Packet Pickup Party


Come celebrate life on two wheels with us at the Packet Pickup Party! All riders must get their packets PRIOR to Saturday, May 19, the day of the event.

The Packet Pickup Party will take place at Market SW in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District.



You must pickup your Rider Identification Kit (RIK) at the Packet Pickup Party. There will not be packet pickup available the morning of the event.

Packet Pickup Party Details:

When: Thursday, May 17 from 3pm to 7pm; Friday, May 18 from 11am to 7pm

Where: 401 M St SW, Washington, DC

Getting There: Located on top of the Waterfront Metro Station, we encourage attendees to walk, metro (it’s the Green Line) or bike.

Party With Us: MarketSW will take place alongside our party offering food, adult beverages, live music and local vendors.

Rider Identification Kit: Your packet includes your Rider Identification Kit (RIK) and your water bottle. The RIK consists of a paper bib number you must pin to the front of your shirt, a helmet sticker you must stick to the front of your helmet, and a bicycle top tube sticker you must place on your bike for the day of the event. All participants must have their RIK in place in order to enter the start corrals at the event.


Thank you to the Southwest Business Improvement District for hosting the 2018 Packet Pickup Party events!

CAN’T ATTEND PACKET PICKUP?: If you’re not able to attend the Packet Pickup Party, then you must have your packet mailed to you (choose packet mailing when you register or upgrade your registration) or assign a proxy to get your packet for you at packet pickup. There will *NOT* be packet pickup the morning of the event.

If you have questions about packet pickup, packet mailing, or proxy pickup after reading the event FAQs here, please email [email protected]

Keep reading for more details on what to do if you cannot attend the Packet Pickup Party.


All riders (standard registration, youth registration and VIP registration, as well as standard or youth with packet mailing) receive a limited edition  2018 DC Bike Ride water bottle. Stop by the Packet Pickup Party to get your Rider Identification Kit and your water bottle.


Having your packet mailed? Any registrant who selects packet mailing will receive their rider identification kit in the mail, and can pick up their rider water bottle at the Info/Solutions tent at the Ride Start or Finish areas.


If you can’t make it to the Packet Pickup Party, you have two options: have your packet mailed to you or assign a proxy to pick up your packet for you. There will be *NO* packet pickup the morning of the event.

1. Purchase Packet Mailing

New in 2018, packet mailing is available as part of registration. If you haven’t registered yet, it is available as a registration option, or if you decide you want to purchase packet mailing after you register, follow the instructions HERE for how to upgrade your order to include packet mailing.

There will be an additional fee if you upgrade to packet mailing. The deadline for upgrading to packet mailing is Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 12PM ET.  The deadline for selecting packet mailing when you register is also May 2 at 12PM ET.

2. Assign a Proxy

You may send a proxy to pick up your packet (can be another rider or a non-rider). Your proxy can only get your packet if they have a printed copy of your signed 2018 participant waiver (CLICK HERE TO PRINT WAIVER) plus a photo copy of your photo ID. We cannot give your proxy your packet without both the photo ID and the signed waiver. The proxy must have a signed waiver and photo copy of an ID for EACH of the riders’ packets they are picking up.

Here’s what your proxy needs:

A proxy does not need an ID for a Youth Rider or Ride-Along, but all participants under 18 years of age need to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

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