Fifth annual bike tour honors Brannock

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/YMCA
Bob Brannock is remembered as a tireless volunteer at the Dorchester YMCA.

CAMBRIDGE — An icon of health and fitness in Dorchester County will be remembered on July 20, at the Fifth Annual Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour. The tour’s mission is to support the Bob Brannock Endowment Fund, which will assist in supporting the ongoing facility and operations challenges in which Mr. Brannock was involved in solving.

The event is not a race, but a selection of rides suitable for cyclists of any skill level. This year, the tour will feature four courses: a 9-mile family ride; a 32-mile ride past the Spocott Windmill and then on to Ragged Point with a view of the Chesapeake Bay; a half century (50 miles) and a metric century (66 miles) through the county and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

There will be stops along the Harriet Tubman Byway, and at the historic waterfront park in Vienna, for the metric ride.

Mr. Brannock was a regular at the YMCA for many years. When he wasn’t pursuing his own fitness goals, he gave his time and talent to the facility and its members.
His obituary recalls his work, saying, “Following his retirement, he began his second career as a ‘Professional Volunteer’ at the YMCA of Dorchester County. He worked tirelessly, investing thousands of hours of sweat equity improving the facility and fixing equipment. His dedication to the ‘Y’ was an extension of his passion for physical fitness. Bob attended the ‘Y’ on a daily basis for exercise and strength training, even as Parkinson’s Disease began to take its toll. Until declining health forced him to stop, he was an avid sailor, bike rider and rower.”

“He was a great person,” Brenda Hensley wrote after reading the news of this year’s event online.

Barb Brooks is a former YMCA board member and friend of Mr. Brannock’s for many years. She wrote, “He was just that kind of man. And he brought that commitment and passion to building a YMCA for this community that would stand the test of time, something that we can all take pride in, that would last and be here for everyone.”

For information or to make a donation, contact JoAnn Hansen at the Dorchester YMCA at 410-221-0505, stop by or mail your contribution to the Dorchester County Family YMCA at 201 Talbot Ave., Cambridge, MD 21613. Checks may be made out to the Dorchester County Family YMCA.

More information about the Dorchester County Family YMCA, it at, and about the ride at

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