The 2017 Vasa Ride is now sold out. Thanks so much for joining us!
About the Vasa Ride:
WABA’s Vasa Ride, a tribute to the Swedish Vasaloppet ski race, is the first organized ride of the year for many area bicyclists. Riders choose from a 16-mile route through DC or a 31- or 59-mile route through the rolling hills of Montgomery County, MD and Washington, DC. All Vasa Ride participants are invited inside the House of Sweden after the ride to celebrate Spring and enjoy the traditional Swedish treat of warm blueberry soup.
Vasa Ride Schedule:
This year, the Vasa Ride will feature a check-in and roll start so that you can get moving early.
7:30am – 8:30am: Check-in and roll for the 59-mile Vasaloppet ride
8:30am – 9:30am: Check-in and roll for the 31-mile HalvVasan ride
9:00am – 10:00am: Check-in and roll for the 16-mile KortVasan ride
10:00am – 10:30am: Check-in and departure for family-friendly 8-mile UngdomsVasan (final length TBD, but it won’t be long!)
11:00am – 2:30pm: Riders return for blueberry soup inside the House of Sweden
There will also be a mid-point pit stop for the 59-mile and 31-mile riders where there will be water and gatorade for riders. Lunch is not provided, but there are several food/deli/coffee options around the mid-point pit stop.
When riders finish the route and return to the House of Sweden, there will be warm blueberry soup provided by the Embassy served inside the House of Sweden — a traditional Swedish treat!
When riders check in, they will receive a cue sheet with turn by turn directions and a wristband for entrance to the House of Sweden after the ride.
There is a pit stop for riders of the 31- and 59-mile routes halfway through the ride in Potomac, Maryland at the Potomac Village parking lot where public restrooms and places to purchase food are located. The pit stop will have water and sports drinks for the riders, as well as be a place for riders to get off their bikes and rest. The Potomac pit stop will be open from 8:30am to 12:00pm.
The Vasa Ride takes place on open roads and is unsupported, meaning there is no SAG support. There will be ride marshals riding along the route that can provide some assistance with directions and that carry first-aid supplies, and WABA staff will be on-call in case of an emergency.
About the Route: The beginning and end of the 59-mile route are largely similar to the 31-mile route (with small variations on the way back). Each route heads up to Potomac, MD and then comes back into Georgetown using similar routes. The difference comes in after the pit stop in Potomac — there’s an extra loop tacked onto the longer ride. The shorter route has one large climb and total elevation gain of about 1000 feet and the longer route has a few climbs and has a total gain of about 2800 feet.
Getting There: The House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street NW in Washington, DC. The check-in location will be right outside the building along the Georgetown waterfront.
The start location is accessible by many local trails, including the Rock Creek Trail, Mt. Vernon Trail, Martha Custis Trail, and Capital Crescent Trail. We will have ample bike parking so make sure you *bring your own bike lock.* We encourage riders to label their lock ahead of time and leave their lock locked to our racks for use when they return from the ride to enjoy the blueberry soup and warm up inside the House of Sweden.
If arriving by car, there is limited on-street parking available along K/Water Street NW as well as the adjacent numbered streets (some parking areas may have restrictions). There is a nearby pay-to-park lot at K and Wisconsin Streets NW. If arriving by public transit, the closest metro is Foggy Bottom. Note that the Blue Line will be affected by Safetrack on the day of the ride, so plan accordingly. There are also several bus lines that go along M St in Georgetown, including a Circulator bus, all of which have bike racks on the front.
Volunteer at the Vasa Ride:
Ride Marshals: Do you like riding your bike safely and following traffic laws for many, many miles? Do you like to encourage others to do the same? Do you want to ride the Vasa Ride for free? Volunteer to be a ride marshal for the 2017 Vasa Ride!
Sponsors of the Vasa Ride:
A HUGE thank you to the Embassy of Sweden for hosting WABA’s Vasa Ride again in 2017!
Thanks also to KIND Snacks and Conte’s Bike Shop for helping us out, too!