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Cycling Routes

Whether you’re a casual bike rider or an experienced cyclist, The Ride for Roswell offers routes for everyone, ranging from family-friendly to challenging. All routes other than the Peloton start at Baird Point on Saturday, June 22. Click on the route name to see a map.

Choosing the Right Route

3-Mile Family Ride

 

Check in: 9:30 a.m.
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Riding Time: 1 hour
Rest Stops: 1
Rider Profile: Families with trailers and kids with training wheels

Route capacity: 300 Riders

 

The Family Ride is a great adventure for all ages! Hook up those trailers! Tighten those training wheels! Put on those helmets and buckle your baby-seat belts for the ultimate family Ride experience. Featuring a special Rest Stop, various team mascots and other exciting attractions, this route travels along the Amherst Bike Path and never actually crosses a road. Once families have completed the Family Ride, we encourage them to join us at Baird Point. Our Family Area will showcase a tricycle race, crafts, food, and games!

 

8-Mile River Ride

 

Check in: 9:00 a.m.
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Riding Time: 1 hour
Rest Stops: 1
Rider Profile: Casual riders and families

Route capacity: 850 Riders

 

All ages enjoy this easy route. This 8-mile follows the Amherst Bike Path all the way to Niagara Falls Boulevard. There is a Rest Stop halfway down the bike path, if you need a break (you probably won’t be too tired but it’s fun to stop and grab a snack)! At Niagara Falls Boulevard you’ll merge with the 20- and 30-milers and ride home as one big, happy group!

 

The 20-mile Early River Ride  **SOLD OUT**

 

Check-in: 6:30 a.m. 
Start Time: 7:30 a.m. 
Riding Time: 2 hours
Rest Stops: 2
Rider Profile: Casual to regular riders
Route capacity: 750 Riders. 

The 20-mile route now has two starts and a limited capacity to make it more fun, less crowded, and more accommodating to your schedule. You’ll see the Niagara River at one of its widest points while you travel flat, well-maintained roads and bike paths. There are two Rest Stops along the way – one at Niawanda Park and another in Ellicott Creek Park.

 

The 20-mile Late River Ride **SOLD OUT**

 

Check-in: 8:30 a.m. 
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.  
Riding Time: 2 hours
Rest Stops: 2
Rider Profile: Casual to regular riders
Route capacity: 750 Riders.  

 

The 20-mile route now has two starts and a limited capacity to make it more fun, less crowded, and more accommodating to your schedule. You’ll see the Niagara River at one of its widest points while you travel flat, well-maintained roads and bike paths. There are two Rest Stops along the way – one at Niawanda Park and another in Ellicott Creek Park.

 

The 30-mile Early River Ride **SOLD OUT**

Check-in: 6:00 a.m. 
Start Time: 7:00 a.m.  
Riding Time: 2 hours
Rest Stops: 3
Rider Profile: Casual to regular riders
Route capacity: 750 Riders.  

 

The 30-mile Late River Ride **SOLD OUT**

Check-in: 8:00 a.m. 
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.  
Riding Time: 2 hours
Rest Stops: 3
Rider Profile: Casual to regular riders
Route capacity: 750 Riders.  

 

The 30-mile route now has two starts and a limited capacity to make it less crowded, more fun, and more accommodating to your schedule. Get up early or sleep in and see it later, either way you'll love this Ride.

 

You’ll be on both roads and bike paths as you travel along Ellicott Creek and the Niagara River through Niawanda and Isle View Parks and then into the city of Buffalo. You’ll return via the Two Mile Creek bike path through the city and town of Tonawanda and then through Ellicott Creek Park. 

 

The 33-mile Country Ride 

 

Check-in: 7:30 a.m. 
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Riding Time: 3 - 3.5 hours
Rest Stops / Water Stations: 4
Rider Profile: Aspiring to active riders
Route capacity: 850 riders

 

The 33-mile Ride takes you out through historic Clarence Center, then back along tree-canopied roads in one of the nicest biking areas in Erie County. It’s a short but sweet route. Anybody in decent shape can do it!

 

The 44-mile Country Ride 

Check-in: 7:00 a.m. 
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. 
Riding Time: 4 - 4.5 hours
Rest Stops/Water Stations: 5
Rider Profile: Active riders and fit athletes 

Route capacity: 850 Riders. 

