Join 500 winter warrior bicyclists of all ages and experience levels at the House of Sweden on the morning of Sun., March 22 for a fun, noncompetitive ride through D.C. and Maryland, sponsored by the Washington Area Bicycle Association.
What's the Vasaloppet [pronounced Vasa-LO-pet]?
The Vasa Ride is WABA's bicycle-themed tribute to Sweden's legendary Vasaloppet, the world's longest-running cross-country ski race. Since 1922, thousands from around the world participate in this 90-kilometer race on the first Sunday in March. The Vasaloppet commemorates the trial of Gustav Eriksson Vasa, Sweden's 16th century renegade king who led the rebellion to free Sweden after a long and dangerous pursuit on skis.
Why the warm blueberry soup?
For nearly a century, blåbärssopp has been served during the Vasaloppet to keep riders warm and energized. Many thanks to House of Sweden for preparing blueberry soup for WABA's Vasa riders.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW
Registration: Opens, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (Register Online Here)
Note: You must be a member of WABA to register for this ride.
Route Options: Choose from 15, 31, and 59 miles
Post Ride: Enjoy traditional Swedish blueberry soup at the House of Sweden
7:45am - Rider Check-in open
8:15 am - Ride Marshall Meeting (59 mile route)
8:30am - 59-mile Vasa Ride begins
8:45 am - Ride Marshall Meeting (31 mile route)
9:00am - 31-mile Halv Vasa ride begins
9:15 am - Ride Marshall Meeting (15 mile route)
9:30am - 15-mile Kort Vasa ride begin
10:30am - 1:00pm - Blueberry soup served at the House of Sweden
Metered and garage parking is available in Georgetown along K Street NW. Be sure to allow sufficient time to find a place to park, gear up and check-in before the start of your ride.
Please read and follow these tips to make your ride better:
-Follow all traffic laws.
-Doors. Be cautious of opening car doors. Give yourself enough room between you and parked cars.
-Helmets. Helmets are mandatory. If you don’t show up with a helmet, we’re sorry we cannot legally let you go on the ride.
-Two Abreast! Avoid riding more than two abreast.
-Hands. Use hand signals. Be predictable.
-Watch out! Look out for road hazards (pot holes, cracked pavement, ruts, etc) and shout out or signal to cyclists behind you.
-Call out. If you have to stop on the route (for a flat, to rest, if you get hurt, etc) get to the side and call out to your group to stop with you.
-Be Bright! Have your front and rear lights on, even if it’s sunny out, to help cars see you.
-Handyman (or woman!). Bring tools and materials to fix a flat (spare tube, tire levers, patch kit, C02 cartridge & adapter OR small portable bike pump) and bike with someone who knows how to fix a flat if you don’t.
-$$. Bring a water bottle and cash to stop for lunch (granola bars and water are provided at the start, drinks are provided at the pit stop). Remember to drink water even if it’s cold out.
-Lunch is not provided. There are several lunch options and stores at the mid-point pit stop.
-There will be restrooms at the start and there are public bathrooms in the shops near the pit stop.
For more details, check WABA's web site at: http://www.waba.org/events/vasaride.php