Events

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WABA hosts bike rides and social events throughout the year to bring together the DC, Maryland and Virginia cycling communities. We host ride events to create a safe and welcoming space to ride your bike and to be 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 or see the event listings below for registration information and details. For more information about WABA’s events or to become an Event Sponsor, contact events@waba.org.

Upcoming Events


Southern Maryland Fall Century – Ride for Bicycle Safety

September 7th, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

The Oxon Hill Bike Club and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington are holding a bike ride on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day). Choose from routes of 17 to 100 miles through scenic Southern Maryland.  A picnic follows!  Proceeds and donations from this ride benefit WABA’s Vision Zero campaign.

Learn more and register here or at the Oxon Hill Bike Club’s website here.

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA, however we are very grateful to receive support from this ride for our Vision Zero efforts.


Clips Beer & Film Tour

September 10, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

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Join Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) at New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour on Thursday, September 10th from 7-10pm.  Sample some craft beers while enjoying short films displayed on a large portable screen at the Reston Town Center Pavilion.  Proceeds raised at the event go toward helping FABB make Fairfax County a better place to bike. FABB is a sponsored project of WABA.

Learn more at FABB’s website and New Belgium’s website.

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by WABA.


Arlington Passages Film Premiere

September 10, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

An evening of six films sharing the inspiring and fun stories of local residents who happen to get around by bike. Enjoy the films PLUS free bike valet, Q&A with cast and crew as well as raffle prizes—all while sipping on a refreshing beverage of your choice in the 1930s-style theater that is the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Film event is 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: $7.50 and proceeds benefit Phoenix Bikes.

Tickets are available here, and you can learn more and RSVP on Facebook here.

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.


Honor Ride DC

September 12, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

On September 12th, Ride 2 Recovery will be hosting Honor Ride DC. In its first year, this ride offers routes of 18 or 45 miles starting in Pentagon City. All routes will be fully supported with SAG and rest stops along the way, and riders will finish with a festival-like atmosphere that includes lunch and music.

Ride 2 Recovery is a nonprofit that focuses on resorting hope and purpose for injured veterans through cycling-based programs. All of the funds raised through Honor Ride DC supports R2R’s initiatives and raises awareness for its programs.

Register here.

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by WABA.


WABA’s 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

September 12, 2015

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WABA’s signature ride event of the year, the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride, will take place on Saturday, September 12th. Join WABA and your fellow bicycle adventure loving friends for a challenging 62-mile ride up and down all of DC’s state-named streets or an easy going 15-mile ride on all of DC’s streets named for the original 13 colonies.

The ride is now sold out and registration is no longer open. However, there are many volunteer opportunities open to help make this ride happen! Consider volunteering at check in or at a pit stop. Read more about volunteer opportunities and sign up here.

Learn more about our 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride.


Bike Shenandoah

September 19, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

Flanked by the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge mountains, the Shenandoah Valley is ablaze with color during the height of fall. Bike Shenandoah offers a relaxed ride atmosphere for cyclists of all ages and abilities, while enjoying the company of other riders and supporting global and local mission and service. Join us for the century, metric century, 30 mile, 15 mile or 5 mile rides in and around Harrisonburg, VA. The event includes multiple well-stocked rest stops and an afternoon meal.

Learn more and register at: www.bikeshenandoah.org

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.


The Ride to Conquer Cancer

September 19. 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

Riding through The Capitol Region’s picturesque countryside in two days. Sure, it sounds like a lot — and it’s meant to be. But make no mistake, this event isn’t just for athletes or cycling enthusiasts.

The Ride is for anyone who wants to challenge themselves for a great cause. All you need is motivation, a bike and a helmet. Your participation in The Ride to Conquer Cancer® is transforming cancer medicine. Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Suburban Hospital are using scientific discoveries to determine which treatments and screening interventions will work best for each patient. In this new model, the promise of personalized medicine is becoming a reality. The work of Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists are ensuring we get the right treatments to the right patients at the right time.

Learn more and register at: ridetovictory.org/

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.


Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

September 20, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

Professional cyclist Jeremiah Bishop’s favorite training route earned its nickname with glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed. Now this magnificent scenery is the backdrop for the most challenging and adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States. The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers 108 miles featuring 11,000 feet of climbing. There’s something for everyone:

36-mile Valley View Challenge
100-kilometer (62-mile) Mt Solon Metric Century
78-mile Shenandoah Mountain Adventure
100-mile Shenandoah Mountain Century
108-mile Alpine Loop

Entry fee includes: high-quality event t-shirt, fully stocked rest stations, electronic timing, KOM competition, KOM jerseys to 5-year age group winners, premium finisher medallions and Swiss bells, hot showers, free parking, catered meal and finish line festival, first beverage in beer garden (21+ only), live performances by the bands The Judy Chops and Shenandoah Alley.

Register at http://www.AlpineLoopGranFondo.com

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.


Back Roads Century

Registration is open

September 20, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

 

The Back Roads Century is one of the premier cycling events in the mid-Atlantic region. Each fall in late September, Potomac Pedalers invites cycling enthusiasts of all ability levels for a great day of riding and fun; with distances up to 100 miles. It’s a fully supported event providing cue sheets, rest stops with food and drinks, as well as mechanical support during your ride. After the ride take advantage of the HOT SHOWERS AND TOWELS available at Shepherd University before or after partaking in the “End of Ride Celebration” with food and entertainment.

