When is the 2018 Hains Point 100?
It will be December 16, 2018. Online sign-up is now closed. Please come and sign-up onsite!
What is this Hains Point 100 I keep hearing about?
First, let me introduce myself. I’m Megan. I like to ride my bike a lot. I live in Arlington, Virginia. In 2012, I had a crazy idea to ride 100 miles around the Hains Point 3-mile loop on a cold December day. Doing a 3-mile loop gets a little boring so I asked the DC cycling community to join me for music, food, door prizes, hand-ups, and more!
Why? Because I wanted to raise awareness and funds for the Washington Area Bicycling Association’s Women & Bicycles program. I deeply believe that getting more women on bikes will make DC a better place for everyone.
Details and updates can also be found on the Facebook page and Twitter (@HainsPoint100) accounts so follow me there, too!
But, wait, if I show up, do I have to ride 100 miles?
Nope! This is a social event so you can come when you want…leave when you want. You can also ride as long, or as short, as you'd like.
You can, however, commit to ride one of the Hains Point 100 challenges for your own personal goal setting:
- Solo HP100 Miler Club - You are pledging to ride 100 miles at Hains Point Solo (but with the rest of us cheering you on :D)!
- 100 Miler Team Challenge - You and your friends pledge to ride 100 cumulative miles (example: 4 riders together ride 25 miles together, however you'd like to do it).
- 100K of Dizzy Love - You pledge to ride 100K (62.1 miles) around Hains Point.
- 100 Minutes of Fun - You pledge to ride at least 100 minutes (all at once or in bits and pieces).
- 100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall… - You pledge to ride but will decide what you’ll ride when you get there!
- 100 Hugs & Kisses Supporter - You pledge to come out to cheer, have fun, and volunteer. You don’t have to bring your bike, but you're joining in to show support for the Women & Bicycles program.
What if I can't make it or want to donate on behalf of another rider?
Don't worry, I have a category just for you which I will relaunch after the event. Feel free to go here and make your donation!
- 100 Hugs and Kisses Supporter - From Afar! - This category is for folks that are not going to be in town or have other commitments, and still want to show support. And, for people who want to support a rider that will be circling around that day! You know you want to tell your grandma and mom about what you're doing, right? :) You can make your donation here.
Is this a formal organized ride?
This is not a formal organized ride, we are getting together on a chilly Sunday afternoon. While it's always free to participate in the Hains Point 100 we encourage you to let us know you are coming and make a donation to WABA's Women & Bicycles program!
Can anybody come?
Yes! Everyone is invited whatever the age or riding ability.
In previous years, we have had road bikes, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, fatty tire bikes, tandem bikes, children on bikes, children *in* bikes, unicycles, and even a Capital Bikeshare relay team. Feel free to break off into your own pacelines, conversational packs, work on your sprint, or just enjoy the day however you like.
I also encourage you to invite the women and girls in your life to attend with you! If you’re coming solo, you’ll meet plenty of new friends that will be representing all skill levels so you won’t be alone.
People that don’t want to ride are invited to participate in the festivities at the “pit stop” rally point, too!
What's the schedule for the day?
Here's a map of Hains Point. The “Pit Area” is the south tip of Hains Point in the tour bus cut-through/parking. Look for the tents...and bikes!
- Check-in, grab your door prize number at the "pit area": Starts at 8:45am
- Official Welcome, Introduction, Hellos: 9:30am
- Group Picture and Rollout: 10:00am
- If you show up after 10:00am, no worries! Stop by the pit area to check in and grab your door prize number.
- Mini-HP100 Kids! Gather at 10:30 for a special kids loop!
- Door prize drawings: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm
- Pit area closes: around 3:00pm
- Before you leave, be sure to check out the door prize drawing board to see if you’re a winner! If your number isn’t listed and you leave before the last door prize session, then pass on your number for someone else to have a chance to win. Yes, this means you must be present to win.
We want you to complete your ride before we close our pit area at 3:00PM! So if you plan to ride the full 100 miles please consider joining the many who start their laps before the official “gathering” time, unless you are certain that you can finish before 3:00pm (and that’s a pretty fast century, if you can). You can come into the pit area for the official welcome, and then start up again. That way, you can complete your ride prior to us closing up the “pit area” in the afternoon. (It is, of course, perfectly ok to keep riding past 3:00pm, just know that the pit area will be closed at that time.)
I’ve never been to Hains Point. How do I get there? What can I expect?
Here’s how you get there and the loop we’ll be doing…
The Hains Point loop is a completely FLAT 3 mile loop. There are no hills (trust me, I don’t lie about hills). There are 3 stop signs. There are two lanes, most of the way has one way traffic. And, it’s got scenic river views. So, yeah, that in a nutshell is Hains Point.
It’s a perfect spot for beginner cyclists to get their feet wet cycling while more experienced riders use the loop to do threshold testing, sprints, and practice pace lining. Fun for all.
Tell me more about WABA’s Women & Bicycles program.
