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Cycle2Health Upcoming Rides:

Bike with a Cop photo of Howard County Police

Bike with A Cop!

October 4, 10:00 a.m. at the East Columbia 50+ Center, 

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

To sign up, contact Jeannie DeCray at 410-313-6535 or email jdecray@howardcountymd.gov

Casual ride group with a moderate option/Ride leader:  Dave Van Stone, 443-286-8659 (no rain date)

Ride description:  Representatives of the Howard County Police Pathway Patrol Unit will be joining us for this ride! Ride features mostly gentle terrain on paved and unpaved trails closed to vehicular traffic.  The ride will depart from the East Columbia 50+ Center/Library parking lot. This ride will follow an out-and-back route, so riders can shorten or extend their individual rides by turning around at one of several points along the route, designated by the ride leader. 

The ride will follow trails and low-traffic streets and proceed clockwise around Lake Elkhorn to the Patuxent Branch Trail, then continue along the Patuxent Branch Trail to the truss bridge which crosses the Little Patuxent River. Riders who elect to turn around at the bridge will limit their ride to 8 miles as per the Ride With GPS link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13279854

Riders who would like to venture off the paved trail to the unpaved groomed trail will continue to Volmerhausen Road. Those who elect to turn around there will complete a 10-mile ride as per the Ride with GPS link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13530034  

Those riders who choose to complete the entire route will proceed across Vollmerhausen Road and continue along the Patuxent Branch Trail to Savage Park (12-mile round trip) with the option of continuing all the way to the historic Savage Mill for a complete round trip of about 13 miles as per the Ride with GPS link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13091684

After a brief rest stop at the mill, where refreshments and restrooms are available, the ride will return, with some minor modifications, along the Patuxent Branch Trail and local side streets to end at the starting point.  The pace of the ride will be leisurely, about 10 MPH, as is appropriate for trail riding. Because portions of the Patuxent Branch Trail consist of unpaved groomed surfaces and wooden decking, caution should be exercised on these surfaces. Although this route is suitable for road bikes, wider hybrid and mountain bike tires are also recommended. 


Ride Date/Time: Thursday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. (No rain date)

Moderate ride group/Ride leader: Mike O’Rourke 443-883-6757

Departure location:  Meadowbrook Park & Ride.(From US-29, take the exit toward MD-100 E. Continue onto MD-100E.Take Exit 1A for Long Gate Pkwy toward Maryland 103/St John's Lane.Continue straight onto Meadowbrook Lane; Park & Ride destination will be on your left.)

Ride description: Moderate 13 mile ride through Long Reach (LR) and Oakland Mills (OM) in Columbia. The ride starts at the Meadowbrook Park & Ride and enters LR at the Pizza Hut at Mellenbrook and Rte 108. The ride progresses on residential streets to end up on Thunderhill Road. Thunderhill Rd takes the ride to the OM Village Center where the ride loops around some OM neighborhoods. We then turn back toward LR on Kilamanjaro and Tamar Drive. Tamar takes us to Phelps Luck Drive and then into Glenmont. We take a short stretch of Columbia pathway to get back to Thunderhill Rd and then make our way to Mellenbrook and then backtrack to the end of the ride at Meadowbrook Park & Ride. The ride has numerous easy hills for an elevation gain of 700 feet.

While most of the ride is on residential or moderately wide streets, there are several short stretches that require extra caution. The Ride Leader will be regrouping in advance of these areas to ensure riders are aware of imminent riding challenges. Cue sheet link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16575593

 

Ride date/time:  Thursday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. (No rain date)

Advanced ride group/Ride leader:  Saul Zuckman, 301-717-8413

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:  This 24.8 mile ride begins at the Glenwood 50+ Center and continues on rural, good roads, with several short steep hills and several long, moderate grade hills.  Total elevation is 1,546 feet. Cue sheet link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16738056


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 Jennifer Lee for more information at 410-313-5940 (voice/relay) or jlee@howardcountymd.gov. 


General Cycle2Health Information

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.  You must register to participate. 

How do I register for C2H?

To participate in Cycle2Health Howard County (C2H), first review the Bicycle Guidelines, then register online or at any Howard County 50+ center during the 2016 cycling season.  A $10 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 cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com.  To access a library of ride cue sheets and connect with other riders, add a note to request to join the Yahoo Group.

When and where 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 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. 
  • Moderate rides are rides of less than 20 miles 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 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 cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com.                                                           

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 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, please email Jennifer Lee or call 410 313-5940.   

For more information... 

For more information, please contact Jennifer Lee at 410-313-5940 (voice/relay) or email jlee@howardcountymd.gov

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