ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) first-ever virtual ididaride!, created to replace ADK’s annual in-person bike event during the COVID-19 pandemic, has become a surprise success! Riders have been creating their own 55 and 23-mile routes while hitting the roads and trails in their own neighborhoods, taking advantage of the gorgeous summer weather while being mindful of social distancing.

Though virtual riders are welcome to create their own routes locally, they can also follow the routes that were originally planned for the 2020 in-person ididaride! event in Northville, NY. The 55-mile road route, which follows lesser-known roads through Pottersville, Brant Lake, and North Creek, offers great views of Schroon Lake and Brant Lake, two beautiful Adirondack water bodies. The 23-mile Gravel Grinder, which is best attempted with mountain or hybrid bikes, takes riders through pleasant farmlands and quiet dirt roads in the same area. You can learn more about each route by reading the cue sheets online.

A man holds a bike over his head

After completing the challenge, riders are encouraged to upload their route/distance using RidewithGPS or email and send a photo of themselves on their route wearing their event t-shirt, ididaride! jersey, or including an ADK branded item such as an ADK t-shirt or water bottle. All finishers will receive an ididaride! event t-shirt and be entered to win one of three $100 ADK Store gift certificates.

Many have already completed their rides and shared their enthusiasm for the ability to choose their own routes. “We’ve received very positive feedback from riders,” said Sunday Conine, ADK’s Annual Fund Manager and ididaride! organizer for the club. “Some participants have suggested that we should offer this every year!”

One rider, Rene, told us their favorite trail to ride is the Santanoni Trail in Newcomb, where they can take in the beauty of the great camp on Newcomb Lake. Another, Jeanne, rode on July 2 to commemorate her 46er anniversary, riding from Eagle Bay to Inlet, then on the South Shore Road to Old Forge before backtracking home. “A great ride!,” Jeanne shared. Husband and wife duo, Kathy and Todd rode the 23-mile route near their home in Riparius and told us how it went: “It was great – hilly, especially the portion between Claude Straight Road and South Johnsburg Road! We had a great time!”

The deadline to register is 5:00 pm Friday, August 28. To learn more and register, please go here: ADK.org/ididaride