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 Summer Happy Hour

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Join WABA and fellow bicycle enthusiasts and commuters at Vendetta on H St NE for a beer. New Belgium beers will be $5 and one dollar from every pint you purchase will be donated to WABA. Plus, you could win some sweet New Belgium jerseys and growlers, or a gift certificate or custom messenger bag from local shop The Daily Rider. No RSVP is necessary, and we hope to see you there. Details can be found here.

WABA’s Member Mingle

August 14th,  2014

Come hang out with your fellow bike loving WABA members. Meet the staff (some of us are  new! We want to meet you!) and ask us your burning questions. We’ll have snacks and beverages, and our charming, bikey selves.  We’ll also be raffling of two Bern helmets. Stop on by!

Your RSVP helps us plan, but isn’t required.


WABA’s 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

September 13 , 2014

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 ride is open to WABA members only (not a member yet? join today!) and registration for the ride will open to WABA members on August 4th at 10am. We’re also recruiting volunteers to help run pit stops and to be ride marshals.

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.

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.

 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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