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, Beer, and Bikes!!! March 28th

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  Mark your calendars for the CAMBC spring meeting and FUNdraiser:   March 28, 2PM. Travis Book, local singlespeeder hardman of the Infamous Stringdusters will be playing for us; at Devils Backbone Brewery down in Nelson County.  The Devils Backbone Trails will be open all day, we’ll have DBB beer; and food of course. Stay tuned for some earlier guided ride options way up high in the National Forest, the morning of.  All beer sale proceeds go directly to CAMBC, to support our efforts on our local trails; like tool purchases and equipment rental for Ragged Mountain (see above ^).   This … Continue reading

Mechanized Trailwork Training

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A core focus of CAMBC is to provide education to volunteers and other trail stewards in order to promote sustainable multi-use trail building principles. On March 25th and 26th, we hosted a two-day, hands-on training event for our partners in Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, the City of Charlottesville, and the Miller School. Albemarle County and the Miller School both recently purchased narrow gauge equipment specifically to help build and maintain area trails. A Solid Foundation In January, we invited the trail crews from Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville to join us in a trip to Richmond, where Nathan Burrell … Continue reading

RTF / O-Hill Trailwork day

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Thanks to everyone who came out to suppport CAMBC and the RTF on the recent trail work days. With the new CAMBC/UVA MOU in hand we set out to fix a section of RTF at O-Hill that has needed some love for quite some time. Volunteers put in 130 hours over two days. They laid stone to support the trail and keep riders out of the mud. Thanks to everyone for supporting our in-town trails!!!

New Trail Park at Ragged Mountain Natural Area

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The City of Charlottesville owns approximately 1000 wooded acres a few (bike-able) miles outside of the City proper where the City’s reservoir is located.  This terrain is mountainous mature forests with a dam that creates the reservoir.  A local foundation (Ivy Creek Foundation) had previously been granted permission to create and maintain a primitive trail system at Ragged Mountain Area, but bikes and other shared uses were prohibited.  Ivy Creek Foundation did a great job of managing the site for many years.  Last year the City undertook a large construction project to raise the Ragged Mountain dam about 50 feet … Continue reading

CAMBC and UVA

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O-Hill. It’s rocky, it’s steep, and it is as “in-town” as Charlottesville mountain biking gets. And now CAMBC can help maintain the trail network on O-Hill as well as some other UVA properties. After 5 years of negotiating we’ve finally signed an MOU with UVA that allows us to build and maintain trails on undeveloped UVA property.  This is significant for several reasons.  First, UVA is the largest land owner in the City of Charlottesville and has the largest undeveloped land holdings in the City.  This leads to the second significance… there are existing primitive trails (single track) on much of … Continue reading

SVBC/CAMBC Superbowl Sunday Ride

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A group of CAMBC members, Josh Wall, Greg Bruen, David Stackhouse and Drew Duke met up with other riders from the greater Shenandoah area on Feb 1st for the annual Superbowl Sunday Ride.  The ride started at the Briery Branch Community Center not far from Stokesville, VA.  We had been watching the weather all week, and the forecast changed from an unpleasant freezing rain to a clear sunny day good for a ride.   The temperature was around 32 degrees when we headed out at 9:45. The first 11 miles is all SR 257 carving up into the snow covered mountains.  It’s starts off … Continue reading

Toy Lift Build a Success! Thank You!

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From Shawn: Just finished putting the finishing touches on the last big wheels and safety checked the final bikes from the drop off sites for the night. Looking around this room, all I can say is thank you to everyone for helping making the 2014 Toy Lift bike build such a huge success! It looks like we managed to get a toy to every kid and thanks to the generous outpouring from all of you, we built, donated, polished and prepared over 400 bikes! Thanks everyone for all you did! Shawn

Toy Lift Bike Build!!!

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  CAMBC has taken delivery of 190 26″ bicycles, and another 100 20″ kids bikes. We will be over in the Earlysville Business Park assembling all of these bikes in time for pickup this weekend. What kid would not want a bike for Christmas. CAMBC and all of the bicycle donors want to bring joy to kids in need this holiday season. Thanks to those who have donated! We are still in need of more bikes. If you have a kids’ bike cluttering your bike stable, bring it to the Earlysville Business Park this week. Wednesday’s build team almost completed … Continue reading

CALL TO ACTION: Ragged Mountain Reservoir Area

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CAMBC crew; You’ve heard us talking about the huge opportunity that is the Ragged Mountain Reservoir property.  This is the land out reservoir road from Ohill, formally managed by the Ivy Creek Foundation.  Ivy Creek Foundation is no longer managing this property as of the completion of the new dam and reservoir.  The City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a public meeting this Wednesday, November 12, 6 pm at City Space on the downtown mall.  They are considering rule changes at Ragged Mountain, which could include, among other things, access for cycling.  As many of you already … Continue reading

SERS: Hearthstone to Wolf Ridge

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“Ride start is a steep and long climb, bring the big boy/girl pants and leave the complaining at home.” -Hisersaurus Rex And it did start steep, too. The push up Hearthstone had us mortals in the group on and off the bikes many times during the relentless grind required to the top. Near the ridge line, the trail was choked off with blackberry vines pretty badly. Much blood was drawn from the tough guys in shorts and short sleeves. We also put the handsaws in action, clearing several trees from the trail.             Fall is … Continue reading