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:

Tuesday, September 25, 9:30 a.m./CASUAL Ride Group
Departure Location:  Wilde Lake Barn, 10027 Hyla Brook Rd, Columbia, MD 21044 (NOT the stone boathouse; the barn is further down Hyla Brook). Park on Street.
Directions: 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 also on the left)
Ride leader: Jeff Friedhoffer, 410-218-1416
Ride Description: Ride has several options, rider’s choice:
Long casual ride from Wilde Lake to Ellicott City 50+ Center via Centennial Park.  Length 14 miles, elevation gain 560 ft.  Pathways and residential roads.  The elevation gain is gradual with no steep hills. Circle Centennial Lake and return to Barn for only 6 mile ride with elevation gain 333 ft.At Old Annapolis Rd turn around, Circle Centennial Lake, return to Barn for only 7.5 mile ride with elevation gain 390 ft. Stop and relax at corner of Gray Rock and Wildwood Way until group returns, a 10.5 mile ride with elevation gain 550ft. 

Thursday, September 27 @ 10 a.m./MODERATE Ride Group
Ride Leader: Fred Berko, 410-215-9897
Departure Location: River Hill Village Center (Great Star Drive, Clarksville, MD)  Park in Giant Food parking lot near McDonalds.
Ride Description: This 12 mile ride is on mostly low- to moderate-trafficked streets includes several hills. After leaving the River Hill Village Center parking lot, we ride through the center of River Hill Village using bike lanes for most of Great Star Drive. After a brief ride on Guilford Road, we take Hall Shop Road to Simpson Woods, and pause on Oakcrest Lane for hydration. Riding down Sanner Road, which becomes Cedar Lane, we pass the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. At the 8.6 mile point, we turn onto Grace Drive and re-group, as we have now joined the Ft. Meade to Clarksville bike trail. A fairly steep hill takes us past the W. R. Grace Company, and then we follow the bike trail to its end in Clarksville.

Thursday, September 27 @ 9:45 a.m./ADVANCED Ride Group
Departure Location:  Twin Arch Shopping Center, Mt Airy, MD (1001 Twin Arch Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771) Please park away from Weis Shopping Center, just north of the bank. Please print your cue sheet! Try to arrive 1/2 hour early for pre-ride instructions, etc.
Ride Leader:  John Sargent, 301-467-3684
Ride Description:  "Moderately hilly" ride starting @ Mt. Airy Tavern parking lot, proceeding through Frederick County's scenic countryside. Majority of roads have NO shoulders! Please read all notes regarding CAUTIONS!" The ride proceeds west through Frederick County's countryside, enjoying rural streams, farms, and shady lanes. There are two crossings of Route 27 at controlled lights. All roads are typical country roads, many with little to no shoulder. With approximately 70' of climb per mile, I classify this ride as moderately hilly. After the 26 mile ride, brew will be your reward at Mt. Airy Tavern.

October 2 @ 10 a.m./CASUAL ride group
Ride Leader:  Ed Wood, 410-908-1843
Departure Location: Owen Brown Village Center (park behind the Giant food store and the Bank of American location with 3 drive-through lanes)
Ride Description: The route is a fairly gentle 10-mile ride with +511/- 511 in elevation. We will first proceed around Lake Elkhorn and then head north under Rouse Parkway and past Sewells Orchard, arriving in Phelps Luck at the northern end of the loop. Turning south we will go under Rouse Parkway a second time and ride through the Villages of Talbot Springs and Stevens Forest before ending at our point of departure in Owen Brown Village Center.
Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24299695

October 4 @ 9:30 a.m./MODERATE ride group
Ride leader:  Larry Black, 301-538-5637
Departure location: Mt Airy Bicycles (4540 Old National Pike, Mt. Airy, MD 21771)
Ride description:  Beautiful country ride through western Howard County on good roads with rolling hills, including a couple long or steep ones. One very short section on MD 27, which has traffic; otherwise low-traffic roads.  18.8 miles with 934 feet of elevation. Potential stop at Larriland Farm (14.5 miles in) if riders are interested.
Cue sheet:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28663584

October 4 @ 10 a.m./ADVANCED ride group
Ride Leader:  Mike Andrews, 410-292-3776
Departure location: Buckeystown Community Park, 7221 Michaels Mill Rd, Adamstown, MD 21710 
Ride description: This is a 23.1 mile ride with 934 feet of climbing.  The route is through farmland, woods, and rural areas. Mostly back roads, with minimal traffic, and some shoulders. 
Cue sheet:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27116656


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).