July 1, 2015
ADK’s annual biking event
We are rolling down the long and sometimes steep hill on Rt. 28 into the hamlet of North River, with the Hudson River appearing suddenly on the left. The end is almost in sight. It’s mostly flat from here, a welcome change from the ride we have had so far. Ididaride is a very hilly 76 mile loop. But with a few notorious exceptions the hills are long and gradual, in contrast to so many Adirondack hiking trails. Though the route is often on major highways, the traffic is light and the shoulders are usually wide and smooth.
Last August I had the company of my son and his fiance as we rode as “ride escorts” for the 9th Ididaride. We had been assigned to stay near the back of the pack of riders — to monitor, encourage, and summon help if needed. What we mostly got to do was talk with interesting people and take nice, long breaks at every food station. We were in radio communication with Deb Zack back at “base” in North Creek, and with the roving vehicle providing “tech support”.
It soon becomes clear that as riders find their comfortable pace the line will spread out over many miles of highway. But we have a strong and/or stubborn group - and all but a very few will finish the ride. Those who have participated before know what awaits them at the end. Piles of great food and drink, including microbrew beer. The water and electrolytes provided at the rest stops have been appreciated — but beer!
Ididaride is a major fund-raising event for ADK, and a lot of work for the many ADK staff and volunteers who make it happen. For many of the riders this will be the big ride of the year - the goal for all the training rides throughout the summer. There is something about joining with this many other cyclists that makes it all easier than you expected. Oh, it’s still a long ride, but you’re not surprised to be thinking — let’s do it again next year.
Length: 76 miles beginning and ending at North Creek, NY.
Total elevation gain: 6340 ft.
Number of participants in 2014: 495
2015 date: Aug. 9
To register, visit www.adk.org.
— David Trithart
Jul 1, 2015: Ididaride Annual Biking Event