While some were recuperating after New Year’s Eve festivities, a group of almost 200 participated in Mount Airy Bicycle’s 27th annual “I’ve Ridden Every Day This Year” bike ride on Jan. 1, 2019.
With mileage routes for all experience levels — from 6 to 42 miles — cyclists from Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania gathered in the afternoon amid mid-50-degree weather.
“I think it’s the unprecedented weather,” Mount Airy Bicycle owner Larry Black said. “People were sure it was going to rain, it’s been the wettest Maryland weather in history, but they were happy it didn’t.”
He also said social media makes it easier to get the word out, as for some it was their first ride.
Kathryn Moran, 53, of Clarksville, was bundled and geared up waiting for her first “I’ve Ridden Every Day This Year” ride.
The new year was greeted Tuesday morning with mild temperatures throughout the Baltimore region — 59 degrees was recorded at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport at 8 a.m., and highs for the day were expected to reach 61 degrees.
By Scott Dance
Jan 01, 2019 | 8:40 AM
She’s been riding on and off for a long time, she said, but now that her daughter is in college she is ready to ramp up her cycling to ride with her son.
“I want to start again,” Moran said. “My son’s a bike racer and this ride is a good way, for whatever pace you’re at.
“And you can say you’ve ridden every day of the year,” she said.
Another first-timer, Ellicott City resident Chris Hurst, said the weather is what brought him out.
“This is the first time I’ve been out [for this ride],” said Hurst, 68. “Today’s unseasonably warm, albeit windy. January in the 50s is uncommon.”
Team New Forest, comprised of British cyclists and a mostly British crew, reached Mount Airy on Friday, June 22, after enduring more than 3,000 miles of America's toughest terrain during extreme-endurance cycling event Race Across America.
Garrett Eckard, of Westminster, had always wanted a bicycle, but at 15-years-old, it just hadn’t worked out for him. Born with spinal bifida, a condition where the spinal cord doesn’t form correctly, he’s unable to pedal a bicycle with his legs and must use a wheelchair.