Solo Cider Ride Kits

Thank you for purchasing a Solo Cider Ride Kit!

Below is information for planning your ride.

This page will be update with route maps, cuesheets, and files on November 16th.


Quick Links


Guidelines for Biking During COVID-19

Ride Support

Ride Safety

Ride Start Locations

Navigate with RideWithGPS

10-Mile Candy Apple Ride Route

30-Mile McIntosh Ride Route

60-Mile Honeycrisp Ride Route

What to Bring

Locking Your Bike

Food and Water

Bathrooms

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidelines for Biking During COVID-19

So far throughout the COVID-19 crisis and each phase of recovery, bicycling has been included in lists of allowable recreation in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. WABA encourages you to safely ride your bicycle for transportation, exercise, and recreation. 

Here are WABA’s current guidelines for riding during COVID-19. Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for other resources. Note: WABA will make reasonable efforts to communicate changes under COVID-19 restrictions, but may not provide an update to registrants with every change to local government policies and recommendations.

  • Do not go for a bike ride if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Ride alone or with members of your household. The absolute best thing you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is keep physical distance between you and anyone not in your household.
  • Maintain physical distance from others while on your ride. Pass pedestrians and other bicyclists with at least 6 feet of space. At intersections, stop before the intersection to leave 6 feet between you and folks using the crosswalk. At narrow places, slow down enough to be 100% sure that no one is coming in the other direction.
  • Make a plan. Many parks and trails are closed, as are most trail-side park services like restrooms and water fountains. Many businesses are also closed or operating in a limited way. Make sure you have all the water, and snacks, and tools you will need for your ride. 
  • Play it safe. Now is not the time to push your limits or take a big risk. Take it slow. Start with a shorter ride in a familiar, comfortable place. 
  • Disinfect your hands and gear. Wash your hands before you leave your house. Take hand sanitizer with you on your ride and disinfect your hands frequently, especially if you are in contact with common touch points like doorknobs or crosswalk signal buttons. Take care not to touch your face. When you arrive home, disinfect your handlebars, helmet buckle, and water bottle, and wash your hands.   
  • If you wear a mask, wear it properly. Wash your hands before putting on your face covering and again after you carefully remove it. Cover your nose and mouth, securing it under your chin. Keep it on the entire time you’re in public; do not pull it up and down and do not touch it.

Ride Support


Your Solo Cider Ride Kit provides you with routes to go on a bike ride. Your ride will be on your own time and is unsupported. This means:

  • You will ride on streets with motor vehicle traffic.
  • The route is unmarked. 
  • There are no pit stops along the way.
  • There are no ride marshals.

Participants should:

  • 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)

Ride Safety


Bicyclists have a responsibility to bicycle safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all trail and road users.

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.

Ride Start Locations


You can start/end the 10-mile Candy Apple and 30-mile McIntosh Routes at

Dew Drop Inn

  • 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
  • Parking: available on neighborhood streets in Brookland, DC

OR

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

  • 4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Parking: available at Bladensburg Waterfront Park

You can start/end the 60-mile Honeycrisp Route at

Dew Drop Inn

  • 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
  • Parking: available on neighborhood streets in Brookland, DC

OR

Buddy Attick Lake Park

  • 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • Parking: available at Buddy Attick Lake Park and in neighborhood streets

You can also use the map and cues to start anywhere on the ride route that you’d like!



You can get free turn-by-turn directions for the 2020 Cider Ride Routes on your smartphone using RideWithGPS. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for a free RideWithGPS account and install the mobile app on your phone.
  2. Join the WABA RideWithGPS club by clicking here.
  3. Click the route link for the route/starting location you’d like, then open the route in the app and click “Navigate.”

Route Links

Coming soon! check back here on November 16.


10-Mile Candy Apple Ride Route

Cue sheets, maps, and route files coming soon! Check back here on November 16.


30-Mile McIntosh Ride Route

Cue sheets, maps, and route files coming soon! check back here on November 16.


60-Mile Honeycrisp Ride Route

Cue sheets, maps, and route files coming soon! check back here on November 16.


What to Bring On Your Ride


  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • SmartTrip card
  • 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!

Locking Your Bike


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.

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


Food and Water

Because you do this ride on your own time, there are no pit stops along the way, which means there is no food/water provided.

You should bring the food and water you need to fuel your ride.


Bathrooms

Because you do this ride on your own time, there are no pit stops along the way, which means there are no official bathroom stops along the way.

Please plan accordingly.


FAQ


I have a question about the Cider Ride.

Click here for full event FAQ.

You don’t answer my question in this Ride Guide OR in the full FAQ

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