The 2016 Empire State Ride is less than a week away!  Time to pack your bags and get ready to ride!  Don’t worry about bringing a tent. The Empire State Ride provides every rider a tent and air mattress that will be set up when you arrive in camp each day so you can focus on riding and enjoying the beauty of New York State.  If you want your own camp chair and towel, head to and reserve one today!

Here now are the essentials that we highly recommend to ensure that you have the best ride week experience possible!


For your Bike

  • Helmet – CPSC or ASTM certified
  • Bike odometer – handlebar mounted
  • GPS Unit
  • Seat bag or handlebar bag
  • Patch kit
  • Tire levers (3)
  • Spare tubes (2 that fit your bike)
  • Bike mount pump or
  • CO2 cartridges with applicator
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pants
  • Mounted water bottles (2) or
  • Hydration pack
  • Spare water bottles
  • Bike lock
  • Bike bell


Bike Clothing Essentials

  • Cycling shorts w/synthetic chamois lining (2-3 pairs)
  • Cycling tops/jerseys (1-3)
  • Cycling socks
  • Cycling shoes
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling glasses
  • Long sleeve cycling shirt or UV sun sleeves
  • Rain gear


Off-Bike Clothing

  • Light-weight long pants
  • Shorts (2-3 pairs)
  • T-shirts
  • Light-weight long sleeved shirt
  • Sneakers, hiking sandals or trail shoes
  • Socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Underwear (3-5 pairs)
  • Light weight jacket (waterproof)
  • Sleepwear
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Shower flip flops


The Other Stuff

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Cellphone and charger(s)
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses & case
  • Prescription medications
  • Insect repellent & sunscreen. We provide both but if you have a favorite brand bring it along!
  • One-use packets of laundry detergent and $8.00 in quarters
  • Personal toiletries and bag (the kind that can hang from a hook)
  • Small first aid kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Energy bar or drink mix that you prefer
  • Any tools unique to your bike
  • Camera/GoPro
  • Wallet with your ID, cash and credit card


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The Empire State RIde is a fully supported seven day ride across New York State with one mission: win the fight against cancer.
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