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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 

 

Ride Date/Time: July 2 @ 9:30 a.m.
Departing from:  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: (5) Easy Moderate
Ride Leader:  Jeff Friedhoffer, 410-218-1416
Ride Description:  12 Mile Ride from Wilde Lake to Lake Elkhorn, primarily on pathways and in the shade, extension from Wilde Lake to Centennial Lake adds 6 miles for a total of 18 miles.
No Rain Date 

 

Ride Date/Time:  July 2 @ 9:30 a.m.
Departing from:  Lot A, off of Oella Ave, at the bottom of Main Street.  Map can be found here http://www.ellicottcity.net/tourism/parking/
Ride Rating:  (6-7) Moderate
Ride Leader: David Sandler, 410-370-0747
Ride Description:  This 18.2 mile ride starts on Rt. 144 and then follows the Patpsco River through Patapsco State Park.  Ride offers a few hills with a total elevation of 465 feet, but mostly flat riding.  The ride can be shortened to approximately 10.5 miles by stopping at the pavilion in the park and waiting for the group to return after the turnaround.
Rain Date: July 3 

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?

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.

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.