Welcome to 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

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

RTF CAMBC Trailwork day on OHill

32 Volunteers participated in trailwork of various activities along the section of the RTF on OHill just south of the Route 250/Ivy Road entrance.  Corridor clearing, wet spot remediating, and armoring of a always wet spot improved a section that gets overgrown in the summer.

CAMBC All Hands Group Photo!

CAMBC, Things have come together nicely for the CAMBC All Hands photo!  Remember, it’s Sunday, May 21, 2pm sharp at the Walnut Creek field by the dam and you’re supposed to bring everyone!  That includes your family, your (legally-leashed) trail dog, your grandpa who bought you that first bike at age 5, that weird uncle who helped you learn to ride, your (legally-leashed) trail cat, that guy you met on a ride once, your (legally-leashed) trail fish…. you get the idea. Here’s a list of cool things that will be happening! I have a huge pile of schwaggy give-aways from … Continue reading

Ragged Mountain Natural Area and our Trail Partnerships

Since 2003, the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club has proudly partnered with government agencies and non-profit organizations in an effort to promote sustainable trails, and educate our community about trail stewardship. We have also been fortunate to partner with many community organizations to promote shared trail use, safety education, healthy lifestyles, and alternatives to motor vehicle transportation. Our partners include the City of Charlottesville (City), Albemarle (County) and Fluvanna Counties, the US Forest Service, the University of Virginia, and the Rivanna Trails Foundation. We will never back away from these partnerships, or our shared missions.  Despite these solid partnerships, we … Continue reading

Safe Routes to School Bike Repair Party at Champion

You might know that the City of Charlottesville has a new Safe Routes to School program, coordinated by our own Kyle Rodland. The city actually owns about 50-60 bikes that Kyle intends to repair and utilize for bike riding safety programming at local schools.  How cool is that? Here’s where we come in.  Those bikes need repair.  So, we’re planning a huge party at Champion Brewery on February 24 to fix those bikes and have a beer to celebrate. Mark your calendar and come contribute to a great program that gets more kids out of cars and onto bicycles!!!  Here … Continue reading

This Saturday! Take a Kid Mountain Biking

CAMBC is hosting another Take a Kid Mountain Biking event this Saturday before the Paranormal Race!  There will be various stations set up for the Kids to practice and learn on and a ton of fun stuff to do while they ride!  Appropriate forkids under the age of 12, including a strider course!  It all kicks off at 1pm on Saturday at the Paranormal field and will culminate in an optionalKids race at 3pm!  You can register for the Kid‘s race at the event on Saturday from 1-2:45pm and get more information about all the events HERE. If there is … Continue reading

Cutaway Kids Team Trailwork Day

The kids from the Cutaway team are at it again! Twice a year, coach Joe Hoskins brings his crew of young racers (and their parents) out to help CAMBC maintain local trails. The kids learn the importance of proper trail design, how to prevent erosion damage, and how to keep the trails in top shape for years to come. This fall, their project was at the top of O-Hill. Clearing back invasive brush and building water drainage features were the tasks for the day. In total, 20 kids and their parents showed up, and gave some very old trails a … Continue reading

Joint Letter in Support of Shared Use at Ragged Mountain

CAMBC, Rivanna Trails Foundation, and Charlottesville Area Trailrunners have delivered a letter to Mr. Brian Daly of the City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department to endorse a shared use plan for Ragged Mountain access. “Option E” is one of several plans on the table for future of Ragged Mountain. This is the only viable plan that allows shared trail access within the park. For more information about the options that will be presented to City Council, please visit:

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

Come help us celebrate the first annual spring edition of TKMBD. The second Saturday in June is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress.IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA’s … Continue reading