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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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SERS: Sherando (Pocahontas rained out)

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Virginia weather can be unpredictable.  Mid August, and it’s 78f and overcast outside.  And, it’s raining in Charlottesville and Richmond.  So, our intended ride (Pocahontis State Park) wasn’t going to work.  Time for a new plan. Of course, everyone wanted to know if we’d be rained out.  Well, the rain in Charlottesville and Richmond came from the north west, and was headed south-east.  It seemed like it would miss Sherando completely.  So, at 7:30am with the rain getting heavier, we take off down the highway.  And it keeps raining, and as we approach Afton the fog and rain set in.  But!  The … Continue reading

Great Turnout for Beginner Rides

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Once again, I am very proud of this club. Especially our newest riders and our newly certified IMBA Level 1 ride guide, Rob Eastman. Rob has been diligently leading our beginner rides each week. Last week we had a turnout of 20 riders! Their skills ranged from those who have never been offroad before, to having some experience riding trails and needing some coaching to make them better riders. Often more experienced riders join in on the fun to cruise along with everyone to show their support. The beginner rides are offered each week, rotating between the trails at Preddy Creek, Pleasant Grove, … Continue reading

Tool Donation to RTF

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The Rivanna Trail Foundation is an important CAMBC partner, whose volunteers keep the RTF trail beautifully maintained. Recently, they had some tools stolen from their shed, severely limiting their ability to remove overgrowth from the trails, and keep the trail corridor open. Because of their dedication to local trails, and our ongoing partnership, CAMBC has donated $500 to the RTF to replace their stolen tools. Blue Ridge Cyclery has also provided a matching $500 donation as well. Speaking on behalf of the CAMBC board, I am proud of our club and its members. It is your membership dollars, and volunteer hours … Continue reading

SERS: Douthat

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Rain…Lots of rain. As we climbed into the clouds, the rain got worse. To everyone on the ride, it was well worth it, though. The rain served to knock the dust down on the trail a bit, and made climbs tacky with very little wheel spin. Downhills were tricky over slick roots, but the smooth trails of Douthat kept us mostly on course. If you have not visited Douthat State Park yet, you should. 20+ miles of big mountain riding. For this ride, we followed the course of the Middle Mountain Mama, an annual race held in the park. The … Continue reading

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

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 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