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Cycle2Health registration is now open! Register online at 

https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/Activity_Search/46333  

    

Special instructions for all riders:

Please arrive 15 minutes before ride start time to ensure an on-time start. Remember sunscreen and tools to change a tire, cell phone if you have one, and identification including emergency contact information. You must register for Cycle2Health and review the bicycle guidelines before you can participate in these rides. 

Upcoming Cycle2Health Rides:   

Ride date/time:  July 30 @ 10 a.m. (No rain date)
Departure location: 
Bain Center (5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044).  Please park at the side lot between Bain Center and Safeway.
Ride rating:  Moderate
Ride leader:  Jim Lubitz, 443-253-7016
Ride description:  Art and Architecture in Columbia.  We will visit the five art galleries in Columbia, as well as the architecturally unique mid-century modern homes around Wilde Lake.  The ride will stay on Columbia pathways as much as possible.  There is one steep, short hill we will walk up.  We will have to cross busy Little Patuxent Parkway at least twice and may decide to walk our bikes across.  Someone will watch our bikes while we are in the galleries.  Because we will be walking a lot of the time, comfortable shoes and bikes are recommended.  There is no need for performance bikes or for clip on pedals.  Safety skills are more important than endurance on this ride. 


Ride date/time:  July 30 @ 9:30 a.m. (Rain Date: July 31)
Departure location:
  Waverly Woods Shopping Center, Warwick Way, Marriottsville, MD 21104
Ride rating:  Advanced
Ride leader:  Dave Van Stone, 443-286-8659
Ride description:  The ride will depart from the parking lot in Waverly Woods Shopping Center. The 29.9 mile route has frequent rolling hills totaling over 1300 feet of elevation change, including a challenging climb on a 6% grade. The ride will be on mostly scenic open roads, but there are a few potentially congested areas and crossings that will require appropriate caution. The ride will feature a brief rest stop to enjoy the views and take advantage of the facilities at Piney Run Park in Carroll County before proceeding via a modified return route back to Waverly Woods.
 

Ride date/time:  August 4 @ 9:30 a.m.  (No Rain Date)
Departure location: 
Jeffers Hill Elementary School (6030 Tamar Drive, Columbia).  Park in the part of the lot farthest away from the building, behind the grassy island in front of the building, under the trees. 
Ride rating:  Casual
Ride leader:  Ron Whitehead, 410-707-7101
Ride description:  This is a 7.9 mile circle on asphalt paths and some very short stretches of residential roads from Jeffers Hill pool parking lot (6030 Tamar Dr., Columbia) around Elkhorn Lake and return.

 

Ride date/time:  August 6 @ 9:30 a.m. (Rain date:  August 7)
Departure location:
  Wilde Lake Park (Parking can be accessed off of Hyla Brook Road, in the Birches neighborhood off of Little Patuxent Parkway) Meet at The Barn
Ride rating:  Moderate
Ride leader:  Mike O’Rourke, 443-883-6757
Ride description:  This 14.5 mile C2H ride begins at Wilde Lake in Columbia and proceeds north across Rte 108 to eventually reach Rte 144 (Frederic Rd) near the Miller Library. On the return, a side trip is made through The Preserve of Ellicott City. The ride uses a short section of Columbia pathway to connect two roads; otherwise, the entire route is on wide or low traffic roads. Two long hills may be challenging.  Total climb is 810 ft.
Cue sheet:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9245817 

 

Ride date/time:  August 6 @ 9:30 a.m. (No Rain Date)
Departure location: 
Wilde Lake Park (Parking can be accessed off of Hyla Brook Road, in the Birches neighborhood off of Little Patuxent Parkway) Meet at The Barn
Ride rating:  Advanced
Ride leader:  Saul Zuckman, 310-717-8413.  For questions or additional information Saul can be contacted at 410-730-9190 or email, szuckman@comcast.net
Ride description:  The ride will include Beaverbrook and the Longfellow circle, which includes a surprisingly short but challenging incline. The route will pass the Bain Center, again, then head out to Harris Teeter at the intersection of Guilford and Eden Rock. We will not be stopping at Harris Teeter. There will be one rest stop break on Shaker Drive.  The route is mostly residential and on moderately trafficked roads.
Cue Sheet Options:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7779072 and http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9437567 

 

General C2H Information

 

What is Cycle2Health?

