads without bike lanes where bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles. 
    • This route has about +1400 ft of climbing total. There are a few short but steep climbs.
    • Participants will receive snacks and water at two pit stops 
    • Includes lunch and Sweet Ride Bandana
  • Sweet 50 ($65 members, $85 non-members)
    • This ride is for a bicyclist looking for a challenge!
    • This 50 mile ride takes place on trails and in streets with varying levels of bicycle infrastructure (protected bike lanes, painted bike lanes, and roads without bike lanes where bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles. 
    • This route has +2,654 ft of climbing  total. There are a few very  steep climbs.
    • Participants will receive snacks, water at three pit stops
    • Includes lunch and Sweet Ride Bandana
  • Solo Sweet Ride ($18 routes only, $25 routes + Sweet Ride Bandana)
    • This does not include access to the in-person event on June 13.
    • Registrants will receive digital access to all 3 Sweet Ride routes on Monday, June 14 and can do the ride(s) on their own at any date or time that’s convenient
    • There are no pit stops or amenities available to Solo Sweet Ride participants

Other Important Details…

  • The Sweet Ride is self-guided. Participants will be spread out along the route (not in a big group) and navigate using the provided physical cuesheet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 
  • Each check-in group will have an optional group start led by a  Ride Marshal: a WABA volunteer who is there to help you navigate and offer encouragement and support. 
  • All participants in the June 13 event will receive a box lunch courtesy of our sponsors, Nandos Peri-Peri (vegetarian and vegan options available). 

Route Maps:

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out the 2019 Sweet Ride routes! (The 2021 routes will be similar but not identical.)

Thank You to our Sponsors!


COVID-19 Precautions during the 2021 Sweet Ride

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2021 Sweet Ride to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe. 

All participants must follow the same mask and physical distancing guidelines, regardless of vaccination status. 

Outside event.

  • The Sweet Ride is an outdoor event. 
  • Restrooms (public park restrooms and/or portapotties) will be available at ride check-in, pit stops, and the finish line. 

Designated check-in times and registration caps.

  • At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 20 people per 30 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. 
  • Registered ride participants will receive wristbands at check-in. Participants must wear or show their wristbands to enter the pit stop and finish line areas and receive their box lunch. 

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, finish line, 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, finish line,  and pit stops will be held at parks and other spacious sites with room for physical distancing. 
  • 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. 
  • WABA staff will have basic first aid materials at the check-in, finish line, and pit stop areas. Staff will make these materials available to participants in case of minor injury.  In case of an emergency, WABA staff or volunteers will call 911.

No contact water and food.

  • At check-in and pit stops, all snacks will be single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the ride site area
  • Participants will take their food and water and eat it away from the ride site area so they can be appropriately distanced from others before removing their face mask to eat and drink.
  • Participants must bring their own water bottles. Participants can fill and refill their personal water bottles at the ride start, pit stop(s), and finish line. 
  • All participants will receive a box lunch courtesy of our sponsor, Nando’s Peri-Peri. Box lunches will be pre-packed by Nando’s in keeping with their food safety guidelines.

No post-ride celebration.

  • Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration.
  • At the finish line, participants can catch their breath, refill on snacks and water, and collect their box lunch. 
  • There will be no finish line activities. 

Refunds in case of exposure or illness.

  • In the case that a participant is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19 in the two weeks before the event, WABA will offer refunds,  transfer registration to a future event, or convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation.
  • This is a good faith policy. Participants who are sick or exposed to COVID-19 in the two weeks before the event should email events@waba.org to request their refund or transfer
  • WABA will remind participants of this policy in emails in the days leading up to the event 

 Solo ride option.

  • For those who don’t feel comfortable doing the group event, we will have Solo Sweet  Kits available for purchase so folks can do the ride FOLLOWING the June 13th event. 
  • Routes will be released on Monday, June 14.
  • Participants who have purchased Solo Ride Kits will NOT be able to join the in-person event on June 13th. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this event?

The Sweet Ride  is a bicycling event to raise funds for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)’s work in the DC region and our mission: empowering people to ride bikes, build connections and transform places.

Where does this event take place?

At registration, participants select a check-in time and location according to route and preference. 

Participants will choose from two check-in locations:

  • Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)
  • Jones Point Park (Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314)

When is this event?

The Sweet Ride will take place on Sunday, June 13, 2021. 

What time does this event start?

Participants will select a check-in window for this ride based on route preference:

For the Sweet 50, choose from:

  • 7:30 AM
  • 8:00 AM or
  • 8:30 AM

For the Sweet 30, choose from:

  •  9:00 AM
  •  9:30 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  •  10:30 AM, or
  • 11:00 AM

For the Sweet 16, choose from:

  •  11:30 AM or
  •  12:00 PM

Are the roads closed for this ride? Are there cars? 

Roads are NOT closed for this ride. This means:

  • The route is NOT closed to motor vehicle traffic. 
  • All three routes are on a combination of bike lanes, quiet neighborhood streets, and trails.
  • All three routes have places where participants will share the road with cars

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three ride routes are unsupported. That 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).

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No. The route is unmarked.

Participants should navigate using the physical cue sheet provided in their check-in packet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes.  Ride Marshals are volunteers who are there to help participants navigate and offer encouragement and support. 

