DC Bike Ride

DC Bike Ride

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We've cleared the roads!

You cleared your calendar.

Thank you for joining us at DCBR 2016! We look forward to seeing you next year.

Days

Hours

Your city.
Your ride.
Your day.

There's nothing quite like riding in the springtime, taking in the sights and sounds of DC, and meeting great people passionate about biking.

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Great People

from a great community.

DC has one of the biggest and most welcoming biking communities in the country, and you're part of it. Whether on the course or at the finish festival, DCBR gives you the chance to connect with fun-loving active types, just like you!

Great Places

at your own pace.

With DC as your backdrop, it's not hard to be inspired. Cruise the city at your own pace. Just you, two wheels, and some of the most iconic sights in the world. And after the 17-mile ride, hop off that bike and celebrate at the Finish Line Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Capitol.

Great Purpose

for everyone in the city.

We're bringing people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love. Proceeds from DCBR will benefit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in their efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of DC's Vision Zero Campaign.

Great Party

for a photo finish.

After the 17 mile ride, end your epic journey at the DCBR Finish Festival near the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue (America's Main Street). The Finish Festival will feature live music from DJ Questlove, from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and White Ford Bronco, DC's premier all-90s cover band, as well as food trucks, including Jose Andres' Pepe and more!

Thank you!

See you in 2017.

Date & Time

May 21, 2017
8 AM to 1 PM

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Friday May 20


3 PM to 7 PM

Packet Pickup

Hosted by REI at NOMA Junction @ Storey Park. Address: 1005 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 More info on Packet Pickup here.

Saturday May 21


10 AM to 5 PM

Packet Pickup

Hosted by REI at NOMA Junction @ Storey Park. Address: 1005 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 More info on Packet Pickup here.

Sunday May 22


6 AM

Corrals open

All riders must be in their designated corrals by 7:45AM.

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8 AM

Ride begins

The start/finish line is at Pennsylvania Ave NW and 3rd St NW

9 AM

Finish Festival opens

Featuring musical performances by DJ Questlove and White Ford Bronco, food trucks such as Jose Andres' Pepe and the Dolci Gelati Truck, family-friendly activities, and more! For full Finish Festival lineup click here.

1 PM

Ride & Finish Festival conclude

Thank you!

See you in 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration close?

We suggest you register as soon as possible. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 18, or when capacity is reached. If spots remain after Wednesday, onsite registration will be made available at Packet Pickup (Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 21) for an increased price of $65 (standard registration only).

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How much does it cost to participate in DCBR?

DCBR offers a variety of registration pricing options for all participants. The registration options are: youth ride-along (3 - 7 yrs old), early bird, standard, group, and VIP. To learn more, please click here.

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What do I get for participating in DCBR?

All DCBR participants will receive a limited-edition DCBR water bottle and other cool swag!

Where do the proceeds go?

We're bringing people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love. A portion of the proceeds from DCBR will benefit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in their efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of DC's Vision Zero Campaign. To learn more about WABA, please click here.

Do I need to register my child?

Yes, all children participating in DCBR must be registered with an adult riding in the event regardless of riding method. Children under 3 years old may not participate in the event. There are no exceptions. Adult to youth ratio must be 1:1 for youth riders in the age group of 8-13. Children in the age group of 3-7 must ride on child bike seat, a tagalong bike, tandem bike, bike trailer or bike cargo. The 1:1 adult to youth ratio is not required for children in the age group of 3-7. For DCBR's Youth Rider Policy, please click here.

I plan on riding a tandem with my spouse/friend/child. Do we both need to register?

All participants of DCBR, regardless of age and riding method, must be registered to participate in the event. Youth riders in the age group of 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio. Children in the age group of 3-7 must ride on a child bike seat, tagalong bike, tandem bike, in a bike trailer or in a bike cargo. Children under 3 years old may not participate in the event. For the detailed DCBR Youth Rider Policy, please click here.

Can I register someone else?

Yes, you may register someone else. Please note, if you register 10 or more people at once, you will receive a discounted group rate. When registering more than one person, you will be prompted to provide personal details for each registrant: first name, last name and email. Once registered, each registrant will receive a confirmation email to the provided address. For more information on pricing, please click here.

Are there refunds on any registration purchases?

There are no refunds on any registration purchases. We do allow registration transfers. Transfers need to be completed by May 18, 2016. Please contact us at hello@dcbikeride.com.

Can I transfer or exchange any registration purchases?

Yes, you can transfer/exchange a registration purchase. Transfer need to be completed by May 18, 2016. To do so, please email DC Bike Ride at hello@dcbikeride.com.

General Questions


When is DCBR?

DCBR is on Sunday, May 22nd from 8am to 1pm.

Are there age restrictions for DCBR?

Children younger than 3 years old may not participate in DCBR. Children in the age group of 3-7 must ride on a child bike seat, tagalong bike, tandem bike, in a bike trailer or in a bike cargo. Youth riders in the age group of 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio. DCBR does not require a 1:1 ratio for youth riders in the age group of 3-7. For the complete DCBR Youth Rider Policy, please click here.

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What if I don't have a bike?

No bike, no problem! DCBR has partnered with Bike and Roll to arrange for bike rental pick-up at the start of the ride and drop-off at the finish line festival. There is a limited quantity of rental bikes, so please reserve yours as soon as possible after registration. Rent a bike today.

Do I need a helmet for DCBR?

All DCBR participants, regardless of age, must wear a helmet at all times on the course.

Can I wear headphones/earbuds while I ride?

No, you may not wear earbuds or any other form of headphones.

Can I ride an electric bike?

No, you may not ride an electric bike.

What if the weather is bad?

This is a rain or shine event. Check the weather and dress appropriately.

What should I bring on DCBR?

While the DC Bike Ride provides snack and water at the rest areas, don’t forget to bring two bottles of water, some snacks, sunscreen, and a spare tube in case you get a flat. You will want to pump your tires full of air the day before. Also, you will want your camera, fully charged cell phone, and cash for food and merchandise at the Finish Festival.

What if I lose track of my friends/family during DCBR?

Make a plan in advance with your friends/family in case you get split up. Rest areas are a good place to meet up with friends/family.

Can I bring a pet on my bike?

No, you cannot bring a pet on your bike. However, pets are welcome at the Finish Festival.

Will there be official DCBR souvenirs for sale?

The event will offer official DCBR gear, and other branded items will be available for purchase at dcbikeride.com, at packet pick-up, as well as the Finish Festival. Please check back at a later date for more information about purchasing merchandise through the DC Bike Ride website.

Can international riders participate in DCBR?

Absolutely! International riders are welcomed to ride the event but are required to show a valid passport.

How do I participate as a team?

Currently, we do not offer a team registration option. However, we do offer a group registration discount, whether you ride together or not. 10 or more people are required to receive DCBR’s group rate. To learn more, please click here.

How can I ensure that I am assigned to the same start wave as my friends and family?

The DCBR will offer a self-seeding start system. When riders approach the start area, please look for the start corrals that correspond with your average pace. Corrals will be listed in the following order: 18 mph, 16 mph, 14 mph, 12 mph, 10 mph, 8 mph and 6 mph.

What is the route for DCBR?

DCBR offers a 17-mile closed loop and car-free route. For a detailed DCBR course map, please click here.

How can I guarantee that I'll be assigned to the first start wave?

Register for the VIP package and you’ll be guaranteed to start with the first wave of riders! You’ll also enjoy many other DCBR amenities and upgraded swag items. To learn more about our awesome VIP package, please click here.

Can I start farther along the tour and avoid the start line?

All riders must begin DCBR at the official start line. View the course map here.

Is bike repair offered along the DCBR route?

Bike tech support will be offered at rest stops on the course. For exact locations, please check the website closer to the date of the ride.

How can I find out the location of rest areas, water stations, and bike repair hubs along the route?

There will be rest areas, water stations, and bike repair hubs along the route. For exact locations, please check the website closer to the date of the ride.

Will there be refreshments along the DCBR route?

Participants will be offered light refreshments and the opportunity to take a breather at various rest stops along the route. For exact locations, please check the website closer to the date of the ride.

What if I lose something while riding?

Participants are responsible for their own belongings during the event. DCBR will have a lost and found area within the Finish Festival area.

Packet Pickup Questions


Can you mail me my rider packet and rider identification kit?

No, all participants must pick up their Rider Identification Kit at Packet Pickup. If you cannot attend Packet Pickup to pickup your rider packet, you may designate a proxy to pick it up for you. Please check back for more detailed information in regards to proxy packet pickup.

What if I can't attend Packet Pickup?

If you cannot attend Packet Pickup to pickup your rider packet, you may designate a proxy to pick it up for you. Please check back for more detailed information in regards to proxy packet pickup.

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Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes, individuals (including non-riders) may pick up proxy packets. Please check back for more detailed information in regards to proxy packet pickup.

My child is riding with me, but cannot attend packet pickup. Can I pick up his/her packet?

Yes, individuals (including non-riders) may pick up proxy packets. Please check back for more detailed information in regards to proxy packet pickup.

What forms of identification are considered valid?

Residents of the United States and Puerto Rico must show state or federal government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, DMV photo ID, or passport. Non-US residents, including Canadian residents, are required to show a valid passport.

Post-Ride Questions


Will there be a Finish Line Festival?

Yes, there will be a Finish Festival open to all DCBR participants and spectators. The Finish Festival will feature musical performances by DJ Questlove, from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and White Ford Bronco, DC's premier all-90s cover band, as well as food trucks, including Jose Andres' Pepe and the Dolci Gelati truck.

Is lunch provided for the riders at the Finish Line Festival?

Food and beverage options will be available for purchase.

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Can my friends and family meet me at the finish festival?

Yes, the Finish Festival will be open to all DCBR participants and spectators.

Accommodation and Travel Questions


What travel and accommodation options does DCBR offer to riders?

We have partnered with Marriott and Renaissance to provide you with hotel options for your trip to DC. Through this partnership, we are able to offer discounted nightly rates at two great locations in close proximity to the start line. For more information click here.

Where can I park for DCBR?

To make parking easy and stress free, we have teamed up with Parking Panda and Spot Hero, two of the nationwide leaders in online parking reservations. For more information please click here.

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Are there any suggested driving directions to the start/finish line?

Yes! Please check them out here

Are there any suggested bike routes to the start/finish line?

Yes! Please check out DCBR 2016: Getting There By Bike! here

Volunteers


Can I volunteer for DCBR?

Absolutely! We'll need many helping hands to assist our riders at the event. Sign up for our Volunteer Newsletter and we will alert you as soon as volunteer sign up is available. There will be shifts on course at rest stops, Packet Pickup, the start and finish lines and the Finish Festival. Sign up to volunteer!