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Ride date/time: September 19th @ 10:00 am (arrive 9:45) 
Casual ride group
Ride leader: David Sandler, 410-370-0747
Departure location: Start at the barn parking lot at Wilde Lake. The Barn at Wilde Lake can be accessed off Hyla Brook Road. Park on the street off Hyla Brook Road/the Birches neighborhood. DIRECTIONS TO DEPARTURE LOCATION: From Rt. 29, Take Little Patuxent Parkway West to the second traffic light, turn right onto West Running Brook (Vantage Point Road is to the left at this intersection), first left onto Hyla Brook, 0.2 miles to Wilde Lake Barn on left, (go past the stone building also on the left)
Ride description: We will do the 3-lake ride. Distance is 10.5 miles on well paved bike paths and roads. 
Leaders pace will be determined by abilities of riders and as always, no one will be dropped. 
If necessary we may split into slightly faster and slower groups. 
Caution will be needed around lakes due to pedestrian traffic. Expect low traffic on the roadways.
Cue sheet:
No rain date

Ride date/time: September 19th @ 10:00 am
Moderate-Advanced ride group
Ride Leader: Saul Zuckman, 301-717-8413 
Departure location: Centennial Park (main parking area- Rt. 108 entrance)
Ride Description: This ride is a variation of the Howard County Iron Girl training ride. It is a short (18 miles) but fast route over roads with narrow shoulders and, at times, significant traffic. A half-mile segment is on Route 40 but it has an adequate shoulder. We will be crossing Route 40 by making a right turn then a U-turn on Pebble Beach Drive then crossing Route 40 at a traffic light. There a few significant climbs most notably over Mt. Albert Rd. We will encounter large construction trucks on Homewood Road. Caution is required throughout this ride.
The ride leader will maintain a pace of 12 mph. Rest stops and regrouping stops will be as required. There will be no store stops; please bring adequate drinks and snacks with you.
Cue sheet:
No rain date

Ride date/time:  September 21st @ 10 am (rain or extreme wind date Sept 22 9:30) 
Moderate ride group 
Ride leader: John Ingalls cell/day of ride: 667-786-3071
Departure location:  Glenwood Senior Center 
Ride description:  16.7 miles, average pace 11 MPH. Bushy Park and Old Annapolis provide the most challenging hills. There is traffic to be wary of, especially on Rt. 94 and at road crossings. 
Cue sheet:
Rain date: September 22nd @ 9:30 am 

Ride date/time: September 21 @ 10:00 am
Advanced ride group
Ride leader: Mike Andrews, 410-292-3776
Departure location: Ten Oaks Tavern side parking lot.
Ride description: This 26.5 route is on familiar roads in Western Howard County. Some are in the opposite direction from the regular rides.  There are a few steep hills but most of the course is rolling (57 climbing ft./mi). The road surfaces are good but the shoulders are narrow.  There is only one store at 15.7 mi., so be sure to bring hydration bottles and snacks. The ride leader will average 12-14 mph. We will regroup as necessary.
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