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Cycle2Health Upcoming Rides

Ride date/time: November 7th @ 10:30 am
Casual ride group
Ride Leader: Dave Van Stone, 443-286-8659 
Departure location: Alpha Ridge Community Park (11685 Old Frederick Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104) Directions to departure location: From I-70 westbound: I-70 to exit 83, Marriottsville Rd North. Go 0.7 mi.  Left onto MD 99 West / Old Frederick Rd.  Go 0.8 mi.  Left into Alpha Ridge Park. From I-70 eastbound: Exit 82 / US 40 to traffic light.  Turn left onto Marriottsville Rd North.   Go 1.5 mi. Left onto MD 99 West / Old Frederick Rd.   Go 0.8 mi.  Left into Alpha Ridge Park. Please park near the restrooms.
Ride description: After months of preparation, by this time late in the ride season, casual riders are in peak form and prepared to brave the open road and conquer a few hills, right? Beginning at Howard County's Alpha Ridge Park, this 9.6mi./450 ft. ride offers is a pleasant trip through farm lands and neighborhoods of western Howard County. The route consists of mostly rolling hills on low-traffic roads, much of it along Rt. 99, including a crossing both out and back at the traffic signal at the Rt. 32 intersection.  The pace will be leisurely, and we will regroup at regular intervals to keep everyone together. RIDE RATING:  Casual; 9.6 mi., 450 ft. climb RIDE WITH GPS NAME: C2H_ARPk_ Casual(3)_ 9.6mi_450ft
Cue sheet: 
No rain date

Ride date/time: November 9th @ 10:00 am
Moderate ride group
Ride Leader: Bill Dunn, 301-655-7983
Departure location: The ride starts at the parking lot at Marley Station Mall between Penneys and Sears by the crosswalk to the trail.
Ride description: This ride is a rail trail with very little elevation gain.   It is a 21 mile out and back ride with a few crossings of various roads.   There are a few places to stop for bathrooms and food along the way.
Cue sheet:
No rain date

Ride date/time: November 9th @ 10:00 am
Advanced ride group
Ride Leader: Rich Madonna, 443 896 8371
Departure location: 10 Oaks Tavern Parking lot – please park to the side of the Tavern (13600 Tridelphia Road, Glenelg, MD 21737)
Ride description:  A 20-mile loop through Western Howard with 1,200 ft. Of elevation gain. The pace will be 13-14 mph. We leave from 10 Oaks Tavern down Tridelphia and work our way out toward Glenwood. We head south and then loop back up to 10 Oaks. These are familiar roads but ridden in a different direction than on most of our rides.  
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 

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 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