Register for the 2018 Season

Cycle2Health participants ready to ride for the 2017 season

Upcoming Cycle2Health rides:

Tuesday, June 26 @ 9:30 am / Casual Ride Group

Ride leader:  Jeff Friedhoffer, 410-218-1416

Departure location:  Wilde Lake Barn, 10027 Hyla Brook Rd, Columbia, MD 21044 (NOT the stone boat house, the barn is further down Hyla Brook). Park on street. 

From Rt 29, Take Little Patuxent Parkway West to the second traffic light, turn right onto West Running Brook (Vantage Point Road is to the left at this intersection), first left onto Hyla Brook, 0.2 miles to Wilde Lake Barn on left, (go past the stone building on the left). 

Ride description:  Ride has 3 options (rider’s choice):

  • Gentle 5 mile pathways ride from Wilde Lake Barn around Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake, total elevation change 131 ft.
  • 7.7 miles total, Continues on West Running Brook to Ten Mills Rd which adds 2.7 miles, total elevation change 256 ft.
  • 10 miles total, adds a loop around Centennial Lake, total elevation change 418 ft.

Cue sheet:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23294214

 

Thursday, June 28 @ 10 am / Moderate ride group

Ride leader:  Ron Whitehead, 410-707-7101

Departure location:  The west parking lot of Centennial Park.  The entrance to the parking lot is off of Centennial Lane and just north of the Centennial Lane and Rt. 108 intersection.  You will know you’re in the correct parking if you see the tennis courts.  We will meet in the back of the parking lot.

 

Ride description:  This ride is 11.6 miles long and for the third ride of the season, this ride will exercise your gear shifting proficiency. The route has a number of hills, none steep but some have some length to then. We will be riding roads for most to the ride that have marked wide shoulders. Traffic during ride should be light to moderate. All surfaces are well paved.

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27208300  

 


Thursday, June 28 @ 10 am / Advanced ride group

Ride leader:  Sadj Bartolo, 443-878-6939

Departure location:   Libertytown Park (12201 Liberty Road)
Take 70 West to exit 62 (Route 75) toward Liberty then right onto Route 26.  The park will be on your right. 
 
 

Ride description: This is a lovely 23 mile ride from Libertytown Park called ‘Easy Way to Union Bridge’. There are a few hills but most of it rolls through bucolic farmland.  There's a convenience store at about mile 15.  Special thanks to Tim Arnold who originally created this ride!

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16573708Please print your own cue sheet for this ride.  

 


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, 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.


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).