Each check-in group will haveRide Marshals: a Lead Ride Marshal and a Sweep Ride Marshal. 

Lead Ride Marshals will lead an optional group start for those in the check-in group who wish to ride together.

Sweep Ride Marshals will bring up the back of each check-in group. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

WABA will release the 2021 Sweet Ride routes in an email to registrants the week of the ride.  

In the meantime, you can check out the 2019 Sweet Ride routes! (The 2021 routes will be similar but not identical.)

I’m not sure which route is right for me! 

We’d love to talk to you about this and help you pick the route that is the best fit for the ride you want to have! Email Anna at events@waba.org if you’d like to chat about it.

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes.  WABA asks and expects all participants to ride lawfully and with respect for other road users. This means:

  • 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.

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.

Click this link for a resource on how to properly fit your helmet.

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

Please email Anna at events@waba.org. 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? 

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 helps us keep crowd size down, and 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 20 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 Ride Kit, which will give you access to the digital cue sheets, maps, and files for all 3 ride routes so you can ride them another time. We’ll even mail your swag item to your door. 

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

Nope! If you’re not a WABA member, you’ll get the non-member rate. It includes an annual Digital Membership. So if you’re not a member before you register, you will be one after! 

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 Jeslyn at membership@waba.org 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 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 events@waba.org and let Anna know you cannot come because you are sick, and we will process your refund. 

This is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

Can I register a guest for this ride?

Yes. You can register multiple people at one time. However, you must provide the name and email address of every attendee. 

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

Please email Anna at events@waba.org and we will get this worked out. 

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 Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you  on Monday, June 14th 2021.

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

I purchased a Solo 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-July. Thank you for your patience. 

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 events@waba.org.

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 Sweet Ride have opted in.

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

We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at events@waba.org.


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The Cider Ride


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?

Join us for a 10, 30, or 55 mile ride, followed by a post-ride celebration, on Sunday, November 7.

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!

Register

Cider Ride is sold out! There is no on-site registration and there is no wait list for this ride.

If you didn’t get a spot for this year’s ride, we hope to see you at another event soon. You can see what’s coming up at waba.org/fun.

Ride Information

Check-in and the starting point for all three routes is at Alethia Tanner Park (227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002).

All three routes end at Dew Drop Inn ( 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017)

The Cider Ride is an unsupported, self-guided, recreational bike ride.

  •  Participants receive digital ride routes in advance and a paper cue sheet at check in. 
  • There are group starts for each ride where you have the option to start with other participants and volunteer ride marshals. You can also ride on your own or friends who have registered for the ride
  • The streets are not closed for this ride. We do our best to choose low-stress bikeways, but all 3 routes share the road with motor vehicle traffic.

Registration for any of the 3 routes includes:

  • A spot at the event on Sunday, November 7, 2021
  • Digital access to the ride route and free turn-by-turn smartphone navigation for Ride with GPS
  • a WABA Cider Ride mug 
  • Snacks and water pick up at the start line 
  • Hot cider, donuts, and other snacks at pit stops and the finish line

After the ride, join us for a post-ride celebration where you can purchase food, drinks, and relive the ride with your fellow WABA members and bicyclists!

Candy Apple Ride—10 Miles

10 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails. This event is sold out.


McIntosh Ride—30 Miles

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

This event is sold out.


Honeycrisp Ride—55 Miles

55 miles on streets and trails inWashington, DC,  Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the Patuxent Research Refuge. This event is sold out.


Route Maps

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

The 2021 ride routes will be available to registrants the week of the event.

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners!

Event hosts


COVID-19 Safety Statement

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affects the way WABA runs our in-person events. As we plan for the 2021 Cider Ride, we are taking into account regional case and vaccination trends; current CDC guidelines; evolving understanding of COVID-19 and how it spreads; and WABA staff comfort. 

Vaccination Policy 

WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend the Cider Ride. However, we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find information on how to get the vaccination here:

Mask Policy 

  • WABA is requiring staff or participants to wear masks at the outdoor ride sites during the Cider Ride.
  • Masks are required in the check-in site, at pit stops around the shared food/water tables, and whenever approaching staff or volunteers.

Physical Distancing Policy 

  • Ride Sites (check-in, pit stops, and the after party) will have space for physical distancing. This is so folks who wish to maintain their distance may do so.
  • Please be cognizant of the distance between yourself and others when you are waiting in the check-in line, at snack tables, etc. and do your best to maintain 6 ft of space from other participants who are not in your group.
  • Please seek consent before entering another person’s space, and be respectful if asked to stay farther away. 

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all ride sites and restrooms.
  • Please sanitize your hands before touching shared items (eg. water jugs).

Food and Drink

  • Most snacks and the post-ride meal will be pre-packaged and single-serving.
  • Staff will sanitize hands before handling food items.
  • A water jug will be available for participants to refill their personal water bottles. 

Sick Policy 

Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. 

If you are sick the week before the event, WABA can either:

  • Convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation (thank you for your support!)
  • Defer your registration to next year’s Cider Ride.

If you are sick the week of the event, please contact WABA’s events team at events@waba.org.

Guidelines May Change

WABA reserves the right to update these guidelines and expectations if regional case trends or CDC/jurisdictional guidelines changes make that appropriate. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

You may want to check out this blog post about What to Expect at a WABA Ride as well!

