2018 routes are not yet set but will be similar to 2017 below:
2017 routes, cue sheets and GPS files are now final as described below. We encourage you to print the Cue Sheet below or you can pick one up at Saturday packet pickup 12 – 2pm or Sunday morning. Please check Ride Day Details.
The Lifeline100 offers a ride for every age and ability with 100, 65, 30 and 15 mile options! Our 15 and 30 mile paved trail-only routes are great for riders who prefer to stay off the road. Many new riders set these as goals for personal distance records! These flat paved trail rides are great for families and special needs riders. The 65 and 100 routes visit many scenic parts of Anne Arundel County including the Severn River, U.S. Naval Academy, City of Annapolis, historic Statehouse, Chesapeake Bay, USNA Stadium and more! The 100 milers will enjoy rural south County and the Galesville Wharf Park rest stop right on the water. This is a unique opportunity for an organized ride to visit all parts of the County as most rides in the area focus only on the rural parts of south Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties.
PRINTABLE CUE SHEETS: These are formatted “4-fold” for easy use during the ride. For gps downloads, see further below under each ride.
15 Mile Cue Sheet: 2017_lifeline_15_all_trail
30 Mile Cue Sheet: 2017_lifeline_30_all_trail
65 Mile Route: 2017_Lifeline_Metric
100 Mile Route: 2017_Lifeline_100
The two shorter routes are entirely on paved trails away from vehicular traffic for those not comfortable on the open roads. There is also a very short family fun ride around Kinder Farm Park and a free educational Children’s Bike Rodeo starting at 12:30PM.
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Timing & Ride Day Details: All rides start in the morning at Kinder Farm Park with the 100 milers starting first, followed by the 65 mile riders, the 30 mile riders and then the 15 mile riders. This will allow for the faster, more experienced riders to clear out and prevent congestion on the B&A Trail. For full details click Ride Day Details.
Trail Safety: Please note there is a 15 mph speed limit on the B&A Trail. It is important to observe and obey this for safety and courtesy to other trail users. Often there are runners and others using the trail in the morning and slower moving traffic in the afternoon. There will be plenty of opportunities on the 100 and 65 mile routes to ride at much faster speeds on the open roads, especially in south county.
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 through the City of Annapolis’ historic Statehouse and City Dock, south out of the city with a rest stop at beautiful Bay Ridge with views of the Chesapeake Bay, Bay Bridge and Thomas Point Lighthouse. The route continues to south county and a waterfront rest stop at scenic Galesville. Continuing west through the popular rolling terrain riding routes in Davidsonville, up to a rest stop at Crofton Park. The route continues north through west county up to BWI with a rest stop at the scenic Dixon Aircraft Observation area. The route continues south on the B&A Trail returning 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 4000 feet.
Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25441739
Bird’s Eye View (Relive): https://www.relive.cc/view/1210984628
65 mile (Metric Century)
The 65 mile route follows the 100 mile route to downtown Annapolis and on to scenic Bay Ridge with its spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay, Bay Bridge and Annapolis with the first rest stop at Bar Ridge Pool Club overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. After Bay Ridge, the route rejoins the Century route except for the more difficult rolling terrain in the south county loop and continues to the next rest stop at Crofton Park and finally to the Dixon Observation Area at BWI. After the rest stop, the route continues on the BWI Trail south of the airport, back on the B&A Trail returning to Kinder Farm Park.
About a quarter of the route is on the B&A Trail and there there is rolling terrain on open urban and rural roads with a total vertical gain of about 2300 feet.
The route can be lengthened by about 9 miles from the Dixon Observation Area by looping around the airport on the BWI Trail before returning south down the B&A Trail.
Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25441880
Bird’s eye view (Relive): https://www.relive.cc/view/1211315417
Downloadable files for navigation:
We provide GPS files that can be uploaded to compatible devices in various formats:
TCX: Best format for turn by turn directions on Edge 500, 510. Will provide true turn by turn navigation on Edge 800, 810, 1000 including custom cue entries.
GPX (track): Useful for any GPS unit. Contains no cuesheet entries, only track information (breadcrumb trail). Will provide turn by turn directions (true navigation) on the Edge 705/800/810/1000, but will not have any custom cues.
GPX (route): Only the cuesheet entries, not the entire track. Useful for the Garmin Edge 500/510, Edge 800/810, Edge 1000, and Magellan/Mio Cyclo 500/505 for turn notifications (turn by turn directions)
These files are located in our Google Drive.
30 Mile (All Trail Long)
The 30 mile route provides a longer (its actually 32.6 miles) “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 turn around point on the B&A trail. This is the best route for more fit riders who are not yet comfortable riding on open roads. 30 mile riders will enjoy the Dixon Observation Park rest stop where they have the option of adding about 9 miles by completing the BWI Loop Trail, which includes a great overlook of the airport, before returning to Kinder Farm Park.
Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7121042
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 turn around point in Arnold. This is the best route for novice riders that are not comfortable riding on open roads.
Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7572394
Children’s Bike Rodeo & Family Fun Ride
Click here for details and to reserve a spot for this FREE afternoon event!