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.

Meet 2017 Empire State Rider Donna Bridges

May 31st, 2017 | Category: Drafting
Donna Bridges started bicycling after she lost her dad to cancer. She’s taken part in Roswell Park’s single-day bicycling fundraiser for the past seven years, and now, she’s ready for a bigger challenge. Q: How did you find out...

How can I ride 500+ miles?

May 22nd, 2017 | Category: Drafting
Can you ride 500+ miles in 7 days? If you can ride 85 miles in one day, and are committed to the challenge, I think you can. It won’t be easy, but with the right mindset, smart, consistent training...

Meet 2017 Empire State Rider Guy May

May 12th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
One of Guy May’s friends was always known for asking, “What’s your next adventure?” Last month, that friend passed away after a battle with cancer. In her memory, Guy’s choosing the Empire State Ride as his next adventure —...

Meet First Time ESR Rider Jenine Trzewieczynski

April 28th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
Before signing up for the Empire State Ride, the longest bike ride Jenine had completed was 35 miles. So what’s inspiring her to set out on a 500+ mile journey? How did you find out about the Empire State...

Genetic Test Funded By Your Support

April 14th, 2017 | Category: Drafting
Lung Cancer Fighter Finds Hope – With Your Help Kathy Kait is an active 70-year-old woman. She walks at least three miles every day, rides her bicycle often, and does yoga. She eats healthy, makes smoothies for breakfast, and...

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...