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Ride Date/Time:  Tuesday, July 25th @ 9:30 am

Casual ride group


Ride Leader:  Kathy O'Rourke:  410-598-6598   Email:

Ride Departure Location:  Cypressmede Park in the Valley Mede Community - 3100 Fawnwood Drive, Ellicott City

Ride Description:  This is an 8-mile ride on very low traffic residential roads through the charming Valley Mede Community in Ellicott City.  There are several short rolling hills throughout the route which provide opportunities to practice your gear-shifting skills and explore other hill-climbing techniques.  We will maintain a nice gentle, stress-free, pace for our folks just returning to biking and will provide a ride leader for those folks who prefer to ride at a more brisk pace with fewer stops.  (Listen UP Mike O'Rourke!)

Please see the attached route map and cue sheet with turn-by-turn directions.  We provide this information should you desire to drive/preview the route in order to make a determination if this ride is within your capabilities.  Should you have any questions or concerns about choosing this ride please feel free to contact Kathy O'Rourke at

Please plan to add a little extra time to your morning schedule for some post-ride socializing at one of our favorite places, the Caffe' Bene, in the Forest Green Shopping Center - 10039 Baltimore Natl Pike, Ellicott City.  This is a good way to get to know each other and to treat yourself after this fun morning workout.

Cue sheet:

No rain date


Ride date/time: July 25th @ 9:30 SHARP

Ride Leader: John Sargeant, 301-467-3684

Moderate-Advanced ride group

This ride is the 2nd "Hybrid" ride, appealing to moderate riders wishing to progress their skills, and advanced riders who have slowed a gear or 2.

Departure location: 15901 Frederick Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797The ride starts @ Lisbon E.S. in Lisbon, Md. Park in the farthest East portion of the lot.

Ride description: This ride has some hills that are more roller type. Well, there are several moderate, but not real killers. Climb @ slightly less than 50’/mile is about as flat as can get in Western HoCo. Pace to be 11-13 mph on average, and adjusted per the riders’ tolerance. The roads are mostly rural with a few neighborhood roads, and have minimal shoulders. A short section on 94 has WIDE shoulders with higher speed traffic. There are several roundabouts which require caution re: traffic, but otherwise country views, pleasant scenery. NO riders will be dropped. Afterwards, any interested can re-group at the Woodbine Inn for lunch (2 miles from the school). PLEASE PRINT YOUR CUE SHEET PRIOR TO THE RIDE.

Cue sheet:

No rain date


Ride date/time: July 27th @ 10:00 am

Moderate ride group

Ride Leader: Bill Dunn, 301-655-7983

Departure location: Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Ride description: Our ride is primarily residential streets well paved. Also, the route includes a trail around half of Centennial Lake. The hills on the route are low to some moderate grade. The distance is 10.7 miles.

Cue sheet:

No rain date


Ride Date and Time: Jul 27th @ 9:30 am 

(Please arrive by 9:15 to check in, get your cue sheet and hear the pre-ride briefing)

Advanced ride group

Ride Leader: Tim Arnold, 443-538-6732

Departure location: Davidsonville Park and Ride on Davidsonville Road, Davidson, MD 21035

(Directions: (about 35 miles) from Columbia area Take MD-32 E toward FT. Meade, merge onto I-97 S, Take US 50 W toward Washington/Richmond, merge onto US 50 W, take exit 16 for MD-424/Davidsonville, turn left on MD-424. Parking lot will be on the left. It is a big lot so park as close to the entrance as possible.) General Information:  There are no rest rooms at the start.  Rest stop at mile 14. Remember water, snack, sunscreen and tools to change a tire, a cell phone if you have one, identification including emergency contact information.

Ride Description: Advanced Ride – check your gearing Ride rating 7+./ 35 miles. These are some nice back roads of Anne Arundel county. Mostly flat to rolling. We will stop for a brief rest at the scenic town of Galesville which sits on the South River. Leaving Galesville is a bit of an incline after crossing MD-255. There is a busy section (about 2 miles) after turning left on Patuxent River road at mile 27.  Lots of truck traffic to and from a construction site. I expect the pace to be brisk, but to paraphrase a former President ‘No rider left behind’.

Cue Sheet:

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