The official ESR 2022 route is here!
Let’s take a deep dive into what our road warriors can expect as they embark on the ride of a lifetime this summer.
Check-in begins at Wagner College on Staten Island. Riders will drop their gear, can take a self-guided tour of Manhattan, meet new riders, reconnect with old friends and get ready to start the 500+ mile adventure the next day.
Day 1: 58+ miles
You’ll start the day with the group photo on the steps of Wagner College and head out on a brief ride to the Staten Island Ferry. While on the ferry, you will take in the iconic scenes of New York City including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island and Battery Park. Once in Manhattan, riders will take the west side Greenway bike paths past The World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial, Aircraft Carrier Intrepid Museum, George Washington Bridge and beautiful views of the Hudson River.
Riders will take city streets and the South County bike trail through Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx into Yonkers and Westchester County. Following the east bank of the Hudson River, Day 1 will continue until all riders arrive at camp in Somers.
Day 2: 79 miles
Depart camp and head northeast through the towns of Westchester and Dutchess counties, past Vassar College to the Walkway Over the Hudson for a rest stop and photo opportunity. After a quick break, continue your 79-mile trek past the FDR Presidential Library, Vanderbilt Museum and Staatsburg State Historic Site before arriving at the Day 2 camp site — the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, home of the largest six-day agricultural fair in New York State.
Day 3: 77 miles
During this 77-mile day, you will continue along the Hudson River until you get to the Erie Canal. You will rest at New York State Capital Park in Albany for a look at the state government before embarking on the final 9 miles to camp at the Shaker Heritage Site, where the Shaker religion was first founded in the United States.
Day 4: 100 miles
It’s century day! Ride along the Mohawk River and the historic Erie Canal through small towns and villages until you make it to Utica, New York. This day will challenge you but remember to stop for a photo op at the official halfway point of the ESR adventure.
Day 5: 83 miles
On Day 5, you will have the chance to experience breakfast at the famous Flo’s Diner, home of the Ten Cent Coffee. Passing through the picturesque surroundings of Oneida Lake, you will continue on for a party with live music and overnight camping at Weedsport Speedway, home of dirt track car racing.
Day 6: 81 miles
On the penultimate day, continue west along the Erie Canal through Lyons, Palmyra, Fairport and Pittsford. A road warrior favorite is a quick stop at Pittsford Dairy Farms for an afternoon ice cream. After you refuel, you will continue your ride until you arrive at camp at the American Legion Post in Spencerport.
Day 7: 78 miles
You’ve made it to the final leg of #ESR22! You will continue west through Brockport, Albion and Medina before breaking for lunch in Lockport, home of Lake Effect Ice Cream. In the home stretch, you will ride through wine country before arriving at Deveaux Woods State Park to gather for a police-escorted ride through the finish line celebration down Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls.
Throughout the week, there will be extra challenges for experienced riders (think hills and mileage) as well as boosts to help any riders struggling to complete a day. Ultimately, the Empire State Ride is an experience for any rider who is prepared to take on the adventure of a lifetime to end cancer.