The Route

Overview of the route

The 2020 route is not yet finalized. To get a sense of what the 500+ mile cycling adventure looks like, check out the 2019 route. The Empire State Ride follows paved roads, paved bike paths and some limited hard packed gravel paths.

To see the entire 2019 route details click here.

  • Day 1: New York City to Stony Point (56.7 miles; +2527 feet)
  • Day 2: Stony Point to Barrytown (77.6 miles; +2875 feet)
  • Day 3: Barrytown to Schenectady (91.6 miles; +4328 feet)**
  • Day 4: Schenectady to Utica (83.6 miles; +3063 feet)
  • Day 5: Utica to Weedsport (84.9 miles; +1891 feet)
  • Day 6: Weedsport to Spencerport (77.8 miles; +2081 feet)
  • Day 7: Spencerport to Niagara Falls (73.8 miles; +1581 feet)

**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.

Whether the Empire State Ride sounds 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!

The Empire State Ride’s weeklong route is 500+ miles, starting in New York City and ending in Niagara Falls.

Participants ride 60-92 miles per day, with challenging elevation gains throughout the week. In order to be physically and mentally in shape for ESR, proper training is essential. To help participants prepare, we offer many resource, including a suggested 22-week training guide. We also strongly encourage training for riding in hilly terrain and getting as much seat time as possible, which includes indoor cycling during the colder months. We have first-aid-trained staff, mechanics and SAG buses on the route to help ensure the safety and success of our riders.

What do you mean by fully supported?

The Empire State Ride supports its riders on and off the route. We truly appreciate the commitment of our riders, and we’re here to support them every pedal of the way. Our staff works hard to provide both a safe and an enjoyable cycling experience. When you participate in the Empire State Ride, you can expect:
  • Rest Stops every 15-20 miles with water, electrolyte solutions and snacks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with options for all dietary restrictions
  • SAG (Support & gear) buses to pick you up along the route and take you to rest stops or camp
  • A luggage truck that transports all of your stuff from campsite to campsite
  • Camping accommodations
  • Showers and restrooms
  • First-aid-trained staff
  • Bike mechanic and repair support for daily bike checks and basic repairs

Registration Options

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Weeklong – $3,500 fundraising minimum + registration fee

Weeklong riders need to attend an orientation on July 25 in NYC before beginning their 500+ mile adventure. Then, over the next seven days, they will take on the route listed above.



Custom – $500/day fundraising minimum + registration fee

You can also choose to ride one or more days, starting in the city of your choice along the full route. With this option, you are committing to raise $500 for each day day that you sign up to ride.