The Route

The Empire State Ride’s full route is 500+ miles, starting in New York City and ending in Niagara Falls. The finalized route will be shared via GPS/X files in early spring. Whether you thought the Empire State Ride sounded like the cycling tour of a lifetime, an interesting physical challenge, or an amazing adventure to end cancer, now is the time to register to become a part of it!

Four Registration Options!

Weeklong Empire State Ride

Seven days, 500+ miles starting in New York City and ending in Niagara Falls.

Registration fee: $100

Fundraising minimum: $3,500

Custom Ride

Riders can join our weeklong participants on the route by choosing to ride one day or more, starting in the city of their choice along the full Empire State Ride route.

Registration fee: $100

Fundraising minimum: $750/day

Start Line Ride

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

Registration fee: $100

Fundraising minimum: $400

100-Mile Virtual Ride Challenge

Can’t make it to the Empire State Ride, but still want to be part of this team that’s cycling to end cancer? Challenge yourself to log 100 miles or more and fundraise to change the state of cancer research for good.

Registration fee: $20

Fundraising goal: $1,000

Overview of the
2018 route

To see the 2018 route details, click here for the GPS file.

Click here for instructions & an invitation for downloading GPX files.

**Day 3’s ride formally ends at Mile 59.3 at the NYS Capitol Park for a water stop, photo op and tour. ESR provides a bus shuttle from Albany to the campground. Those who wish to cycle the full 91.6 miles into camp can skip the program and keep riding.

Don’t want to ride the full day?

If you would like to only ride half the route on a particular day, the SAG bus can shuttle you to where you need to go along that day’s route. We encourage our riders to listen to their bodies, and choose the right ride options for them.

All riders are supported as they ride with the following services:

  • Rest Stops every 15-20 miles with water, electrolyte solutions and snacks
  • A lunch stop with options for all dietary restrictions
  • Bike mechanic and repair support
  • SAG (Support & Gear) buses to take you pick you up along the route and take you to rest stops or camp
  • First aid trained staff

2017 Photos

From the passing the Statue of Liberty, to riding along the Erie Canal, there is a lot to see along the route. To get a sense of the whole Empire State Ride Experience, scroll through our photos below, check out the galleries or head to our FacebookYouTube and Instagram pages.