November 2014

CAMBC Board Meeting November 25, 2014 Present Sam Lindblom via phone Dave Stackhouse Jon Ciambotti John Lewis Kristi Lombard Will Sanford Matt Jones Ken Crawford (tardy) Absent Shawn Tevendale Financial Update by Dave Stackhouse   22,851 in bank account after recently paid 3645 for 50% of the jersey deposit to Cutaway received $750 from MJH for Jersey Sponsor Still need $750 from Blue Ridge Cyclery and the Great Outdoors Provision Co. Expecting a balance of around 26000 after jersey sale is complete.   Recent outgoing money includes $500 to Rob Eastman for training to lead beginner rides $500 to RTF … Continue reading

SERS: Hearthstone to Wolf Ridge

“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

Pleasant Grove Trail Work Day – September 27, 2014

On Saturday September 27th Jason Smith from Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation, Walter Hussey from theRivanna Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists and David Wood, John Petrylak and Josh Wall from theCharlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) participated in a trail work day at Pleasant Grove park inFluvanna County. The work day was focused on moving a bridge back to its original position spanning a largeditch along the Heritage Trail. The bridge was built by a group of local Boy Scouts early in the spring and shortlyafter was washed down a creek and turned 180 degrees during a torrential rain storm. Luckily, … Continue reading

New Trails Coming to the Belmont Area

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.

April 2014

CAMBC Meeting Minutes April 21, 2014 (7:00PM – 9:00PM) Meeting notes for April 21 club board meeting at Sam Linblom’s house. Attendees: Sam Linblom (President), Dave Stackhouse (Treasurer), Will Sanford (Officer), Ken Crawford (Secretary), Matt Jones (Board Member), John Lewis (Board Member), Jon Ciambotti (Board Member) First Order of Business: The board voted to fill the Treasurer vacancy created by the exit of Pam Crawford.  All present voted in David Stackhouse as Treasurer effective immediately. Responsibilities include: Deposits Payables Balance Account Reports (Dave indicates current balance ~$21K) Discussion around board member responsibilities and expectations.  Sam iterated that board members have … Continue reading

Post current trail conditions!

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

Bike ‘n Bake Valentine Scone Sale

Charlottesville Community Bikes is accepting orders for the Annual Bike ’N Bake Valentine Scone Sale. Freshly baked heart-shaped chocolate chip scones and printed card can be delivered by festive costumed bicyclists on Feb. 14 to recipients in the city of Charlottesville or on University of Virginia Central Grounds. Pick-up orders will be available at the Quest Book Shop. A $20 donation is requested for each order; proceeds will go to Books Behind Bars and Charlottesville Community Bikes. Details and online orders are available atwww.cvillecommunitybikes.com or 361-1618.

Thank You Volunteers

I want to thank Teri Kent (Better World Betty) and all the volunteers who helped make Friday night’s Clips event which couldn’t have happened without you.  Your efforts to build this community event are remarkable.  It was my pleasure to work with each of you to pull off such a great time for all. Beer and Film Tour Charlottesville event such a success.  You volunteers were the heart and soul of the   For anyone who missed this fun time, we were blessed with stellar weather and a crowd of 850 to 1000 enjoyed 18+ exotic microbrews and 20+ inspirational films … Continue reading

Conquer the Hill, September 7th

Conquer the Hill is Virginia’s newest mountain bike event held at the scenic Miller School of Albemarle (whose central campus is appropriately referred to as “the hill”). Expect a full day of great racing in a relaxing atmosphere. The race is being held on the same course as the State Championship race for the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series, so come out on May 11 to check out the venue and cheer on the best junior mountain bikers from around the state!

4 miles of sweet, student-built singletrack featuring challenging climbs, and flowing descents. There are numerous areas to pass as well as plenty of tight, sinuous stretches of trail through dense forests. The course is roughly 40% doubletrack/fireroads and 60% singletrack.
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