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We fight cancer and this is how

Be part of history by joining Empire State Ride from July 20-27, 2024 during a milestone year!

Riders arrive at Wagner College on Staten Island, New York, on Saturday, July 20, 2024, for orientation and check-in. The next morning, hundreds of road warriors start the ESR adventure together. Each day, the average riding distance is about 79 miles with support, like first-aid, mechanics and scheduled shuttles, along the way.

At the finish line, you’ll be welcomed by a mile of cheering, smiling faces as you ride down in Niagara Falls. From there, all that’s left to do is enjoy music, food, drinks, vendors and the eighth wonder of the world — Niagara Falls.

A man in a tent inspects his pack

Camp life

Catered camping is the core of the Empire State Ride experience. Each camp has a rider reception and services hub, tenting area, dining and program tent. Restrooms or portable restrooms and a traveling shower truck are available on site. A bike repair team will be ready at camp, and power for CPAP devices is available upon request.

Tents, air mattresses, camp chairs and clean towels are set up and taken down daily for road warriors on Empire State Ride. We camp at state parks, fairgrounds, colleges and schools and do our best to make sure you and your bike are ready for the next day.

A room block is available to riders who are unable to camp, at their expense. Riders who choose to stay at hotels will have the option to take an ESR shuttle to and from camp. The fees for the shuttle are $140 for the week or $20 per day.

The HUB

The HUB is your central spot for rider information, beverages, snacks, first-aid supplies, cue sheets and charging stations for electronics and eBikes. Be sure to bring your own (labeled) charging cords, adaptors, battery packs and back-up batteries for navigation devices.

Dining

Daily breakfast is served early so riders can depart at their own pace in the cool of the morning. Lunch is provided on route, and dinner is served at camp each night. Snacks and water are always available at camp, rest stops and in case of emergencies.

When you're not riding

After dinner each night, there’s a brief map meeting followed by a nightly program focused on our mission to end cancer. You may stick around afterward for cycling tech talks, camp games, yoga and camaraderie.

People grab food from picnic tables at the Empire State Ride

Daily schedule

6 a.m.

Breakfast served at camp

7 – 8 a.m.

Depart from camp

3 p.m.

Target time for the last rest stop — cyclists struggling to finish should schedule the ESR shuttle to camp to avoid a late finish

1 – 5:30 p.m.

Rolling finish into camp

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner at camp

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Evening programming

8 p.m.

Social time

Rider support

Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Check out the list of rider support perks.

Catered dining (breakfast and dinner in camp)

Lunch on the road at a rest stop

Snacks and beverages

Frequent rest stops with food, hydration and portable restrooms

Luggage transportation

Catered camping — camp set up and take down

Personal tent

Air mattress

Camp chair

Towel service

Restrooms/portable restrooms

Shower truck

Bicycle checks

Basic bike repairs (complex repairs at the riders’ expense)

Buses to boost to the second rest stop and shorten the day’s mileage.

SAG support along the route for those who can’t finish the day’s mileage.

Law enforcement to assist with traffic safety

Coordination with local emergency services

Route signs and markings

Medical and athletic trainer teams

Fundraising support

Empire State Ride private Facebook group

All ESR services — including transportation, camping, catering, bicycle support and more — are intended for registered participants, volunteers and staff. Additional requests for friends, family and volunteers must be approved in advance. Contact the ESR office for more details.

Daily schedule.

6 a.m.

Breakfast served at camp

7 – 8 a.m.

Depart from camp

1 – 5:30 p.m.

Rolling finish line into camp

3 p.m.

Target time for the last rest stop — cyclists struggling to finish should schedule the ESR shuttle to camp to avoid a late finish

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner at camp

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Evening programming

8 p.m.

Free time

Four participants smile at the Empire State Ride
People stand outside of the red and white trimmed Pittsford Farms Dairy building
Smiling cyclists wave to the camera