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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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CAMBC waivers!!! Please read and sign!!!

Our new insurance carrier requires all participants in all club activities (trail building, volunteering, events, rides, etc.) sign a liability waiver. CAMBC will now require this online waiver to be signed as a condition of access to any CAMBC email list. The form is simple and quick, and can be filled out and signed from a computer or any mobile device. This waiver will not replace the waivers that IMBA has in place, or the waiver/sign-in sheet for trail work days. Please take a moment to read and fill out the form by the end of July. Click here: CAMBC Waiver If we do not receive a form from you after the transition period, your … Continue reading

SERS: Southern Traverse

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This SERS ride took place at the IMBA EPIC Southern Traverse with Jason Hiser, Ted Gayle, David Stackhouse, Josh Wall leading a group of 10. It was truly an EPIC ride. There were multiple flats and a not so good mechanical that required a little work just to make it a single speed but we all worked together and made it happen. A great ride….even with all the stinging nettles, briars, locust tree thorns, occasional tricky rock gardens, and the rain shower that lasted for the last half of the ride (not in the forecast) everyone still (for the most part) had a nice smile … Continue reading

Video:Bryce Downhill Park

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One of our members, Jay Speidell, visited Bryce Resort for a little downhill riding. He came back with some great video. Here is his report: I went to Byrce around 10am and met another member, Christopher Little, who was riding with his family and some friends. I split off and did about 18 runs. Trail conditions were dry despite recent rain and extremely fast.There are several trails, but after riding them all I did most of my runs on just two. Brew Thru: The most popular trail, extremely fast and flowy. Lots of jumps and banked turns and plenty of opportunities … Continue reading

SERS: Carvins Cove

Photgrapher: Josh Wall

 Ride recap from Josh Wall: On June 1st the third SERS ride of the season took place at Virginia’s other mountain bike Disneyland, Carvins Cove (the other one being Douthat).   The ride was almost derailed by a trail running marathon but luckily we only ended up seeing one competitor at the back of the pack.  We got in three big climbs and descents and everyone liked the Buck downhill so much we ended up doing it twice.   Two new surprises at the Cove were an extremely cool bike repair station at the trail head that had a rack, pump and … Continue reading

New Trails Coming to the Belmont Area

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The City of Charlottesville has just purchased a parcel of land in the Belmont area, near Quarry Park, and Moore’s Creek. The 32 acre purchase protects this land for future use by Charlottesville’s outdoors enthusiasts.  The trails may include some of the highest viewpoints in any of the city’s parks. CAMBC looks forward to working with the city to design and install mutipurpose trails. Watch for future updates. We’d like to thank Chris Gensic, Charlottesville’s Park and Trails Planner for his hard work making this happen for the community.

SERS: Sherando

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Jason Hiser set up a great ride from Sherando Lake, up White Rock Gap to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and descending through Torry Ridge and Slacks. This ride required some solid climbing legs, but allowed 4 miles of relaxed and scenic climbing on the Parkway to break up the the rocky climbs. Descents were fast and rocky. Jay cleaned the big hike-a-bike section on Torrey. Everyone took the ride at their own pace, and there were plenty of exhausted smiles at the end of the day. It was a perfect day to be up in the mountains. Hiser ended up missing … Continue reading

SERS: Narrowback

Fire Road Junction, time to head back

Jason Hiser lead a group of ten up Narrowback. The ride began with a long gradual climb to the ridgeline. The return route off the ridge follows the same route, giving a preview of the series of drainage features (read: jumps) that need to be negotiated (read: launched) on the way back down. Once on the ridge, the trail continues through technical, rocky downhill sections down to a fireroad. The fire road continues along the western side of the ridge to a trail junction leading back to the top of the ridge. The ride included two good climbs, and tested downhill riding skills … Continue reading

Post current trail conditions!

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Out scouting trails between rain storms this weekend? Help your fellow riders out by reporting problem conditions (or AWESOME conditions) to conditions@cambc.org. The website will post the most informative submissions in the trail conditions box on the right side of the homepage. Trees down? Muddy trail need de-berming? Snap a picture with your smartphone and attach it to the email. Pictures will upload to the site to help guide the next trail work crew to the problem areas.

Keep an eye on the website for developing trail conditions as we all wait impatiently for March to finally dry out. Please remember to allow at least 24 hours for the trails to dry for each inch of rain (allow more time when it is cold out). Continue reading

Bicycles: Commuting Here and Abroad (Virginia Festival of the Book)

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This coming Wednesday evening at 6pm the Virginia Festival of the Book presents Ralph Buehler, author of City Cycling and academic research papers such as “Making Cycling Irresistible.” Ruth Stornetta of Bike Charlottesville and Scott Paisley will be on the panel.

This is especially pertinent with the rapidly developing plans to re-design West Main Street and to design the new Belmont bridge, not to mention the city’s Strategic Investment Area of ‘south downtown’ and the city’s small area plans. The city has re-committed this year to the Complete Streets principles (you can find a link to this document on the city’s webpage or at www.cvilletomorrow.org), but how do we help insure that all of this community input and planning leads to real on the ground improvements for all members of the transportation mix? Continue reading