The 2015 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride will take place on Saturday, September 12th, 2015. The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride is WABA’s signature event and our most popular ride of the year.
Registration for the ride will open to WABA Members on August 11th!
Spaces for the ride are available on a first come first serve basis, and this is our most popular ride event so it typically sells out within 24 to 48 hours. We’ll email all WABA Members on August 11th to let them know registration is about to open.
Please note: registration for this ride is open to WABA Members only, since exclusive access to this popular event is one of the many benefits of joining and supporting WABA. If you’re not yet a member, you can join WABA today so that you have a chance to sign up for the ride when registration opens.
Volunteer with WABA:
Do you want to make a difference in the biking community? We need help making this event a success! We will open volunteer sign ups when registration opens. We will be seeking volunteers to help us on Saturday, September 12th with check in and at pit stops, as well as volunteer ride marshals.
Can’t join us on September 12th or want to do the ride? We will also hold an Office Volunteer Night on Tuesday, September 8th from 6:00-8:00pm at the WABA Office to help assemble cue sheets, put together marshal first aid kits, and make maps and signs for the route. RSVP for the volunteer night here.
About the Ride:
The 50 States Ride is an urban adventure by bicycle, taking riders for a 62-mile ride down all 50 state-named streets of the District and going through all 8 wards of the city. The 13 Colonies Ride is a 15-mile downtown DC bike ride on the streets named after the original 13 colonies. The ride is unsupported and you need to be able to follow a cue sheet. Roads are not closed, so you will be biking with traffic and other road users. The event will take place rain or shine.
Registrants choose whether they would like to do the 62-mile 50 States Ride or the 15-mile 13 Colonies Ride. You can read a recap of the 2014 50 States & 13 Colonies ride here.
DATE: Saturday, September 12, 2015
CHECK IN: Walter Pierce Park (2700 Adams Mill Rd, Washington DC, in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood)
7:00-8:00am: Check in open for 50 States riders
8:00am: 50 States Ride departs
10:30-11:30am: Check in open for 13 Colonies riders
11:30am: 13 Colonies Ride departs
RIDE PIT STOPS:
Pit Stop #1: Rest stop @ Anacostia Park, Open 8:45-11:00am
Pit Stop #2: Lunch stop @ location near Capitol Hill TBD, Open 10:30am-2:00pm
Pit Stop #3: Rest stop @ WABA Member’s Takoma House, Open 12:00am-4:30pm
Pit Stop #4: Rest stop @ Coffee Nature, Open 1:00-5:30pm
The 50 States route will pass through all of the pit stops. The 13 Colonies route will only pass through the Eastern Market lunch pit stop. Both rides will end at Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan for the post ride celebration. Water from our bicycle-loving friends at Drink More Water will be provided for registered riders at the start and each pit stop.
ROUTE INFO: Cue sheets for the route or ride maps will NOT be released prior to the event. Everyone will receive cue sheets upon check in. Part of the fun and appeal of the 50 States and 13 Colonies Rides are that the route is a surprise. It’s an adventure. It’s an experience.
And know that when the day comes, it’s not a question of “if” you get lost, it’s a question of “when.” Ride marshals will be there to help guide and direct you, so do your best to stay with one of the yellow vests or make a new friend and ride with someone who’s done the route before.
About the 50 States route: The route is long-62 miles, a metric century-and in the city 62 miles feels more like doing 100 miles, so riders are encouraged to have experience riding long distances. The route is also fairly hilly and there is a lot of stop-and-go since riders must follow traffic laws. There will be at least 4 pit stops throughout the route for riders to stop and rest, refill up water bottles, and enjoy some snacks. The route goes through all 8 wards of DC.
About the 13 Colonies route: The route is easy to accomplish for both new and experienced urban bicyclists and makes for a very enjoyable ride. The 15-mile route does go through NW, NE and SE Washington, DC, as it loops around the downtown area and neighboring communities. There will be one pit stop which is the lunch pit stop for riders to rest and enjoy lunch.
*When registering for the ride, we’ll ask you which route you prefer, the 50 States or the 13 Colonies, so we can get a good estimate of numbers, but that choice is not final and you are welcome to choose whichever route you like on the day of the event.
SAFETY: We ask all ride participants to follow all traffic laws. You are out there setting an example for bicyclists and participating in a WABA event. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but we ask you to please ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. Riding in a predictable and lawful manner will reduce your chances of being in a bike crash. But most of all, we want you to have fun and enjoy the ride.
What you get when you register for the 50 States or 13 Colonies ride:
-Ride entry and cue sheet
-Water to fill up your water bottles at the start location and each of the pit stops
-Fruit for breakfast at the start location (50 States riders will receive fruit at pit stops too)
-Lunch conveniently served at the Capitol Hill pit stop, for those who purchase the lunch option*
-KIND Snacks granola bars
-Support for your bicycle at some pit stops. Local shops will be on hand at pit stops to pump up your tires and do minor adjustments.
-A 50 States & 13 Colonies t-shirt when the ride ends at Mellow Mushroom for a post ride celebration
-1 free beer at the post ride celebration
*We encourage all riders to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy our lunch option during the ride because it makes lunch easy for you and because all proceeds benefit WABA.
50 States post-ride celebration:
Join WABA after the ride from 2:00-6:30pm at the Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan (2436 18th St NW, Washington DC) for beer and food specials, celebrations, and good times. The ride ends here and you will be able to pick up your 50 States t-shirt here. The celebration is open to all, so invite your family and friends to meet you there after the ride to celebrate your biking success.
More ride details:
Check In: At the start location at Walter Pierce Park, riders will check in, get wrist band & cue sheet, fill up water bottles, and get fruit for breakfast.
Only registered riders will be allowed on the ride. Didn’t make the cut for registration? We ask that you please respect our ride limits and join us for our next ride event, The Cider Ride, later this fall.
Helmets: *ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR HELMETS.* No helmet = no participation in the ride.
Pit Stops: All pit stops will have water for you to fill up and light snacks. We recommend you bring at least two water bottles to fill up throughout the ride. Some pit stops will also have bike shops or co-ops present to help with minor repairs and adjustments. We highly recommend that you bring your own patch kit, portable tire pumps/CO2 cartridges and spare tubes just in case you get a flat along the ride. (History has shown that MANY people unfortunately end up getting a flat on the ride, that’s just what happens when you bike so many miles in the city.)
Refund Policy: There are no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event. The 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride is a rain or shine event. In the event of inclement weather, we’re sorry but your registration fee is not able to be refunded.
Check out a photo recap of past 50 States & 13 Colonies rides below: