VASA Ride: Swedish Embassy DC and Maryland Bike Tour

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Doug Landau and otherhardy cyclists after riding the free VASA Bike Ride at the Swedish Embassy
Doug Landau and other hardy cyclists after riding the free VASA Bike Ride at the Swedish Embassy

If you want a long early season ride with hot soup and a tour of the lovely Swedish Embassy, Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau recommends that you register for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (“WABA”) and the Embassy of Sweden’s VASA Ride. The free Vasa event celebrates Sweden’s famed ski race and festival, “Vasaloppet,” by bike! This unique Washington, D.C. and Maryland bicycle event has options for riders of all abilities!

Starting from the Embassy of Sweden building, “House of Sweden,” bicyclists will duplicate the 56-mile Vasa race with a non-competitive ride through scenic upper Northwest Washington DC and into Montgomery County, MD. In keeping with the Vasaloppet’s week-long series of events for everyone, WABA also has designed shorter routes, a Halv Vasa (28 miles) and a Kort Vasa (14 miles). All rides will finish with the Vasa Race’s famed blueberry soup courtesy of Ekströms, part of Procordia Food AB and the Swedish Embassy. If you have any last minute mechanical issues, Northern Virginia area bicycle shop Spokes, Etc will be providing mechanic support from 7:30am to 9:00am.

DATE: March 7, 2010

LOCATION:
House of Sweden
2900 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20007

TIMES:
Registration will start at 7:30am and end at 9:15 am.

56-Mile Vasa will start at 8:00am
28-mile Halv Vasa will start at 8:30am
14-mile Kort Vasa will start at 9:00am

*Please note, any riders arriving back to House of Sweden past 1pm will not be guaranteed blueberry soup

Landau notes that the Vasa Ride is a rain or shine event, and helmets are mandatory. And, typical of the Swedes irreverence and wonderful sense of humor, they note, “If it snows, bring your skis !”

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