Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is set to host its 14th annual cycling event, ididaride!, on Saturday, July 27. ADK’s largest one-day fundraiser raises money for educational outreach, recreational opportunities, and stewardship and advocacy programs.
The event features two distinct courses. The seventy-five mile route has not changed since the inaugural ride in 2006. Departing from the Ski Bowl Pavilion in North Creek, riders meander along Peaceful Valley Road to Route 8 through Bakers Mills, Wells, Speculator, Sabael, Indian Lake, to North River and back to North Creek on NYS Route 28. A long descent begins in the hamlet of Indian Lake and meets the Hudson River in the hamlet of North River, with a relatively easy ride into North Creek. The entire distance has been designed for the long-distance bike enthusiast, with designated bike routes marked on the wide shoulders.
The new 23-mile off-road course was developed by Paul Abess, one of the ride originators, and is located around North Creek, with a scenic mountain/hybrid bike route crossing both Straight and Chatiemac Brooks along with their waterfalls. Riders will continue past Mill Brook, passing through tiny Riparius and its historic train depot, then along rural sections of the Hudson River as it flows through the village of North Creek. Finally, rider cross the suspended boardwalk trail that passes under NYS Route 28, bringing them back to the Ski Bowl for a catered barbeque from Nikktina’s Catering, and a cold beverage provided by Common Roots Brewing Company.
The Cold River Chapter of ADK, whose geographic area includes both ididaride! routes, provides volunteers to help ensure the event is safe and well-organized.
This year’s event offers Mile Marker sign sponsorship. Businesses, friends and family of riders, and others are encouraged to support the event by purchasing a Mile Marker sign. Details are available online, or by contacting Annual Fund Manager, Sunday Conine, at (518) 668-4447.
Photo of ididaride short ride participants by Chuck Helfer provided.