Questions about who, what, where, when, and why.

What is this event?

The Cider Ride is a recreational,  fundraising bicycle ride for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). It gives participants a choice of three ride routes exploring Prince George’s County and Washington DC trails and neighborhood streets.

When is this event?

Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Where does this event take place?

Check-in and the starting point for all three routes is at Alethia Tanner Park (227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002).

All three routes end at Dew Drop Inn ( 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017)

What time does this event start?

Check-in and group starts is as follows:

Honeycrisp Route (55 miles) 

  • Check-in: 8:30-9:15 AM
  • Group Starts: 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM

McIntosh Route (30 miles)

  • Check-in: 9:30-10:15 AM
  • Group Starts: 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM

Candy Apple Ride Route

  • Check-in: 10:30 AM
  • Group Starts: 11 AM

Are the roads closed for this ride? Are there cars? 

Roads are NOT closed for this ride. We do our best to plan the rides on low-stress streets, but you will be sharing the road with motor vehicles.  

Feel like you want to practice before the ride? Sign up for a Confident City Cycling Class. Or, for a refresher, watch this webinar on How to Ride in Traffic

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three ride routes are unsupported. That 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).

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No. The route is unmarked.

Participants should navigate using the physical cue sheet provided in their check-in packet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes.  Ride Marshals are volunteers who are there to help participants navigate and offer encouragement and support. 

Lead Ride Marshals will lead an optional group start for those who wish to ride together.

Sweep Ride Marshals will bring up the back of each check-in group. 

Do I have to ride with a group?

Nope! There will be group starts for each group (see timing above), but once you’ve checked in you can start your ride any time you’d like. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

WABA will release the Cider Ride routes in an email to registrants the week of the ride.  

In the meantime, check out last year’s Cider Ride Routes above in the Route Maps section! (The 2021 routes will be different, but similar in difficulty, distance, and elevation.)

I’m not sure which route is right for me! 

We’d love to talk to you about this and help you pick the route that is the best fit for the ride you want to have! Email Anna at events@waba.org if you’d like to chat about it.

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes.  WABA asks and expects all participants to ride lawfully and with respect for other road users. This means:

  • 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.

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.

Click this link for a resource on how to properly fit your helmet.

What should I bring to the ride?

  • Bike
  • Helmet (Required by our insurance. You can’t ride without one.)
  • Bike lock (Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you during the ride, in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop along the ride route.)
  • SmartTrip card (in case you decide you’d like to take the metro during or after the ride)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles (you can fill it at the check-in area if you need to)
  • Saddle bag (to carry spare tube, tire levers, and pump or patch kit)
  • Spare tube (especially if you have a non-standard rim size!)
  • Charged cell phone and charger
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Additional snacks
  • An adventurous spirit!

Will you feed me? 

There will be snacks and water available for registered attendees at the ride start, ride finish, and pit stops along the way.

There will be water jugs from which you can fill your reusable water bottle. WABA does not provide cups or plastic water bottles—bring your own!

There will be hand sanitizer by the water jugs and provided in your check-in packets. Please sanitize your hands before and after touching the water spout. Event staff will disinfect the water spout between check-in groups.

Snacks will be vegetarian. There will be vegan and gluten-free options.

Snacks will be single-serving and pre-packaged (you can have more than one! This preparation is part of our COVID-19 safety procedures).

All snacks will be served in a no-contact fashion—you can pick up what you want from the snack table. Please touch only the snacks you will take.

Questions about Registration 

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

Nope!  But current members can receive a discount on ride registration by using a discount code. WABA emailed this code to members. 

If you haven’t received it, email events@waba.org and we’ll be happy to help! 

If you’d like to become a member, visit waba.org/join!

What is your refund policy?

This is a fundraising event for WABA. We do not offer refunds or transfers for this ride except in case of illness.

Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. 

If you are sick the week before the event, WABA can either:

  • Convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation (thank you for your support!)
  • Defer your registration to next year’s Cider RIde

If you are sick the week of the event, please contact WABA’s events team at events@waba.org.

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

Yes. Participants aged 7-15 are eligible for the youth rate. Kids 6 and under can ride along for free.

You must purchase ride registration for all individuals who will ride their own bicycle in the event.

I am riding a tandem bike with another individual! Do we need two registrations?

Yes, unless riding solo is not an option available to one of the participants. If so, please register for one person and send us an email with contact information for the other rider so we know who is coming at events@waba.org. 

Can I register a guest for this ride?

Yes. You can register multiple people at one time. However, you must provide the name and email address of every attendee. 

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

Please email events@waba.org and we will get this worked out. 

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. As of 10/30/2021, this event is completely sold out.

Can I switch routes on ride day?

Yes. Please arrive during the check-in window for the route you wish to ride, and we’ll get you set up.

Questions about COVID-19 Safety

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 events@waba.org.

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

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at events@waba.org.

WABA in the Wild

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WABA in the Wild 2020 is canceled.

 Jurisdictional guidelines and other logistical factors mean we weren’t able to find a way to make this ride happen that would keep everyone safe, which is always our first priority. We are sorry that we won’t get to spend a weekend in the wild with you.

Read about the event

Ready to invest in something bigger?

