The Route

For 2020, we have to shift gears on the Empire State Ride due to COVID-19.

Unfortunately, our weeklong adventure cannot take place as it normally does. Click here to learn about what we’re doing for 2020, or continue reading to learn about what our traditional route is like.

Overview of the route

The Empire State Ride follows paved roads, paved bike paths and some limited hard packed gravel paths. Typically, the mileage breaks out like this over the seven days:

  • Day 1: 59 miles
  • Day 2: 73 miles
  • Day 3: 75 miles
  • Day 4: 100 miles
  • Day 5: 83 miles
  • Day 6: 77 miles
  • Day 7: 78 miles

The map below gives an idea of our route. We typically post the finalize route in February before the event.

The Empire State Ride’s weeklong route is 500+ miles, starting in New York City and ending in Niagara Falls.

Participants ride 60-92 miles per day, with challenging elevation gains throughout the week. In order to be physically and mentally in shape for ESR, proper training is essential. To help participants prepare, we offer many resource, including a suggested 22-week training guide. We also strongly encourage training for riding in hilly terrain and getting as much seat time as possible, which includes indoor cycling during the colder months. We have first-aid-trained staff, mechanics and SAG buses on the route to help ensure the safety and success of our riders.

What do you mean by fully supported?

The Empire State Ride supports its riders on and off the route. We truly appreciate the commitment of our riders, and we’re here to support them every pedal of the way. Our staff works hard to provide both a safe and an enjoyable cycling experience. When you participate in the Empire State Ride, you can expect:
  • Rest Stops every 15-20 miles with water, electrolyte solutions and snacks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with options for all dietary restrictions
  • SAG (Support & gear) buses to pick you up along the route and take you to rest stops or camp
  • A luggage truck that transports all of your stuff from campsite to campsite
  • Camping accommodations
  • Showers and restrooms
  • First-aid-trained staff
  • Bike mechanic and repair support for daily bike checks and basic repairs