The Cider Ride


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About The Cider Ride:

Riders can choose between the 47 mile Honeycrisp route or the 23 mile McIntosh route. The Cider Ride starts and finishes in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood.

New this year: Five miles of BRAND NEW TRAIL that winds along the Anacostia River between River Terrace Park and Bladensburg Waterfront Park, passing the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on the way. This new segment, which opens on October 31st, connects the 15-mile DC portion of the trail to more than 40 miles of existing trails in Maryland, bringing riders and pedestrians along scenic stretches of the Anacostia River where you can regularly see egrets, deer, and other wildlife.

The route takes riders from Northeast DC out to Maryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trails through Hyattsville and College Park. The Cider Stop is at Proteus Bicycles, just off the trail. The longer Honeycrisp route then takes riders through Beltsville’s agricultural farm lands and to the Patuxent Research Refuge before stopping for a second pit stop in Greenbelt at Buddy Attick Lake Park. From there, the longer route weaves south through Greenbelt Park to the Trolley Trail before returning to DC on more (special) trails. Both routes end at the Dew Drop Inn where riders can enjoy a post-ride celebration.

We would like to thank EYA for their generous title sponsorship of The Cider Ride this year. EYA is a leading voice in the smart growth movement around active lifestyle, and shares overlapping values with WABA.

Ride Overview:

Routes: Riders can choose from the 47 mile Honeycrisp Route or the 23 mile Macintosh Route. Please note the different “check in and roll” times for each route below. The two options both follow the same route for the first 12 miles to the Cider Stop at Proteus Bicycles in College Park. From there, the longer route continues on through country roads, wildlife refuges, and parklands, and the shorter route loops back to the ride finish. The 23 mile route is mostly flat, with just one long substantial hill near the end back up to Brookland. The 47 mile route has some rolling hills, and two long somewhat steep uphills that will be challenging, but definitely do-able. Both routes are also entirely paved. The routes are not out and back, rather loops with very minimal overlap.

This year, we will also have a family-friendly route available as an option that will be about 9 miles long — the Candy Apple route. The route will travel along neighborhood streets in Northeast DC and onto trails in Cottage City, MD. The ride will also end back at the Dew Drop Inn, where entertainment will be provided (and potentially some other kid-friendly activities TBD!).

Schedule (subject to change):

8:30am – 10:30am: check-in and rolling start for 47 mile Honeycrisp Route
10:30am – 11am: check-in and departure for 9 mile Candy Apple Route
10:30am – 11:30am: check-in and rolling start for 23 mile McIntosh Route
12:00pm – 5:00pm: post-ride celebration with entertainment, conviviality, and food & drink specials at The Dew Drop Inn!

Cue Sheets and Ride Info:
Cue sheets for the route or ride maps will NOT be released prior to the event. Everyone will receive route information upon check in. Part of the fun and appeal of WABA rides are that the routes are not released ahead of time. It’s an adventure!

The Cider Ride does not have a SAG support vehicle, however in the case of an emergency or crash, WABA has staff on-call to respond.

All riders will receive breakfast snacks at the ride start, cider and donuts and the Cider Stop, and the longer route riders will have hot chocolate and pie at the Buddy Attick Lake Park Pit Stop. If you might want additional snacks/healthier snack options/or lunch, please plan accordingly and pack a lunch or bring cash for stopping for lunch along the route. The Post Ride celebration will feature food and drink specials by the Dew Drop Inn.

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More Cider Ride Details:

Getting There/Metro Stations/Parking:

**IMPORTANT NOTE** Safetrack will be in effect on the date of this ride, meaning the Brookland-CUA and Rhode Island Avenue Red Line stops will be closed. The start location is just a few blocks south of the Brookland Red Line Metro Station. You can ride north along the Metropolitan Branch Trail from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro stop (about 1.5 miles) or south from the Fort Totten Metro stop (about 3 miles). We will have temporary signage up on the day of the ride to help guide you to the start location and will include electronic instructions in an email a few days prior to the ride.

There may be limited on-street parking available in the Edgewood and Brookland neighborhoods near the start, but double check any street parking restrictions. There is also a pay-to-park garage located close by on 7th St (Cornerstone Public Parking at 7th and Monroe St NE). It is possible, and we will let you know once we can confirm with WMATA, that the parking garage at the Rhode Island Ave. Metro will be open. That garage is a short bike trip across the pedestrian bridge and up the trail (a 3-5 minute ride), but may not be open due to Safetrack.

Safety: We ask all ride participants to follow all traffic laws. As part of The Cider Ride, you are setting an example for bicyclists and participating in a WABA event. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but we ask you to please ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails or paths, be cautious when passing other trail users and slow down. *Helmets are required for all participants.*

Refund Policy: The Cider Ride will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event. In the event of inclement weather, we’re sorry but your registration fee is not able to be refunded.

Volunteer for the Cider Ride!

Want to ride for free? Are you committed to riding safely, legally, and helping others do the same? Then marshaling is for you — please fill out this form if you would like to volunteer to marshal the Cider Ride. *Please note that Ride Marshals must agree to following all traffic laws at all times.*

We are also looking for volunteers to help with check in at the ride start, pass out snacks at pit stops along the route, and help at the ride after party. To volunteer, sign up here. 

Thank you to our amazingly generous sponsors for making this event possible:



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For questions about The Cider Ride or if you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please email WABA’s Events Coordinator at