The 50 States Ride was this past Saturday and all things considered, it was a success. I did this ride in 2003 and it was much better this year - mostly due to the weather. The 2003 ride was on Flag day and it was just too hot. Also better were the numerous bike lanes. You can really see the 18 miles the city has added since the bike plan was completed. The only downside was that the "$10 recommended donation" came with something of a hard sell, but I guess WABA's gotta make money. This ride is not an easy one. DC has more hills than you might think, and the stop and go nature of the ride makes the 60 miles feel more like a century. I also would not recommend doing the ride after staying out drinking till 4:00 am.