Cycling CME - Road Bike Western Colorado
Road Bike Western Colorado - September 5th-9th, 2017
Join us for this Space-Limited Conference in beautiful Colorado!
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Colorado National Monument's Rim Rock Drive was featured by The Guardian newspaper, in the United Kingdom, as "one of the 10 most scenic drives around the world". Click here to see a great picture of what you will view on your bike!
Conference Topic: Exercise & Nutrition as Medicine
Info on Grand Junction, Colorado and Itinerary
Welcome to Western Colorado!
This Western Colorado Conference and Bike Tour takes you to our home town of Grand Junction, situated on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains and known as The Grand Valley by locals. We are surrounded by three very different mountain ranges: The Bookcliffs (home to wild horses), Grand Mesa (largest flat-topped mountain in the world), and the breathtaking Colorado National Monument (picture a much smaller, but equally beautiful, version of the Grand Canyon). Colorado produces some great wines and brews which we will highlight at our welcome reception and group dinner night. To learn more about Grand Junction, and the surrounding area, go here.
Our conference will be held at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, located in Historic Downtown Grand Junction. SpringHill is conveniently located four miles from the airport, with free shuttle service upon request and arrival. You will be right in the heart of Grand Junction on Main Street, a tree-lined street that invites you to stroll past shops, restaurants, music venues, and galleries. Or if you'd rather eat in, there is a fridge and microwave in each room and a City Market grocery store a block away. When you call to make reservations, the discounted group rate of $129.95 plus tax and $6.00 daily parking fee will be given to all Cycling CME participants. The room block and discounted rates will expire one month prior to conference start. If you choose to arrive in Grand Junction prior to the conference start, or extend your stay after it is finished, SpringHill Suites will extend to you our discounted group rate three days pre or post arrival.
Get ready for some great biking! These rides are intended for the moderately experienced cyclist, as the reality of elevation change may be challenging. You will find that the hills and descents will both confront and reward you. Therefore, you will need time in the saddle, prior to your arrival, and experience on your bike. However, we will have support vehicles and you can elect to avoid certain climbs and descents if you so choose. There will still be plenty of riding. Your pace; we support.
We strongly suggest you bring your own bike. Riding in your own saddle, on the bike you are already use to, has it's advantages - especially when on a multi-day tour. But also, road bike rentals are very limited here in Grand Junction - as mountain biking is currently King in our Valley, yet road biking is amazing! Browns Cycles on Main Street in Grand Junction has a limited number of road bike rentals each year. You can contact them at 970-245-7939. Adventure Cycling Association has great information on ways to ship your bike, including Bike Flights and bringing your bike with you as luggage. We will direct you to the names of local downtown Bike Shops willing to receive those shipped bikes. Each shop may vary in the fee they will charge you for this service. You can contact Ryan Cranston, at Ruby Canyon Cycles at 970-241-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ruby Canyon is located on 3rd & Main Street, close to our conference location. Another great bike shop is The Bike Shop, located at 950 North Avenue; ask for Ashley, he will take great care of you. If you ship to The Bike Shop (970)243-0807 we will help get your bike to our hotel, since they are located a short drive away from Main Street. Let us know if you have any questions!
Be prepared to enjoy the American West. You will want to come back!
Cycling CME Itinerary
Day 1 - Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Arrive in Grand Junction. Shuttle to SpringHill Suites. Settle into your room and relax a bit.
Evening Welcome Reception at our hotel from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We will have a registration table set up where you can check-in, fill out liability forms, receive your custom cycling jersey and welcome bag. This will be a great opportunity to meet the group, guides, and our bike mechanic. During this time of getting to know each other we will take care of bike matters, such as bike tuning, so that we are ready for tomorrow's ride. Our reception will include local wines and an "Offering of the Tastes of Downtown Grand Junction". Many of our great restaurants will be represented, providing samples of food from their menus. This gives you an opportunity to sample foods from restaurants you may want to dine at during your stay ~ conference attendees and adult guests welcomed.
Day 2 - Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Your journey begins early with breakfast and CME. Grab your breakfast in the lobby, bring it into our conference room and eat while we begin the morning lecture. Lecture times are posted on our conference agenda page.
After our morning CME, we will give a short break so everyone can go to their rooms, get into cycling gear, grab your bikes, and meet back in the conference room. You will meet all the ride leaders, review bike safety, go over the day's cycling route, take any questions you may have and we will be on our way. Bret will be in the SAG wagon and following us on our route. If you need to replenish water or energy bars, he's your guy!
Ride of the Day: Palisade and East Orchard Mesa - Today’s ride leaves from SpringHill Suites and we ride back to SpringHill Suites. Our route takes us East on the bike path and to the town of Palisade, known for their Palisade Peaches. And yes, we will eat some at one of our stops! We then climb "Puke Hill", short with a 14% grade, onto East Orchard Mesa where we will wind thru vineyards and farmland. After cycling through the scenic country roads we get back onto the bike path, which running alongside the Colorado River, and head back to downtown Grand Junction. Expect to ride approximately 35 miles today.
After returning from our bike ride you will have time to enjoy lunch on your own, and relax a bit, before beginning our afternoon CME session.
Afternoon CME - Start time posted on agenda page
Enjoy dinner on your own tonight. There are many great restaurants to choose from right on Main Street, where our hotel is located. Food on Foot...just a walk away. We will have sign-up sheets available for various restaurants for those who want to meet up and dine together!
After dinner, or any time you choose, take a stroll down Main Street and check out our Art on the Corner! This is a year-round outdoor sculpture exhibit, displayed free to the public, and includes more than 100 sculptures. Just a fun thing to do!
Day 3 - Thursday, September 7th, 2017
Today begins with grabbing breakfast and heading into our conference room for our morning CME. Check agenda page for start time.
After our CME session, you will have a short break to go up to your rooms and get your cycling gear on, bring your bikes down to the conference room and get ready to ride. We will once again review the day's route and get ready to roll.
Ride of the Day: Colorado National Monument - Get ready for one of the most beautiful and epic rides you will ever take. You will be amazed by the beauty of this challenging and spectacular ride that was part of the 1980’s Coor’s Bicycle Classic “Tour of the Moon” stage (see the movie American Flyers)! You will climb 2,600 feet above the Valley floor, across breathtaking scenery of towering monoliths and sheer-walled red rock canyons, as we twist and turn on Rim Rock Drive. You might even see some Bighorn Sheep! We will leave from our hotel, cycle the Monument and descend toward the town of Fruita. We will hop on the bike path and head back to our hotel. Today's ride will be approximately 44 miles.
After returning to SpringHill, you will grab lunch on your own and relax before our afternoon CME session.
Afternoon CME - Start time posted on agenda page
Enjoy dinner on your own this evening and stroll Main Street while checking out our seasonal weekly Farmer's Market. There you will find food vendors, crafts, local produce, and live music. Enjoy!
Day 4 - Friday, September 8th, 2017
Breakfast and CME - You know the routine...grab breakfast from the lobby and come inside for the morning lectures. Start time posted on agenda page.
Short break to go gather your cycling gear, come back to the conference room and we will review today's ride.
Ride of the Day: Fruita Farms Alphabet Ride - Today our ride leaves from SpringHill Suites and we head west on the bike path to the town of Fruita. We will then head north of Fruita, cycling through farmlands and back country roads. This Fruita Farms Alphabet Ride will be a long flat ride. On our route you will see all the mountain ranges that surround our valley, the Bookcliffs, Grand Mesa, and Colorado National Monument. This will be a nice, leisurely scenic ride. We will finish our ride in the town of Fruita where we will enjoy lunch at a local hot spot, The Hot Tomato. Good pizza, good beer! This lunch is on us! After lunch we will shuttle you back to SpringHill Suites. Expect to cycle approximately 37 miles today.
After our return to Springhill, you should have some time to relax and/or explore Main Street before our afternoon CME session.
Afternoon CME - Start time posted on agenda page
Enjoy dinner this evening at one of our wonderful restaurants. We will have sign-up sheets available for various restaurants for those who want to meet up and dine together!
Day 5 - Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Breakfast at Hotel in the lobby - no breakfast over CME in our conference room today. Start time posted on agenda page
After breakfast, we will shuttle to Colorado Mesa University's Human Performance Lab. We will begin with a group lecture, in one of Mesa's lecture halls, then head to the Human Performance Lab. Here we will break off into groups, rotating through two stations: Common Rehab and CORE session and Demonstration of VO2 max analysis and use of the "Bod Pod".
After our sessions are over we will stay in the lab for a light lunch, then shuttle everyone back to SpringHill Suites.
Free afternoon to relax or explore on your own. Or we will take you on an optional great local hike!
Group Dinner Night - We will have a group dinner at the beautiful Avalon Theatre to culminate our week together. We will meet in the lobby of SpringHill Suites and walk the several block down Main Street to the Avalon Theatre and enjoy an evening together.
Images provided by Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau