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Cycle2Health Upcoming Rides

Thursday, May 25 @ 10:00 am / Moderate Ride Group / Rain date: May 26 @ 10 a.m.

Ride Leader: David Sandler, 410-370-0747

Departure location: Historic Ellicott City Parking Lot A (behind the Trolley Stop Restaurant on Oella Avenue)

Ride description: This is an 18 mile out and back ride on lightly traveled roads with light traffic, except for a short portion on Frederick Road leaving Ellicott City. We will ride through Patapsco Valley State Park on the Grist Mill trail. The map elevation shows this to be a mostly flat ride with a few gentle climbs. Since this is the second ride of the season, ride pace will be 10 mph with frequent regrouping as needed. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Trolley Stop restaurant on Oella Ave. Riders who wish to do a shorter ride can join the ride on Ilchester Road under the train tracks at 10:15. Please call or email ride leader to let me know if you will meet us at that site.

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8414399

 

Thursday, May 25 @ 10:00 am / Advanced Ride Group / Rain date: May 26 @ 10 a.m.

Ride Leader: Sadj Bartolo, 443-878-6939

Departure location: Side parking lot near Ten Oaks Tavern, 3900 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg, MD. Please park on the side of the parking lot off Triadelphia Road.  Please arrive by 9:45 for check-in and pre-ride briefing As always, bring sunscreen, cell phone, hydration, snacks and identification.  Helmets are required for all C2H rides as well as a spare tube and tools for tire changing.

Ride Description: Coming back to Western Howard County for a welcome to Spring. Enjoy 23 miles with 1,336 feet of climbing and just enough hills to keep things interesting. Ride with lunch at Ten Oaks Tavern possible after. Will regroup as needed.

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20782610


Tuesday, May 30 @ 10:00 am / Casual ride group / No rain date

Ride leader: John Ingalls, 410-262-6033 or 667-786-3071

Departure location:  Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 21042 (side lot). Normal start time is 10:00 am, but if the forecast is for over 90 degrees F, the start will be moved up to 9:30 am, and will be announced at least a day ahead. If you are not sure, call the ride leader. 

Ride description: The proposed route will use the south sidewalk in order to stay off Frederick Road for that segment of the ride. Traffic is otherwise expected to be light and roadways and paths smooth (Grey Rock Rd was recently resurfaced) except for the path that runs east of Columbia Road, which has a few potholes and many tree-root heaves through the macadam. Other road hazards to be noted are (1) boardwalks that are slippery when not completely dry, (2) numerous, wheel-eating storm-drainage grates having linear slots instead of safety mesh covering, and (3) absence of curb cuts or driveway aprons at some transitions between paths and roadway, where riders will have to dismount. We'll regroup at Columbia Road, again upon first reaching the schools, and finally upon returning to Grey Rock Road.

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21098206

  

Thursday, June 1 @ 10:00 am / Moderate ride group / No rain date

Ride leader:  Bill Dunn, 301- 655-7983

Departure location:  Marley Station Mall (parking lot by JC Penney) near Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

Ride description:  This is an 11.5 mile ride with minimal hills along the Baltimore and Annapolis Rail Trail - an out and back route to the Big Bean Coffee Shop. There are rest rooms at the ranger station a few miles before the coffee shop; facilities are also available at the coffee shop and the other food stores in the small center along the trail.  More advanced riders may opt to ride to the end of the trail.  The only true hills are on approaches to bridges crossing roads; there are a few intersections to cross along the way.  

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13971112


Thursday, June 1 @ 10:00 am / Advanced ride group / No rain date

Ride Leader: Joyce Kelly, 410-599-0762

Departure Location: Clarksville Park & Ride – 108 by the Fire Station

Ride Description: Lots of hills on this ride, on mostly back roads in West Howard with no shoulders, plus a very short segment on 108.  There are 3 options on the return when we stop at the Liquor store at Ten Oaks circle.  Option 1 – the full loop.  Option 2 is the Folly Quarter Option for a total of 19.9 miles.  Option 3 returns by way of Ten Oaks and eliminates Sheppard Lane. Want to try this ride but concerned about the pace? The ride leader will be at the back of the pack and welcomes you to join her there.

Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9451151


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; a 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. To register, click the link at the top of this page or contact Jeannie DeCray for more information at 410-313-6535 (voice/relay) or jdecray@howardcountymd.gov. 


General Cycle2Health 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 and Independence (OAI).  You must register to participate. 

How do I register for C2H?

To participate in Cycle2Health Howard County (C2H), first review the Bicycle Guidelines, then register online or at any Howard County 50+ center during the 2017 cycling season.  A $15 fee will be collected at the time of registration (renewed annually).   To get  C2H updates delivered to your inbox, registered participants may join the Cycle2Health Listserve and its associated Yahoo Group (Senior Spoken Here, not affiliated with the Office on Aging and Independence) 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, add a note 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 there instructional opportunities for new participants or those 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 Jeannie DeCray.  

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, email Jeannie DeCray or call 410 313-6535 (voice/relay).    

For more information... 

For more information, please contact Jeannie DeCray at 410-313-6535 (voice/relay) or email jdecray@howardcountymd.gov

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