Cycle2Health Howard County
Cycle2Health Kicks Off Second Season
Two ride options are offered, on September 16 and September 18. Click here for details!
NEW! Have you ever considered becoming a ride leader for Cycle2Health? Don’t miss the upcoming Ride Leader Information Session on September 17th at 1 p.m. at the Bain Center in Columbia. Come check out what it is all about!
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. Click here to register online.
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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 email@example.com. To access a library of ride cue sheets and be able to connect with other riders, click here to request to join the Yahoo Group.
How do I register for C2H?
To participate in Cycle2Health Howard County (C2H), you must first review the Bicycle Guidelines, and then register. Register online or at any Howard County senior center. A $10 fee will be collected at the time of registration (renewed annually).
When and where do C2H rides take place?
Rides take place on weekdays during daytime hours and depart from various Howard County locations. 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. Contact the ride leader listed in the ride description with specific questions about the ride.
Ride Rating Scale:
- 1-3 Beginner - easy, 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 to Moderate Plus - several long, moderate hills, several short steep hills, longer distances (18 to 25 miles)
- 8-9 Moderate Difficult to Advanced - many steep, moderate to long hills, 25+ miles
- 10 Tour de France - expert
Are instructional opportunities available for participants who are new or returning to riding?
Instructional clinics are available at various times during the riding season through the New to Riding (N2R) group. 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 N2R 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What equipment is necessary to participate?
Each participant provides their own bicycle, helmet, water, spare tube and bicycle air pump, 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.
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For more information, please contact Jennifer Lee at 410-313-5940 or email email@example.com.