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are run by bike clubs all over this area dur­ing the Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber months,” Jane said. “It shows peo­ple that this county is a beau­ti­ful place to live and visit.”

Bi­cy­cle riders came in as early as 6 a.m. to check-in at the In­dian Head Vil­lage Green and start rid­ing between 7 and 9 a.m., after hav­ing reg­is­tered prior to the event. The ride in­cluded marked routes, sup­port and gear as­sis­tance, food and drink at rest stops, and an after-ride pic­nic.

Many of the bi­cy­cle clubs par­tic­i­pate in races dur­ing the warm weather sea­son but love do­ing the In­dian Head 100 after the rea­son sea­son ends. Lo­cal mem­bers of bi­cy­cle clubs such as Phase Cy­cling and Artemis Rac­ing part­nered to­gether for the bi­cy­cle event on Mon­day.

“The rac­ing sea­son is over so this is time for us to get to­gether, put in some miles, ride and have some fun,” said Rachael Hall of In­dian Head, a mem­ber of Artemis Cy­cling. “I’ve been a bike rider for four or five years and I love it be­cause you get bet­ter en­durance, stronger and learn how to be on the sad­dle longer.”

Don Po­rada of La Plata and mem­ber of the Oxon Hill Bi­cy­cle & Trail Club, was more than ready to tackle 60 miles out of the 100 miles this year at the South­ern Mary­land Cen­tury.

“I live here and drive here so I know the trail well,” Po­rada said. “It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence. The staff and vol­un­teers do a great job. It’s great to see the coun­try­side and to see Charles County in a way that peo­ple wouldn’t see oth­er­wise.”

Club mem­ber Mon­ica Irm­ler of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., said she was look­ing for­ward to a great bike ride, see­ing the scenery in South­ern Mary­land and be­ing among the hos­pi­tal­ity of her bi­cy­cle club.

Cy­clists were able to ride through the scenic Po­tomac Her­itage area of South­ern Mary­land while re­lax­ing at a rest stop at Small­wood State Park, watch for bald ea­gles and blue herons as they ped­aled along the Tide­wa­ter Po­tomac Bi­cy­cle Route, have brunch or lunch at Christ Church, Old Durham Parish, en­joy a rest stop at St. Ig­natius Church at scenic Chapel Point, dis­cover his­tory at the Thomas Stone Na­tional His­toric Site and ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture on the newly re­opened In­dian Head Rail Trail.

“We just started hav­ing the South­ern Mary­land 100 in In­dian Head last year on La­bor Day and it was a big hit,” said Sa­muel Perry, pres­i­dent of the Oxon Hill Bi­cy­cle & Trail Club. “Many of the bike riders en­joy the well marked routes, the cen­tury’s con­ve­nience and the de­li­cious food at the rest stops. We also have Bike Doc­tor here to avoid any in­juries for the 1,000 bike riders reg­is­tered for the cen­tury.”

Club mem­ber Darin King of Char­lotte Hall rode the full 100 miles which he said re­quires men­tal tough­ness.

“My group rides at a faster pace so there’s a lot of trust,” King said. “We will ride in tight quar­ters so we have to be in sync with one an­other. The bike ride is a la­bor love be­cause its fun and you get the health ben­e­fits as well.”

In­dian Head Town Coun­cil­man Cur­tis Smith was a vol­un­teer at the event and said it has a pretty great turnout for a hol­i­day week­end. He said the In­dian Head 100 brings a tremen­dous amount of ex­po­sure to the town and the Oxon Hill Bi­cy­cle & Trail Club does a good of job plan­ning and run­ning the event.

“It’s good for the town, it ad­vo­cates ex­er­cise, get­ting in­volved and this town has a lot to of­fer when it comes to out­doors,” Smith said.

Jane Hud­nall said rid­ing bi­cy­cles are good for peo­ple’s health and good for the en­vi­ron­ment, so next year when the club hosts the event again on La­bor Day, the club would like as many peo­ple par­tic­i­pate as they had this year.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

On Sept. 5, mem­bers of the Oxon Hill Bi­cy­cle & Trail Club pre­pare to ride off in the South­ern Mary­land Cen­tury-In­dian Head 100 that took them through Charles County and back to the In­dian Head Vil­lage Green Pavil­ion.

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