The Last Vasa Ride was on April 7th, 2018. Thanks so much for joining us—look out for a new signature ride in Spring 2019!
About the Vasa Ride
The Vasa Ride started in 2007 as a partnership with the Swedish Embassy as a tribute to the world-famous Vasaloppet ski festival in Sweden and to celebrate the coming spring. The WABA event marks the first organized ride of the season for many area bicyclists. The promise of warm blueberry soup at the House of Sweden and the camaraderie of reconnecting with the bicycling community drew riders outside, even through potential end-of-winter weather.
We’ve come a long way since 2007. The Vasa Ride became an eagerly-awaited annual tradition, and one of our beloved members-only fundraising rides. The Vasa Ride raised tens of thousands of dollars to support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes our region a fantastic place to ride.
But all good things come to an end, and 2018 was the Last Vasa Ride. House of Sweden is no longer able to host us, and we just don’t feel like we can continue the tradition without them. So, we celebrated the decade of great rides, wild weather, and countless cups of blueberry soup with the Last Vasa Ride.
Per tradition, riders chose one of four routes through Washington, DC and Montgomery County, MD and gathered after the ride to greet spring and enjoy the traditional Swedish treat of warm blueberry soup at REI in NoMa. You can read about the Last Vasa Ride and see pictures of the ride in our Last Vasa Ride Recap!
A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!