Drafting is a cooperative cycling tactic used to help riders reduce resistance by using a lead rider to disperse air making it easier for trailing riders. We named our blog “Drafting” because we like to think of ourselves as the lead rider, making it easier for you to be successful. You’ll find all the tips, tricks, and info you’ll need to help you train, fundraise and prepare for the ESR right here.

Training for a Long Distance Ride

April 4th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
Get Training Tips from Empire State Ride Veterans! Whether you’re a newbie to bicycling or a seasoned pro, you can complete the Empire State Ride — and have fun doing it! Just take it from five Empire State Ride...

Meet 2017 Rider Tracey Maciejewski

March 27th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
“I’m in for 2017.” After she watched her friend complete the Empire State Ride last year, Tracey knew she wanted to join in on the fun. She’s looking at her ride as a personal challenge — but also as...

ESR Fundraising Tips from Veteran Riders

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March 15th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
Six Fundraising Tips from Empire State Ride Veterans Fundraising can seem intimidating, but don’t let it scare you away from the adventure of a lifetime. Just like riding a bike, fundraising is a skill that you can learn –...

2017 Empire State Rider: Alan Kurtz

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February 21st, 2017 | Category: Drafting
From Running to Cycling: Meet 2017 Rider Alan Kurtz Alan is coming all the way from his hometown in Florida to take part in the Empire State Ride. Learn why he decided to make the trip north — and...

2017 Empire State Rider: Janice Hetrick

February 15th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
“Cancer will never control me!” Janice is a registered nurse from Lancaster, New York who has a very personal connection to cancer. Learn how she found out about the Empire State Ride and why she made the decision to...

We Did It!

August 8th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
While the 2016 Empire State Ride has ended, the impact of our efforts has only just begun. When we arrived in New York City, we were not quite sure what we got ourselves into. We had no idea what...

Final Prep

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July 28th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
Well, it’s been a long 35 weeks since I started blogging tips and tricks to get you safely through the Empire State Ride. I have met several of the riders and I guarantee you’ll have an amazing time this...

Tapering 101

July 25th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
The hardest part about training for a week-long ride such as the Empire State Ride is to know when it’s time to back off on training. Many new athletes mistakenly feel as if they need to ride long and...

What do I pack?!

July 14th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
Beyond all the riding and fundraising, the Empire State Ride is a week-long outdoor adventure. While you will have a packing list with clothing/gear needed, there are a few extras that any timeworn traveler will tell you are “must...

Take your social networks for a ride

July 7th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
The Empire State Ride is fast approaching, and your friends and family have no doubt asked how they can keep up with your journey in real time. What better way than Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?