50 States & 13 Colonies

50 States 2013 - send off

The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride is WABA’s signature ride and our most popular event of the year. The ride sold out in 2014. Stay tuned for the 2015 date to be announced in summer of 2015.

50 States 2013 - Group shot

2014 Ride Overview:

DATE: Saturday, September 13, 2014
7:00-8:15am: Check in open for 50 States riders (please give yourself at least 20 minutes to arrive and check in)
9:45-10:45am: Check in open for 13 Colonies riders
8:00am: 50 States Ride departs
8:30am: 50 States latecomers depart
11:00am: 13 Colonies Ride departs
Pit Stop #1: Rest stop @ Anacostia Park, Open 8:45-11:00am
Pit Stop #2: Lunch stop @ Eastern Market, Open 10:30am-1:30pm
Pit Stop #3: Rest stop @ WABA Member’s Takoma House, Open 12-4pm
Pit Stop #4: Rest stop @ Coffee Nature and PetMAC, Open 1-5pm

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. The post ride celebration will be from 2-6pm. 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 route information 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 (doing 62 miles, a metric century, in the city feels more like doing 100 miles anywhere else), 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  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.

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.

50 States 2011 - banner and riders

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 from Giant for breakfast at the start location (50 States riders will receive fruit at some pit stops too)
-Lunch from Chipotle conveniently served at the Eastern Market pit stop, for those who purchase the lunch option
-KIND Snacks granola bars at some pit stops
-Support for your bicycle at pit stops. Local shops will be on hand at some pit stops to pump up your tires and do minor adjustments. City Bikes will offer support at the Start Location, BicycleSPACE will be at PS #2 at Eastern Market, and The Bike House will be helping out at PS #3 at the Takoma House.
-A 50 States & 13 Colonies t-shirt when the ride ends at Mellow Mushroom for a post ride celebration
-Free stuff (like Chipotle BOGO coupons and like chain lube from ProGold Biking) at the post ride celebration
-1 free beer at the post ride celebration

50 States post-ride celebration:

Join WABA after the ride from 2:00-6:00pm 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.

50 States 2011 - t-shirts for finishers

More ride details:

Check In: At the start location, 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.

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. 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.)

Lunch Option: For the lunch pit stop, those who order lunch with their ride registration below will get a Chipotle burrito (vegan options available) that will be available at the Eastern Market stop. If you do not order the burrito from us, there are limited lunch options available along nearby 7th St of Eastern Market.

Refund Policy: There are absolutely 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.

Thank you to Chipotle Mexican Grill for being this year’s 50 States Ride Title Sponsor!

chipotle logo

Thank you to all of our 50 States Ride pit stop hosts, sponsors, partners and friends:

Coffee nature logo   PetMAC logo  MellowMushroom

DMWjpeg logo2013 50 states kind snacks logo   GiantbicyclespaceTheBikeHouse

citybikes_logo_bluegrnd         Progold

If you have any questions about The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride or becoming a WABA member, or if you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact our Events Coordinator at michelle.cleveland@waba.org.