Register for the 2018 Season

Cycle2Health participants ready to ride for the 2017 season

Upcoming Cycle2Health rides:

Ride date/time:  May 22 @ 10 am / Casual ride group
Ride leader: Marlene Furst West, 410 733-8786

Departure location:
  The ride starts at the parking lot of Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel, Md.  Park at lot of the park office for US Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract (301) 497-5770.
Ride description: An out-and-back road ride through the woods and marshes of the Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract. We will stay on the park's main road, no turns, and very little traffic. However, we still often need to ride single file and leave room to see what's up ahead. Hybrids and comfort bikes are preferred due to the rough road sections but road bikes are certainly acceptable. Moderate riders are welcome to ride at their own pace, and easily add another 5 miles or more. Average 10 MPH with just one planned stop as there are no turns to confuse us. Ride is 12.2 miles of gently rolling hills, gain 631 feet. There are public restrooms there. Sign in on C2Health form as well as the form for a park visitor.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/21790360
 
Ride date/time:  May 24 @ 10 am / Moderate ride group
Ride leader: Fred Berko, fberko@ieee.org, 410-215-9897
 
Departure location:  Hickory Ridge Village Center parking lot, 6440 Freetown Road, Columbia 21044  (park near the Sunoco station)

Ride description: This is a 13.7 mile ride over lightly traveled roads and pathways in Columbia, many with well-marked bicycle lanes. Starting in the parking lot behind the Sunoco station, we will ride past Atholton High School. After crossing over US-29 via the Seneca Drive bridge, we will ride into the Village of Kings Contrivance, passing the Kings Contrivance restaurant and the Kings Contrivance Village Center, then ride on a short section of the Patuxent Branch Trail to Lake Elkhorn. After a loop around Lake Elkhorn, our return trip takes us through the Donleigh neighborhood and back through Hickory Ridge. There are a number of hills on this route, one steep but short and several less steep but somewhat lengthy. We will regroup several times, and stop for hydration as necessary. Rest rooms are available at the start/end point, as well as at several locations along the way. 
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27138671 
 
Ride date/time:  May 24 @ 10 am / Advanced ride group
Ride leader: Tim Arnold, 443-538-6732

Departure location:  Glenwood 50+ Center (2400 Rt. 97, Cooksville, MD 21723) Park in the parking lot on the far side of the Center.

Ride description: There are rest rooms at the start.  Rest stop at mile 19. Remember sunscreen and tools to change a tire, a cell phone if you have one, identification including emergency contact information.
Time to shake the winter rust off. Familiar back roads of Howard County. A couple of short ‘sprinter’ climbs as we head out toward Lisbon. Be careful crossing MD Rt.94 on Florence Rd. and the ‘Continue’ onto Shaffersville at mile 11.4. Spin up Long Corner to Hardy. Possible rest stop at Lisbon Highs. The rest of the ride is a glide until Carrs Mill; regroup as needed. Ride leader will stay in a pretty low gear – nothing too serious today.  Check your gearing. Ride rating 6+ for 22 miles.
Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27184028

      

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).