 

The 44-mile is a great middle distance ride. It’s long enough to try your legs but not so long that you’ll miss lunch back at Baird Point. Try it if you’ve got at least a few hundred miles of spring riding under your belt.

 

The route heads out through Amherst, Clarence, and Akron before heading back to UB. You’ll have one very pretty, curving road as you climb up to the Rest Stop in Akron State Park, and then one good, fast downhill on the way out. You’ll merge with riders from the longer routes at the intersection of Berghorn and Cedar as you make your way into Clarence, and have a chance to stop at a couple of church-parking-lot Rest Stops in the home stretch.

 

The 45-mile Canalside Ride **SOLD OUT**
 

Check-in: 6:00 a.m. 
Start Time: 7:00 a.m. 
Riding Time: 4 - 5 hours
Rest Stops: 5
Rider Profile: Active riders and fit athletes
Route capacity: 250 riders

 

New for 2013, the 45-mile River Ride follows bike paths all the way to Lake Erie at Canalside, Western New York's newest waterfront destination. En route you'll ride along creeks, canals, and the Niagara River, passing under the Peace Bridge and riding past the condos on Buffalo's waterfront. You’ll return via the same route you took downtown, then re-join the 30-mile route at Ontario Street and continue along bike paths and roads through the city and town of Tonawanda and then through Ellicott Creek Park.

 

The 62.5-mile Country Ride 

 

Check-in: 7:00 a.m. 
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Riding Time: 4.5 - 6 hours
Rest Stops: 6
Rider Profile: Fit athletes and experienced cyclists 
Route capacity: 850 riders

 

The 62.5-mile Ride travels east and north through Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, Alabama, Royalton, Shelby, and then turns back. You're likely to see a lot of wildlife as you ride through the Tonawanda Game Management - Alabama Swamps area. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!

 

The 104-mile Country Ride 

 

Check-in: 5:30 a.m.
Start Time: 6:30 a.m.
Riding Time: 4.5 – 8 hours 
Rest Stops: 7
Rider Profile: Highly experienced cyclists only**
Route Capacity: 350 Riders 

 

The Century Ride is limited to cyclists who are able to bike for an extended length of time at an average speed of at least 15 mph. Please note this route has a pair of relatively long stretches between rest stops before and after the halfway mark at Golden Hill State Park, so be sure you care carrying adequate water and fuel for those stretches.

 

**IMPORTANT: new riders MUST pre-qualify for the Century Ride. You can do this by demonstrating proof of having done a ride of more than 62.5 miles at an average speed of at least 15 mph (completing a 62.5-mile ride in 5 hours or less or a 104-mile ride in 8 hours or less). Proof can include a copy of your event registration form or your numbered event bib (or a copy of it). 

WNY rides that will allow you to qualify include Tom’s Pro Bike’s Spring Ride; The Ride For Missing Children; and The Tour de Cure. You may also qualify by completing the RFR 62.5-mile route pre-ride the week before The Ride.

 

Please send your proof of qualification to The Ride prior to June 18 at this address: RideForRoswell@RoswellPark.org   

 

Register for the Pre-Ride by e-mailing RideForRoswell@roswellpark.org.

 

The 12-mile Extra Mile Club Peloton Ride **SOLD OUT**

 

Date: Friday, June 21, 2013
Check-in Time: 5:00 p.m.
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Riding Time: 1 hour 
Rider Profile: Qualified Extra Mile Club Members
Route Capacity: 200 Riders

 

The Peloton Ride is exclusively for pre-qualified, $1,000+ fundraisers age 15 and up. A two-by-two, police-escorted ride from Roswell Park Cancer Institute to the Opening Ceremony at UB, The Peloton travels past some of Buffalo’s best-known landmarks, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House. Even better, it is one of the highlights of the Friday evening Opening Ceremony, when the Peloton rides into UB Stadium in front of 7,500 members of The Ride and Roswell Park communities!

Bike Route Rest Stops

Each route has frequent rest stops with restrooms, snacks, beverages, and enthusiastic supporters! Sag wagons and bike mechanics are also available along the way.

Bike Readiness

Please get your bike in a good working condition before the ride. Bike mechanics are available on the day of the ride for breakdowns and emergencies only; routine service and parts will be available for a fee.