Register for the 2018 Season

Cycle2Health participants ready to ride for the 2017 season

The 2018 Cycle2Health Season begins May 1! Here are the first rides of the season:

Ride date/time:  May 1 @ 10 am / Casual ride group
Ride leader:  Dave Van Stone, 443-286-8659  
Departure location:  East Columbia 50+ Center (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045)

Ride description:  Most of this 10-mile ride with gentle terrain will be conducted on paved and unpaved trails closed to vehicular traffic.  The ride will depart from the East Columbia 50+ Center/Library parking lot. It will proceed on trails and low-traffic streets to the trail clockwise around Lake Elkhorn continuing to the Patuxent Branch Trail. The ride will continue along the Patuxent Branch Trail to Volmerhausen Road.  The ride will return along the same route on the Patuxent Branch Trail, with some minor modifications to complete the circuit around Lake Elkhorn, to end at the starting point.
Cue sheet:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27171386
Note: Portions of the Patuxent Branch Trail consist of unpaved groomed surfaces and wooden decking; exercise caution on these surfaces. Although this route is suitable for road bikes, wider hybrid and mountain bike tires are also recommended.  This is essentially an out-and-back ride, so riders will have the option to shorten their individual rides by turning around at one of several regrouping points along the route designated by the ride leader.
 
Ride date/time:  May 3 @ 10 am / Moderate ride group
Ride leader:  Larry Schoen, 410-340-1525

Departure location:  East Columbia 50+ Center (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045)
Ride description:  This is a moderate 10.2 mile mostly flat ride on CA pathways and the Patuxent Branch Trail (PBT). The ride is an out-and-back that includes circumnavigation of Lake Elkhorn. We will see some changes to the PBT due to forthcoming development.
Cue sheet:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27171386
 
Ride date/time:  May 3 @ 10 am 
Advanced ride group
Ride leader:  Saul Zuckman, 301-717-8413
Departure location: 
East Columbia 50+ Center (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045)
Ride description:  This 18.5 mile route is somewhat less challenging then most of the advanced routes but certainly cannot be considered as "flat". It is appropriate for an early season ride. We will ride on both paved bicycle paths and county streets. We will ride past, but not stop at the historic Savage Mill. At the ride mid point we will stop at the North Laurel Community Center. This facility has rest rooms, water and vending machines.  The road surfaces have been vastly improved over recent years. However, there is traffic, narrow shoulder climbs and limited access to stores. This ride will have two ride options with ride leaders; a faster group and a more moderate group. All riders are to be confident of their riding abilities and carry their own provisions for snacks, hydration and road repairs. This is a no-drop ride. There will be re-grouping stops as required.
Cue sheet:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7338352
     

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, 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 Jennifer Lee at 410-313-5940 or jlee@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 2018 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 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.
  • 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. 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, 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, contact 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, email Jennifer Lee or call 410 313-5940 (voice/relay).    

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please email Jennifer Lee or call 410-313-5940 (voice/relay).