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The Medicine of Cycling Conference: Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

By: Zhanee Simpson  September 29, 2020

Established in 2010, the Medicine of Cycling Conference (MOCC) will be held virtually this year.

The Medicine of Cycling has announced that the annual conference will be held virtually between Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and Saturday, October 31, 2020. The conference will be open to all interested in attending.

We had the opportunity to speak with Medicine of Cycling co-founder Anna Abramson, MD about the Medicine of Cycling Conference. Read what she had to say about the MOCC, from how the conference got started to how participation in the discussion can make one a better steward of cycling.

How did the Medicine of Cycling Conference get started?

[Anna] While for some the medical side of cycling is less zippy than the races, but behind the scenes there is always a crew of supports including team and event docs, PT, fitters, nutritionists, psychologists, physiologists, and many other types of health experts who work to keep athletes healthy on and off the bike. Medicine of Cycling formed in 2009 when trauma surgeon Dr. James Watkins and couple Dr. Anna Abramson and prior president of USA Cycling Mark Abramson started to imagine a way to improve communication, management, and outcomes for racers. The team quickly realized the scope of the problem included lack of cohesiveness, guidelines, communication pathways, and interdisciplinarity necessary for quality improvement. Starting in 2010 Medicine of Cycling conference has been an annual medical, trauma, and bike fit educational meeting to bring together specialists from all over the world at USA Cycling to build training, research, guidelines, communication pathways, and teams for sport success. This year, we're keeping the tradition alive by virtually.

What is going on in the medicine of cycling world?

[Anna] So many great things. One of the most important goals for Medicine of Cycling is not only education for the medical teams, is a culture change to share knowledge and work together to bring about better outcomes for athletes. This has been happening year round.

What makes the MOCC valuable to the cycling community?

[Anna] Medicine of Cycling experts have worked together to make a concussion in cycling consensus and concussion cards which were translated into multiple languages and have been helpful in improving concussion awareness and management in sport. MOC has also supported increased education and collaboration in bike fit and physical therapy for cyclists, which has led to demystification of fit methodologies and resulted in a sea change in culture.

Why might it be important for coaches to participate in the conference?

[Anna] Coaches are often the most likely to hear about a chronic pain complaint, or notice a skin change which may be harbinger of a more significant disorder. Most healthy athletes may not consider seeking a physician's input on decreased exercise tolerance, but a coach who has attended the Medicine of Cycling Conference may be more alert to a possible cardiac condition, physiologic evidence of exhaustion, or depression leading to physical decline.

How does participation in the dialogue at the MOCC make one a better steward of the sport?

[Anna] As a multidisciplinary and multi-specialty group, we do not represent one opinion or have a singular goal to achieve within sport. Instead we bring forth many expert opinions based on research, evidence, and vast experience so medical professionals treating cyclists are better supported in their practice.

Should you have any questions about registration or run into any issues, email

Consider joining Medicine of Cycling and their panel of medical professionals in discussing all things cycling at the MOCC.

The four-day speaker series begins on 10/28/20 and runs until 10/31/20. Take a look at the schedule below to gain insight into the types of discussions that will be taking place.

Four CEU Credits will also be provided to coaches that attend the conference.

Click the event links below for more information and to register for the conference:

Conference Schedule:






7:45 AM


Anna Abramson, MD

8:00 AM

Acute Cycling Injuries

Mark Greve, MD

9:00 AM

Grand Rounds-COVID-19 and Competitive Cycling

Michael Roshon, MD

Keven Sprouse, MD

10:30 AM

New Paradigms for Concussion Care in Professional Cycling

Neil Heron, MD

Mark Greve, MD

11:30 AM

Radiology of Cycling Injuries

Richard DeVilliers MD


8:00 AM

Cycling in the Wilderness

Susanne Spano, MD

9:00 AM

Women in Cycling

Chimsom Oleka, MD

10:30 AM

Training During Pandemic and Returning to Sport Post-CovidInigo

San Milan, PhD

11:30 AM

Depression, ADHD, OCD, Mental Health after Injury, Training without Racing Goals

Karen Cogan, PhD


8:00 AM

Chronic Cycling Injuries

Mark Greve, MD

9:00 AM

Osteoarthritis and the Aging Athlete (G)


10:30 AM

Complete MSK Tele-Exam

Edward Laskowski, MD

11:10 AM

Tele-Neuro exam

Wade Smith, MD

11:50 AM

Tele-Medicine Q&A

Anna Abramson MD


8:00 AM


Erik Moen, PT

9:00 AM

Cardiac Risk Assessment, Anticoagulants, and Medication Management (G)


10:30 AM

Turning Evidence into Guidelines

Jodie Dvorkin, MD

11:30 AM

Foundations of Comfortable and Powerful Cycling: Fit, Stability and Core / Glut Activation on the Bike

Curtis Cramblett, PT

Conference registration:

You can find the line-up for the speakers under course outline: