Tour de Fat 2014 - parade with Capitol

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

Bike to the Beach

August 1 , 2014 Bike to the Beach logo

Bike to the Beach DC is a fully supported 100-mile Charity Cycling event from Washington, DC to Dewey Beach, DE offered on the first weekend of August to educate our community about the benefits of cycling and to raise awareness and funding for autism. Our charity ride goes from the US Capital to Annapolis, MD; over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (in buses and moving trucks); and through the beautiful farmland of Eastern, MD and the Delaware shore. We end on the beautiful shores of Dewey Beach where we host finish line festivities for our riders, volunteers, and their friends and families. We encourage our riders to stay the weekend in Dewey Beach to enjoy the beach and attend our annual Saturday Crab Feast – a celebration of our ride, cause, and community. Whether you are into road touring or leisure riding, a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, our Bike to the Beach charity ride is the perfect event for you. Our ride is fully supported with rest stops (spaced an average of 15-miles apart), bike mechanics, Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles, and a route marked with turn-signs and road markings. We provide all of the food, water, and ride support needed to get from Washington, DC to Dewey Beach, DE. Our riders even receive a custom Bike to the Beach jersey — all you have to bring to the starting line is your road-ready bike, bike shorts, and helmet! Bike to the Beach will provide the support, structure, and community you need to ride 100-miles, support extraordinary autism organizations and charities, and meet any other goal that you may have – whether it is to become a cyclist, lose weight, get healthier, take on a fitness challenge, make new friends, or raise funds for autism.

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

WABA Summer Happy Hour

August 7 , 2014Poster jpeg

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 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 65-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.

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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