Cycle2Health's Spring 2019 season is open for registration!

Cycle2Health casual ride participants

National Weather Service link:  www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat_index.shtml

 

Upcoming Rides (registration required):

 
Tuesday, May 21 @ 10am (casual, no rain date) 

Departing from Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042

Description: About 7 miles of rolling terrain on low traffic neighborhood streets and CA bike paths. Pace will be modest with regrouping breaks. Park in the Center side lot, adjacent to Library parking.

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13489068  

Ride Leader: Joe Horvath, 410-707-9477 (cell)

Additional Notes: Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in. 

 

Thursday, May 23 @ 10am (moderate, rain date May 24) 

Departing from Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042

Description: 10 to 12 mph, 10.7 mi., a lot of hills none very steep, all residential streets with light to moderate traffic

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29826096 

Ride Leader: Ron Whitehead, 410-707-7101 (cell)

 

Thursday, May 23 @ 10am (advanced, no rain date) 

Departing from Gary J. Arthur Community Center (Glenwood Community Center), 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

Description: This 23 mile ride has a few hills but otherwise is a rolling, buccolic tour of Western Howard County.  Pace will be 11-15 mph in a no drop ride with a sweep.

Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7632386

Ride Leader: Sadj Bartolo, 443-878-6939 (cell)

Additional Notes: Park on the side of the center toward the rear. Plan on lunch after the ride at the Ten Oaks Tavern

 

Tuesday, May 28 @ 10am (casual ride; rain date May 29) 

Departing from Sligo Cabin Neighborhood Park, 201 Wayne Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910
Description: Ride along Sligo Creek Park bike paths and low-traffic streets to see the parkway, neighborhood parks, and quaint Victorian homes of Takoma Park. All paved; mild incline on the return trip, but no steep hills.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29838666  
Ride Leader: Marianne Warner, 240-320-2666 (cell)
Additional Notes: Use GPS to street address or park name. There is plenty of free public parking. Meet at edge of parking lot near playground.

 

Thursday, May 30 @ 9:30am (moderate ride; rain date May 31) 

Departing from River Hill Village Center, 6030 Daybreak Circle Clarksville, MD 21029
Description: This 12 mile ride at a 10 - 12 mph pace will be on mostly low- to moderate-trafficked streets; it includes several long hills. After leaving the River Hill Village Center parking lot we will ride through the center of River Hill Village on bike lanes for most of Great Star Drive. After a brief ride on Guilford Road, we take Hall Shop Road to Simpson Woods, then 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 just 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.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27930004 
Ride Leader: Fred Berko, 410-215-9897 (cell)
Additional Notes: Park in main parking lot, near the McDonald's

 

Thursday, May 30 @ 10:00am (advanced ride, rain date May 31)

Departing from Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road, Marriottsville, MD
Description: Ride is 24 miles with 1300 feet of climbing, average pace 12 mph. Substantial climbs coming twice out of the Patapsco River valley but terrain is otherwise rolling, much through farmland except for one mile along the ample shoulder of Route 32. The River Road stretch from Mile 3.5 through the state park into old Sykesville at Mile 6.5  is one of the most pleasant rides to be found anywhere in the county. Regrouping in Sykesville and as needed, with rest/lunch/snacks/facilities at Piney Run Park.
Cue sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14312156
Ride Leader: John Ingalls, 667-786-3071 (cell)

 

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 Malarie Burgess at 410-313-6073 or mburgess@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 2019 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 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 Malarie Burgess.

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 Malarie Burgess  

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 Malarie Burgess or call 410 313-6073 (voice/relay).    

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please email Malarie Burgess or call 410-313-6073 (voice/relay).