For the past 15 or so years my January off-road riding has included a trip to White Springs, Florida to
participate in the Ididaride. This marked the 28th year for this annual ride put on by the Suwannee
Bicycle Club (SBC). This year I had the company of many Sorellas on the trails – Liz King, Pilar Hernandez,
Carol Lipinski, Jody LeCraw Oshaughnessy, Jean Patrice Miller, and first time Ididariders, Alyssa
Krasinskas and Stacey Kalberman.
The SBC announces the date for the ride and opens registration in October. In years past we marked our
calendar in anticipation of the announcement, as registration sold out in a matter of hours. More
recently this has not been the case, but a camping site or chance to get one of the 5 cabins in Stephen
Foster Folk Culture Center State Park does (not the same as Stephen Foster State Park, which is in
Georgia). I snagged the last available camp site this year.
The ride starts in the cute little town of White Springs which is right next to the state park. SBC has a
nice Clubhouse there for its members, in an old brick mercantile building, complete with wood burning
stove, kitchen facilities and a shower. If I lived closer, I would join their club just to have free access to
this amenity. The SBC does a fabulous job of running this event - from early check-in option on Friday,
breakfast if you want/need it Saturday morning, well-marked trails, “themed” sag stops with plenty to
eat run by friendly costumed support, a lunch stop, and Korean BBQ bowls at the end of the ride – they
have thought of everything.