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About The Tour

Welcome to Tour DaVita!

Tour DaVita 2016 is September 24th-28th in Tennessee. Each September, about 500 DaVita teammates, physicians, patients, family members and Friends of DaVita pedal their way across 200 or so miles in a different part of the country every year, in a three-day cycling adventure. It’s our way of helping bring quality healthcare to those in need, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and having fun!

The 10th annual Tour DaVita will benefit Bridge of Life, which improves access to primary care and dialysis treatment in underserved communities around the world while also focusing on prevention of kidney disease through early-detection testing and education.


Ride Details

General information about the Tour DaVita experience can be found in the Ride FAQ section. The Tour Route is now available on the Route page. Also, our 2016 Travel Planner is now available for download as well.

FLIGHT PLANNING
You are expected to arrive into Nashville International Airport (BNA) between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday, September 24th. We will offer shuttles from the airport to the first campground. See shuttle information below for more details.

Your return flight should also be out of Nashville International Airport (BNA). We will provide shuttles from the last campground to Nashville International Airport (BNA) that will leave between 6am and 9am on Wednesday, September 28th. Please note, the first shuttle will arrive at the airport at approximately 7am, therefore, we do not recommend booking a flight before 8:30am.

SHUTTLES TO / FROM THE AIRPORT
On Saturday, September 24th, shuttles will run from Nashville International Airport (BNA) to the first campground between 9am and 8:30pm. If you absolutely cannot arrive before 8:30pm, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance arranging your travel to the first campground.

You should allow 45 minutes from the time your flight lands to the time you will be boarding a shuttle. This will allow you time to collect your luggage and sign in with a Red Shirt in the baggage claim area.

On Wednesday, September 28th, we will provide shuttles from the last campground to Nashville International Airport (BNA) that will leave from the campground between the hours of 6am to 9am. The first shuttle will arrive at the airport at approximately 7am. We do not recommend booking a flight before 8:30am.

Please be sure to update your rider registration to sign up for a shuttle time so that we can secure a seat on the bus for you. To do so:
     1) Login to your dashboard
     2) Click on My Tour Registration
     3) Click on Manage for this year's Tour
     4) Edit your Travel Information and Save.

EARLY ARRIVAL INFORMATION
If you choose to arrive into Nashville International Airport (BNA) the day prior (Friday, September 23rd) to avoid arriving late on the 24th, there are several hotels near the airport.


Who Can Ride?

» Any DaVita teammate and their immediate family member(s), which includes spouse/partner, adult children 21 and over, siblings and parents.  All DaVita teammates are required to use PTO.
» DaVita Medical Group physicians
» Nephrologists who are credentialed in DaVita facilities
» Village Service Partners (VSPs) who are sponsoring the event
» DaVita dialysis patients

All riders must be 21 or over. All riders, except patients, must raise 50% of their required funds by June 24 and 100% of funds by July 29. Failure to meet deadlines will result in automatic removal from the Tour DaVita roster. Sorry, no exceptions.

For sponsorship opportunities, please visit our sponsorship page.


What to Pack?

BICYCLING CLOTHES & GEAR
» Bicycling shoes or stiff-soled sneakers
» Bicycling shorts
» Short-fingered bicycling gloves
» Brightly colored cycling jerseys or synthetic T-shirts
» Lightweight jacket or vest
» Non-cotton base layers of varying weights (tops & bottoms); choose a fabric such as polypropylene, Capilene or Coolmax
» Synthetic bicycling socks
» Sunglasses

FOR WET/COLD WEATHER (or cool mornings)
» Midweight short-sleeved, synthetic
» Undershirt (base layer)
» Mid-weight synthetic socks
» Arm and knee/leg warmers
» Headband that covers ears (wear under helmet)
» Breathable windproof and waterproof rain gear (jacket & pants)

OFF-BIKE CLOTHES
» Fleece jacket/vest or warm sweater
» Walking/hiking shorts
» Hat with brim
» Sleepwear
» Underwear and socks
» Swimsuit
» Shower shoes
» Comfortable shoes to wear around the campsites
» Dinner clothes
» Towel and hand towel

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
» Flashlight
» Wallet (credit cards, traveler's checks, ID)
» Airline tickets
» Medications and copies of prescriptions
» Daypack and/or waist pack
» Sunscreen and lip ointment
» Travel alarm clock
» Toiletries and a small travel pillow that will fit in your suitcase


Shipping your bike

To clarify: this means you are NOT bringing your bike with you on a plane or in a car, but shipping it to and from the starting destination.

If you'll be riding your own bike on the Tour, a stressfree option is to ship your bike in advance to our partner bike shop in Franklin, Tennessee. Moab Bicycles can receive and assemble your bike before the Tour ($75), and disassemble, box and ship it homeat the end ($75 for disassembly and boxing). Before shipping your bike, call the shop directly (615‐807‐2035) and let them know you're a Tour DaVita rider; their staff will arrange receipt of your shipment and ask you to pay for their services by credit card over the phone.

Note: You must provide a pre‐paid shipping label if you are having your bike shipped after the ride. You can obtain a pre‐paid shipping label by going to your local UPS. The bike shop does not assume any liability for the shipment of bikes; it's recommended to review the damage liability policies of your chosen shipping provider.

IMPORTANT: Your bike must arrive at Moab Bicycles well in advance of the Tour so that it can be assembled and ready for Backroads to collect on Friday, September 23, and bring to the start of the Tour. Your bike must arrive no later than Friday, September 16. Be sure to clearly mark the box with your name and "Tour DaVita." You are responsible for contacting Moab Bicycles to confirm that they have received your bike in the time frame described.

Moab Bicycles
109 Del Rio Pike, Suite 105
Franklin, TN 37064
615‐807‐2035
www.moabbikes.com

After the Tour, you can expect your bike to be shipped back from Moab Bicycles during the first week of October.


Bringing your own bike on the plane or by car

If you are bringing your bike in your CAR with you:

Please indicate this on your rider registration. Plan to park your car in one of the parking lots at the airport.

Take one of the Backroads shuttles from the airport to the first campground. Backroads will transport your bike from the airport to the campground. NOTE: Shuttles will run continuously all day. Please indicate your approximate arrival time on your rider registration so we reserve room on the shuttle for you and your bike!

If you are bringing your own bike on the PLANE with you:

Please let us know you’ve selected this option by updating your rider registration accordingly. Make sure you’re comfortable packing your bike into the bike box, then unpacking and assembling it on site. (A few bike mechanics will be on site to assist if you absolutely need it, but you’ll be expected to assemble your own bike by yourself.)


Ride FAQs

Click here for general FAQs.
Click here for first-time rider information.


About DaVita

DaVita, a Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and DaVita Medical Group.

DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of Sept. 30, 2015, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,225 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 177,000 patients, and at 104 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States.

DaVita Medical Group is the Leading Independent Medical Group in America. Through a coordinated care model we pioneered in the 1990s, we support patients in all stages of life at every point along the continuum of care. As of Sept. 30, 2015, DaVita Medical Group provided integrated care management for approximately 808,000 patients in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

DaVita, DaVita Kidney Care, and DaVita Medical Group are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc.