Riders have a choice to ride the full day or choose a shorter, half-day option. The half-day option will include a shuttle from base camp to a start line along the route.

Riders are invited to join the Empire State Ride With GPS Club for access to all GPX files and extra online route mapping features. Invitation and detailed instructions at this link.

Pre-Ride: Travel to New York City

Saturday, July 29

Roswell Park, Buffalo

6:30 to 8:00 a.m. Shuttle loading. Please remember, there is no room for gear on this shuttle. Please drop it off on Thursday. Shuttle departs 8:00 a.m. sharp!

Wagner College, NYC

3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Orientation

Registration and orientation will be at the Spiro Hall Wagner College, 631 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310 (phone: 718-390-3221)

New York City to Stony Point

Sunday, July 30

57.4 miles

Your journey starts with an emotional program reminding us why we are embarking on this incredible ride, followed by a ferry ride right past the Statue of Liberty. Then your ride begins with an unforgettable trek through Manhattan, across the George Washington Bridge and then you’ll ride up the Hudson River to your preset, first class camping accommodations in Stony Point NY.

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Stony Point to Barrytown

Monday, July 31

48.4 or 77.6 miles

Ahhhh, nature. Day two the ride continues through rolling hills and along the river in the Hudson Valley. The highlight of day two is the view as you cross scenic Bear Mountain Bridge. In the afternoon, you’ll ride along the Dutchess Rail Trail, stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson, and experience breathtaking views from the water stop at the Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills Mansion.

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Barrytown to Schenectady

Tuesday, August 1

44.3 or 90.4 miles

Day three is your final day traveling North and your last in the Hudson Valley. Stop at the Fireman’s Firefighting Museum for a quick look and enjoy the scenery on Schodack Island.  You might even spot a bald eagle! Today’s highlight is a police escorted ride through Albany and past the historic State Capitol Building. The day ends at Frosty Acres Camp Ground in Duanesburg, NY.

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Schenectady to Utica

Wednesday, August 2

39.8 or 83.6 miles

No Plain, no gain.  You’re half-way home at the Fort Plain water stop in Haslet Park!  Day four marks the first day you’ll be joined by additional cyclists committed to winning the fight against cancer: a group of one-day participants will join your ride from Albany to Utica. The route flattens out as you begin to make your way west along the beautiful Mohawk River.

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Utica to Weedsport

Thursday, August 3

48.5 or 84.9 miles

You’re rested and ready for the back half of the route! Day 5 is one of the two flattest days. You’ll ride along the entire southern side of Oneida Lake and into Central New York. You’ll cross Seneca River twice today, including a water stop at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. The day ends at Riverforest Park in Weedsport.

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Weedsport to Spencerport

Friday, August 4

46.0 or 77.8 miles

Day and week-long riders unite again for your journey from Syracuse to Spencerport High School as the route takes you through the lush wine trails of the Finger Lakes, and across the Genesee River in the city of Rochester. You’ll spend most of the day riding along the Erie Canal and finish in Spencerport, NY.

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Spencerport to Niagara Falls Finish Line!

Saturday, August 5

40.0 or 74.6 miles

The home stretch! You’ll be joined by more day riders on your push to the finish line. Zig-zag the Erie Canal and continue west toward your majestic final destination: Niagara Falls. Stop in Lockport for some ice cream before you head on to the finish line at Old Falls Street. Take time to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on your ride before taking the shuttle back to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo or heading home.

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