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.
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.