Join WABA for the best long weekend of the year. On this four-day fundraising ride, you’ll journey 184.5 miles from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown on the C&O Canal Towpath—and, in the months before the trip, raise a minimum of $1000 to support WABA’s work for better bicycling in our region.

Don’t let the mileage or the fundraising goal daunt you: WABA staff will be there with snacks and support every mile of this life-changing ride. New friends, great meals, camping under the stars…and, after seeing this gorgeous wild region by bicycle you’ll never look at it the same again. We’ll take this journey together—and WABA will take care of everything so you can focus on the ride and meeting your fundraising goal.

Registration will open in summer 2020.

Got questions? Join us for a virtual interest meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 5 pm.

Sign up for the interest list to receive the meeting link the week of the virtual meeting:


Can’t make the meeting? Email events@waba.org to schedule a call where you can ask all your questions!

Registration Details

Cost: $250, due at registration

Fundraising Commitment: Minimum $1000 by Monday, October 5, 2020

Included in Registration: Meals, snacks, and beverages; mess kit; 3 nights of accommodations; transportation for you, your gear, and your bike to Cumberland, MD from Rockville, MD; and a WABA in the Wild Jersey for you to wear on the ride and beyond.

Accommodations: Camping (bring your own gear or borrow from a friend; WABA does not provide gear.)

Showers: All 3 nights

Trip Details

Start Date: Friday, October 9, 1 PM

Start Location: REI Rockville (910 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD)

End Date: Monday, October 12, 5 PM (Georgetown, DC)

End Location:  Thompson Boat Center (2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC)

Total Days: 4

Total Nights: 3

Riding Days: 3

Average Daily Mileage: 63

Surface: Unpaved bike bath, gravel

Sample Packing List

Click here to view the 2019 Participant Packing List.

Itinerary

June to October

  • Over the summer, you’ll engage with WABA and your fellow riders a few ways:
  • At a pre-ride orientation at the WABA office one evening;
  • During a group ride, followed by dinner or drinks;
  • Via phone and email, with the WABA in the Wild staff, who will support you with everything from what to pack to how to reach your fundraising goal; and
  • In a Google Group, where you can chat with fellow riders and ride alumni and organize additional meetups or plan fundraisers.

Day 1
Friday, October 9th. Cumberland. 0 miles.

We will gather as a group at REI in the early afternoon. You will meet the WABA tour staff, check in and review and finalize paperwork, pack your bike into a Uhaul, and get on a bus with the other riders to Cumberland. (You’ll have dropped off your gear at WABA earlier in the week.)

At camp, you’ll set up your tent and get to know the other riders before your first camp dinner, cooked by your friendly WABA tour staff! After dinner, we’ll have a fireside chat to talk about WABA’s work and the ride ahead.

Day 2
Saturday, October 10th. Cumberland to Hancock. ~62 miles. 

After breakfast, we’ll hold our first safety circle, and head to the C&O Canal trailhead together to take a group photo. Our ride will begin with the beautiful Appalachian mountains as a backdrop. You’ll ride the whole morning, with a snack break, before you hit the lunch stop in Paw Paw. After a delicious meal, you’ll get back in the saddle and head through the Canal’s most famous feature: the Paw Paw Tunnel. After a full afternoon of riding (and another snack break) you’ll hit Hancock, one of the Canal Towns. After setting up camp, you’ll dine at the renowned local establishment, Buddy Lou’s Eats and Antiques, before heading back to camp.

Day 3
Sunday, October 11th. Hancock to Brunswick. ~69 miles. 

You’ll hit a rhythm on your second day of riding: breakfast, safety circle, ride, snack break, ride—of course, admiring the scenery and getting to know the riders along the way. For lunch, we will stop in unique Williamsport, another Canal Town that will make you want to return for second helping, before heading on towards Brunswick. Here, you’ll be thankful for a hot shower to wash the mud off you and a gourmet meal provided, once again, by your talented WABA tour staff.

Day 4:
Monday, October 12th. Brunswick to Georgetown. ~55 miles.

Hopefully, you’ll rise on your final day well-rested, ready to take on the last stretch of the towpath. Touring will be old hat by this time: you’ll breeze through the safety circle and ride through the day, enjoying every last minute of your pedal-powered adventure. Once in Georgetown, you’ll feel like the trip both slipped by and lasted forever, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll be hooked on bicycling, and WABA, like never before.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 AM Wake-up call!

7:30 AM Breakfast, prepared in camp by WABA staff (e.g., build-your-own-oatmeal bar or bagel sandwiches, and hot tea, cocoa, and coffee)

8:30 AM Break camp (pack your tent, sleeping bag, and the rest of your gear so WABA staff can load it into the gear vehicle)

8:45 AM Safety Circle + review of the day ahead and daily cue sheet, led by WABA staff

9:00 AM “Tortoise” Group rolls out

9:30 AM “Hares” Group rolls out

1010:30 AM Snack Break #1 (about 10-15 miles from the start. Roll in to cheers from waiting WABA staff! Grab a snack, refill your water bottle, and catch your breath before you continue your ride.)

12:30 PM Lunch Stop, prepped by WABA staff (e.g. sandwiches, chips, soda, gatorade, cookies, water)

1:30 PM Roll out from lunch!

