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Empire State Ride is finally here!

Whether this is your first year or your fifth, we have you covered with everything you need to know for a successful week on the road. Here are all the details on packing, orientation, daily scheduling and more.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Ride Check-in and Orientation


Check-in will be held at Wagner College on Saturday, July 23, starting at noon. Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. with a mandatory orientation at 6:15 p.m. 

covid-19 policy update

Wagner College is now requiring all Empire State Ride participants to upload their vaccination status or negative COVID-19 PCR test result documentation by Saturday July, 23.

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This event brings together riders from across the country. To keep each other safe, we ask that you please be cautious in the days leading up to the event and monitor yourself for signs of COVID-19. Test if you have symptoms, and contact us if you test positive so we can work with you on next steps.

As a reminder, proof of vaccination or COVID-19 status is required for all riders. 

Please remember to bring a copy of your vaccination card or a negative PCR test from within 72 hours to Wagner College.

to-do list

Before you leave for Saturday’s orientation at Wagner College, make sure you have the following:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (2 shots of Pfizer, Moderna or one Johnson & Johnson shot qualify as proof) OR proof of negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. These need to be upload here BEFORE Saturday. Be sure to also bring this with you to check-in.

Bike supplies such as a patch kit, tire levers, tools and spare tubes.

Your favorite snacks and hydration.

Kits and clothing to avoid doing laundry for the week.

Sleeping bag and pillow.

Your wallet with your ID and any extra spending cash you might want.

Don’t forget to check your Travel Planner for a full packing list and other details. 

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Camp schedule

Saturday, July 23

Wagner College, Staten Island

Sunday, July 24

Somers High School, Somers

Monday, July 25

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

Tuesday, July 26

Shaker Heritage Society, Albany

Wednesday, July 27

Donovan Middle School, Utica

Thursday, July 28

Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport

Friday, July 29

Ferris Goodrich American Legion, Spencerport

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.

Last rest stop target time — 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

ESR riders crossing the road
Group of ESR riders
Two ESR riders looking out into the distance

Apps To Download


Prior to arriving at Wagner College, all riders must download the TraQCentral app from the App Store or Google Play and set up an account. This is the fastest and easiest way to communicate with the Empire State Ride team.

Ride With GPS Experience App

Navigate your routes and access all ESR information on your phone. You’ll get day-by-day details, route maps and daily map meeting notices. We will be using this app to post daily updates, so it’s a must-have for all riders. Download the app by Friday, July 22.


Safety comes first when out on the road. Here are a few reminders keep you safe and healthy throughout your 500+ mile journey: 

  • You MUST wear your helmet when you’re on your bike. No exceptions.
  • Make sure you check the weather before heading out each day, and dress accordingly. 
  • Avoid headphones to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Hydrate and carry snacks and electrolyte powders. Drink before you’re thirsty and use nutrition to prevent fatigue throughout your ride. 
  • Ride no more than two abreast and use your voice and hand gestures when changing lanes or turning. 
  • Have your apps and safety numbers ready if you need them. Call 911 first in the event of an emergency.


Keep up the great work with fundraising and stay strong through the finish line! When you’re on the road, people are interested in your journey. Post about your ride on social media and remind people that we’re raising money for cancer research at Roswell Park. 

Finish Line

Tell your family and friends to welcome you and your fellow road warriors in Niagara Falls on Saturday, July 30. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with food trucks, music and more. 


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