Cycle2Health Howard County is a non-competitive, peer-led, bicycling club for adults of all ages and riding abilities, coordinated by the Health & Wellness Division of the Howard County Office on Aging.  You must register to participate. 

How do I register for C2H?

To participate in Cycle2Health Howard County (C2H), you must first review the Bicycle Guidelines, then register online or at any Howard County senior center.  A $10 fee will be collected at the time of registration (renewed annually).             

Get C2H updates delivered to your inbox! 

Registered participants may opt to join the Cycle2Health Listserve and its associated Yahoo Group (Senior Spoken Here, not affiliated with the Office on Aging) to receive ride updates and cancellation notices.  To join the listserve, send a blank email to cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com.  To access a library of ride cue sheets and connect with other riders, click here to request to join the Yahoo Group.

When and where do C2H rides take place?

Rides take place during the week and on some weekends, during daytime hours, and depart from various locations in and around Howard County.  Rides depart in the morning, with the exact departure time varying by route and season. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled ride time to prepare yourself and bicycle for an on-time start. 

How do I know which rides are right for me?

To provide an opportunity for safe and enjoyable riding for all C2H participants, three different level rides are offered each week throughout the riding season:

  • Casual rides are rides of less than 12 miles on relatively flat terrain at a relaxed pace. These rides are on pathways, trails or quiet residential streets. 
  • Moderate rides are rides of less than 20 miles with some moderate short hills and maybe a longer hill.  Moderate riders should be comfortable riding in some traffic and should know basic group riding etiquette.
  • Advanced rides are rides of over 20 miles and will include moderate to steep hills with limited rest stops. Riders should be aware of their riding ability and limitations before participating in an advanced ride.

Cue sheets will be made available in advance of the ride and riders are encouraged to drive the route to determine if the route is appropriate for them.  Riders just getting back to riding or those who haven’t had experience riding in a group venue are encouraged to start with the Casual Ride group.

Can I bring a guest on a C2H ride?

Guest riders are welcome to ride with C2H, but must have signed waivers; those under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and must have their waiver signed by the guest rider's parent or legal guardian (not grandparent or other relative).  All guests should be capable of sustaining the distance and speed established for the respective ride.   

Are instructional opportunities available for participants who are new or returning to riding?   

Instructional clinics are available at various times during the riding season. The instructional clinics focus on bike control, bike safety, rules of the road, and group riding etiquette.  C2H registration is required to participate in the instructional clinics.  For more information, email the clinic coordinator.   

What is the C2H inclement weather policy?

In the event of inclement weather, the ride leader may move the ride start time one hour earlier or later.  Rain cancels the ride, although some rides do offer a rain date. Participants are encouraged to join the C2H list serve for ride updates and cancellations.  If you would like to join the list serve, send a blank email to cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com.                                                           

What equipment is necessary to participate?

Each participant provides their own bicycle, helmet, water, spare tube, bicycle air pump, tools to change a flat tire, and snack/lunch money as rides may conclude with a lunch outing.  Each participant should wear a road ID on all rides.  A courtesy road ID is given to participants upon registration.  

What kind of bike do I need?

A bike with a solid frame that is fitted for your height and equipped with multiple gears to assist in managing hills.  Bicycles should be in working order to ensure safe and enjoyable riding for both the participant and group.  Courtesy bike checks are available to C2H participants at Mt. Airy Bicycle, Princeton Sports, and Race Pace Bicycles.     

What should I wear? 

Dress for the weather, layers may be necessary in the spring and fall months.  A neon, or other brightly colored shirt or jacket is recommended.  Cycle2Health jerseys are available for purchase.  If you would like more information, email Jennifer Lee 

How do I become a Ride Leader?

C2H Ride Leaders are experienced group bike riders who are familiar with the trails and roadways in Howard County.  They are volunteers who wish to share their love of riding with others.  For more information, please email Jennifer Lee or call 410 313-5940.   

For more information... 

For more information, please contact Jennifer Lee at 410-313-5940 or email jlee@howardcountymd.gov.