Team Cycle offers top instructors, great workout
Hundreds of people will once again converge on the atrium at the Robinwood Professional Center on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the annual Team Cycle fundraising event.
Team Cycle 2020 will kick off at 7 a.m. and run through noon at the blue/silver entrance to the building located at 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 145, near Hagerstown.
“Meritus is a big sponsor of the event and we appreciate them allowing us to use the atrium year after year,” said HEAL Events Coordinator Melissa Fountain.
The event is an indoor cycling fundraiser where the area’s top instructors come together to teach six individual hours of cycling to raise money for the HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyles) program of the YMCA Hagerstown.
Fountain said the event allows several local gyms across the county to participate by donating the use of their indoor cycle bikes and instructors.
“Indoor cycling is a non-competitive, work-at-your-own-pace activity that’s designed for all fitness levels. Participants can ride with groups of friends, family and coworkers. The instructors make it fun with motivational music. It’s a great way to introduce beginners to healthy activity in the new year,” Fountain said.
This event started as a fundraiser for United Way in 2011 as “Cycle United,” then, Fountain said, HEAL took over the event in 2016, renamed it Team Cycle, and moved it to the atrium of Robinwood. She said the number of participants is based on the number of bikes available at the event, usually 55 per class, and ranges from 200-300 each year.
“It’s a fun, motivational event thanks to the encouragement of the instructors and the energizing music. Perceptions change as new riders realize you ride at your own pace. They learn to see the event as entertaining rather than strenuous,” Fountain said.
Each class is approximately 45 minutes in length.
“Each participant is able to choose either the hour that is most convenient for their schedule or their favorite instructor,” Fountain said.Team Cycle 2020 will feature the area’s top cycling instructors. (Submitted photo)
At 7 a.m., Amy Howard Barnette of Fit in BoonsBoro will kick off the event with the first class.
Barnette is a holistic health coach and owner of Amy Barnette Health and Wellness Coaching.
She works with clients and helps them take control of their health and happiness. She is also the wellness coordinator for Hospice of Washington County and teaches cycle classes at Fit in BoonsBoro.
This will be Barnette’s ninth year volunteering her time as an instructor at Team Cycle.
“I volunteer my time because I am passionate about indoor cycling and about helping people get healthier. It’s pretty incredible to be able to take this passion and use it to benefit a great organization like HEAL,” Barnette said.
She said the Team Cycle event is her favorite fitness event of the year.
“I love that instructors from gyms across the county come together to support making the community healthier. I love the energy and the people. And I love motivating and encouraging riders to recognize their inherent strength so that they walk away from a fitness class feeling empowered,” Barnette said.
Both the 8 a.m class taught by Kathy Nally of Fit in BoonsBoro and 4 Star Athletic Complex, as well as the 9 a.m. class taught by Brooke Johnson of the Hagerstown YMCA, are sold out.
The 10 a.m. class will feature two instructors Jane Schmidt and Michael Smith both of the Hagerstown YMCA. The final class of the day will be taught at 11 a.m. by Carolyn Crouse of Onelife Fitness – Valley Mall, Hagerstown YMCA and 4 Star Athletic Complex.
“Each instructor picks a “Top Rider” from their class to receive a mini Astym massage, onsite, from BodySense PT of Boonsboro,” Fountain said.
The registration fee is $35 and onsite registration will be available based on bike availability.
For those that want to ride more than one class, each additional ride is only $15.
The YMCA will offer childcare from 7:45 a.m. to noon for riders that want to bring their children.
For more information, visit www.ymcahagerstown.org/event/team-cycle-2020