The Route

Overview of the route

The Empire State Ride follows paved roads, paved bike paths and some limited hard packed gravel paths. To see the full route for 2020 click here.

Here are the Empire State Ride 2020 start cities. Click on the days to see the route for each day:

  • Day 1: (July 26) — NYC (Staten Island) to Yorktown Heights 
  • Day 2: (July 27) — Yorktown Heights to Rhinebeck
  • Day 3: (July 28) — Rhinebeck to Albany
  • Day 4: (July 29) — Albany to Utica
  • Day 5: (July 30) — Utica to Weedsport
  • Day 6: (July 31) — Weedsport to Spencerport
  • Day 7: (August 1) — Spencerport to Niagara Falls

Days 1 and 3 offer an alternate route for cyclists interested in getting in a few extra miles:

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


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.