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Ride Overview

The 2021 Breaking the Cycle ride to benefit homeless families in Montgomery County will look a bit different this year. Instead of gathering at a certain time or date, this year we are offering riders a choice among multiple route options to explore the County on their own (or with their pod) or just go out for a ride in support of The Dwelling Place.

We still like bikes and beer!

Even though we are not gathering over a beer or riding out in groups, and although we won’t have pit stops set up at any breweries for the 2021 ride, your registration this year will come with a carefully curated mixed 6-pack from our local breweries. So with your registration this year we’re asking you to select a window of time to drop by our table at Denizens Brewing Company to pick up your “ride guide.”

What’s a “ride guide”?

Like a race packet, but better: and you can pick it up before or after you ride (or even if you choose not to ride at all).  It will include a mixed 6-pack of beer* from local breweries, a printed cue sheet of whatever routes you choose, and information about how to support The Dwelling Place.

*If you prefer a mixed 6-pack of hard seltzer/ciders please contact me. Our breweries can accommodate, but we will need advanced-notice to ensure it is available at pick-up.

Schedule:
Ride whenever you’d like! This year’s Breaking the Cycle Ride is not tied to a certain date or start time, please go and enjoy the great outdoors whenever is convenient for you.  Ride guide pick-up will be available in half hour time slots at Denizens Brewing Company on Saturday, May 22nd from 3:00-5:00; Sunday, May 23rd from 3:00-5:00pm; Saturday June 26th from 3:00-5:00pm; or Sunday, June 27 from 3:00-5:00pm. All ride guide pick-up will be at a table on the outdoor patio of the brewery at 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland.  Please wear your mask when you drop by to pick up your ride guide.

Cost: $55 registration fee for riders over 21 (with beer) and $35 for riders under 21 (or without beer).

Half Century Ride (50 miles): Riders will head out through downtown Silver Spring, ride up Rock Creek Park and wind their way through country roads out on the idyllic farm lands of upper Montgomery County.  The ride returns via gently downhill sloping Sligo Creek Trail back to Silver Spring.  Please note: the route starts and ends at Denizens Brewing Company in keeping with our practice in years’ past, but this ride is unsupported.  There is no requirement that you start or end at the brewery as there is no required check-in or post-ride celebration this year.

Ride to Lake Needwood (35 miles): Riders will depart from downtown Silver Spring and follow quiet neighborhood streets to Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park. Riders will wind up the stream valley to the headwaters at Lake Needwood, and circle back to downtown Silver Spring along Sligo Creek Trail. Please note: the route starts and ends at Denizens Brewing Company in keeping with our practice in years’ past, but this ride is unsupported.  There is no requirement that you start or end at the brewery as there is no required check-in or post-ride celebration this year.

Tour Montgomery County Watersheds (18 miles): Like the longer rides described above, riders will depart from downtown Silver Spring and follow  Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park.  Riders will wind through neighborhoods in Kensington and Wheaton to cross the watersheds and circle back downtown along Sligo Creek Trail. Please note: the route starts and ends at Denizens Brewing Company in keeping with our practice in years’ past, but this ride is unsupported.  There is no requirement that you start or end at the brewery as there is no required check-in or post-ride celebration this year.

Stretch your legs (8.5 miles): Need an excuse to get on your bike and ride? Support the Dwelling Place and see a few local favorite paths: tour around downtown Silver Spring on some low stress bike lanes and make your way to Sligo Creek Trail and back.  Please note: the route starts and ends at Denizens Brewing Company in keeping with our practice in years’ past, but this ride is unsupported.  There is no requirement that you start or end at the brewery as there is no required check-in or post-ride celebration this year.

Choose your own adventure: No need to stick with one of the planned routes, support the Dwelling Place wherever you ride–indoors or outdoors in the DMV or otherwise!  If you have a stationary bike, invite your friends to do a Peloton Sessions ride or other app-based equivalent.  You’re still welcome to come pick up a Ride Guide and/or otherwise dedicate that workout to the BreakingTheCycle ride.

Routes/Cue Sheets: Registered riders will get links to downloadable GPS files. OR you can pick up a cue sheet if you want when you pick up your ride guide. Be prepared for an adventure, this is a chance to explore Montgomery County.

Ride Info: Whichever route you take, whatever day you opt to ride, this is your chance to explore Montgomery County.  We will not be present to cheer you on in person, but we will look forward to sharing your ride on social media! Make sure you hashtag #friendsofTDP or #ride4MoCofamilies.

Getting To The Ride Start: The start location for all of our planned routes is just a few blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro Station–at Denizens Brewing Company.  From the Metro, just take a left onto Colesville Road and take the very next left onto East-West Highway.  There is also street and municipal lot parking available in the area, just be sure to check for parking restrictions.  Of course, you’re welcome to start riding from wherever you are, whenever you would like.

Safety: We ask all ride participants to follow all traffic laws and ride safely and respectfully. Stop at all red lights and always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. And please don’t take up more than one lane of travel.  When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be conscious of other users; this is a ride—not a race—slow down and enjoy the scenery or make a new friend. Helmets are required for participants.  Event participants will follow state and local public health guidance.

Refund Policy: Breaking the Cycle will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event. In the event of inclement weather, we’re sorry but your registration fee will not be refunded.