Empire State Ride

Proper nutrition and hydration make a big difference on long bike rides, and it’s particularly important at three vital times — before, during and after a ride. Try these tips to help you make the most out of any cycling endeavor.

Most would not count cancer as a blessing, but 61-year-old Mike Paradowski considers his diagnosis of head and neck cancer as one of the best things that has ever happened to him.

If you had told Craig Wittmann back in 2009 that he would be cycling across New York State, he would have been thrilled, but also skeptical. That’s because at that time, the husband and father of two was in the fight of his life with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Danielle and Amy were meant to cross paths. Their lives were linked in more ways than one. But they didn’t truly connect until last May, when their mutual friend, Craig, initiated an introduction.
Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a rider who is new to the joys of the road, not only is it possible to complete the multi-day Empire State Ride next year, it is possible to have fun doing it! You’ll have to put some miles in your legs, and the training will require some long days in the saddle, but if you look at that week in August as an adventure and as the culmination of all your hard work, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how manageable preparation is.