More than 500 WABA members donned hi-vis smiles on Sat., March 22nd for a sold-out Vasa Ride. Participants enjoyed the ride, the hills (not so much), the warm-ish weather, the sunshine, and the always delicious post-ride blueberry soup inside the House of Sweden.
The Vasa Ride is named as a tribute to Sweden’s legendary Vasaloppet, the world’s longest running cross-country ski race. The Vasaloppet commemorates the trial of a renegade Swedish king who, in the 16th century, led the rebellion to free the country after a long pursuit on skis.
For nearly a century, blåbärssopp—warm blueberry soup—has been served during the Vasaloppet to keep riders warm. Many thanks to our gracious hosts the House of Sweden and the Swedish Embassy for their annual partnership with the Vasa Ride for serving up the much-loved blåbärssopp.
The Vasa Ride brings together riders from D.C., Maryland and Virginia and helps to support WABA’s work. When people participate in our rides, fundraisers, parties, and outreach events, they fuel WABA’s mission to make riding a bike safer and more accessible for all.
Many thanks to Skanska for being a gold-level sponsor of the Vasa Ride this year. Thanks also to KIND Snacks for providing blueberry granola bars and to The Bike House for pumping up riders tires to get them ready to roll.
Check out photos from the Vasa Ride below:
If you liked the Vasa Ride, you’ll love our upcoming events. Join us at the following:
Bike to Work Day is Fri., May 16, and you should register today! It’s the one day of the year that your city celebrates you for what you do all the time: riding your bike. And if you’re a first-timer, it’s a great way to kickstart your commuting.
Tour de Fat is Sat., May 31. Tour de Fat is a wacky bike and beer festival put on by New Belgium Brewing, the makers of Fat Tire beer. All proceeds from beer sales and donations go to WABA and other local bike nonprofits. Join the party and support what we do!
BikeFest is Fri., June 13. BikeFest is WABA’s annual fundraiser and celebration of bicycling in the region and features drinks, dining, dancing, and all things bicycling (this year’s theme: Biketopia). It’s a gala event you don’t want to miss.
Thank you to our generous, bicycle-loving Vasa Ride sponsors: