BBC's 33rd ANNUAL INSTRUCTIONAL RIDE SERIES

The BALTIMORE BICYCLING CLUB'S very popular Instructional Ride Series will begin with an orientation to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Loch Raven Room on the second floor of the University Union at Towson University.  Directions to the school are provided below.  

This series is offered to anyone over 16 years of age interested in learning the basic skills of cycling, including doing minor road repairs and improving as a rider.  We can help you find your best riding level and develop so you can ride on the BBC casual rides by the end of the series.  Experienced riders can meet other BBC members and learn about group riding.  The ride series will cover both road and recreational trail riding.  And we do have something for faster riders. Athletes and charity riders wanting to work on their gearing, cycling techniques and road skills are welcome. 

At the orientation, we will demonstrate cycling skills and techniques, discuss bicycles, equipment and clothing and answer any questions about the program.  We will watch a short, informative video on cycling safety and bike handling.  The indoor orientation will be held RAIN OR SHINE.  Weather permitting, anyone who wants to do so can join us for a short ride following the orientation.  You must have a bicycle and wear a helmet to ride.

DIRECTIONS– Take Exit 25 – Charles Street- from the Baltimore Beltway (I‑695) and go South on Charles Street for approximately 2.1 miles (get in left turn lane).  Make a left on Towsontown Blvd. and at the second traffic light make a right onto Osler Drive. Immediately get into the left lane, go about 600 feet and make a left at the first traffic light.  Enter the parking garage and park - the University Union is just past the far end of the parking garage.  If you use the back door, you will need to take the stairs or elevator up to the second floor.  If you walk around the building to the front door, you will enter on the second floor.

ORIENTATION– Sunday, April 30, 2017 – The University Union at Towson University at 10:30 a.m.

RIDE SCHEDULE– (Note that all rides start at 10:00 a.m., not 10:30)

Sunday, May 7      NCR Trail, Paper Mill Rd Entrance at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 14    B&A Trail/BWI Loop from Marley Station Mall at 10:00 a.m. - Mother's Day Ride

Sunday, May 21    Greenspring Station at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 28    Greenspring Station at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 4      Jacksonville at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 11    Jacksonville at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 18    Graduation Ride to North Point State Park & Ft. Howard - 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 25    Rain Date

QUESTIONWhat kind of bike will I need? Begin with any bike in reasonably sound condition. Bring it to the orientation and we will check it. However, you do not need a bike for the orientation. Do not buy a new bike yet; we can help you decide what style and size of bike is right for you!

QUESTIONWhat is the cost of the instructional orientation and ride series? The entire program is FREE. It is open to both club and non-club riders. BBC membership is not required. Bring a friend!

FOR MORE INFORMATION– For additional information or to get on our email list, contact:

Howard Kaplon at hkaplon@towson.edu or 410-484-6955

Gordon Peltz at peltzlaw@aol.comor 410-823-0037

Gary Brandon at gbrandon@umm.eduor 717-235-3893