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Ride date/time: October 19th @ 10:00 am
Moderate Ride group
Ride Leader: Ken Barnes 410-227-4324,
Departure Location: Thomas A. Dixon Aircraft Observation Park, 176 Dorsey Rd. Glen Burnie, Md 21061
Ride Description: BWI Trail plus extension including Race rd to Elkridge Furnace Inn. The BWI Trail is about 11 mi with some short hills and a number of road crossings, most with traffic light control. The extension brings the total distance to 18.5 mi. The extension has one 1/2 mi long hill that reaches a 5.5 % grade briefly. You also get the popular Race rd section. We will likely split the group for those that want to only do the BWI Trail. Splitting the group will also help with the road crossings. I will need other ride leaders to help if we split the group.
Cue sheet:
Rain date: Friday, October 20th @10:00 am
Ride date/time: October 19th @ 9:30 am (note early start)
Advanced ride group
Ride leader: John Ingalls, 667-786-3071
Departure location:  Glenwood 50+ Center (2400 Rt 97, Cooksville, MD 21723).  Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring your own cue sheet.
Ride description: Cruise scenic back roads in western Howard County, staying off the numbered highways except when crossing Route 97. This being a relatively short ride (15.8 miles) with modest climbing (900 ft), its pace will average 12-13 mph although faster riders familiar with the route can sprint ahead to mile 7 where we'll regroup, snack & rest.    Other regroupings where and as needed. 
Cue sheet:
Rain date: Saturday, October 21st @ 10:00 am

Ride date/time: October 24th @ 10:00 am  
Casual ride group 
Ride leaders: Edward Warner, 240-646-2786 and Marianne Warner, 240-320-2666
Departure location:  Lake Artemesia Parking Lot, 8326 55th Ave, College Park, MD 20740.
Please arrive on time (or early!), with you and your bike ready to roll.
Ride description: Enjoy a lovely ride on the paved, off-road Northeast Branch Trail, looping around Lake Artemesia, past the College Park Airport, and along the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia -- followed by a short jaunt through the quiet streets of Riverdale Park to the recently developed Hyattsville Arts District.  We'll travel just under 10 mostly flat miles at a leisurely to moderate pace, with regroupings as needed.  In Hyattsville, at the halfway point, we'll stop for frozen yogurt at Yogi Castle.   
Cue sheet:
No rain date

Ride date/time: October 26th@ 10:00 am
Moderate ride group
Ride Leader: Ron Whitehead, 410-461-6165
Departure location: Centennial Park. Enter the park off of Rt. 108 and continue left to the parking lot. 
Ride description: This is a 15.2-mile ride. We will have some traffic on Centennial Lane and Frederick Rd. A good portion of the ride is on residential streets. Expect some hills, nothing very steep, but some of them have some length to them.  
Cue sheet:
No rain date

Ride date/time: October 26th @ 10:00 am
Advanced ride group
Ride leader: Jim Lubitz, 443 253 7016,
Departure location:  Ellicott City 50+ Center, Miller Branch Library
Ride description: 27.4 miles, 1710 ft. elevation.  A challenging/rewarding ride to historic Wards Chapel on Liberty Rd with two significant hills.  We return via Granite with a rest stop at the Jesuit Cemetery.  Then a steep climb up Woodstock Rd to Rt. 99.  We will take Michael's Way, part of the proposed Howard County Bikeway back to 144 and the 50+ center. Ride Name: Wards Chapel return via Michaels Way.
Cue sheet link:
No rain date

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 

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 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  To access a library of ride cue sheets and connect with other riders, add a note to request to join the Yahoo Group.

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.

  • Moderate-Advanced rides are rides of 16-25 miles at 11.5-13 MPH, depending on the climb rate (slightly slower than the advanced rides). They include some moderate short hills and some moderate to steep grades. Riders should be comfortable riding with traffic and knowledgeable of 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, 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).    

Where can I get more information?

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