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Megan, #BikeDC, and the Hains Point 100

John, Felkerino, Dave, and Lisa at the Hains Point 100 pit stop zone
John, Felkerino, Dave, and Lisa at the Hains Point 100 pit stop zone

For the second consecutive year Megan, an active member of the #BikeDC community, hosted the Hains Point 100 to raise money and awareness for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) Women & Bicycles Program.

I believe Megan is on the far left. John R on right.
I believe Megan is on the far left. John R on right.

What is the Hains Point 100? It’s a 100-mile bike ride on the 3.2-mile flat loop of land that is Hains Point. I don’t know how many loops that turns out to be in the end, but let’s just say it’s as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.

Hains Point 100 Rollout
Hains Point 100 Rollout

Felkerino and I joined the action for a while, as we wanted to support the event and say hello to our #BikeDC buddies.

Hi Ricky!
Hi Ricky!

The day was overcast and sometimes rainy, but overall temperatures were quite pleasant if you kept moving.

In addition, an eerie fog rolled in early in the ride to give the event some ambience.

Afternoon fog on the Hains Point 100
Afternoon fog on the Hains Point 100
Hains Point 100 riders
Hains Point 100 riders and fog on the Potomac

It was pretty cool to look out over the Potomac and see the fog hovering over the river. During the afternoon the low-lying clouds also encroached onto the western side of Hains Point, making me feel like after the ride I should go home and read Edgar Allen Poe stories. I did not actually do this; I wrote this post instead.

Lisa, our riding and lunch partner
Lisa, our riding and lunch partner

Felkerino and I arrived on tandem, rode a few laps with the morning gang, pedaled home to swap out for our single-speed single bikes, went to lunch at Teaism with our friend Lisa, drank lattes at The Coffee Bar, and returned for another couple of laps to complete our Hains Point-centric outing. 34 miles for the day, and two bikes used per person. Ride ‘em if you got ‘em.

Pedaling along with @sharrowsDC on his Brompton.
Pedaling along with @sharrowsDC on his Brompton.

While Megan bills the Hains Point 100 as a century, she encourages people to ride whatever distance they desire.

Let's ride bikes!
Let’s ride bikes!

I can see this becoming an annual event. It’s a great excuse to get together with others in the BikeDC community.

Kids come out and ride bikes with their parents.

Hains Point 100

Hains Point 100

Riders can choose to go long or complete whatever distance is comfortable for them. We tailor the Hains Point 100 into whatever distance works for us.

It doesn’t matter if you are fast or slow. You can only get lapped; no one can truly ride away from you.

Felkerino and Ricky A. Ricky rode a century. We rode 34 miles.
Felkerino and Ricky A. Ricky rode a century. We rode 34 miles.

Given that the event occurs so close to the holidays, it’s pretty mellow on Hains Point and there is not much traffic going by. A perfect time to fill the road with cyclists riding for a good cause.

A fun day riding bikes on the Hains Point 100
A fun day riding bikes on the Hains Point 100

Congratulations to Megan on another successful Hains Point 100 and thank you for inviting us all to be part of it.

More pics where these came from. Click here to see my full set from the day.

WABA’s Women & Bikes and the Hains Point 100

Megan of WABA, completes the Hains Point 100
Megan completes the Hains Point 100

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) recently launched a Women & Bikes initiative. WABA describes the intent of Women and Bikes on its website, stating:

The mission of Women and Bicycles is to get more women on two wheels through mentorship and peer-to-peer learning, between those who already ride and those who would like to ride. The program consists of dinner parties, workshops, bike rides, and celebrations.

Megan, a member of the BikeDC community, organized a century ride on Hains Point to raise money and awareness for Women & Bikes on December 23. Hains Point is a well-known 3.2-mile loop located in the Southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., and is a popular training spot for the area’s roadies road riders.

Megan’s organizing impressed me. She encouraged people to show up and support the event, even if they did not or could not ride the full 100 miles.

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