VASA Ride 2014

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.

Event Details

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

SCHEDULE:

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


Parking

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.


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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

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  • Tim C

    I was a ride marshal and sweeper for the 15 mile ride. Some people started 9 minutes after the main group left, and I stayed with them. My ride with them took 2 hours and 15 minutes for the 15 miles. In the future, should the sweeper stay at the end of the main group, or stay with people who start 9 minutes after the main group?

    March 24

  • Reid

    Great well run rie

    1 · March 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first time with this Group. Had trouble identifying Group members prior to the 59 mile ride; looked near the registration area but only saw marshals and bike technicians. Rode with impromptu riding groups that formed on the road. Next time I hope to find Group members to ride with.

    March 22

    • joe

      Unfortunately, that can happen with these large events that the Bike Me DC is tagging along. Be sure to come out for the rides when it is just this group and you'll be sure to meet people.

      2 · March 22

  • Tom A

    A bit of rough pavement and potholes, sort of as expected.

    1 · March 22

  • Tim C

    If you get there early... parking may be available across the River at Roosevelt Island off of GW Parkway... next to Mt Vernon Trail and Key Bridge.

    1 · March 22

  • John

    Metered and garage parking are available on K St.

    1 · March 21

    • A former member
      A former member

      also I and 9th has a great parking garage all day and great rate

      March 22

  • Tim C

    Does anyone know if the routes for tomorrow's ride are posted someplace? I found routes from last years... are they the same as this year?

    March 21

  • Ralph S.

    I missed the signup, so I will probably pass. Looking forward to other rides

    March 21

  • Steve S

    John thanx but I was thinking other than K street that will probably be packed.

    March 21

    • Steve M.

      You could probably park in G'town by the houses up on O St or P St and just ride down to K. I don't think the 2 hour limit applies on the weekends.

      1 · March 21

  • Warren G.

    Just signed up as a marshall for the 31 mile course. Looking forward to catching up with riding buddies after an enforced 4 month lay off in Australia. Weather and surf was tops.

    1 · March 19

    • jody

      Miss You! Heading to CA- lets catch up soon, ok?

      March 21

  • Steve S

    Anyone have suggestions on parking?
    I'm driving in from MD

    1 · March 21

  • Steve M.

    FYI: the 59-miler is 3,500 ft of climbs not the 1,500 that MapMyRide states.

    March 20

  • Steve M.

    If anyone can't make it, I'll purchase your ticket.

    March 19

    • joe

      And unfortunately, WABA's official word is that registrations are not transferable. (How one might work their way around that would be up to you.)

      March 19

    • Demetris

      Just come out and ride. It's unsupported anyway.

      2 · March 19

  • John

    I'm signed up to be a Ride Marshal for the 31 mile route, but may change to the 59.

    2 · March 11

    • Danielle

      signed up as ride marshall for 31 mile route as well.

      March 19

  • Danielle

    I am back in....just signed up as ride marshall! Should be fun! Looking forward to riding in 66 degree weather!

    2 · March 19

  • Danielle

    Missed the sign up :(

    March 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    seems like 60-62 is a good foreceast for next Sat considering we are having snow again this Monday

    March 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm doing the 59 mile option. Anybody want to ride with me and swap swim/bike/run stories for a few hours?

    March 7

    • A former member
      A former member

      sound great Bob-- if still space available to do this

      March 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like you need your WABA member number inorder to register. They will also need volunteers including ride marshals.

    February 10

    • joe

      Chris. I was not a WABA member until this registration. I just plugged in 0000 in that field and then it let me go through with getting the registration and membership. If you know anyone at WABA maybe you can let them know of this little glitch in the registration form?

      February 10

  • joe

    Registration is open. I am signed up for the full Vasa 59 miles.

    February 10

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