The Cider Ride

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 8:00 AM

Brookland, DC

WABA Signature Event - WABA Signature Event

Crisp autumn air, picture-perfect foliage, and a day spent on the Prince George’s County trails. Plus: donuts. What more could you want out of a fall day?

Join us for a 10, 30, or 55 mile ride, followed by a post-ride celebration, on Sunday, November 7.

As one of WABA’s Signature Rides, the Cider Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. Your registration fees support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!


Cider Ride is sold out! There is no on-site registration and there is no wait list for this ride.

If you didn’t get a spot for this year’s ride, we hope to see you at another event soon. You can see what’s coming up at

Ride Information

Check-in and the starting point for all three routes is at Alethia Tanner Park (227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002).

All three routes end at Dew Drop Inn ( 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017)

The Cider Ride is an unsupported, self-guided, recreational bike ride.

  •  Participants receive digital ride routes in advance and a paper cue sheet at check in. 
  • There are group starts for each ride where you have the option to start with other participants and volunteer ride marshals. You can also ride on your own or friends who have registered for the ride
  • The streets are not closed for this ride. We do our best to choose low-stress bikeways, but all 3 routes share the road with motor vehicle traffic.

Registration for any of the 3 routes includes:

  • A spot at the event on Sunday, November 7, 2021
  • Digital access to the ride route and free turn-by-turn smartphone navigation for Ride with GPS
  • a WABA Cider Ride mug 
  • Snacks and water pick up at the start line 
  • Hot cider, donuts, and other snacks at pit stops and the finish line

After the ride, join us for a post-ride celebration where you can purchase food, drinks, and relive the ride with your fellow WABA members and bicyclists!

Candy Apple Ride—10 Miles

10 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails. This event is sold out.

McIntosh Ride—30 Miles

30 miles on Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland neighborhood streets and trails.

This event is sold out.

Honeycrisp Ride—55 Miles

55 miles on streets and trails inWashington, DC,  Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the Patuxent Research Refuge. This event is sold out.

Route Maps

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out last year’s Cider Ride Routes routes! 

The 2021 ride routes will be available to registrants the week of the event.

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners!

Event hosts

COVID-19 Safety Statement

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affects the way WABA runs our in-person events. As we plan for the 2021 Cider Ride, we are taking into account regional case and vaccination trends; current CDC guidelines; evolving understanding of COVID-19 and how it spreads; and WABA staff comfort. 

Vaccination Policy 

WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend the Cider Ride. However, we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find information on how to get the vaccination here:

Mask Policy 

  • WABA is requiring staff or participants to wear masks at the outdoor ride sites during the Cider Ride.
  • Masks are required in the check-in site, at pit stops around the shared food/water tables, and whenever approaching staff or volunteers.

Physical Distancing Policy 

  • Ride Sites (check-in, pit stops, and the after party) will have space for physical distancing. This is so folks who wish to maintain their distance may do so.
  • Please be cognizant of the distance between yourself and others when you are waiting in the check-in line, at snack tables, etc. and do your best to maintain 6 ft of space from other participants who are not in your group.
  • Please seek consent before entering another person’s space, and be respectful if asked to stay farther away. 

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all ride sites and restrooms.
  • Please sanitize your hands before touching shared items (eg. water jugs).

Food and Drink

  • Most snacks and the post-ride meal will be pre-packaged and single-serving.
  • Staff will sanitize hands before handling food items.
  • A water jug will be available for participants to refill their personal water bottles. 

Sick Policy 

Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. 

If you are sick the week before the event, WABA can either:

  • Convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation (thank you for your support!)
  • Defer your registration to next year’s Cider Ride.

If you are sick the week of the event, please contact WABA’s events team at

Guidelines May Change

WABA reserves the right to update these guidelines and expectations if regional case trends or CDC/jurisdictional guidelines changes make that appropriate. 

Volunteer Signup

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Ride Marshal Signup

Ride marshal sign up is closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may want to check out this blog post about What to Expect at a WABA Ride as well!

Questions about who, what, where, when, and why.

What is this event?

The Cider Ride is a recreational,  fundraising bicycle ride for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). It gives participants a choice of three ride routes exploring Prince George’s County and Washington DC trails and neighborhood streets.

When is this event?

Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Where does this event take place?

Check-in and the starting point for all three routes is at Alethia Tanner Park (227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002).

All three routes end at Dew Drop Inn ( 2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017)

What time does this event start?

Check-in and group starts is as follows:

Honeycrisp Route (55 miles) 

  • Check-in: 8:30-9:15 AM
  • Group Starts: 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM

McIntosh Route (30 miles)

  • Check-in: 9:30-10:15 AM
  • Group Starts: 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM

Candy Apple Ride Route

  • Check-in: 10:30 AM
  • Group Starts: 11 AM

Are the roads closed for this ride? Are there cars? 

