The Cider Ride

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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?

Three route choices mean you can ride for 10, 30, or 55 miles, enjoying fall-themed treats at pit stops along the way. Then, join us in Brookland for a post-ride celebration.

Registration opens Wednesday, September 9th!

Want to make sure you don’t miss early bird pricing for the Cider Ride? Sign up to get a reminder as soon as registration opens!

Pricing

 Early BirdRegularLast Minute
DateSept 9 – 27Sept 28 –
Oct 25
Oct 26 –
Nov 6
Member Registration$40$50$55
Non-Member Registration$65$75$80
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 Cider Ride Routes routes! 

The 2020 ride routes will be posted the week of the event.

Details

As one of WABA’s Signature Rides, the Cider 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. And, your registration fees support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!

Read our FAQs below for more details!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the Cider 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 Cider 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 Cider 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 10 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 eleven 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 Cider 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 pit stops. 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, 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.

WABA in the Wild

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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 opens Monday, May 25th!

Got questions? Join us for an interest meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6PM at the WABA office.


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

Ride Details

Start Date: Friday, October 9, 1pm
End Date: Monday, October 12, 5pm
Total Days: 4
Total Nights: 3
Riding Days: 3
Surface: Unpaved bike path, gravel
Cost: $250, due at registration
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.
Fundraising: Minimum $1,000 by Monday,  October 5th. 
Start Location: REI Rockville (910 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD)
End Location:  Thompson Boat Center (2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC)
Average Daily Mileage: 63.3
Number of Riders: up to 25
Accommodations: Camping (bring your own gear or borrow from a friend; WABA does not provide gear)
Showers: All 3 nights
Level of Support: Fully supported
Meals: Cooked in-camp by WABA staff and volunteers or eaten in restaurants on the trip. All meals for the trip are covered by your registration fee.

Sample Packing List

Click here to view the 2019 Participant Packing List.

Itinerary

June – September
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

7:00amQuiet hours end; wake-up call, pack up camping gear
7:30amBreakfast (e.g., build-your-own oatmeal, coffee, tea)
8:15amFinal preparation to ride
8:30amTortoises safety circle, Hares second cup of coffee
9:00amTortoises roll out (ride 10-15 miles), Hares safety circle
9:30amHares roll out (ride 10-15 miles)
10:30amSnack break #1 (20-min limit), roll out (ride ~15 miles)
12:30pmLunch (e.g., sandwiches, chips, soda, water)
1:30pmRoll out (ride ~15-miles)
3:30pmSnack break #2 (20-min limit), roll out (ride ~20 miles)
5:30pmSet up camp, free time, shower
6:30pmDinner (e.g., chili, toppings, corn muffins, sweet tea)
8:00pmEvening programming (optional)
10:00pm
Bedtime; quiet hours begin (quiet hours until 7am)

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 50 States Ride

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Explore DC via the 50 state-named avenues on a topsy-turvy route that takes you to every corner of the city! Choose from the 50 States Ride (60 miles) 13 Colonies (15 miles) or Route 66 (35 miles). End this bucket-list challenge with a post-ride celebration before you fall into bed for a hard-earned rest.

Registration opens Wednesday, June 17th!

Want to make sure you don’t miss early bird pricing for the 50 States Ride? Sign up to get a reminder as soon as registration opens!

A 50 States family affair!

Pricing

 Early BirdRegularLast MinuteVIP
DateJune 17 – July 5July 6 –
Aug 23
Aug 24 –
Sept 4
June 17 – Sept 4
Member Registration$50$60$70$150
Non-Member Registration (includes WABA membership!)$75$85$95$175
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 50 States Ride Routes routes! 

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

Details

As WABA’s biggest event of the year, the 50 States 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. And, your registration fees  support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!

Read our FAQs below for more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the 50 States 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 50 States 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 50 States 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 50 States 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 pit stops. 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, 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.

The Sweet Ride & Shindig

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School’s out! Let us launch your summer with a ride through Arlington and Alexandria. Choose from 5, 15, 30, and 50 mile routes, followed by a shindig complete with ice cream, beer, food trucks, and live music!

Registration opens Wednesday, April 15th!

Want to make sure you don’t miss early bird pricing for the Sweet Ride + Shindig? Sign up to get a reminder as soon as registration opens!

A yummy ice cream cone to end a sweet day.

Pricing

 Early BirdRegularLast Minute
DateApril 15- May 3May 4 – 31June 1 – 12
Member Registration$30$40$45
Non-Member Registration (includes WABA membership!)$55$65$70
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 Sweet Ride routes! 

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

Details

As a WABA signature ride, the Sweet Ride & Shindig 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 more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the Sweet Ride + Shindig?

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 Sweet Ride + Shindig 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 Sweet 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 Sweet 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 stops. 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, 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.

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.

We’re working on a way to bring a safe, socially-distanced version of the Sprouts Ride to you, so stay tuned!

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.