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WABA in the Wild | Washington Area Bicyclist Association


Ready for an unimaginable bicycling experience on the C&O Canal?

WABA in the Wild is summer time camp for grownups: biking the C&O Canal towpath over three-and-a-half days, 184.5 miles from Cumberland to Georgetown.

It’s fun, it’s challenging, and, this time, you’ll be able to have as many snacks as you want. Let’s take this journey collectively—WABA will care for every part so you possibly can give attention to the journey and cross this awesome expertise off your bucket record.

You’ll present your help for WABA alongside the means by elevating at the very least $1,000 for higher bicycling in the months leading as much as the trip.

Mud. Wildlife. Good firm. Yummy food. Showers. What’s to not like?


Need to interrupt up the $250 registration charge into smaller payments? E mail Cyrus Chimento at [email protected]

Experience Particulars

  • Start Date: Friday, October 11, ~1pm
  • Finish Date: Monday, October 14, ~6pm
  • Value: $250
  • Fundraising: $1,000+ by October 4th
  • Begin Location: REI Rockville (910 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD)
  • End Location: Thompson Boat Middle (2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC)
  • Common Day by day Mileage: 63.3
  • Number of Riders: 25
  • Lodging: Tenting
  • Showers: Yes
  • Degree of Help: Absolutely supported
  • Surface: Unpaved bike path, gravel
  • Complete Days: four
  • Driving Days: three


June – September
Over the summer time, you’ll interact with WABA and your fellow riders a couple of methods:
—At a pre-ride orientation at the WABA workplace one evening;
—Throughout a gaggle experience, adopted by dinner or drinks;
—By way of telephone and e-mail, with the WABA in the Wild employees, who will help you with every thing from what to pack to find out how to reach your fundraising aim; and
—In a Google Group, where you possibly can chat with fellow riders and journey alumni and manage further meetups or plan fundraisers.

Day 1
Friday, October 11th. Cumberland. zero miles.

We’ll gather as a gaggle at REI in the early afternoon. You will meet the WABA tour employees, verify in and evaluate and finalize paperwork, pack your bike into a Uhaul, and get on a bus with the different riders to Cumberland. (You’ll have dropped off your gear at WABA earlier in the week.)

At camp, you’ll arrange your tent and get to know the other riders earlier than your first camp dinner, cooked by your pleasant WABA tour employees! After dinner, we’ll have a hearth chat to talk about WABA’s work and the journey forward.

Day 2
Saturday, October 12th. Cumberland to Hancock. ~62 miles.

After breakfast, we’ll maintain our first safety circle, and head to the C&O Canal trailhead together to take a gaggle photograph. Our experience will start with the lovely Appalachian mountains as a backdrop. You’ll experience the entire morning, with a snack break, earlier than you hit the lunch stop in Paw Paw. After a scrumptious meal, you’ll get again in the saddle and head by means of the Canal’s most famous function: the Paw Paw Tunnel. After a full afternoon of driving (and one other snack break) you’ll hit Hancock, one among the Canal Towns. After establishing camp, you’ll dine at the famend local institution, Buddy Lou’s Eats and Antiques, earlier than heading again to camp.

Day three
Sunday, October 13th. Hancock to Brunswick. ~69 miles.

You’ll hit a rhythm in your second day of driving: breakfast, security circle, journey, snack break, experience—in fact, admiring the scenery and getting to know the riders along the approach. For lunch, we’ll cease in distinctive Williamsport, one other Canal City that may make you need to return for second helping, before heading on in the direction of Brunswick. Right here, you’ll be grateful for a scorching bathe to scrub the mud off you and a gourmand meal offered, once again, by your gifted WABA tour employees.

Day four:
Monday, October 14th. Brunswick to Georgetown. ~55 miles.

Hopefully, you’ll rise on your ultimate day well-rested, able to take on the last stretch of the towpath. Touring might be previous hat by this time: you’ll breeze by way of the safety circle and experience by way of the day, having fun with every last minute of your pedal-powered journey. As soon as in Georgetown, you’ll feel like the trip both slipped by and lasted endlessly, however one factor’s for positive: you’ll be hooked on bicycling, and WABA, like never before.

Often Requested Questions

How a lot does registration value?

WABA in the Wild registration is $250. This covers all of the costs to placed on the journey for you (transportation, lodging, and meals), which means that 100% of what you fundraise instantly supports WABA’s mission.

Will I have to take any day without work of labor to do this trip?

