History of the Ride

The Ride For Roswell started out as an idea from one passionate volunteer. Mitch Flynn wanted to create a way for the entire Western New York community to take part in the fight against cancer. The first Ride was the start of a life-changing annual gathering that has become one of the largest charity cycling events in North America. Since the inaugural Ride in 1996, the event has grown from offering 3 routes to 11, introduced an international experience throughout Canada, added a pre-ride rally with the Celebration of Hope and increased its fundraising total year after year!

Pathways Park

Pathways Park is the embodiment of the spirit of The Ride For Roswell. Not only does it provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Buffalo’s Medical Campus, but it also serves a significant purpose.

In 2017, Pathways Park was dedicated to all those who make The Ride possible, as well as The Ride’s Founder, Mitch Flynn

Located on the corner of Carlton & Ellicott streets, the park houses pavers that commemorate the top fundraisers and volunteers of The Ride. For the 20th anniversary, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center commissioned Buffalo artist Ellen Steinfeld to create a tribute sculpture for The Ride and Mr. Flynn

Pavers will continue to be added for all future Rides. And the park is maintained thanks to the generosity of Joe and Kathy Curatolo.

To view all photos from the dedication event, click below to check out the Facebook album.

History of the Ride