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We know there’s so much to consider.

You should find the answers to your questions below. If you don’t contact us.

Weeklong Questions

We will provide a tent and air mattress for you and every registered Empire State Rider each evening at our designated camp (unless you have otherwise noted that you’ve made your own hotel accommodations).

Yes, we recommend locking your bike at night and anytime you leave it unattended along the route.

 A shuttle will be provided to and from the designated hotels for those not camping. Your bike will need to stay in camp. Bring a lock for it. Riders staying at the hotel each night, will be able to retrieve their luggage directly at the hotel. The Hotel Luggage truck will be stationed at the hotel and manned by a staff member from the time of the first hotel shuttle until the last shuttles return to the venue before dinner.  If you choose not to go to the hotel prior to dinner, please communicate to a staff member so we can make accommodations for your bags. 

Yes! Licensed massage therapists offer optional massage sessions daily at your own expense. Massages will be offered at 30 minutes for $50 and therapists will be able to accept credit cards. Massage signups will be available at dinner the night before and on a first come first served basis.

There will be a charging station set up at each overnight location. There will also be extension cords available for anyone needing to plug in a CPAP or other medical device.

A shower truck and fresh towels are provided every day.


There are 2 ways to participate in the Empire State Ride:

  1. Ride with us starting in New York City to Niagara Falls from July 25-31, 2021
  2. Take on the 500+ Mile Challenge from anywhere in the world
Yes. Cyclists must be at least 18 years of age at the time of participation in order to partake in the Empire State Ride.
Please contact the Empire State Ride team at 716-845-3179 or

Depending on capacity for the in-person experience, you can switch. Please contact us at or 716-845-3179. If you are registering for the 500+ Mile Challenge but may be interested in the in-person ride, make sure to check “YES” during registration to learn more.

While we are putting many safety protocols in place and following New York State COVID guidelines, we are not medical professionals and cannot make that decision. We recommend that you use your best judgement and consult your doctor before registering.

We understand unforeseen circumstances may occur between now and the Empire State Ride, please be aware that registration and fundraising dollars are non-refundable and non-transferrable. However, due to injury or health emergency we are happy to honor them the following year.

In these instances, the deferments of funds may be applied towards your fundraising total for the following year only. The funds raised will not appear on your fundraising page.


Empire State Ride will adhere to all local and state precautions. The event will be held pending public health approval from all necessary parties.

In following the most current NYS guidelines, masks will be required at all times that you are not on your bike, as well as maintaining a safe distance while riding. During training and general cycling, you should also stay a safe distance from other cyclists and follow standard bike safety.

We plan to implement several safety measures at our rest stops, campsites and support vehicles that will ensure the health and safety of our riders, volunteers and staff. More updates on specifics will be shared closer to the event.

We want you to experience the hills and valleys of New York State this July, but you should know what precautions you need to take before traveling to New York State. That latest details, including the restricted travel list and testing and quarantine protocols, can be found here:
We will only take the number of riders on the road that are legally allowed by New York State. That number continues to fluctuate due to COVID-19 infection rates. We will be making the final decision for on-the-road capacity on May 1, 2021. All registered riders will receive an email from us on that day with additional details.
We are looking at many different options to allow us to have #ESR21 and will continue to keep registered riders updated. If we are only allowed to take a number of riders that is smaller than the amount registered for the adventure, we will follow this order: 2020 riders registered for 2021, then 2021 riders by fundraising total on May 1, 2021.


The fundraising commitment is $3,500 for the weeklong ride with a $200 registration fee. and there is no fundraising commitment or registration fee for the virtual 500+ Mile Challenge.
The deadline for registered riders to raise the minimum fundraising commitment is July 24, 2021.
If you choose to not participate in the in-person experience for 2021, we will guarantee you a spot in 2022 and waive your registration fee, but you will lose your boost from your 2020 fundraising efforts. Can’t join us in person? Register for the 500+ Mile Challenge and still make an impact.
Yes, if you are registered for the 2021 ride your boost will count toward your fundraising rewards.
If for some reason we need to cancel #ESR21, you will have a reserved spot in 2022 with no registration fee. Your 2021 fundraising will not carry over to 2022.

Our team is working closely with statewide officials to ensure CDC and New York State guidelines are followed throughout the week.