Bike Tune-Up Day

Dust off your bikes and let’s get rolling! Keeping your bike tuned-up and safe to ride isn’t difficult, but if you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help! 

Join Bike Anywhere Week

For general biking resources, head on over to waba.og/tips. To get yourself ready to ride and your bike in tip top shape, I recommend  How to Fit a Bike, How to Fit a Helmet, and Biking during COVID-19. Here is a page of biking resources for new riders!

If you’re not a bike owner—and you don’t need to be one to participate!—Capital Bikeshare is a great, affordable option. Check out some videos we made with them to learn how the system works.

Have you heard about the ABC quick check? It is an easy-to-remember, fast way to make sure your bike is ready to go every time you ride. It helps you identify upfront things that could be inconvenient problems if they crop up while you’re riding. Good news— we have a video to teach you how to do an ABC quick check!

Did you know that every WABA membership comes with a coupon for $15 off a bike tune-up at our participating bike shops? You can find more information on our Member Extras here, and when you’re ready, sign up for Bike Anywhere Week!

Keep us updated with your bike tune-ups, preparation to ride, and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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WABA Town Hall

The end of the year means more than digging out bike light chargers and post-ride hot chocolates — it’s when WABA (and many other incredible nonprofits) ask you to double down on your support and make a financial contribution to help us end the year strong.

Join us for a digital town hall to learn about what your support made possible in 2020, how we’re continuing to pivot for 2021, and peek into our budget and strong financial standing. After the presentation, WABA’s executive director and development director will field as many questions as we can get to. 

This town hall is open to the public, but please sign up in advance so we can get you the Zoom link.

Register

2020 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

The 2020 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is over—thanks for coming.

Need more WABA in your life?Register for the Sprouts Ride on Sunday, April 26.


Join WABA, the board, staff, and members as we share our 2020 plans, hear from you, and celebrate some of the people who’ve made our region better for biking.

Voting is closed! See you on Wednesday!


Register

Registration is now closed! But, you can still come to the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and register at the door. See you there!

The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, 2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. There is some bicycle parking available at the Hill Center, and more at Eastern Market Metro Station.

5:30-6:30 PM: Member Meeting / WABA Expo

WABA members: meet and ratify the new Board of Directors and learn about WABA’s plans and vision for the rest of 2020 and beyond. This once-a-year meeting is an opportunity for you to ask questions of the Board and make your voice heard as an essential part of WABA’s work and community. 

If you’re not a member, you can attend the WABA Expo at the same time, in the same location: meet WABA staff, hear how our advocacy works, and learn how your volunteerism, participation, and donations make a difference in the work for better bicycling in our region. 

6:30-7:30 PM: Reception 

Mingle over light snacks and drinks — members, your first round is on WABA! 

7:30-9 PM: Bicyclists’ Choice Awards 

Celebrate the people and places that make our region such a great place to ride a bike! 


Vote!


Volunteer

Sweaters & Sequins: the 2019 WABA Member Holiday Party

Join WABA for our annual Member Holiday Party! Come in your holiday best: sparkliest, coziest, or both!  Grab a drink, enter to win one of our fabulous raffle prizes, and mingle with fellow WABA members and staff. There will be drink specials available for purchase at the bar.

The party is free for WABA members- but please RSVP!

Questions? Email events@waba.org.

The party is free for WABA members, but please RSVP. 

If you need to purchase or renew your membership, you can do so when you register for the party, or at the door on the day of the event. 

Limited bike parking will be available until 9 PM. Franklin Hall is located a few blocks from the U St Metro. Plan a multi-modal trip — please don’t drink and bike!


Volunteer at the Holiday Party!

The Cider Ride

 

The 2020 Cider Ride is over!

Solo Ride Kits are available for purchase through 11/23/2020.


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.

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!


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Ride Information and Registration

Candy Apple Ride—10 Miles—EVENT OVER

10 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails.


McIntosh Ride—30 Miles—EVENT OVER

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


Honeycrisp Ride—60 Miles—EVENT OVER

60 miles on streets and trails inWashington, DC,  Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the Patuxent Research Refuge.


Solo Cider Ride Kits

Don’t want to join a group ride? No problem— you can still do the Cider Ride!

Digital Kit: PDF cue sheet and map and route files for our 10, 30, and 60 mile ride routes, emailed to you on Monday, November 16th. 

Member: $15

Non-Member: $25

Cider Mug Club: Digital kit plus a WABA Cider Ride mug mailed to your door

Member: $25

Non-Member: $35

Purchase a Solo Cider Ride Kit!


Route Maps

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

The 2020 ride routes will be available to registrants the week of the event.

Sponsor

Thank you to our generous sponsor

NoMa Bid


COVID-19 Safety Statement

Policies and Procedures for WABA Events during COVID-19 

COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. This means:

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA or a refund. 
  • WABA requires participants to wear face masks in accordance with CDC and jurisdictional mask guidelines at all in-person events:
    • Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
    • Masks must be secured below the chin. 
    • Participants should sanitize their hands before and after touching their mask or face area. 
    • For more details, read the full CDC mask guidelines. 
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • WABA will enforce physical distancing at in-person events. (See individual event guidelines for details).

Participants who choose to attend an in-person WABA event have a responsibility to keep our community safe. 

If you do not comply with safety procedures at an event

  • You are risking the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and other participants. 
  • WABA staff will ask you to leave the event.
  • WABA staff will record your name.
  • You will not be able to participate in future WABA events.

COVID-19 Precautions during the 2020 Cider Ride 

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2020 Cider Ride to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe.

Multiple, smaller events.

 Instead of one big ride on a single Saturday, the 2020 Cider Ride will take place over 2 days:

 • November 14: 10 Mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 Mile McIntosh Ride

 • November 15: 60 Mile Honeycrisp Ride 

Designated check-in times. 

At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 25 people per 45 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. 

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 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 and pit stops will be held at parks and other spacious sites with room for physical distancing. 
  • have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 
  • Check-in and snack lines will have “6 ft” markers to indicate where participants should stand to avoid being too close to one another. 
  • 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. 

No-contact check-in and  pit stops. 

  • At check-in, participants and staff will maintain 6 ft of distance and wear face masks covering their nose and mouth as per our mask and physical distancing policies. Participants will collect their check-in packets from the check-in table one at a time and then exit the check-in area. 
  • At pit stops, all snacks will be single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the check-in area.
  • WABA staff will have basic first aid materials available to participants at each check-in and pit stop site, but will not render first aid to individuals.
  •  In case of an emergency, WABA staff will call 911 unless the participant can call their own emergency contact to pick them up

 No post-ride celebration.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration. Participants can refill on water, hot cider, and snacks from no-contact food tables and then depart.

 Solo ride option 

For those who don’t feel comfortable doing the group event, we will have Solo Cider Ride Kits available for purchase so folks can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released on Monday, November 16.


Volunteer Signup

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS! There’s a lot of fun and useful stuff to for this ride:


Ride Marshal Signup

Do you love helping people have a great bike ride? Consider serving as a ride marshal!

These are on-bike shifts. You will use the cue sheet/Ride with GPS to navigate the ride route; be a friendly and welcoming presence to all participants; check in with WABA staff at pit stops; and support participants in decision-making if they have a mechanical incident or crash (including calling 911 if there is an emergency).

Ride marshaling is loads of fun, but it’s also serious business. After you sign up, you will receive a link to a Ride Marshal Questionnaire. You must complete this questionnaire to complete the sign-up process. You must also attend a virtual Ride Marshal training with WABA staff on either 11/9 or 11/10 (the week before the ride).


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

This year, WABA is splitting our annual Cider Ride into two smaller events on two separate days:

 • November 14: 10 Mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 Mile McIntosh Ride

 • November 15: 60 Mile Honeycrisp Ride 

You can register for any of the 3 routes or purchase a Solo Cider Ride Kit, which lets you ride the routes on your own time.

When and where does this event take place?

The 10 mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 mile McIntosh Ride will take place on Saturday, November 14. At registration, participants will select a check-in time  and choose a check-in/start location: either Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) or Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710) 

The 60 mile Honeycrisp Ride will take place on Sunday, November 15.   At registration, participants will select a check-in time  and choose a check-in/start location: either Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) OR Buddy Attick Lake Park (555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770)

If you have registered for a ride, your check-in location address and time are in your confirmation email. 

If you have registered but did not receive a confirmation email, email Anna at events@waba.org.

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 this year? 

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

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 Cider Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be available on November 16. You will receive an email on November 16 with a link to the site where you can find them.

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 Cider 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-December. Thank you for your patience. 

Do you think it is safe to hold a group bike ride during COVID-19?

The health and safety of our community is WABA’s top priority. WABA leadership and staff have worked to put together a set of policies and procedures in response to COVID-19, including limiting the size of the event; requiring masks; ensuring there is space for physical distancing at event sites; and making check-in and pit-stops no-contact. We have also eliminated all indoor elements of the event apart from restrooms (including, unfortunately, the afterparty).

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 Cider Ride Series have opted in.

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.

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

No. There is a member and a non-member rate for the Cider Ride.

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 Hannah 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, exchanges 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. 

Obviously, this is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. Please keep in mind that all proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

Can I register a guest for this ride?

All individuals must register separately for the ride. You can only register one person at a time. You must provide a valid email address for every registration. 

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. 

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. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. This 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)

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes. Every check-in group will have a group start with a “lead” ride marshal who will ride at the front of the group and a “sweep” ride marshal who will ride at the back of the group. 

Ride marshals will wear neon vests with their names on them and carry first aid kits with basic first aid supplies.

You are free to ride ahead of the lead ride marshal, and to depart on your ride before the formal group start, but the ride marshals are there to assist with navigation, mechanical difficulties. They are instructed to call 911 if a ride participant crashes on the route.

Where can I find information about the routes?

If you registered for an in-person ride, you will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email the week of your ride. 

If you purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit, the digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive, and provide multiple options for routing.

 If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone or paper cue sheet.

If you are participating in an in-person group ride, ride marshals in neon vests will be able to assist with navigation (or at least be a buddy for you to be lost with). 

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, we ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all trail and road users. When you are on this ride, you are a representative of WABA. We ask you to:

  • 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.

Will you feed me?

Yes. There will be water and snacks available at check-in; hot cider and snacks available at pit stops; and hot cider and donuts available at the finish line of this ride.

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop.

Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.

Can I leave my lock at check-in and pick it up at the finish line?

No. Sorry. We usually provide this service at our Signature Events, but this year it is simply not fit with best practices for mitigating risks of COVID-19. 

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

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

Member Happy Hour

Come hang out, grab a beer, and talk WABA at Highline RxR in Crystal City — come say hi!

Highline RxR,
2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

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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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