This year the Back Roads Century will take place in a new location- participants will get to experience Shepherdstown WV, a quaint town with an extremely warm and welcoming atmosphere, just across the bridge from Antietam Battlefield and close to Charlestown, WV, home of Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races. The ride begins at Shepherd University. Some routes will follow parts of the Potomac River, with rolling hills taking you past apple orchards and many farms.

ROUTE OPTIONS: 100, 65, 54, 38, 32, and 21 miles.
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SIX FULLY-STOCKED REST STOPS!
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DISCOUNT HOTELS AVAILABLE! Stay overnight the night before and enjoy the numerous restaurants and unique shopping in town the day and night before the ride.
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After Sunday’s ride, you can grab a beer at the Bavarian Inn’s Oktober Fest. Then, join us for our “End of Ride Celebration”, featuring mouthwatering food prepared by local restaurants and entertainment that will have you up on your feet even after riding for hours. This year’s celebration will take place at Bellevue Manor, a historic venue with great views overlooking the Potomac – you won’t want to miss it.

So if you’re looking for a challenging, rewarding and fun way to spend a beautiful fall day or two, be sure to participate in this year’s Back Roads Century. We’d love to see you there!

Potomac Pedalers Members Receive a $25.00 Discount! (Membership in Potomac Pedalers costs only $30.00 per year for individuals, and $37.00 for families, so consider joining Potomac Pedalers before you register for the Century! You’ll receive many benefits including Bike Shop Discounts and more.)

REGISTRATION FEE SCHEDULE
Amount Eligible Riders Beginning Ending
$55.00 General Public June 1 – July 31st
$30.00 PPTC Members June 1 – July 31st

$60.00 General Public Aug. 1st – Aug. 31st
$35.00 PPTC Members Aug. 1st – Aug. 31st

There will be no onsite registration!

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by WABA.


DC Tour de Cure

Regsitration is open, also currently seeking volunteers

September 26, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

The Washington DC Tour de Cure is truly a Monumental Tour where you will be riding past some of the most iconic monuments in DC! Ten miles of roads will be closed to allow our riders exclusive use of them during the event. Embark on a 13, 33, or 50 mile ride through DC and Montgomery County! Return to Freedom Plaza for a delicious lunch, entertainment, our “Fun Zone” and much more! Bring family and friends along to enjoy the festivities while you ride.

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. 

Register here. Use code “WABA2015″ for a discount.

Contact Robert Sierralta at rsierralta@diabetes.org to take a leadership role in one of the following categories: Marketing and Publicity, Fundraising, Route Creation and Logistics, Day of Event Experience, Bike Shops and Training Rides, The Diabetes Mission, and Volunteer Management.

This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.


The 6th Montgomery County Farm Tour and Picnic

October 11, 2015

PROMOTED EVENT

 

Please join Potomac Pedalers and Montgomery Countryside Alliance on Sunday, October 11, 2015, for the sixth Montgomery County Farm Tour featuring the family farms and orchards of our cherished Ag Reserve. You’ll enjoy quiet roads, rural landscapes with views of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Farm Tour’s signature gourmet picnic at Kingsbury’s Orchard. Our on-site caterer is back!

RIDE START: Poolesville Golf Course, 16601 West Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837–(301) 428-8143

RIDE DESCRIPTION:
Moderately hilly routes of approximately 17, 25, 35, 55 and 75 miles will depart from Poolesville Golf Course (approximately one mile past Poolesville High School on West Willard Road). All routes offer beautiful scenery and stay mainly on quiet roads.

75 miles – 9:00 am
55 miles – 9:30 am
35 miles – 10:30 am
25 and 17 miles – 11:00 am (NO STOP at Rocklands Farm on these two routes)

(Novice riders are encouraged to try one of the shorter routes)

Fully Stocked Rest Stop at Rocklands

The 35, 55 and 75 mile routes stop at Rocklands Farm where we’ll offer homemade cookies and boiled potatoes compliments of Rocklands Farm, fruit compliments of Kingsbury’s Orchard, and crunchy snacks.

Ladies from Women & Bicycles will enjoy this very special Fall event. The Pedalers have appointed club leaders exclusively to lead the 25- and 35-mile routes for Women & Bicycles. The specific meeting point will be posted closer to the event.

PICNIC LUNCHKINGSBURY’S ORCHARD (Registration required.  See below):
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Required by 10/6/15 (See below)

The optional gourmet picnic, prepared on-site by our caterer Barbara Helish and complemented by delicious salads from Whole Foods, is one of the highlights of the Farm Tour. All routes stop at Kingsbury’s Orchard three miles before ride’s end.
YOU CAN PURCHASE FRUIT!
Feel free to purchase a bushel of apples, cider, jams and other goodies while picnicking at Kingsbury’s Orchard. No need to stuff your apples in your jersey pockets! Volunteers from the MontgomeryCountryside Alliance will shuttle your purchases from Kingsbury’s Orchard back to your cars from 1:30 p.m. till 3 p.m. 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Deadline to register for the picnic is October 6.

PRICES (member / non-member):
35, 55 and 75 mile routes: $20 / $25
17 and 25 mile routes: $15 / $20
Ride only – No picnic: $5 (those who plan to ride without joining the picnic may register on-site)

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to Register (note that an RSVP to this Facebook page is not a registration for the event) visit:
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This event is listed as part of our Promoted Events program. It is not organized by or affiliated with WABA.

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