2:30-3:30 PM Snack Break #2 (about 10-15 miles from lunch. Roll in to cheers from waiting WABA staff! Grab a snack, refill your water bottle, and catch your breath before you continue your ride.)

5:00 PM Arrive at camp! WABA staff are waiting with your gear, snacks, and water.

5:30 PM Set up camp, shower, relax and chat.

6:30 PM Dinner, prepared in camp by WABA staff (e.g. spaghetti with meatballs or chickpeas, garlic bread, green salad, water, gatorade)

8:00 PM Evening Program (e.g. Q&A with a WABA advocate, campfire s’mores, card games). Hot tea, cocoa and coffee are available.

10:00 PM Quiet hours begin.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does registration cost?

The member rate for WABA in the Wild registration is $250. For non-members, registration costs $275 (and includes an annual WABA membership!)

The registration fee covers all of the costs to put on the ride for you (transportation, lodging, and meals), meaning that 100% of what you fundraise directly supports WABA’s mission.

Will I have to take any time off of work to do this trip?

Probably. This trip takes three-and-a-half days: we will leave for Cumberland on Friday afternoon and return to Georgetown on Monday evening (which is Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a holiday). It will be worth the time off, though!

How much do I have to fundraise?

WABA development staff will work with you to set a goal you can meet! The minimum fundraising goal is $1000.

Where do people send donations?

We will set up a personal fundraising page for you through the WABA website, using a photo and narrative that you provide. People who want to donate to your campaign can do so by credit card through this page. Fundraising through your page is not optional—this is how we track your progress towards your fundraising goal. While you may receive donations by cash, we ask that you make those donations through your own fundraising page in the name of the person, event, or group that provided them. We can work with you on any other logistics, including taking donations by check.

When is the fundraising deadline?

You must meet the fundraising minimum of $1000 by Friday, October 2nd in order to participate in the ride.

What happens if I don’t meet my minimum fundraising goal?

We know that fundraising can be intimidating – especially if it’s your first time! We will do a lot to support you along the way. You can attend an in-person fundraising workshop, where we will walk you through developing a strategy; we’ll send you ample resources to help brainstorm how you will raise the money; and we will be available for check-ins by phone or email to make sure you have the support you need.

We expect that everyone will meet, if not exceed, their personal fundraising goal. However, if you don’t fundraise the full amount by the start of the trip, you will complete a pledge form and your credit card will be charged for the difference after the trip.

How many miles per day will we ride?

You will ride about 65 miles per day. That adds up to more than 184.5 miles: you’ll bike a few extra miles over the course of the trip to get between the towpath and campsites, restaurants, and other sites.

I’m not used to biking that much—should I still register?

Most likely, yes! Our general rule is that if you have experience riding ~30 miles and you can do so a few days in a row, then, with a good pair of padded bike shorts, you can probably do ~65 miles a day. You also have plenty of time to get into shape for riding the distance (we’ll even provide a training plan!).

On the ride itself, people self-select into the “tortoise” or “hare” group based on their usual riding speed—the tortoise group will leave a little earlier in the morning to give you more time to reach each stop. Additionally, we will have a sweep rider to make sure that nobody gets left behind and give you a little extra encouragement if you need it to finish the last few miles.

And, keep in mind that over the trip, the only thing you have to do each day is ride—we’ll take care of almost everything else.

Do I have to carry all my stuff?

Absolutely not! Each morning, you’ll pack up your gear (in one soft-sided bag, such as a duffel, weighing no more than 50lbs) and pile it near the gear vehicle. We’ll load up your gear into the van each morning and have it ready for you each evening at the next campsite. You will need to carry water, snacks if you need to eat more than every 10-15 miles, and any other supplies you need to feel comfortable while riding.

What type of bike do I need?

You’ll need a bike that is comfortable for you, since you’ll be on your bike all day for three days—but it can be a hybrid, touring, road, cyclocross, or mountain bike! We don’t recommend using a racing, triathlon, BMX bicycle. E-bikes are not permitted on National Park Service trails, which includes the C&O Canal towpath. You may want to read about bike fit or get a professional bike fit before the trip. We also recommend you use wider tires (ideally 32mm or wider) that are a bit tougher and knobby. Although the Canal towpath is mostly smooth dirt and small crushed rocks, it does have larger rocks, potholes, wet spots, and ruts and wider, tougher, knobby tires will resist puncture and reduce slipping.

Can I bring multiple bikes?

No. Each rider can only bring one bicycle on WABA in the Wild.

Will there be a bike mechanic on the ride?

No. While there are bike shops in Cumberland, Hancock, and Brunswick, there will not be a mechanic associated with the trip. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your bike is in top condition before the ride. In the event of a mechanical failure, we will carry some basic supplies to fix it yourself or you can take your bike to one of the shops if necessary.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. You have to wear a helmet every moment you’re on your bike. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country.

What other major pieces of equipment will I need?

Other than a bike and helmet, you’ll need a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Read over our suggested packing list from 2019 to see what else you might need!

What if I don’t have a bike, tent, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad?

You can rent the gear or borrow it from a friend! Let us know if you need some recommendations.

Will I need a lock?

We will lock all the bikes together each evening using a long cable lock and U-lock. However, if you prefer to use your own lock, please feel free to do so.

Do I need to bring food and water?

No. WABA will provide all meals, snacks, and water. However, if you like having extra snacks while riding, like granola bars, or if you have specific tastes in food or drink when you ride, you may consider bringing those yourself.

Are there vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free food options?

Yes! Once you register, we’ll ask you for your dietary preferences and needs. Our menu is vegetarian, with gluten-free options.

Can I stay in a hotel?

No. WABA in the Wild is incredibly special as a shared experience between riders, volunteers, and staff, and we do not have the capacity to account for riders splitting off from the main group at camp.

Will I get to shower on this trip? What about bathrooms?

There are shower facilities on all nights. There are permanent bathrooms at each campsite and at some points along the way. There are portable bathrooms available consistently during the ride.

Will campsites have electricity?

All three campsites have limited electrical outlets that will be set up with a phone charging station (or other small electronics). We strongly discourage bringing any large electronics, such as laptops or tablets. Priority use of electrical outlets will be given to WABA staff for meal preparation and any riders who need electricity for medical reasons, such as CPAP machines.

How do I get to and from the start and end locations?

The start location will be at REI Rockville, which is 0.3mi from the White Flint Metro Station (Red). You will not be able to leave a car at the start location over the weekend.

The end location is Thompson Boat Center (TBC) in Georgetown, Washington, DC. If you have a family member or friend with a car picking you up, TBC has a pay-to-park lot where someone can pick you up at the end of the ride. Or, TBC is 0.6mi from Foggy Bottom Metro Station (Orange/Blue).

Can I drop off my bag beforehand at the WABA office?

Yes. In fact, any gear you want us to transport for you, you must drop off in one soft-sided bag, such as a duffel, weighing no more than 50lbs, at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Rd NW, Washington, DC) no later than Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm. We will transport your gear directly from the office, and you will not be able to access it until we arrive at camp in Cumberland on Friday evening.

Do I get anything to commemorate this huge personal challenge?

Each WABA in the Wild rider will receive a new, custom WABA in the Wild jersey, thanks to our friends at Primal Wear. Primal supports biking at all levels, from multi-day road races to advances in local bike infrastructure.

What is the cancellation policy?

Registration for WABA in the Wild, like our other signature events, is nonrefundable and happens rain or shine.

If you cancel before registration is over (July 30), you are not liable for the $1,000 fundraising commitment.

If you cancel after registration closes, you are liable for the $1,000 fundraising commitment, except in situations with extenuating circumstances. We’ll address these on a case-by-case basis. This ride will sell out, and dropping out will not only impact fundraising for WABA, but will take away another member’s opportunity to participate.

I have more questions.

Please ask us! Contact the WABA events team at events@waba.org or 202-518-0524 x218 with any questions.

The 2021 50 States Ride

The 2021 50 States Ride was Saturday, September 11.


Ride Information

Explore DC by bike on one of three ride routes during the 2021 50 States Ride:

  • 50 States Classic — This 62 mile ride is a DC tradition and bucket-list challenge that takes you all over the city on the 50 streets named for the 50 States.
  • Joy Ride — a breezy 10-mile ride in protected and painted bike lanes.

Register for the ride!

This ride was September 11, 2021. Join WABA and sign up for our events newsletter so you never miss another ride.


Thanks to our ride sponsors:

Situated between the peaceful flow of the Anacostia River and the bustle of the Capitol Complex, Capitol Riverfront is a 500-acre vibrant urban waterfront neighborhood smartly designed to give businesses, residents, retail, and guests an exciting environment to explore, connect, and thrive. New restaurants, retail, hotels, residences, and office spaces are opening every month in Capitol Riverfront, DC’s fastest growing neighborhood and a destination for urban living, dining, and recreational experiences. Year-round, visitors flock to Capitol Riverfront to take advantage of its various amenities including world-class parks, restaurants, river activities, and sports venues—including the Nationals Park and the newly opened Audi Field, home to D.C. United. There is always something new to discover in DC’s largest and most dynamic riverfront community. For more information, visit ww.capitolriverfront.org.

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Ride Location

Check-in for all three ride routes is at Yards Park (355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003) in Capitol Riverfront. Click here to see this location on Google Maps.

Yards Park is about a half mile from the Navy Yard metro station (green line). There are several pay-to-park lots in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood vicinity.

All three ride routes will end in Capitol Riverfront, near the ride start.

Check-in

Check-in and group starts is as follows:

50 States Ride Route

  • Check-in: 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
  • Group Starts: 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM

Low Stress Network Ride Route

  • Check-in: 8:30 AM-9:45 AM
  • Group Starts: 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM

Joy Ride Route

  • Check-in: 10:00 AM-10:45 AM
  • Group Starts: 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM

Route Maps

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out last year’s 50 States Ride Routes routes! The 2021 ride routes will be different, but they will be similar in terms of difficulty and distance.

Registrants will receive digital ride routes for the 2021 event the week of the ride.


COVID-19 Notice

Policies and Procedures for WABA Events during COVID-19 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affects the way WABA runs our in-person events. As we plan for the 2021 50 States Ride, we are taking into account regional case and vaccination trends; current CDC guidelines; evolving understanding of COVID-19 and how it spreads; and WABA staff comfort. 

Vaccination Policy 

WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend the 2021 50 States Ride. However, we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find information on how to get the vaccination here:

Mask Policy 

  • WABA is requiring staff, participants, and volunteers to wear masks at the outdoor ride sites during the 2021 50 States Ride.
  • You may remove your mask to eat or drink while you are a safe distance from others who are not in your household.
  • You are not required to wear your mask while riding.

Physical Distancing Policy 

  • Ride Sites (check-in, pit stops, and the after party) will have space for physical distancing. This is so folks who wish to maintain their distance may do so.
  • Please be cognizant of the distance between yourself and others when you are waiting in the check-in line, at snack tables, etc. and do your best to maintain 6 ft of space from other participants who are not in your group.
  • Please seek consent before entering another person’s space, and be respectful if asked to stay farther away. 

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all ride sites and restrooms.
  • Please sanitize your hands before touching shared items (eg. water jugs).

Food and Drink

  • Most snacks and the post-ride meal will be pre-packaged and single-serving.
  • Staff will sanitize hands before handling food items.
  • A water jug will be available for participants to refill their personal water bottles. 

Sick Policy 

Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. 

If you are sick the week before the event, WABA can either:

  • Convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation (thank you for your support!)
  • Defer your registration to the 2021 Cider Ride, tentatively planned for November 7, 2021 (if the 2021 Cider Ride is cancelled, we will defer your registration to the next ride).

If you are sick the week of the event, please contact WABA’s events team at events@waba.org.

Guidelines May Change

WABA reserves the right to update these guidelines and expectations if regional case trends or CDC guidelines changes make that appropriate.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about who, what, where, when, and why. You may want to check out this blog post about What to Expect at a WABA Ride as well!

What is this event?

The 2021 50 States Ride Series is a fundraising ride for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). It gives participants a choice of three ride routes exploring Washington, DC by bike. 

When is this event?

Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Where does this event take place?

Check-in for all three ride routes is at Yards Park (355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003) in Capitol Riverfront.

All three ride routes will end in Capitol Riverfront, near the ride start.

What time does this event start?

Check-in and group starts is as follows:

50 States Ride Route

  • Check-in: 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
  • Group Starts: 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM

Low Stress Network Ride Route

  • Check-in: 8:30 AM-9:45 AM
  • Group Starts: 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM

Joy Ride Route

  • Check-in: 10:00 AM-10:45 AM
  • Group Starts: 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM

Are the roads closed for this ride? Are there cars? 

Roads are NOT closed for this ride. We do our best to plan the rides on low-stress streets, but you will be sharing the road with motor vehicles.  

Feel like you want to practice before the ride? Sign up for a Confident City Cycling Class. Or, for a refresher, watch this webinar on How to Ride in Traffic

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three ride routes are unsupported. That 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).

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No. The route is unmarked.

Participants should navigate using the physical cue sheet provided in their check-in packet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes.  Ride Marshals are volunteers who are there to help participants navigate and offer encouragement and support. 

Lead Ride Marshals will lead an optional group start for those who wish to ride together.

Sweep Ride Marshals will bring up the back of each check-in group. 

Do I have to ride with a group?

Nope! There will be two or three group starts for each group (see timing above), but once you’ve checked in you can start your ride any time you’d like. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

WABA will release the 2021 50 States Ride routes in an email to registrants the week of the ride.  

In the meantime, check out the 2019 50 States Ride routes! (The 2021 routes will be different, but similar in difficulty, distance, and elevation.)

I’m not sure which route is right for me! 

We’d love to talk to you about this and help you pick the route that is the best fit for the ride you want to have! Email Anna at events@waba.org if you’d like to chat about it.

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes.  WABA asks and expects all participants to ride lawfully and with respect for other road users. This means:

  • 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.

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.

Click this link for a resource on how to properly fit your helmet.

What should I bring to the ride?

  • Bike
  • Helmet (Required by our insurance. You can’t ride without one.)
  • Bike lock (Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you during the ride, in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop along the ride route.)
  • SmartTrip card (in case you decide you’d like to take the metro during or after the ride)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles (you can fill it at the check-in area if you need to)
  • Saddle bag (to carry spare tube, tire levers, and pump or patch kit)
  • Spare tube (especially if you have a non-standard rim size!)
  • Charged cell phone and charger
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Additional snacks
  • An adventurous spirit!

Will you feed me? 

There will be snacks and water available for registered attendees at the ride start, ride finish, and pit stops along the way.

There will be water jugs from which you can fill your reusable water bottle. WABA does not provide cups or plastic water bottles—bring your own!

There will be hand sanitizer by the water jugs and provided in your check-in packets. Please sanitize your hands before and after touching the water spout. Event staff will disinfect the water spout between check-in groups.

Snacks will be vegetarian. There will be vegan and gluten-free options.

Snacks will be single-serving and pre-packaged (you can have more than one! This preparation is part of our COVID-19 safety procedures).

All snacks will be served in a no-contact fashion—you can pick up what you want from the snack table. Please touch only the snacks you will take.

Questions about Registration 

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

Nope!  But current members can receive a discount on ride registration by using a discount code. WABA emailed this code to members. 

If you haven’t received it, email events@waba.org and we’ll be happy to help! 

If you’d like to become a member, visit waba.org/join!

What is your refund policy?

This is a fundraising event for WABA. We do not offer refunds or transfers for this ride except in case of illness.

Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. 

If you are sick the week before the event, WABA can either:

  • Convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation (thank you for your support!)
  • Defer your registration to the 2021 Cider Ride, tentatively planned for November 7, 2021 (if the 2021 Cider Ride is cancelled, we will defer your registration to the next ride).

If you are sick the week of the event, please contact WABA’s events team at events@waba.org.

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No. 

You must purchase ride registration for all individuals who will ride their own bicycle in the event.

I am riding a tandem bike with another individual! Do we need two registrations?

Yes, unless riding solo is not an option available to one of the participants. If so, please register for one person and send us an email with contact information for the other rider so we know who is coming at events@waba.org. 

Can I register a guest for this ride?

Yes. You can register multiple people at one time. However, you must provide the name and email address of every attendee. 

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

Please email events@waba.org and we will get this worked out. 

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. As of 9/7/21, this ride is sold out.

Can I switch routes on ride day?

Yes. Please arrive during the check-in window for the route you wish to ride, and we’ll get you set up.

If you are switching to a longer route, you may need to pay additional fees to cover the cost.

Questions about COVID-19 Safety

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 above.  Still have questions? Please email Anna at events@waba.org.

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. The staff who are working at the 50 States Ride have opted in.

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The Sprouts Ride

The 2020 Sprouts Ride is canceled.

This is a bummer, I know. We were really looking forward to riding bikes with you at the Sprouts Ride. But this is the right call for the safety and health of our community.

Since solitary bike rides are, as of now, appropriate under the stay-at-home orders in DC, MD, and VA, we have posted the Sprouts Ride routes online. If this changes, we will take the routes down.

If you go for a #SocialDistanceSprouts Ride, please be vigilant about observing social distancing guidelines: maintaining 6 feet from others, no person-to-person contact, and sanitizing your hands frequently—especially after being out in public— for your own and others’ health. Leave a lot of room for passing, stop 6 ft behind others at intersections, and plan to ride more slowly than you usually might. See our blog post about Biking during COVID-19 for more details.

The Sprouts Ride

Come out of hibernation with this family-friendly ride—a great way to poke your head above ground and warm up after winter. Get your legs moving and enjoy the fresh spring air on WABA’s first Signature Ride of the season!

Choose between 6 mile and 14 mile routes followed by a post-ride celebration at the REI Washington, DC Flagship Store (201 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002).

Pricing

 Early BirdRegularLast Minute
DateJan 22 – Feb 16Feb 17 –
April 12
April 13 – 25
Member Registration$30$35$40
Non-Member Registration (includes WABA membership!)$55$60$65
Youth (13 – 17)$30$30$30
Kids (12 and under)FreeFreeFree

Route Maps:

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

The 2020 Sprouts Ride routes will be posted and emailed to registrants the week of the event.

Sponsors!

Details

As a WABA signature ride, the Sprouts Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. The ride embodies the spirit of community and inclusion that is core to WABA’s mission of growing bicycling throughout the region. Your registration fee supports WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region.

Read our FAQs below for all the details!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the Sprouts Ride?

All registrants receive a confirmation email after they complete registration online. If you personally registered but have not received a confirmation, please check your spam folder. Still not there? Email events@waba.org to confirm your registration.

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

Nope! If you’re not a member, you can register for the ride at our non-member rate. Plus, non-member registration comes with an annual membership—welcome to the WABA community!

What is your refund/transfer policy?

Because the Sprouts Ride is a fundraiser, there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event. All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacy, education, and outreach work and keep up to date on our latest projects on our blog.

Does the refund/transfer policy change if it is raining on the day of the ride?

No. The Sprouts Ride will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event, even in the event of inclement weather.

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

WABA provides free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate through our Free Ride Fund. This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you  would like to participate in this ride but find that the cost of registration is a barrier, contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org for a scholarship code.

Are children allowed on this ride?

Absolutely! Anyone aged 12 and under can ride for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must register themselves and the child(ren), be present at check-in with their entire group, and check-in the youth riding with them. Children 13 and older must be registered independently.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle in 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. (We can help at check-in, too.)

Is this ride supported? 

No. The Sprouts Ride is an unsupported ride. There is NOT a Support and Gear vehicle on the route. In the case of an emergency on the ride, call 911.

Where can I find information about the routes?

We will post the routes to this webpage as soon as they are finalized. Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for other road users. We ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail and road users. 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.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

I’m not sure my bike is ready for this.

We’ll have bike mechanics at check-in who can help you get air in your tires and make any necessary adjustments. Or, you can bring your bike to a participating shop and use your WABA coupon for a tune-up! Email membership@waba.org for details.

Will you feed me?

Riders receive snacks and water at the pit stop. If you want additional snacks or meals, please plan to pack or buy them along the route. Food and drink options at local businesses along the route will be plentiful—feel free to make your own pit stops! Please note: we do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottles. Restrooms are available at each pit stop.

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. You may want to stop for more food along the ride, or spend time lounging once you get back to REI, so you should plan to lock your bike up. (You can leave your lock with us when you check in, too, if you don’t want to ride with it, and have it at the post-ride celebration.) Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.

Do you need accommodations to make this ride accessible to you? Contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org.