Cycling CME

A unique CME learning experience for physicians who love cycling

Active CME:  Combining Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Bicycle Touring for the Healthcare Provider

Cycling CME - Mountain Bike Western Colorado Conference

 

Mountain Bike Western Colorado

October 10th-13th, 2018

Registration Now Open for this Space-Limited Conference!

Conference Topic: Primary Care and the Active Patient

This Conference Goes Off-Road and Onto Single-Track with Mountain Bike Rides

Always wanted to ride in Fruita, Colorado?....Now is your chance!

Ready for a challenge and endless fun? Join us for our mountain biking conference in Grand Junction, Colorado! We have hundreds of miles of trails and terrain here in our Grand Valley. Grand Junction and Fruita have some of the best mountain biking in Colorado. Out on the trails you will see the beautiful sights and scenery of Western Colorado as we hit the trails with leisurely rides, steep climbs, switchbacks, downhills, and technical challenges that will test your skills. With many trails to choose from, each awesome and unique, you will enjoy your outdoor adventure on two wheels!

 

Info on Western Slope of Colorado

Welcome to the West!

This Western Colorado Conference and Mountain Bike Rides takes you to our home town of Grand Junction, situated on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains and known by the locals as The Grand Valley. We are surrounded by three different mountain ranges: The Grand Mesa (largest flat-topped mountain in the world), the breathtaking Colorado National Monument (picture a much smaller, but equally beautiful, version of the Grand Canyon), and The Bookcliffs (home to wild horses and near where we will be hitting some of our trails). Colorado has nearly 300 craft breweries, with more opening seemingly every day. We will highlight some of these fine brews throughout the week, including beer from two of our local breweries, Kannah Creek, with award-winning craft beers since 2005, and Rockslide, a premiere micro-brewery for over 20 years. 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, breweries, 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. All Cycling CME participants will receive the discounted group rate. This rate will be extended to you if you arrive three days pre or post conference. This discounted group rate for our room block ends one month prior to start of conference, after that, rates increase and they will no longer be held for Cycling CME. Rate to be announced soon.

Get ready for some great mountain biking! Most of our riding will take place in Fruita, Colorado - 6 miles West of Grand Junction. Fruita is situated in our beautiful Grand Valley and is considered by many as a premier mountain biking destination. Write-ups in multiple mountain biking and outdoor magazines are helping to put us on the map! Some of the mountain biking areas we will explore are at the West end of our Valley: 18 Road (Chutes & Ladders, Joe’s Ridge, Vegetarian, Kessels Run, and PBR) and Kokopelli (Horsethief, Mary’s Loop, and the great beginner/warm up trail of Rustler's Loop...just to name a few). There are numerous trails to choose from, some ledgy, rocky, and single-tracked loops…we are working on our best options. To check out some of these possible trails, go to www.gofruita.com to see where our desert terrain will take you. 

We will have a SAG wagon back at the trailhead parking lot and there will be group ride leaders available to ride with. If you choose a trail to explore on your own, maps will be provided. We strongly suggest riding with at least one other person in case something goes awry.  

You may choose to bring your own mountain bike, as riding on your own familiar seat has it's benefits, but know that we have a lot of mountain bike rentals available to you here in the Grand Valley. The bike shops in our area you might want to contact are: Browns Cycles on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction; the contact person is Chris Brown and the shop number is 970-245-7939. Ruby Canyon is also located on Main Street and the contact person is Ryan Cranston, shop number is 970-241-0141. Ruby Canyon is located on 3rd & Main Street, across the street from our conference location. Another great bike shop is Over The Edge Sports in downtown Fruita, 6 miles away from our hotel. They have an abundance of mountain bike rentals and we will work with you on getting the bike to our hotel upon arrival. Let us know if you have any questions!  Adventure Cycling Association has great information on ways to ship your bike.

Be prepared to enjoy the American West. You will want to come back!

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Cycling CME Mountain Bike Conference Itinerary

 Day 1

Arrive in Grand Junction. Shuttle to SpringHill Suites. Settle into your room and relax a bit.

Evening Welcome Reception at our hotel. Upon arrival we will have a registration table set up where you can check-in, fill out liability forms, receive your Biking Jersey, and welcome bag. This evening also offers the opportunity to meet the group, ride leaders, 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 to roll in the morning. Our reception will include Colorado brews and appetizers from a few of our local restaurants/breweries.

Day 2

Breakfast

Morning CME

Mountain Bike Ride

Shuttle back to Hotel - Short Afternoon Break

Afternoon CME

Enjoy dinner at one of our great restaurants

Day 3

Breakfast

Morning CME

Mountain Bike Ride

Lunch at Hot Tomato Pizzaria

Shuttle back to Hotel –Short Afternoon Break

Afternoon CME

Enjoy dinner at one of our great restaurants

Day 4

Breakfast

Morning CME

Mountain Bike Ride

Shuttle back to Hotel – Short Afternoon Break

Afternoon CME

Group Dinner Night – We are looking for a great location to have a last get-together over food! Great food and local brews & wine will be served. This will be a fun evening to culminate our time together.