WABA hosts bike rides and social events throughout the year to bring together the DC, Maryland and Virginia cycling communities. Our rides create a safe and welcoming space to ride your bike and our events are a positive celebration of bicycling. WABA events bring awareness to and help support our ongoing advocacy, education and outreach initiatives. When you participate in a WABA event, you help fuel our ongoing efforts to build a more bike-friendly region. For upcoming events, see the event calendar and event listings below for registration information and event details. For more information about WABA’s events or to become an event sponsor, contact


Upcoming Events

WABA’s 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

September 13 , 2014 (sold out!)

The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride is WABA’s signature ride event of the year. Riders can choose from a challenging 62-ish mile route that winds up and down the District on all 50 state-named streets or a shorter 15-mile route that takes you for a ride down all 13 streets named after the original colonies. Riders are invited to the post-ride after party at Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan to celebrate and get their special edition 50 States & 13 Colonies ride t-shirt. More details about the ride can be found here.

The 50 States Ride is now SOLD OUT. We are still looking for volunteers to help make the 50 States & 13 Colonies ride a success.

5th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest


September 14 , 2014

Northern Virginia Cyclefest 2014 by NVJCCThe community is invited to the 5th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest, Sunday, September 14, 2014. The ride is open to all experienced riders. Set in the fall, riders enjoy the fall temperatures and scenery through the hills of Northern Virginia. Four ride options, range from 11 to 62 miles designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels and experience — suggested minimum age of 12. Riders should be comfortable riding on roads with traffic. Road bikes only. The 2014 ride benefits Wounded Warriors Project and Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). For more information, visit, or Promotion of this event is paid for through our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

Bike Shenandoah


September 20, 2014

Bike Shenandoah, now in its 17th year, includes rides of 100, 62, 30, 15 and 5 miles in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. All rides begin at Eastern Mennonite H.S., 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 2 hours west of D.C. Rides begin at 7 am. The cost is $50 for adults, $25 for students and children. Registration includes SAG support, snacks and lunch. Register at The ride benefits three national/international Christian agencies and 4 local ministries which support the homeless, women and children, new immigrants and preschoolers. Join us in this cycle for service. You may catch a glimpse of an Old Order Mennonite horse drawn buggy during your ride. You’ll be glad you participated! Promotion of this event is paid for through our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

Tour de Cure


September 27, 2014 de Cure Logo

Do you want to ride for a great cause? Do you know someone with diabetes? Take a journey along the closed-off streets of Washington DC and see the monuments like you’ve never seen them before! Ride along a traffic-free Whitehurst Freeway, Arlington Memorial Bridge and along Constitution Avenue on Saturday, September 27th at the American Diabetes Association’s inaugural DC Tour de Cure! Ride 13, 33 or 50 miles in support of the diabetes cause with a fun-filled finish line celebration by the Capitol Building. Register as a team or an individual rider for only $25.  Sign up to ride in the DC Tour de Cure at Promotion of this event is paid for through our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

Inaugural Cycling Veteran Charity Ride


October 11, 2014

Do you have what it takes? Choose from one of our 4 high- endurance, paved routes. We are offering 11.6 mi., 25.5 mi., 37.9 mi, and 53.1 mi. distances. Travel through Prince William County’s scenic countryside, Fauquier County’s beautiful wine country, and historic Manassas National Battlefield Park. Ride supported from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with SAG Support, 3 Rest Stops and Mechanic Stations. Picnic and wine tastings to follow at the Bull Run Warrior Retreat for nominal fees. Prizes awarded to participants with highest sponsored donations.

  • Costs: 25.5 mi., 37.9 mi., and 53.1 mi. are $40.00 (Event Day: $43.00)
  • Cost: 11.6 mi. is $25.00 (Event Day: $28.00) Note: 11.6 mi. Check-In is at the “Bull Run Warrior Retreat”
  • Preregister by October 3 for guarantee of free event T-shirt.

All proceeds to benefit the renovation of the Bull Run Warrior Retreat.

For Registration and Event Details go to

Promotion of this event is paid for through our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour


October 18, 2014

The 3rd annual Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour is set for October 18, 2014. It features four rides – 10, 33, 63 and a 100 mile ride. This year will also feature the new #lovewins 5K walk. Proceeds benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter in Talbot County, MD.

The fall foliage ride takes cyclists through picturesque Talbot County, on quiet roads with gentle hills rising through lush farmland and forests with Choptank River water views. It starts and ends at the beautiful Hog Neck Golf Course with an after party.

The event is a ride, not a race. Rest stops on all courses will offer light food, refreshments and restrooms. The course is just minutes from Easton, offering cyclists and their families shopping, dining and lodging.

Teams are encouraged, as are costumes and slogans. Teams, sponsors and fund raising cyclists will be promoted on social media.

For more information visit

Promotion of this event is paid for through our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

 Audi Best Buddies Challenge


October 18, 2014

Audi Best Buddies Challenge LogoOn Saturday, October 18, 2014 Best Buddies will host the fifth annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C., a five-star, family friendly charity cycling event. Best Buddies International is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for friendship, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The event starts at the base of the Washington Monument. The 20 mile ride and 5k walk/run routes are on closed roads in downtown DC. The 100 mile ride heads up to Potomac through Montgomery County, passing the 62-mile start line in Poolesville, MD. The route continues over Point of Rocks Bridge into Loudoun County, passing through quaint, countryside towns like Waterford, Purcellville and ending at the historic Morven Park in Leesburg, VA. Upon your arrival, hot showers, massages, and beverages will be served. The event culminates with an awards ceremony featuring inspiring speeches, as well as lunch and an open bar. Register at

Promotion of this event is paid for through our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

 WABA’s Cider Ride

TBD: late November/early December 2014

WABA’s newest ride and the last official ride of the season, The Cider Ride, will take place again this year. Last year riders departed from Canal Park in DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to adventure by bicycle out through Prince George’s County, Maryland to a picturesque farm pit stop where they warmed up with hot cider and snacks before returning to Canal Park for an after party and celebration. This year, we are working on improving and rerouting the Cider Ride with a new route that will make for a very enjoyable ride. Stay tuned for more information about The Cider Ride to be announced in fall 2014.

WABA Holiday Party

TBD: mid-December 2014

Come celebrate the holidays and a year of great bike advocacy work at our annual Holiday Party. More information will be announced in late fall.

Bike to Work Day

Fri, May 15, 2015; Region-wide:  Pitstops to choose from in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

Bike to Work Day 2014 was a big success despite the rain! Read our recap here. Stay tuned for more information about next year’s Bike to Work Day on Friday May 15th. Free registration for Bike to Work Day 2015 will open in spring of 2015.

Tour de Fat

May 2015

Tour de Fat is a wacky, fun, and free day-long festival presented by New Belgium Brewing. We had a heck of a good time this year.  If you missed it, be sure to come next year!

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