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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Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beers

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On April 23rd, Travis Book and Devil’s Backbone are throwing another party to benefit CAMBC. Great music, great beer, and mountain bike rides. 2016 Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beer is coming April 23rd!! Devils Backbone has donated beer, and Travis Book has lined up some great entertainment. We will be selling collectible steel pint cups for $20. With this cup, you also get 3 beer tickets. All proceeds go to CAMBC, and our local trail building efforts. Here is the schedule of events: 10AM: Group Ride leaves from Sherando Lake State Park. 12PM: Group Ride at Devils Backbone 2PM-6PM: Music, Beer, … Continue reading

Ragged Mountain Master Planning Meeting: Part 1

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On Monday, March 1, the first of 3 public meetings was held in regard to the master plan for and allowable uses at Ragged Mountain at the Trinity Church on Fontaine Ave. Extended in Charlottesville. The first meeting was informational, with City Parks and Recreation and RWSA giving a presentation that recapped the history of the Ragged Mountain Reservoir area since the late 1800’s and up to the present.  Approximately 40 people were in attendance, including a member of City Council.  Besides providing history and facts about the land and water at Ragged Mountain, the presentation also made it clear that the … Continue reading

New Trail Section at O-Hill. CAMBC and RTF Combined Trail Work Day

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  On November 15, 2005, the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) and the Rivanna Trail Foundation (RTF) tackled a big problem! A dangerous section of trail ran within inches of a cliff, a serious cliff! Yes, that’s the trail surface at the bottom of the picture! Had anyone gone over the edge, a 100+ foot tumble would have landed them on the highway ramp. It could have been a really bad day for someone. Luckily, no one has been hurt yet.   And just as bad, our beloved hill was having an erosion problem just 50 feet down the … Continue reading

We’re Home Owners!!!

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CAMBC outgrew our trusty little tool trailer. We’ve bought an enormous shed to store our tools, house a workbench, and store all the gear we use for area riding events. We even have some awesome neighbors! The Rivanna Trail Foundation’s tool shed is right next door, so we can easily gear up for joint RTF/CAMBC trail work days. This new shed will help us keep our gear organized and in top condition. It will help us grow our tool inventory as our local trail networks expand, including larger tools like wheelbarrows. It will eventually serve as a great meeting spot for … Continue reading

CAMBC and RTF Plan to Reroute a Dangerous Section at O-Hill

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Please join us for trailwork on Nov. 14th!!! Most people familiar with O-Hill are aware of the trail on the cliff above the highway. It is a trail that developed as an offshoot from the Rivanna Trail near Fontaine. These types of “social trails” develop when existing trails guide users away from features or destinations they want to see. If people go off-trail repeatedly and follow the same path, new unsustainable and potentially dangerous trails can be the result. CAMBC and RTF are setting out to fix a hazardous situation. The trail we are targeting sits precariously above the highway, and … Continue reading

Take a Kid Mountain Biking was a Success

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The event was a big hit and had around 40 kids and their parents show up!  Scott Ramsey did safety checks on all the bikes prior to them entering the riding area.  We had a strider course (built by Joe Hoskins) and a wooden roller (built by Mark Brookman).  Both were very popular!  Skills stations for wheel lifts, turning, and “skinnies”  were set up for the kids to rotate between.  Several of our BRC Jr team members assisted by demonstrating good technique.  We held “slow” races to practice control and had multiple groups head out on different rides on the trails according to skill level.  We even had some new-to-riding parents … Continue reading

IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits Charlottesville

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Trails are one of the earliest and clearest markers of society, CAMBC president David Stackhouse reminds us. To move about efficiently, early humans created trails. Trails provide protection to our surrounding natural resources by concentrating travel patterns as we explore our world. And above all, trails unite communities. Dave shared this message of unity to kick off a trail building workshop led by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Care Crew. The attendees included mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners from various areas of Virginia. Our IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders, Lani and Jordan reinforced this message as they discussed the … Continue reading

CITY COUNCIL DECISION ON SHARED USE FOR RAGGED MOUNTAIN, OCT 19

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Fellow bikers,So many great biking activities going on right now with this beautiful autumn weather.  I hope that you will take the time to support the new City Parks and Rec “shared use” ordinance to allow a shared use trail system at Ragged Mt.   What can you do to support the Parks and Rec “shared use” ordinance?Please share and help spread the biking goodness. Vote for shared use:  http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/22233-poll-should-the-trails-at-the-ragged-mountain-be-o/ Contact your City Council to voice your support for the share use ordinance.  The Councilors really pay attention to these emails *Send a single email to all the City Councilors:  council@charlottesville.org*Send … Continue reading

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

IMBA TKMBD PosterHoriz FINAL (1)-page-001We will be hosting the annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day at The Tevendale Farm. Event starts at 12:30PM on October 17th. Kids of all ages are welcome.

It’s free! It’s a great way to introduce your kids to mountain biking with a group of volunteers that help to build and maintain the trails in Albemarle. Bring your bikes and helmets. We will start out with a safety check then break up into short supervised rides. We will have water, hot dogs and Clif Bars.

Safety checks will start at 12:30PM and rides will start around 1:30. There will be a kid’s mountain bike race at 3PM, kicking off the annual Paranormal race. Bring your Halloween costumes to be part of the Paranormal fun!