What To Expect

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 event experience is like.

What's The Empire State Ride Experience Like?

The Empire State Ride strives to give a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all its participants, so spots are limited.

The adventure starts with riders arriving in New York City the Saturday before the event starts for orientation and check-in. Then, Sunday through Saturday participants ride distances of 60-92 miles per day with challenging elevation gains. The greatest elevation gains occur in the first four days. Everyone rides at their own pace – and you will likely find someone who will ride at yours. You should plan on a 13 – 15 mph pace with a 10 mph average including stops. This will get you to rest stops and into camp each day with plenty of time to rest, refuel and refresh.

While you are out on the route, there are mechanics, first-aid-trained staff and SAG buses driving along and looking out for riders in case you need any help!

What Is Life In Camp Like?

Riders on the Empire State Ride will be tent camping at a mix of private campgrounds and public high schools. If camping isn’t your thing, local hotels are available at your own expense.

Gear & Tents

Riders don’t need to set up any of their sleeping accommodations — just grab your bag from the luggage truck and take it to your tent. Each rider has a tent set up and taken down by staff each day, which includes an air mattress. All the riders’ luggage will be transported from campsite to campsite. A charging station is provided for riders to charge their phones, GPS devices, etc. Mechanics are on site at camp to make sure your bike is ready for the next day.

Shower & Bathrooms

Showers and bathrooms are available at every campsite. Sometimes there will be a shower truck, and other times the campsite facility will have showers.


After riders get to camp, they can grab snacks and water. A fully catered dinner is also provided each night. After riders share dinner, there’s a brief map meeting, which gives an overview of the next day’s route. Riders can invite guests to meet them at camp and have dinner for an additional $20.


Following the evening map meetings, participants are free to do as they please. They can stick around for optional cycling tech talks, or they can head off to play camp games, enjoy campfires and socialize.


Each morning breakfast is served early so you can start at your own pace in the cool of the day. Riders depart at their own pace. The camp is taken down, packed up and moved to the next location and prepped to be ready as riders arrive.

Preparing For The Empire State Ride

Travel Planner

Each year, we create a travel planner for our riders with information about logistics and suggestions for travel, gear shipping and lodging options

Fundraising Support

Tips, a comprehensive guide and tools to help you meet and exceed your fundraising goal

Training & Safety

Resources to help you train for 500+ miles and how to be safe along the way


Motivational stories, training tips, information about the impact of the Empire State Ride, insights from ESR alumni and more!


If you are interested in the adventure we offer, then join our mailing list to learn more, and for information on when registration is open.