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  • Last year’s Lifeline100 Century Ride drew cyclists of all abilities to participate in the countywide bike tour.
    Last year’s Lifeline100 Century Ride drew cyclists of all abilities to participate in the countywide bike tour.

Fourth Annual Lifeline100 Pedals Through Anne Arundel County This October

Judy Tacyn
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September 7, 2017
Check your brakes, inflate your tires and oil your chain. The fourth annual Lifeline100 Century Ride through Anne Arundel County is set to start and finish at Kinder Farm Park on October 1. The ride features several course options from a bike rodeo to 100 scenic miles through Anne Arundel County, and ends with a community health fair open to the public at Kinder. The Anne Arundel County Police Bike Patrol will be on hand as well.
The family-friendly event is hosted by Anne Arundel County Police, Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks, and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA).
“This great event serves a couple purposes,” said BikeAAA President Jon Korin. “First, it’s totally inclusive. We have different courses for everyone, from families to experienced cyclists, veteran cyclists to first-time riders. We want everyone to come out and enjoy the day for the pure joy of riding.”
Korin said all of the courses will highlight the beautiful scenery of Anne Arundel County. Riders will pedal past historic sites, waterways and open green spaces. The 30- and 15-mile rides will be on paved bike trails, away from traffic. The few miles of roads that will be used for the longer courses will be deliberately open to vehicle traffic.
“It’s important that drivers and cyclists understand ‘the rules of the road,’” said Korin. “The pervasive bike culture in Anne Arundel County demands a two-sided awareness. Bicycles and vehicles can safely share the roads when riders and drivers know the laws, and are vigilant and aware of each other’s presence.”
The event is expected to attract more than 800 riders. Cyclists from more than 10 states are preregistered, including riders from California, Illinois and Maine. The distance riders range from 8 to 83 years young.
Proceeds of the rides will go to nonprofits across Anne Arundel County, such as the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency. Jennifer Corbin, crisis response director with the agency, and members of her team will be at Kinder Farm Park to talk to people about the resources available to county residents.
“The funds are extremely helpful,” said Corbin. “They allow our team to work with people who have successfully completed an inpatient treatment stay but don’t have the financial resources to pay for things that are not covered by insurance.”
Corbin noted that anything from rent assistance, copays, food or even a suit to wear during job interviews, just to name a few things, might be purchased using the funds raised from the ride.
“It is vitally important to be able to support people after treatment to keep them moving in a positive direction,” added Corbin.
Another nonprofit partner is RISE for Autism. Cheryl Antlitz, the president and executive director, said the event helps RISE for Autism cover the costs of a summer bike camp for 40 youth living with autism.
“It’s amazing to see people who have never ridden a bike because they may have thought, ‘I can never do that,’ get on a bike and with a little practice and perseverance, ride for the very first time,” said Antlitz.
“Jon [Korin] and BikeAAA do an incredible job of teaching people with challenges to feel empowered and included,” said Antlitz. “After just a week, the majority of campers are riding bikes instead of watching. It’s a beautiful experience.”
Lifeline100 works with local nonprofits like RISE for Autism and Susan G. Komen Maryland to help them use the ride as a fundraiser.
Antlitz, a Severna Park resident, and her husband, Michael, are cofounders of Prophasys Corporation, in information technology company. Prophasys is a “ride leader” sponsor of Lifeline100.
More than 25 sponsors and 100 volunteers make this truly inspiring event successful.
For more information on BikeAAA or Lifeline100, visit www.bikeaaa.org. Riders can also take a look at the routes, cue sheets, GPS files and Ride Day information to get an idea of routes and schedule.
The Courses
100 Mile (Century) - The century route touches all parts of the county with a variety of terrain. Starting at Kinder Farm Park, it goes down the B&A trail and through Annapolis, north to Bay Ridge and Thomas Point Lighthouse, then south to Galesville, Davidsonville, Crofton and BWI Airport, and then the route winds along the B&A trail, back to Kinder Farm Park. The route encompasses many urban and rural two-lane roads with rolling terrain and a few shorter, steeper hills, so riders should be comfortable with riding on open roads and a variety of terrain. It has a total vertical gain of about 4,000 feet.
65 mile (Metric Century) - The 65-mile route follows the 100-mile route to downtown Annapolis and onto scenic Bay Ridge with its spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay, the Bay Bridge and Annapolis. After Bay Ridge, the route rejoins the Century route, except for the more difficult rolling terrain in the south county loop to Crofton, BWI Airport and back to Kinder Farm Park. About a quarter of the route is on the B&A trail with rolling terrain on open urban and rural roads with a total vertical gain of about 2,300 feet.
30 Mile (All Trail Long) - The 30-mile route provides an all-trail, fairly flat option, which encompasses the B&A and BWI trails. It can be shortened or lengthened to achieve a desired distance by altering the turnaround point on the B&A trail. This is the best route for more fit riders who are not yet comfortable riding on open roads.
15 Mile (All Trail Short) - The 15-mile route is an “out and back” on the B&A trail with a water stop at the turnaround point in Arnold. This is the best route for novice riders who are not comfortable riding on open roads.
Children’s Bike Rodeo & Family Fun Ride - This fun ride is completely contained within Kinder Farm Park. It is perfect for families and riders who need some assistance.
Rest stops will include food and beverages from Cabot Cheese, Gatorade Endurance, Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, Mission BBQ, The Pickle Juice Company, Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Sailor Oyster Bar.
Online registration with is now open. Look for the two-for-one registration for riders with special needs and their accompanying rider. Walk-in registration and packet pickup will be open Saturday, September 30, from noon-2:00pm, and Sunday, October 1, starting at 6:15am at the Kinder Farm Park visitor center.
Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Incorporated is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on creating a healthier, more livable Annapolis and Anne Arundel County by promoting bicycling for transportation, recreation and fitness. The organization advocates for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices; and educates children, adults and motorists about safe bicycling.

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