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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:   

Thursday, August 27, 10 a.m.  (No rain date)

Departure location:  Monkton United Methodist Church (1930 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111).  In the lot, please park away from any likely pedestrian areas.

Contact Mike O’Rourke if you wish to car pool of if you are willing to take riders and bikes: m_orourke@verizon.net or call 410-964-0595

Ride rating:  This is nominally a “Moderate” Ride but is also suitable for Casual and Advanced Riders.  Ride difficulty is determined by the distance and speed at which one chooses to ride.

Ride leader:  Mike O’Rourke, 443-883-6757

Ride description: This C2H ride is on the Torrey Brown Trail that goes from northern Maryland to York, PA. The plan is for Casual, Moderate, and Advanced riders to ride 14 miles to New Freedom across the Pennsylvania line and have lunch/snack. The Casual/Moderate riders will return for a 28 mile round trip. From Monkton to New Freedom, the trail slopes gently upward so the return trip will be easier than the north-bound segment. The trail surface is hard-packed gravel through shaded forestland alongside a scenic stream.

Advanced riders may wish to continue toward York, PA which is 20 miles north of New Freedom.

Info on the trail:





Thursday, August 27, 10 a.m. (Rain date: August 28)

Departure location:  Strip mall at Glenelg (intersection of Triadelphia and Ten Oaks, near the headquarters of Eyre Bus Company)

Ride rating:  Advanced

Ride leader:  Jim Lubitz, 443-253-7016

Ride description:  28 miles, 1600 feet climbing.  We cross over the Patuxent River twice.  We will stop at the Howard Chapel Cemetery, an old AA burial ground on Howard Chapel road.  Then we enter Montgomery County and return via Hipsley Mill Road, crossing the Patuxent for the second time.  There are some steep sections, and there is a 5 mile climb from the first crossing of the Patuxent to the entrance to Hipsley Mill Road.  There is no place to purchase food or drink on the route. 

Extra option:  I will be riding from the Bain 50+Center to Glenelg at 9 a.m.  You are welcome to meet me at Bain at 8:50.  It is a hilly 7 miles from Bain to Glenelg.  Starting from Bain results in a 42 mile trip. 


Saturday, August 29, 9:30 a.m. (No rain date)

Departure location:  Indian Head Bike Trail (for more information, http://hococonnect.blogspot.com/2013/08/rails-to-trails-indian-head-bike-trail.html).  The parking lot for the trail is off Theodore Green Blvd., which is a right hand turn going down Route 301 in Waldorf, Md. 
Ride rating:  Moderate
Ride leader:  Duane St.Clair, 410-381-4800
Ride description:  Paved trail, flat 25 miles; 12.5 miles out to end of trail and 12.5 mile return.  Those wishing for a shorter ride can return earlier.  Lunch at Rucci’s after the ride, http://www.ruccisdeli.com/#!our_sauces/cvc5
Please email Duane St.Clair at duanestclair@gmail.com if you plan to attend this ride.
Cue sheet:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10007466 


Tuesday, September 1, 9:30 a.m. (No rain date)

Departure location:  Oella Avenue Parking Lot, Baltimore, MD 21043 (Near the intersection at Frederick Road next to the Trolley Stop Restaurant at 6 Oella Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21043)
Ride rating:  Casual
Ride leader:  Dave Van Stone, 443-286-8659
Ride description:  The ride is essentially an out and back route from the eastern end of downtown Ellicott City through Patapsco Valley State Park. Technically, since the starting point is on the East side of the Patapsco River, the entire route is actually in Baltimore County, just outside of Ellicott City and Howard County.  Except for a brief half-mile stretch of Frederick Road where there may be heavier traffic on the way to and from River Road, the ride is on mostly low traffic roads and paved, gently inclined trails along the scenic Patapsco River in the Patapsco Valley State Park.  The route has some occasional rolling hills that should present a suitably manageable challenge for casual riders.  There will be some gear shifting required, but none of the hills are particularly long, and the steeper hills are short.  We’ll adjust the pace and regroup as necessary to keep the group together.

This casual ride route represents the first leg of several longer C2H intermediate and advanced rides that depart from the same location, some of which cover considerably greater distances (all the way to Annapolis!), but no particularly challenging elevation changes. For those casual riders who may want to get a feel for the type of roads and terrain that they might experience venturing into intermediate level rides, this ride provides an opportunity for practice on a shorter course.  There are restroom facilities at the turnaround point in the park where we will regroup and take a break before heading back through the park to the eastern fringe of Ellicott City.
Cue sheet:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9835454 


Thursday, September 3, 9:30 a.m. (No rain date)

Departure location:  Glenwood 50+ Center, 2400 MD Rt. 97, Cooksville, MD 21723 (Park in the parking lot on the far side of the Center)
Ride rating:  Moderate
Ride leaders:  Mike and Kathy O’Rourke, 410-598-6598 or email k_orourke@verizon.net  
Ride description:  This is a 13.8 mile ride through the beautiful farmlands of Western Howard County.  There will be mild to moderate level hills, some on long stretches, throughout the ride so be prepared to do some earnest gear-shifting.  Traffic is generally light along this route, but some roads do not have shoulders so special caution will be exercised in these areas.  See the cue sheet, below, if you would like to drive the route in order to judge if this ride is within your riding capabilities.
Cue sheet:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9167247 


Thursday, September 3, 9:30 a.m. (No rain date)

Departure location:  Ten Oaks Tavern (3900 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg, MD 21737)
Ride rating:  Advanced
Ride leader:  Tim Arnold, 443-538-6732
Ride description:  A 26.6 mile mostly flat to rolling ride into Howard County.  No major climbs, unless you consider Roxbury to Jennings Chapel.  Nothing too strenuous before the Labor Day weekend.  I plan to stop at the Lisbon High's, and perhaps for a post-ride adult beverage.  There are rest rooms at the start.  Possible stop at Lisbon High's (around mile 16) so make sure to bring water and snacks.
Cue sheet:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6222562 


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.