In all probability. This trip takes three-and-a-half days: we’ll depart for Cumberland on Friday afternoon and return to Georgetown on Monday night (which is Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a holiday). It is going to be value the time without work, though!

How much do I have to fundraise?

You have to increase a minimal of $1,000 for WABA, however we’ll encourage you—and problem you—to boost extra! All the things raised instantly helps WABA’s work to make bicycling higher in the Washington region. In 2018, WABA in the Wild riders collectively raised $36,250.64, an enormous accomplishment. (They will share their ideas with you!)

The place do individuals send donations?

We’ll arrange a private fundraising web page for you through the WABA web site, using a photo and narrative that you simply provide. Individuals who need to donate to your campaign can achieve this by bank card by means of this web page. Fundraising by way of your page just isn’t elective—this is how we monitor your progress in the direction of your fundraising aim. When you might obtain donations by money, we ask that you simply make those donations via your personal fundraising page in the identify of the individual, event, or group that offered them. We will work with you on another logistics, together with taking donations by verify.

When is the fundraising deadline?

You have to increase $1,000 by Friday, October 4th. In case you enroll by the end of July, that provides you slightly greater than two months to fundraise the full amount.

What occurs if I don’t meet my minimum fundraising aim?

We know that fundraising $1,000 is perhaps an intimidating activity for first-time fundraisers. We’ll do lots to help you along the means. You’ll be able to attend an in-person fundraising workshop, the place we’ll walk you thru creating a technique; we’ll send you ample assets to help brainstorm how you’ll increase the money; and we’ll check-in with you personally at the very least once (and more should you’re desperate to blow it out of the water).

We anticipate that everybody will meet, if not exceed, their fundraising aim. Nevertheless, in case you don’t fundraise the full quantity by the start of the journey, you’ll complete a pledge type and your bank card will probably be charged for the difference after the trip.

What number of miles per day will we experience?

You’ll experience about 65 miles per day. That provides up to greater than 184.5 miles: you’ll bike a couple of additional miles over the course of the trip to get between the towpath and campsites, restaurants, and different sites.

I’m not used to biking that a lot—ought to I still register?

Most certainly, yes! Our basic rule is that when you’ve got experience driving ~30 miles and you are able to do so a couple of days in a row, then, with a very good pair of padded bike shorts, you possibly can in all probability do ~65 miles a day. You even have plenty of time to get into form for driving the distance (we’ll even provide a coaching plan!).

On the journey itself, individuals self-select into the “tortoise” or “hare” group based mostly on their regular driving velocity—the tortoise group will depart a bit of earlier in the morning to provide you more time to succeed in every stop. Moreover, we could have a sweep rider to ensure that no one will get left behind and offer you slightly additional encouragement for those who want it to complete the previous couple of miles.

And, hold in thoughts that over the journey, the solely thing you must do each day is journey—we’ll deal with virtually every thing else.

Do I have to carry all my stuff?

Absolutely not! Each morning, you’ll pack up your gear (in one soft-sided bag, resembling a duffel, weighing no more than 50lbs) and pile it close to the gear car. We’ll load up your gear into the van each morning and have it ready for you every evening at the subsequent campsite. You will want to carry water, snacks if you want to eat greater than every 10-15 miles, and another supplies you could feel snug whereas driving.

What sort of motorcycle do I want?

You’ll need a motorcycle that is snug for you, because you’ll be in your bike all day for three days—however it may be a hybrid, touring, street, cyclocross, or mountain bike! We don’t advocate using a racing, triathlon, BMX bicycle. E-bikes usually are not permitted on National Park Service trails, which incorporates the C&O Canal towpath. You might need to examine bike fit or get knowledgeable bike fit earlier than the trip. We additionally advocate you employ wider tires (ideally 32mm or wider) which might be a bit harder and knobby. Although the Canal towpath is usually clean filth and small crushed rocks, it does have bigger rocks, potholes, wet spots, and ruts and wider, harder, knobby tires will resist puncture and scale back slipping.

Can I convey multiple bikes?

No. Each rider can solely convey one bicycle on WABA in the Wild.

Will there be a motorcycle mechanic on the journey?

No. While there are bike outlets in Cumberland, Hancock, and Brunswick, there won’t be a mechanic related to the journey. Due to this, it’s necessary to ensure your bike is in prime condition earlier than the journey. In the occasion of a mechanical failure, we’ll carry some primary supplies to fix it yourself or you’ll be able to take your bike to certainly one of the outlets if crucial.

Do I have to put on a helmet?

Sure. It’s a must to put on a helmet every moment you’re on your bike. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is commonplace for organized rides across the country.

What different main pieces of kit will I want?

Aside from a motorcycle and helmet, you’ll need a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Read over our prompt packing listing to see what else you may need!

What if I don’t have a motorcycle, tent, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad?

You possibly can lease the gear or borrow it from a pal! Tell us should you need some recommendations.

Will I want a lock?

We’ll lock all the bikes together every evening utilizing an extended cable lock and U-lock. Nevertheless, when you choose to use your personal lock, please be happy to do so.

What does a typical day seem like?

Sample Itinerary

7:00amQuiet hours finish; wake-up call, pack up camping gear7:30amBreakfast (e.g., build-your-own oatmeal, coffee, tea)eight:15amRemaining preparation to journeyeight:30amTortoises safety circle, Hares second cup of espresso9:00amTortoises roll out (journey 10-15 miles), Hares security circle9:30amHares roll out (experience 10-15 miles)10:30amSnack break #1 (20-min restrict), roll out (journey ~15 miles)12:30pmLunch (e.g., sandwiches, chips, soda, water)1:30pmRoll out (journey ~15-miles)three:30pmSnack break #2 (20-min limit), roll out (journey ~20 miles)5:30pmSet up camp, free time, shower6:30pmDinner (e.g., chili, toppings, corn muffins, candy tea)eight:00pmEvening programming (elective)10:00pmBedtime; quiet hours start (quiet hours till 7am)

Do I have to deliver food and water?

No. WABA will present all meals, snacks, and water. Nevertheless, in case you like having additional snacks while driving, like granola bars, or when you’ve got particular tastes in food or drink whenever you journey, you might contemplate bringing those your self.

Are there vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals options?

Yes! When you register, we’ll ask you in your dietary preferences and wishes. Our menu is vegetarian, with gluten-free options.

Can I keep in a lodge?

No. WABA in the Wild is extremely particular as a shared experience between riders, volunteers, and employees, and we would not have the capability to account for riders splitting off from the foremost group at camp.

Will I get to bathe on this journey? What about loos?

There are shower amenities on all nights. There are permanent loos at each campsite and at some points along the method. There are moveable loos obtainable persistently throughout the experience.

Will campsites have electricity?

All three campsites have restricted electrical retailers that will probably be arrange with a telephone charging station (or different small electronics). We strongly discourage bringing any giant electronics, resembling laptops or tablets. Precedence use of electrical retailers shall be given to WABA employees for meal preparation and any riders who need electricity for medical reasons, similar to CPAP machines.

How do I get to and from the start and finish places?

The start location shall be at REI Rockville, which is zero.3mi from the White Flint Metro Station (Purple). You will be unable to go away a automotive at the start location over the weekend.

The top location is Thompson Boat Middle (TBC) in Georgetown, Washington, DC. In case you have a family member or good friend with a automotive choosing you up, TBC has a pay-to-park lot the place someone can decide you up at the end of the experience. Or, TBC is zero.6mi from Foggy Backside Metro Station (Orange/Blue).

Can I drop off my bag beforehand at the WABA workplace?

Yes. The truth is, any gear you want us to move for you, you will need to drop off in one soft-sided bag, resembling a duffel, weighing not more than 50lbs, at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Rd NW, Washington, DC) no later than Wednesday, October 9th at 6pm. We’ll transport your gear immediately from the office, and also you will be unable to access it till we arrive at camp in Cumberland on Friday night.

Do I get something to commemorate this big personal challenge?

Each WABA in the Wild rider will obtain a brand new, custom WABA in the Wild jersey, because of our pals at Primal Put on. Primal supports biking in any respect ranges, from multi-day street races to advances in native bike infrastructure.

What’s the cancellation policy?

Registration for WABA in the Wild, like our other signature events, is nonrefundable and happens rain or shine. In case you cancel before registration is over (July 30), you are not answerable for the $1,000 fundraising commitment. When you cancel after registration closes, you’re chargeable for the $1,000 fundraising commitment, besides in conditions with extenuating circumstances. We’ll handle these on a case-by-case basis. This journey will sell out, and dropping out won’t solely influence fundraising for WABA, however will take away another member’s alternative to participate.

I’ve extra questions.

Please ask us! Contact the WABA occasions group at [email protected] or 202-518-0524 x218 with any questions.