Here at the Empire State Ride, we have a mantra that pushes us to pedal harder: Who says cycling is a low-impact sport? We’re proud to offer a one-of-a-kind experience to change the state of cancer research for good. While our full route is 500+ miles from NYC to Niagara Falls, there are other options for those that cannot join the 7-day extravaganza.


The Start Line Route

New in 2018, join the riders at the Start Line as they begin their journey across New York State. Ride through New York City, up the Hudson River Palisades to Stony Point and experience the first day of the Empire State Ride.


What to Expect: Day 1: New York City to Stony Point (57.4 miles; +2,536 feet)

On the morning of Sunday, July 29,  you will be surrounded by more than 100 other cyclists on a mission. Start your journey with them on Staten Island and head to the ferry, where a quick ride past the Statue of Liberty will bring you to Battery Park. You and your new comrades will pedal through Manhattan, surrounded by the bustling, fast-paced city life before heading to the peaceful and scenic nature scape of the Hudson River Palisades.

After crossing the George Washington Bridge, it’s just a few miles until a water stop with lots of yummy snacks to refuel you. You’ll continue up along the Hudson River and stop for lunch in Nyack. Then, you’ll finish the day at Camp Bullowa in Stony Point. Join the weeklong riders for dinner (trust us – you’re not going to want to miss a chance to sample the food!) and the evening presentations.

While enjoying your food, you’ll hear about the next leg of the Empire State Ride, and you’ll get the chance to learn about a Roswell Park patient who is benefiting from funds thanks to supporters like you. Stick around to hear stories from the riders that you just traveled 57.4 miles with. You may even get a few, exclusive tips from professional cycling coach Charlie Livermore!

At the conclusion of the day, a shuttle will take you and your bike back to the starting point at Wagner College.


How It Works

Signing up is easy. Click here to create an account. Select the Start Line Route option, answer a few questions, and then pay your $100 registration fee. You can also make a self-donation during the registration process — not only will it kick start your fundraising, but it will show your supporters and donors how serious you are about creating a world where no one has to fear a cancer diagnosis.


Fundraising Tips

Besides making a donation to yourself, there are plenty of other ways to reach your $400 fundraising goal for the Start Line Route:

  • Connect your fundraiser to Facebook
  • Download the Empire State Ride Fundraising App
    • The Fundraising for Roswell Park App helps you fundraise from your phone in support of your online fundraising profile for the Empire State Ride. The app provides you with a set of messages, including ones tailor made for texting, Facebook, Twitter and email! It links to the contacts in your phone so you can get right to fundraising. Download it on the App Store or Google Play. For more information on the app, check out this blog post.
  • Share Impact Stories
    • Sharing powerful stories about why fellow riders are participating is a great way to show people the power of the Empire State Ride. Head to our blog where we frequently update rider stories. Make sure to share them on social media!
  • Check Out These Helpful Tools
    • We know fundraising can be quite the challenge but we also know you’re totally capable. If you get stuck though, we put together several tools for you, including a social media guide, a donation sheet, cover images for Facebook, and more! You can find all those resources here.


So, what are you waiting for? Sign up now for the start line route and get a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the Empire State Ride to end cancer.

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