UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – As part of their 500+ mile bike ride across New York, more than 200 cyclists arrived in Utica this afternoon and completed the fourth leg of the ride.

Riders from all over the country join in on this annual ride to help support the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Over the course of seven days, riders will travel through the Hudson River Valley and Mohawk River Valley before meeting the Erie Canal Corridor.

“All the money raised here for the Empire State Ride goes to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, and it funds genetic testing,” said Joyce Ohm, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Oncology, Roswell Park.

She continued, “It funds clinical trials, but mostly it funds cutting-edge research for our patients, and new therapy development is a huge emphasis here. This our Century Day, so we did 100 miles, which is pretty exciting.”

“Everybody’s a little hot, and a little sweaty, and a little bit tired, but we’re excited to be here.”

The completion of this ride will happen this Saturday, July 30th at the top of Niagara Falls at the 558-mile mark.