CAMBC

Welcome to CAMBC.org. We are a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association based in Charlottesville, VA. Our goal is to promote sustainable multi-use public trail systems within Charlottesville and surrounding counties. We emphasize responsible trail use and bicycle safety. We strive to foster positive relationships with other trail users, clubs and municipal and federal land managers. We also ride bikes! Check out our upcoming rides, trailwork schedule, and connect with our members.

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Trail Etiquette and Usage Reminder

Fellow mountain bikers and trail users, a quick plea/reminder on recommended trail etiquette and usage for our shared trails in the area. STAY OFF WET TRAILS – our local trails get a lot of use.  Riding them when they are muddy or wet increases the damage to them by providing ruts for water to run in, enlarging puddles and preventing drainage.  General rule of thumb is 24 hours for each inch of rain received.  After 2 inches of rain, give the trail at least 2 days to dry out. Give trails even more time to evaporate if it is cold … Continue reading

CAMBC Q4 2020 Membership Update

November 2020 Winter is coming, eventually.  We hope.  This fall has been amazing—weeks of dry weather and beautiful colors.  On top of that, we have some updates for you. Riding in the time of Covid First, Covid safety practices are still in effect.  We can’t have socials, big trail workdays, and group rides.  We CAN be good role models and help keep our trails open and in good shape, especially as the winter season kicks in. Don’t ride on wet or muddy trails.  Don’t skid.  Don’t ride at crazy speeds on crowded trails. Don’t use or create shortcuts.  Stay on … Continue reading

CAMBC Membership Update – August 2020

It’s been a while since we’ve last communicated with you.  We blame it on Covid as we practice social distancing, doing our part to reduce spread.  Several updates on ongoing projects, trail systems, and our accomplishments are below. Riding in the time of Covid The Covid epidemic has impacted our club’s organized events.  We miss riding with and seeing all of you.  While we wait this out, we are aware that our local trail systems have experienced a considerable increase in usage, both with hikers/runners and new riders.  Here are some encouragements on how to be leaders and responsible riders … Continue reading

CAMBC Membership Update – November 2019

Project Updates Pump Track CAMBC is prepared to offer the City to fund the design, materials, and construction of a small pump track in the city to promote biking and provide a place for kids and adults to work on bike skills and help with the maintenance of it in partnership with the City’s Parks and Rec team.  We intended this to be our major 2019 effort, and we had planned to do fundraising for the track, and solicit membership support for the build and maintenance of it. City Parks and Rec leadership did not respond to our communications.  The … Continue reading

CAMBC Quarterly Update – May 2019 – Addendum and a Clarification

We’ve got so much going on that I missed some important updates that CAMBC is doing to grow and contribute to the community. May Membership drive: Paid members are up from 180 to 220.  Thank you, loyal members! Kudos to Eric Magrum for leading this drive.  We have many more bikers on this mailing list.  Please consider joining CAMBC as a member.    BTW: you can go to IMBA.com and create a personal login so you can view/manage your membership yourselves.  No need to ask the board if their dues are paid up. CAMBC teaching mountain biking through City Parks … Continue reading

CAMBC Quarterly Update – May 2019

  Project Updates Pump Track CAMBC is offering to fund the design, materials, and construction of a small pump track in the city to promote biking and provide a place for kids and adults to work on bike skills and help with the maintenance of it in partnership with the City’s Parks and Rec team.  We intended this to be our major 2019 effort, and we had planned to do fundraising for the track, and solicit membership support for the build and maintenance of it. We expected to work with City Parks and Rec to get formal permission on a … Continue reading

CAMBC Update – February 2019

Mountain Bikers, an update on CAMBC, the ongoing projects we are working on, some background on various advocacy issues and a schedule of trailwork and social events for the next 2-3 months. I inherited the role as President in January 2019, taking over for Sean Tevendale.  Thank you Sean (and our past Presidents) for your leadership of and commitment to CAMBC, promoting trails advocacy and growing our mountain biking community in Charlottesville. Let me know if you have any questions or need any clarification. John Lewis and the CAMBC Board CAMBC Update February, 2019 Mission A reminder of our Club’s … Continue reading

Albemarle County 2020 Budget – need your help to voice support for trails

Albemarle County 2020 Budget – need your help to voice support for trails Trail advocates, this is a long email, but CAMBC needs your help if you are a County resident to make sure our community is heard voicing our support for funding trails and greenways in Albemarle County. Please take 5 minutes to read this, and another 10 to send in a message, or even better, come to the public hearing and make a statement today. Today, Tuesday, February 19th at 6pm, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing on the County’s FY20 Budget recommended … Continue reading

O Hill Perimeter Loop Trail Complete!

CAMBC completed the extension of the Perimeter Loop Trail on Saturday, March 24th.  The newest trail addition is located across the street from the small parking area atop O Hill on McCormick Road.  Users are now able to travel the full Perimeter Loop via singletrack rather than incorporating McCormick Road as their connector!  The trail’s gentle grade will be suitable for all skill levels as CAMBC has phased out an older, eroded section of trail of trail. Interested in participating in future trail work days?  Stay tuned to our mailing list, or watch the Trailwork Calendar at CAMBC.org!  

Making Mountains out of O’Hills

Observatory Hill is a place Thomas Jefferson most certainly used for exercise, relaxation, and recreation. Today, students, faculty, and townspeople use this near-campus oasis likewise. The Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC), has a long history of caring for this much-loved land, but cyclists actively cared for this land even before the club existed. For me, the story starts almost 20 years ago when I first set foot on, what is lovingly referred to as O’Hill … The sign read “Trails constructed by the UVA Mountain Bike Club” and had a list of rules that needed to be followed. I … Continue reading