2016 DC Bike Ride weather updates

DC Bike Ride and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association want to you to know that safe and responsible riding is a shared priority. We have been monitoring the constantly changing hour by hour weather forecast and we want to pass along some tips about riding comfortably and safely tomorrow morning. There’s a chance we might get rained on a little, but it’s still going to be a great day!

Based on current forecasts, temperatures will range from 54 to 61 degrees. It is important that every DC Bike Ride participant ride safely, responsibly, and with extra caution if there are wet conditions.

  • Roads will be slippery in spots. Use extreme caution when going downhill and around sharp turns. Also keep in mind that stripes and other road markings tend to be slicker than asphalt. Check your tires to ensure that you have treads suitable for wet conditions.
  • Puddles may be deeper than they appear. Ride with caution.
  • In the event of lightning near the route, evacuation and cancelation is possible. Follow instructions from Course Marshals and other officials.
  • Some riders might be wearing wet or fogged up glasses or goggles, and their visibility may be reduced—so pass carefully and signal to riders behind you when stopping or slowing down.
  • SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be traveling along the route will be used to transport riders who can no longer ride under their own power due to bicycle failure or a minor injury.

Dress appropriately. Here are some suggestions:

  • Dress in waterproof layers and protect your face, head, and extremities.
  • Synthetic and wicking materials are best worn next to the skin with a thermal layer overtop.
  • Outermost layer should hold warmth in and block out cold air, wind, and moisture. Bibs must be worn on the outside of your outermost layer at all times. Use waterproof gloves or wear a latex glove liner underneath.
  • If your outermost layer isn’t waterproof, bring a large plastic trash bag to wear as a disposable raincoat.
  • Keep personal items (phone, wallet/money, keys) dry by putting them in a small, clear ziplock bag to keep on your person.

Even when wet, DC Bike Ride will be an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience, and there’s still plenty of fun to be had out there on 17 miles of car-free streets… as long as everyone does it carefully! Ride safely, everyone, and we’ll see you at the Finish Festival!