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Cycle2Health Upcoming Rides:

Ride date/time: October 25 @ 10:00 a.m. (Rain date October 26 @ 10 a.m.)

Casual ride group/Ride Leader:  Saul Zuckman, 301-717-8413

Departure Location: Ten Oaks Ballroom (5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029)

Ride Description: Experience Fulton in the Fall. The casual ride will depart from Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville 21029 at 10 am sharp. The 12.6 mile route traverses suburban and rural areas of Howard County on well maintained roads. The higher traffic roads have wide shoulders and are considered safe. Other roads are through quiet residential areas. The most significant challenge is a 0.6 mile stretch on Pindell School Road on both the out and back loops which has moderate traffic and narrow shoulders.

The ride route is considered to be easy to moderate by Howard County standards. This has previously been a Moderate Group ride due to the distance; the few significant hills should be doable if you have been doing the group rides this season. Please consider your skills and abilities before joining the ride. We will have experienced riders to help and encourage you. You will not be left behind or be riding by yourself. There are no stores on this route. Be sure to bring sufficient water and snacks with you.

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Ride Date/Time: October 27 @ 10:00 a.m. (Rain date: October 28 @ 10:00 a.m.)

Moderate ride group/Ride Leader:  Mike O’Rourke, 443-883-6757

Departure Location:  Meadowbrook Park & Ride (5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043)

(Directions: From US-29, take the exit toward MD-100 E. Continue onto MD-100E. Take Exit 1A for Long Gate Pkwy toward Maryland 103/St John's Lane. Continue straight onto Meadowbrook Ln. Park & Ride destination will be on your left.)

Ride Description: Moderate 13 mile ride through Long Reach (LR) and Oakland Mills (OM) in Columbia. The ride starts at the Meadowbrook Park & Ride and enters LR at the Pizza Hut at Mellenbrook and Rte 108. The ride progresses on residential streets to end up on Thunderhill Road. Thunderhill Rd takes the ride to the OM Village Center where the ride loops around some OM neighborhoods. We then turn back toward LR on Kilamanjaro and Tamar Drive. Tamar takes us to Phelps Luck Drive and then into Glenmont. We take a short stretch of Columbia pathway to get back to Thunderhill Road and then make our way to Mellenbrook and then backtrack to the end of the ride at Meadowbrook Park & Ride. The ride has numerous easy hills for an elevation gain of 700 feet.

While most of the ride is on residential or moderately wide streets, there are several short stretches that require extra caution. The Ride Leader will be regrouping in advance of these areas to ensure riders are aware of imminent riding challenges.

Cue sheet:  RWGPS name: C2H MOD MEADOWBROOK 160914


Ride date/time: October 27 @ 10:00 a.m. (No rain date)

Advanced ride group/Ride Leader:  Mike Andrews, 410-292-3776

Departure Location:  Shafer Park, Boonsboro, MD (Park Drive, Boonsboro MD, 21713)

Ride Description:  The advanced ride will leave from Shafer Park in Boonsboro, MD.  The ride is approximately 29 miles over country roads.  Most roads have no shoulder but no traffic.  This is real farm country!  On the way back we will ride through some of Antietam National Battlefield.  Boonsboro is about one hour from Ellicott City.  You can take Rt. 70 west to Rt. 66, towards Boonsboro.  At Main St. (alt. Rt. 40), turn left.  Then turn right onto Shafer Park Rd.  Park in the first lot on the right.  You can also take Rt. 70 west to alt Rt. 40 at the Middletown exit.  Stay on alt Rt. 40 until you get to Boonsboro and then look for Shafer Park Rd. on the left. 

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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 

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.  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 2016 cycling season.  A $10 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  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                                                           

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).    

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