Drafting

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.


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?

Getting a handle on your nerves

July 6th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
Yes -- you will complete the Empire State Ride! Dena Eaton shares her tricks to help beat your nerves.

Meet First-Time Rider Steve Davailus

June 30th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
Find out what motivated first-time rider Steve Davailus to make the journey across New York State.

Don’t slack off now — one month to go!

June 27th, 2016 | Category: Drafting
Keep moving forward with your riding and you’ll be prepared for a great week during the Empire State Ride.