Empire State Ride is an endurance event that challenges riders over the course of 500+ miles. Some riders may want to complete that journey on an eBike. The good news is that class 1, pedal assist eBikes are allowed on the Empire State Ride route. To ensure a safe and positive ride experience, however, there are some factors you should consider.
Types of eBikes
During Empire State Ride, you will be cycling along a variety of different road types. Bike paths are included in our routes, so our permits only allow for class 1 pedal assist eBikes. All others are NOT permitted.
When selecting an eBike, make sure that it is a durable road bike, made for longer distances. Prior to hitting the road, get plenty of training on your eBike to ensure you’re comfortable riding it, charging it and changing the battery.
Charging Your eBike
It is up to the rider to monitor their own charging progress.
On the Road
Empire State Ride is a seven-day adventure. Each day’s route will vary with the shortest ride day being 50-60 miles and the longest day covering 100 miles. One battery/charge will likely not be sufficient to get you through the day. In some cases, riders may need two or three batteries for days with longer mileage. If you bring a second battery, you will need to carry it with you during the ride and have a plan as to when you will change it on the route.
At Rest Stops
eBikes cannot be charged at rest stops along the Empire State Ride route.
Charging stations will be available at camp each night during Empire State Ride. However, with 300 riders using these stations to charge their personal devices, the power may not be as strong as if your battery were plugged into an outlet at home. Be mindful that the recharge may take longer than usual at our campsites. eBikes without removable battery packs are not recommended, as we cannot guarantee that our charging stations at each camp will be near the bike racks.
Glitches Along the Way
SAG and mechanics crews will be available to assist you with a flat tire, should one develop. If your eBike requires specific tools, be sure to bring them with you on your ride, and we’ll assist to the best of our ability. While our mechanics are extremely well-equipped, we may have to lean on the help of bike shops along the route to accommodate the unique needs of each bike. If your eBike requires a rare part, we will do our best to find a loaner bike so you can keep your momentum going.
Still have questions about bringing your eBike? Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.