Environment & Safety
As cyclists, we acknowledge there are risks to riding your bike. There are risks due to weather, elevation, wildlife, slick and uneven roads, lousy drivers, and other cyclists. Whether biking in Colorado, Pennsylvania, or Italy, we aim for safety first. In Colorado, we have "open range" areas where you may encounter metal grates and cattle. In Pennsylvania, we should be aware of an Amish buggy or two or more. In Italy, some roads can be curvy. No matter where we ride…we want everyone to be aware of their surroundings.
Be sure to bring rain gear as there is no predicting the weather.
Colorado has more than 300 days of sunshine annually. Therefore...sunscreen is a must!
If you live at lower elevation, know that the elevation in Grand Junction, Colorado is 4,600 feet and one of our road biking rides takes us up another 2,000 ft. Frequently, people who travel to Colorado experience some form of altitude illness, although this is usually self-limited.
Key to Preparing for Exercise at Altitude:
Ascend gradually; it is beneficial to arrive a day or two before the conference begins.
Hydration is essential as you acclimatize.
Avoid excessive alcohol.
Altitude medications are a consideration if unable to ascend gradually and are occasionally used by travelers to the Vail/Summit County area of Colorado, about 10,000 feet above sea level. Grand Junction is 4,600 feet above sea level, just below the elevation of Denver, the "Mile High" city.
We strongly recommend you visit the website for Institute for Altitude Medicine led by Peter Hackett, M.D., of Telluride, Colorado, an international expert on Altitude Medicine. This site is a great review of the physiology and the medications of altitude medicine.
We all realize the benefits of cycling. We can boost our fitness and health, save money and help the environment. However, before you hit the road, be sure to remember the keys to safe cycling. To refresh your memory, review the "Rules of the Road", as stated by the League of American Bicyclists, and check out BicycleSafe.com for great safety tips and the importance of being proactive. You will be required to wear appropriate helmets (see Bike Helmet Certification) and we recommend wearing bright colors and lights on your bike.
While we strive to make this CME Conference and bike tour fun and exciting, we also do our best to make it safe. On the other hand, we also need you to take responsibility for your own safety. Despite all efforts, there are risks of injury to yourself and others when biking, and Cycling CME is not responsible for any accident that may occur.
Keep in mind that mountain biking brings it's own challenges due to varied terrain and obstacles. In Western Colorado, the trails can be sandy, lined with sharp rocks, and have switchbacks near rocky ledges. This is part of the beauty, but please use caution. Despite all efforts, there are risks of injury to yourself and others when mountain biking that are not preventable. Please refer to IMBA's "Rules of the Trail" for Mountain Biking.
If you have any questions or concerns, before or during our rides, please let us know. Our goal is that you enjoy your entire biking experience...safely!
We have a Risk Management Plan and will gladly send it your way upon request.