Great Turnout for Beginner Rides

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

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

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

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

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

 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

SERS: Sherando

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

SERS: Narrowback

Jason Hiser lead a group of ten up Narrowback. The ride began with a long gradual climb to the ridgeline. The return route off the ridge follows the same route, giving a preview of the series of drainage features (read: jumps) that need to be negotiated (read: launched) on the way back down. Once on the ridge, the trail continues through technical, rocky downhill sections down to a fireroad. The fire road continues along the western side of the ridge to a trail junction leading back to the top of the ridge. The ride included two good climbs, and tested downhill riding skills … Continue reading

Bicycles: Commuting Here and Abroad (Virginia Festival of the Book)

This coming Wednesday evening at 6pm the Virginia Festival of the Book presents Ralph Buehler, author of City Cycling and academic research papers such as “Making Cycling Irresistible.” Ruth Stornetta of Bike Charlottesville and Scott Paisley will be on the panel.

This is especially pertinent with the rapidly developing plans to re-design West Main Street and to design the new Belmont bridge, not to mention the city’s Strategic Investment Area of ‘south downtown’ and the city’s small area plans. The city has re-committed this year to the Complete Streets principles (you can find a link to this document on the city’s webpage or at www.cvilletomorrow.org), but how do we help insure that all of this community input and planning leads to real on the ground improvements for all members of the transportation mix? Continue reading