Register for the 2018 Season

Cycle2Health participants ready to ride for the 2017 season

National Weather Service link:  www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat_index.shtml


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; bring 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. Register online or contact Jennifer Lee at 410-313-5940 or jlee@howardcountymd.gov for more information.


Upcoming Cycle2Health rides:

Ride date/time:  August 21 @ 9:30 am
Casual ride group
Ride leader:  Jeff Friedhoffer, 410-997-5366 
Departure location:  Note specific address: 10745 MD-108. This is Cedar Lane Park EAST; this is the part of that park between Elliot’s Oak Road and Manor Lane, on the south side of Rt. 108.  Note:  This is not the park on Cedar Lane.
Directions to start: From Rt 29 take  MD-108 West for 2.6m. Turn left into park entrance. Drive all the way to the end of the entrance road and park near the restrooms and playground. 
Ride description:  8.7 mile ride to Centennial Lake, with 430 of elevation gain. We’ll ride briefly on Rt. 108 wide shoulder (for about a block) and later cross 108 at the light. Other than short stretch in Rt 108, sleepy residential and park streets, and pathways.
Cue sheet:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28213600 
 
Ride date/time:  August 23 @ 10 am
Moderate ride group
Ride Leader: Bill Dunn, 301-655-7983
Departure location: Owen Brown Village Center, off of Cradlerock Way in Columbia, MD.  Park at the back side of lot.
Ride description:  Mostly on off-road bike paths, most of which are paved, but a portion of which is crushed rock. One big on-road uphill, but sidewalk available for those who wish to walk and/or be off road.  There are a few places to eat and drink and there are bathrooms at Savage Mill.
Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24320241

Ride Date/time:  August 23 @ 9:30 am
Advanced ride group
Ride leader: David Zinner, 410-733-3700
Departure Location: Cold Stone Creamery (5705 Richards Valley Rd Ste B, Ellicott City, MD 21043)
Ride description: Parking facilities at ride start. This is a 32 mile ride that includes the BWI airport loop. It is a mix of main, commercial and residential streets along with the 10 mile loop path around the airport.  Please RSVP to David Zinner - davidzinner@comcast.net or 410-733-3700.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26488469

Ride Date/time:  August 28 @ 9:30 am
Casual ride group
Ride leader: Marianne Warner, 240-320-2666
Departure Location: Lake Artemesia parking lot (8326  55th Ave, College Park, MD) 
Ride description: This 8 mile ride goes explores the lovely Lake Artemesia, follows the Anacostia Tributary Trail, through Riverdale Park and by the Riverdale mansion, and features a stop for frozen yogurt in the trendy Hyattsville Arts District.  Mostly flat, paved trail, with a few miles on quiet residential streets in Riverdale Park.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28102208


Ride Date/time:  August 30 @ 10 am
Moderate ride group
Ride leader: Saul Zuckman,  cell 301-717-8413’ home 410-730-9190
Departure Location:  The ride will start from the overflow parking area at the 108 entrance to Centennial Park (Route 108 and Ten Mills Road).
Ride description: Tour and Visit Four Lakes
This ride will tour or visit four lakes in or around Howard County. We will travel 16 miles over Columbia paved paths and roads, many of which have bicycle lanes.  This will be one of the least hilly routes for Howard County. The average climb per mile is 43 feet which is less than 50 feet per mile which is typical for this area. However, the course is certainly not flat. There are a number of steep but short climbs. The course has many turns. There is only one stretch which exceeds a mile.  
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27887378

Ride Date/time:  August 30 @ 10 am
Advanced ride group
Ride leader: Richard Madonna, 443 896 8371
Departure Location: Ten Oaks Tavern Parking lot
Ride description: Start at Ten Oak Tavern. Familiar roads, but done in the opposite direction we usually ride.  We will head generally north toward Cooksville and turn south before reaching Rt. 144.  We eventually reach Tridelphia Mill Rd, and take that to Green Bridge Road leading into Dayton.  We head northwest on Linthicum Road and work our way back to Ten Oaks Tavern.  A mere 22 miles and 1244 ft of elevation gain for this outing since the ride leader has been riding airplanes more than his bike.  Ride pace will be 12 - 14 mph.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26400333



 


General Information/Frequently Asked Questions

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 Cycle2Health?

To participate in Cycle2Health Howard County (C2H), first review the Bicycle Guidelines, then register online or at any Howard County 50+ center during the 2018 cycling season.  A $15 fee will be collected at the time of registration (renewed annually).  Registered participants are encouraged to join the Cycle2Health Listserv to receive ride updates and cancellation notices. To join, email cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com. Registered participants may opt to join the associated Yahoo Group, Senior Spoken Here (not affiliated with the Office on Aging and Independence) to access ride cue sheets and connect with other riders. Request to join the Yahoo Group at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SeniorSpokenHere/info

Where and when 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 to four 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 with frequent re-grouping.
  • Moderate rides are rides of less than 20 miles at 10-12 MPH 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 at 13-15 MPH 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. Participants are encouraged to join the C2H list serve for ride updates and cancellations.  To join, email cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com with the subject line “add to listserve.”   

 

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, Race Pace Bicycles and Ascent Bicycle Studio. 

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, contact 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, email Jennifer Lee or call 410 313-5940 (voice/relay).    

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please email Jennifer Lee or call 410-313-5940 (voice/relay).