Roads are NOT closed for this ride. We do our best to plan the rides on low-stress streets, but you will be sharing the road with motor vehicles.  

Feel like you want to practice before the ride? Sign up for a Confident City Cycling Class. Or, for a refresher, watch this webinar on How to Ride in Traffic

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three ride routes are unsupported. That means:

  • Streets are not closed for this ride. You will ride on streets with motor vehicle traffic.
  • The route is unmarked. 
  • There is no support and gear vehicle to pick you up.  

Participants are expected to:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride.
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides).

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No. The route is unmarked.

Participants should navigate using the physical cue sheet provided in their check-in packet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes.  Ride Marshals are volunteers who are there to help participants navigate and offer encouragement and support. 

Lead Ride Marshals will lead an optional group start for those who wish to ride together.

Sweep Ride Marshals will bring up the back of each check-in group. 

Do I have to ride with a group?

Nope! There will be group starts for each group (see timing above), but once you’ve checked in you can start your ride any time you’d like. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

WABA will release the Cider Ride routes in an email to registrants the week of the ride.  

In the meantime, check out last year’s Cider Ride Routes above in the Route Maps section! (The 2021 routes will be different, but similar in difficulty, distance, and elevation.)

I’m not sure which route is right for me! 

We’d love to talk to you about this and help you pick the route that is the best fit for the ride you want to have! Email Anna at if you’d like to chat about it.

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes.  WABA asks and expects all participants to ride lawfully and with respect for other road users. This means:

  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs. 
  • Always yield to pedestrians. 
  • Use hand signals when turning.
  • Communicate verbally with other riders. 
  • 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 users and slow down.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle on a WABA ride wears a helmet while riding.

Click this link for a resource on how to properly fit your helmet.

What should I bring to the ride?

  • Bike
  • Helmet (Required by our insurance. You can’t ride without one.)
  • Bike lock (Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you during the ride, in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop along the ride route.)
  • SmartTrip card (in case you decide you’d like to take the metro during or after the ride)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles (you can fill it at the check-in area if you need to)
  • Saddle bag (to carry spare tube, tire levers, and pump or patch kit)
  • Spare tube (especially if you have a non-standard rim size!)
  • Charged cell phone and charger
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Additional snacks
  • An adventurous spirit!

Will you feed me? 

There will be snacks and water available for registered attendees at the ride start, ride finish, and pit stops along the way.

There will be water jugs from which you can fill your reusable water bottle. WABA does not provide cups or plastic water bottles—bring your own!

There will be hand sanitizer by the water jugs and provided in your check-in packets. Please sanitize your hands before and after touching the water spout. Event staff will disinfect the water spout between check-in groups.

Snacks will be vegetarian. There will be vegan and gluten-free options.

Snacks will be single-serving and pre-packaged (you can have more than one! This preparation is part of our COVID-19 safety procedures).

All snacks will be served in a no-contact fashion—you can pick up what you want from the snack table. Please touch only the snacks you will take.

Questions about Registration 

Do I have to be a WABA member to register for this ride? 

Nope!  But current members can receive a discount on ride registration by using a discount code. WABA emailed this code to members. 

If you haven’t received it, email and we’ll be happy to help! 

If you’d like to become a member, visit!

What is your refund policy?

This is a fundraising event for WABA. We do not offer refunds or transfers for this ride except in case of illness.

Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. 

If you are sick the week before the event, WABA can either:

  • Convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation (thank you for your support!)
  • Defer your registration to next year’s Cider RIde

If you are sick the week of the event, please contact WABA’s events team at

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

Yes. Participants aged 7-15 are eligible for the youth rate. Kids 6 and under can ride along for free.

You must purchase ride registration for all individuals who will ride their own bicycle in the event.

I am riding a tandem bike with another individual! Do we need two registrations?

Yes, unless riding solo is not an option available to one of the participants. If so, please register for one person and send us an email with contact information for the other rider so we know who is coming at 

Can I register a guest for this ride?

Yes. You can register multiple people at one time. However, you must provide the name and email address of every attendee. 

I want to register a child or person who does not have their own email address.

Please email and we will get this worked out. 

Is there a wait list for the ride?

No. Registration will close when registration reaches its limit.

Can I register onsite the day of the ride?

No. As of 10/30/2021, this event is completely sold out.

Can I switch routes on ride day?

Yes. Please arrive during the check-in window for the route you wish to ride, and we’ll get you set up.

Questions about COVID-19 Safety

What precautions are you taking to mitigate risk from COVID-19 during this event?

You can read our full policies and procedures for this event here.  Still have questions? Please email Anna at

Is WABA requiring staff to work at this event? 

Safety policies and procedures were developed in a collaborative staff working group and approved by WABA’s leadership. The staff who are working at the Cider  Ride have opted in.

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at