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Tuesday, August 22 @ 9:00 a.m.

Casual ride group / Ride leaders:  Ed Warner 240-646-2786 and Marianne Warner, 240-320-2666  

Departure location:  Park at 7200 Dockside Lane, Columbia, MD, 21045, gather on dock by Lake Elkhorn. 
Ride description:  This is a 10.5-mile ride with some hills. We'll ride bikes on the path from Lake Elkhorn to Savage (about 5 miles), stop for ice cream at Savage Mill, then ride back (5 more miles).  Part of the path of dirt and stone, so you may want to avoid a skinny-tire street bike.  Some mild hills, and one big one you can walk if you prefer.   
Rain date: Wednesday, August 23 @ 9:00 am
Tuesday, August 22 @ 10:00 a.m. / No rain date
Moderate-Advanced ride group / Ride leader: Byron Stump, 410-465-2625
Departure location:  Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Ride description:  Ride is 18 miles through rolling farmland, with several out and backs into neighborhoods.  Good rural roads with light traffic.  One significant hill on Forsythe Road.  Pace will be 10-12 mph with several regrouping stops.

Cue sheet:

Thursday, August 24 @ 9:30 am. Please arrive by 9:15 AM for sign-in and ride briefing. No rain date
Moderate ride group / Ride Leader: Ron Whitehead, 410-707-7101
Departure location: Marley Station Mall. Park in the rear of the mall behind JC Penny’s.
Ride description: The ride is on a nice almost flat asphalt trail. The ride is 18 miles with shorter options or longer options as desired. I suggest that we take a little time at the Big Bean on the return leg.  We will cross several highways, but all of the highways have crossing lights. We must be careful crossing streets, most of the traffic in the area is aware of the trail crossings and are courteous to those using the trail.

Thursday, August 24 @ 9:30 am (ride starts at 9:30 Sharp) No rain date
Advanced ride group / Ride leader: John Sargeant, 301-467-3684
Departure location: 1939 Old Annapolis Rd., Woodbine, Md. 21797. Please drive all the way up the drive, and park in areas marked with Green marking tape. DON'T block other cars.
Ride description: This ride is "moderately" hilly, climbing approximately 62' per mile. There are several flat, scenic sections where you can crank it up if desired. Given the hybrid talent of the advanced group, I ask that when groups "split", the respective leaders keep the next group "in sight", slowing or stopping as necessary. Re groups will be discussed. Please see the notes in the cue sheet for precautions. The ride will start on familiar country roads, then to explore some different areas. Several sections are on higher speed 108, and 650. I suggest grouping together for these stretches. "Rough" pavement" stretches are "cautioned" in the cue sheet. Pastoral farms, several streams, and country scenery abound. Enjoy the ride! Ride leader pace will be in range of 13-13.5 MPH, as I expect it to be WARM!
NOTE: Food and beverage at John's post ride. RSVP no later than 8/20/17 so we have an accurate count! Reply to: Bring a towel, suit if you choose to cool off in the pool post ride.



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