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Cycle2Health Howard County

 

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Cycle2Health registration is now open! Register online at 

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

  

NEW! Upcoming Cycle2Health Rides

Click here for information about upcoming Cycle2Health Rides, or see below for the next ride: 

 

Ride Date/Time:  May 26 @ 10 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: (1-3) Casual
Ride Leader: Kathy O’Rourke 410-598-6598 or email k_orourke@verizon.net
Ride Description: This ride is open to all C2H members and will be a mentored ride for our beginner riders. 

TWO RIDE OPTIONS: 

  • A 5 mile level pathway ride around Wilde Lake Park and crossing over to the Lake Kittamaqundi Loop.  This route winds through the lake-front promenade where we can take a break and browse the French pastries at Petit Louis Bistro. 
  • At 6.5 miles, this is a more challenging ride, covering the same route as above, with an additional 1.5 mile loop through the Running Brook neighborhood.  This route will be on pathways and on low-traffic residential streets that have wide shoulders.

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).             

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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? 

Rides are offered to appeal to a diverse group of riders from beginner to expert. A Ride Rating Scale is listed below to help guide C2H participants to rides that will be safe and enjoyable for them.  

Ride Rating Scale:  

  • (1-3) Casual - minimal hills, casual pace, 6 to 10 miles
  • (4-5) Easy Moderate - some mild to moderate short hills, maybe 1 longer hill, 12 to 15 miles 
  • (6-7) Moderate - several long, moderate hills, several short steep hills, longer distances (18 to 25 miles) 
  • (8-9) Moderate Plus - many steep, moderate to long hills, 25+ miles 
  • (10) Advanced - hilly route at a challenging pace (may exceed 15 MPH), 30+ miles with limited rest stops, riders should be aware of their riding ability and limitations before attempting  

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.