WABA’s Women & Bicycles program is closing the region’s bicycling gender gap. They are getting more women biking for fun, fitness, and transportation through deliberate mentorship, workshops, meetups, rides, and online forum.
In 2013 they worked with over 1,100 women through 65+ events and used their mentorship model to get well over 300 women out on the road and on two wheels. Bicycling Magazine named the program one of the leading innovative approach in bike advocacy, and this model is inspiring other similar programs across the United States. There are now over 7100 women in the Women & Bicycles Washington DC Facebook group!
WABA is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All donations to WABA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Who is organizing the Hains Point 100?
It’s just me (Megan) and a bunch of local cyclists and supporters getting together for a casual ride. There’s no registration fee and we’re not selling anything.
We’re doing out best to make it easy and fun, but there will be no hot lunches (unless someone brings a chaffing dish), race radio, or – alas – soigneurs.
What do I need to bring with me?
It is a self-supported ride so make sure you have whatever nutrition you need to get you through your day.
Potluck! Over the past few years, riders and their supporters have been kind enough to bring treats to share with others. If you want to help continue this tradition, please bring your contribution to one of the picnic tables and join in!
In the past six years, the water fountains and bathrooms were not shut down for the season.
Here's a map of Hains Point. with day of ride essentials marked. However, I can’t guarantee that water and bathrooms will be open again this year. I’ll send out a pre-ride e-mail to participants and will update the site if I learn there will not be water available. (If there is no water available, we’ll be asking for volunteers to bring some containers with them to have at the pit stop.)
Hains Point? Isn't that National Park Service land?
Why yes, yes it is. So that means there are a few things we all need to remember. First and foremost – this isn’t a formal sporting or anything event,.
Second, this means that Park Police may be around. Particularly near stop signs. Please be smart and lawful. And smart. Also, NPS rules don’t generally allow the sale of goods or services without a permit on NPS land. Which is fine with us, because we’re not selling goods or services. There’s no fee for this ride, there’s no raffle tickets for sale (you simply get one if you show up). But we really do hope you’ll contribute to WABA (either online ahead of time, or when you sign in). For what it’s worth, it’s 100% pass-through. Every dollar you give to us goes straight to WABA. If you need a receipt from WABA, however, it’s best to give online in advance.
I have a backpack, bag or other stuff with me...
We will have an area at the pit area to leave your bag. BUT remember, although there will always be a wonderful Hains Point 100 volunteer at the pit area, they can’t keep a constant eye on everyone’s stuff. So, be sure not to leave anything valuable in your bag…and make sure to pick up only *your* bag when you’re done with the ride.
What if I have an issue with my bike?
Be sure you come with whatever you need to get through the ride. There will be no shortage of on-site mechanics that will be available for quick tune-ups and assistance from volunteers from several bike shops from around the DC region. Stop by and say "hi" for a quick bike check, pumping of tires, lube a chain, or just be sure to say "HI!"
If you have an issue out on the loop, just let someone know and you’ll get the help you need. And, if you see anyone having issues, please stop and assist if you can.
What if I have an emergency?
We hope everyone is careful out there. To quote Bike Arlington, we’d like every rider to be a PAL – Predictable, Alert and Lawful. As you would on any of your rides, if you have an emergency, please call 911. If you don’t have a cell phone, ask a passing rider to call for you.
As a rider, we also trust that if you see someone having an issue, you will kick in to help as you would on any ride when you see a fellow cyclist in trouble. Please be sure to have your ID on you.
If driving down to Hains Point, please do not park near the pit area as it will be a high-traffic area for riders coming in and out. There’s plenty of parking along the sides, near the golf course and along Ohio Drive.
What's the etiquette for hand-ups?
HAND-UP ZONE: We know you are super excited when you see us doing hand-ups. Just please be mindful of other riders when trying for a hand-up...if you see us out there, slow a bit and call your moves. Be predictable and alert! (We promise we’ll have plenty to give out...so please be careful!). We only do handups from the right, so if you want to avoid it - stay left.
December can be cold...will you cancel due to weather?
Well, that's an interesting question. In 2013, we had record warm temperatures and then the torrential rains came. We rode anyways. Rain or shine. Part of the fun of this event is that we might have to do it in cold cold temps. It adds and extra challenge and extra fun to the event.
If it looks like the weather makes conditions treacherous then I could possibly call the event off (ice ice baby). I will e-mail participants (that's why I need folks to sign up), update the official facebook page and event page, and tweet (@hainspoint100). I will announce another date, if necessary.
Who do I need to thank for this awesome event?
First, all of the awesome volunteers, including Team Sticky Fingers, that helped me get ready for this ride and are at my pit stop that will be making sure the day is fun.
And, a hearty thank you to the leader of the volunteer/pit crew pack – Mark Blacknell. And, thank you to Team Sticky Fingers!
Next, you should thank WABA, for having such an awesome program to support.
And, finally, please thank all the wonderful organizations, shops and individuals that have provided support for my ride by providing prizes and provisions!