Team Tops Friendly Markets

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Team Tops Friendly Markets

Why do you participate in the Ride?

We participate to raise money to help find a cure for cancer.  So many of our family members, coworkers and friends have been touched by cancer that we feel compelled to do what we can in whatever way possible.  Since our philanthropic mission revolves around being neighbors helping neighbors, we believe this is a great way to show support of our community in need.

Team Tops Friendly Markets rider pose for photo
Team Tops Friendly Markets group photo
Team Tops bike riders

What does leading a team mean to you?

Leading a team is a humbling experience. It’s helping to support those on our team in not only fundraising, but in whatever they may need in preparation for the ride and on ride day.  It’s not only being there for support, but also to help boast their accomplishments in fundraising and completing whatever course each member chooses.  The comradery each year between riders always astounds us.  Usually, we have multiple members of our team on each course and it’s always nice to see how they band together and support each other.  We generally end up with “teams within the team” that ride together and compete to fundraise or donate the most.  It’s all in good fun and benefits a great cause so it’s a win, win for us!

what is your favorite part about ride weekend?

Our favorite part about ride weekend is the overall atmosphere.  We are generally on campus at UB at the food tents and there is always a palpable collective feeling of accomplishment and “neighborliness.”  It’s like one big happy family that day.  Everyone is there to for one single mission, to find a cure.  In whatever capacity they are in, whether volunteering, or riding or virtually fundraising they have worked together for one cause and it’s a truly inspirational feeling and you can feel it in the air that weekend.

Celebration of Hope crowd listens to speech

Ride your own way: our favorite bike routes in WNY

If you already have plans for Saturday, August 7 but still want to support the Ride for Roswell, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Riding your own way is your chance to experience the Ride on your terms. You choose the date, location and distance! This allows you to still support cancer patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center while fitting it into your busy, summer schedule.

Need some help creating a route? Our team is here to help! This year, we have even more curated routes for you to enjoy that take you all around Western New York

Here is a list of our favorite scenic, fun, and tasty bike routes. Take a look, pick your favorite and enjoy the Ride your own way.

This family-friendly route provides a safe environment for you to loop around the University at Buffalo’s North campus biking trail.

Let the train tracks be your guide and ride along Cheektowaga’s historic rails to trails.

Ride from one park to another along Ellicott Creek, around UB North campus and back.

Enjoy views of the Niagara River and stop for a sweet treat – you deserve it!

Brush up on local history as you ride along the Erie Canal from Amherst to Lockport, then back on a Ride-approved bike path.

Take a nice ride through the city and enjoy a cold beverage or two to fuel you. This is a great route to enjoy with friends!


Marvel at the public art, quaint villages and the beautiful views of the Niagara River as you ride around Lewiston and Fort Niagara.

Curious about Clarence? Why not explore it from your bike as you ride through the town into Akron.

Did you know there is a train track that loops around Kenmore into Tonawanda and back? You will after you finish your ride through this beautiful historic trail.

Explore the Clarence Parkway trail as you pedal your way through Clarence to Akron.        

Ride along the Erie Canal and take in its beauty while also learning about local history.

If you love peaceful, open and lush views, this is the route for you! Enjoy the Clarence countryside while you ride to end cancer.

Do you know about Fredrick Law Olmsted? Learn about him and his work along this route. Take a tour of his parks on this epic ride through the city.

Let the water be your guide as you ride along Tonawanda Creek, down to the Erie Canal and back. You’ll pass by farms, villages and historical landmarks.

As always, no matter where you Ride for Roswell, it is important to practice safe cycling. Check out our biker safety tips here.