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Cycle2Health's 2019 season is open for registration!

Cycle2Health casual ride participants

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Upcoming Rides (registration required):

Ride date/time: July 2nd @ 10:00am (casual)

Rain date/time: none

Departure Location: 7900 Ritchie Hwy Glen Burnie, MD 21061, 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 10.5 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:

Ride Leader: Bill Dunn, 301-655-7983


Ride date/time: July 4th - NO MODERATE/ADVANCED RIDES 


Ride date/time: July 9th @ 9:30am (casual)

Rain date/time: none

Departure location: Thomas Dixon Jr Aircraft Observation Area, 1911 Dorsey Road Glen Bernie, Md

Description: CASUAL RIDE: 10.7 mile easy to moderate gently rolling inclines and declines, 10 mph. MODERATE EXTENSION: Let's do it again clockwise!

Cue sheet:

Ride Leader: Marlene West, 410 733-8786 (cell)

Additional Information: Park in the Thomas Dixon lot. If it is full, you will be directed to another place where we will come by for you.


Ride date/time: July 11th @ 10:00am (moderate)

Rain date/time: none

Departure Location: MDOT Headquarters Parking Lot, 7201 Corporate Center Dr, Hanover, MD 21076

Ride description: Park in the lot across from the HQ building -- go to the back of the parking lot. Group Riding Basics (& Maybe More) -- This will be a "How-To" session: We will cover the elements of "what you need to know," then some on-the-road bike and traffic handling skills, including, maybe, pacelining (you don't need to go fast to get the benefit of pacelining). This will be a lesson in group riding, so even though we may break into smaller packs, we will try to stick together. The basic course is a 5.6-ish mile loop with 240 ft of climbing, i.e., about as flat as one can find around here, but there will be stretches of rough road. We'll do the basic course at least a couple times, then tackle New Ridge Road to/back the BWI Rental Car facility (where there will be indoor plumbing), and then might add a Patapsco State Park or BWI loop at the end.

Cue sheet:

Ride Leader: Chris Tsien 410-908-6870 (cell) 

Additional Notes: BE WARNED: There are NO plumbing facilities at the ride start (unless MDOT HQ lets us in), so come appropriately prepared and supplied with H2O and fuel of your choice.

NOTE 1: There will be an element of spontaneity to this because what we practice will depend on how it goes.

NOTE 2: I may ask more experienced riders to help.


Ride date/time: July 11th @ 9:30am (advanced)

Rain date/time: July 12th @ 9:30am

Departure Location: Mt. Airy Bikes, 540 Old National Pike, Mt Airy, MD 21771, 301-831-5151

Ride description: This is a 27.8 mile loop. A moderately hilly course starting in south Carroll County.  After looping around and through Mt Airy, the ride will then go east into Howard County.  All good paved country roads with one short section (500 ft.) of hard packed gravel.  In case of extreme weather (heat), the cue sheet lists two shortcuts to shorten the distance. At mile 22.7 there will be a mandatory (wink, wink!) rest stop at Alex’s Sno Cone & Ice Cream stand in Lisbon (across the street from the Lisbon fire station) to fuel up for the last 5 miles.

The pace will be 12-14mph, tops. Wheels roll at 9:30.

Cue sheet: 

Ride Leader: Mike Fitzsimmons 410-215-3896 (cell)


Ride date/time: July 16th @ 10:00am (casual)

Rain date/time:  July 17th @ 10:00am

Departure Location: Layhill Community Park, 2004 Queensguard Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20906

Ride description: We will ride to the information board to learn about Matthew Henson, polar explorer. Follow the hike/ bike trail west to meet the Rock Creek Trail out and back about 9+miles. The trail is off road with one section of boardwalk, and one hill. There are 3 major road crossings we'll do safely as a group. Please park in the lot just past the Rec Center. There is some street parking also. 

Cue sheet:

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

Additional Notes: More information on the park -  


Ride date/time: July 18th @ 9:30am (moderate)

Rain date/time: none

Departure Location: Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia

Ride description: We travel northward, doing in essence a loop totaling 14 miles with 784 ft. of elevation gain. After, we'll visit the historic house. This ride has many turns, so download the route to your phone and try to stay together. (I'll have numerous stops.) We'll be riding for some of this on low-traffic streets, so please ride single-file, calling out "car back" as cars approach. 

Cue sheet:

Ride Leader: Ed Warner 240-646-2786 (cell)

Additional Notes: I have permission from the Historic Oakland for us to park in the lower lot.


Ride date/time: July 18th @ 10:00am (advanced)

Rain date/time: none

Departure Location: Liberty Town Park: 12201 Liberty Road, Union Bridge, MD

Ride description: This is a pretty ride in Frederick County with a few hills to keep things interesting.  The roads usually have little traffic and there are some great vistas.  Rest stop at mile 15. Chance for lunch afterwards at the Mt Airy Tavern

Cue sheet:

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

Additional Notes: Take rte70 West then 26 North then right on Liberty road and the park is on your right there are port-a-loos at the start.


Ride date/time: July 23rd @ 9:30am (casual) 

Rain date/time: none

Departure location: Wilde Lake Barn, 10027 Hyla Brook Rd, Columbia, MD 21044 (NOT the stone boat house, the barn is further down Hyla Brook). Park on Street.

Description: Ride has 3 options, rider’s choice

1.  Gentle 5 mile pathways ride from Wilde Lake Barn around Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake, total elevation change 131 ft.

2.  7.7 Miles total, Continues on West Running Brook to Ten Mills Rd which adds 2.7 miles, total elevation change 256 ft.

3. 10 miles total, adds a loop around Centennial Lake, total elevation change 418 ft.

Cue sheet: 

Ride Leader: Jeff Friedhoffer, 410-218-1416 (cell)

Additional Notes: Be sure to bring a spare tube, identification including emergency contact information, water or other hydration and snacks. A cell phone is highly recommended.


Ride date/time: July 25th @ 9:00am (moderate)

Rain date/time: none

Departure Location: Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road,Highland, MD 20777

Ride description: All on County Roads. Some potholes to be aware of. Some roads have Bike Lanes. Will cross one busy intersection w/Stop Lights. Rest Rooms at Start. Will regroup as needed. Rest Stop River Hill Bagel Bin. Avg 11-12mph, Rolling terrain, gentle climbs

Cue sheet:

Ride Leader: Jack McWatters, 443-710-1360 (cell)

Additional Information: Early start to avoid heat and humidity as best as possible


Ride date/time: July 25th @ 9:30am (advanced) 

Rain date/time: none

Departure location: 12315 Benson Branch Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Description: This is a repeat of last year’s route with escape options if it is too hot.  It is the 5th Annual Lunch with Joyce. The ride starts and ends at my house.  Most of this route is familiar to many of you. Typical west Howard Co. roads, largely no shoulders. Fair number of hills.  The challenge is Henryton Road which involves a 2 mi long descent before a loooong climb back up hill from the Middle Patuxent River, where we will have a scenic rest stop.  This road is shady so while the climb is long, it shouldn’t be too bad.  Be at my house no later than 9:15 am.

Cue sheet:

Ride Leader: Joyce Kelly, 410-599-0762 (cell)


Thursday, July 11 @ 10:00 a.m. (Group Biking Etiquette 101)

Departure Location: MDOT Headquarters, 7201 Corporate Center Dr, Hanover, MD 21076

Description: Learn group riding basics and more in this how-to session which covers the elements of cycling in a group, with some on-the-road bike and traffic handling skills. The focus is on group riding; we may break into smaller packs, but will try to stick together. Park in the lot across from the HQ building -- go to the back of the parking lot.


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 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 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



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 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).