What we're about
OutRiders is a metro DC cycling group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer community and their allies. Rides are primarily in DC, Virginia and Maryland and range from weekend rides of 20 to 60 miles to shorter mid-week after work bike rides. OutRiders also organizes LGBTQ groups for participation in local and regional cycling events.
OutRiders is a non-membership organization. There are no forms or participation fees.... just opportunities to cycle and to make friends with those who share a common interest in bicycling.
Participation is Easy: Simply click on the "Join Us" link to let us know of your desire to join OutRiders. You will receive a welcome email, and then you are free to peruse our ride calendar and begin to choose rides that fit your interests and ride level, click the RSVP link, and show up for the ride.
Some Previous Rides:
Cycling Through Virginia Horse Country - This scenic and popular cycling route is only an hour's drive from DC, yet passes through quaint Virginia horse country villages and bucolic countryside. The 37-mile route is mostly rolling hills with a couple of longer climbs.
DC Evening Bike Ride - A summer-long series of casual after-work bike rides that use bike trails, bike lanes and bike-friendly streets in and around DC. Rides ranges in length from 13 to 20 miles with an optional post-ride social dinner at a local restaurant.
Indian Head 100 - Here's an opportunity to do a local century (100 mile ride) in nearby Maryland with a group of LBGTQ cyclists. Join a group of OutRiders for this century hosted by the Oxon Hill Bike Club. The event is well organized with great food, and it's a nice route, and not a far away. What's not to love!
W&OD Trail, Arlington to Herndon - The Washington & Old Dominion Rail-to-Trail is an ideal Sunday morning bike ride. The paved and mostly flat trail provides distance with less hills. The route from Arlington to Herndon and back is 40 miles roundtrip.
50 States Ride - Join OutRiders for WABA's annual 50 States (or 13 Colonies) Ride. This is one of the area's more legendary bike rides that takes riders on all of D.C.'s 50 state-named streets and avenues and is around 64 miles.
In the News:
- Washington Blade, June 7, 2013, New Cycling Club Debuts (http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/06/06/arlington-based-cycling-club-debuts-filling-void-for-lgbt-bike-lovers/)
- Washington Blade, July 26, 2018, OutRiders Unite Local LGBT Cycling Enthusiasts (http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/07/26/outriders-unite-local-lgbt-cycling-enthusiasts/)