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

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: http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-h-z/parks-recreation-/parks-trails/city-parks/ragged-mountain

Ragged Mountain Master Planning Meeting: Part 1

On Monday, March 1, the first of 3 public meetings was held in regard to the master plan for and allowable uses at Ragged Mountain at the Trinity Church on Fontaine Ave. Extended in Charlottesville. The first meeting was informational, with City Parks and Recreation and RWSA giving a presentation that recapped the history of the Ragged Mountain Reservoir area since the late 1800’s and up to the present.  Approximately 40 people were in attendance, including a member of City Council.  Besides providing history and facts about the land and water at Ragged Mountain, the presentation also made it clear that the … Continue reading

IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits Charlottesville

Trails are one of the earliest and clearest markers of society, CAMBC president David Stackhouse reminds us. To move about efficiently, early humans created trails. Trails provide protection to our surrounding natural resources by concentrating travel patterns as we explore our world. And above all, trails unite communities. Dave shared this message of unity to kick off a trail building workshop led by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Care Crew. The attendees included mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners from various areas of Virginia. Our IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders, Lani and Jordan reinforced this message as they discussed the … Continue reading

CITY COUNCIL DECISION ON SHARED USE FOR RAGGED MOUNTAIN, OCT 19

Fellow bikers,So many great biking activities going on right now with this beautiful autumn weather.  I hope that you will take the time to support the new City Parks and Rec “shared use” ordinance to allow a shared use trail system at Ragged Mt.   What can you do to support the Parks and Rec “shared use” ordinance?Please share and help spread the biking goodness. Vote for shared use:  http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/22233-poll-should-the-trails-at-the-ragged-mountain-be-o/ Contact your City Council to voice your support for the share use ordinance.  The Councilors really pay attention to these emails *Send a single email to all the City Councilors:  council@charlottesville.org*Send … Continue reading

Ragged Mountain Headed to City Council

In November of 2014, the City of Charlottesville held an open forum to discuss the trails at Ragged Mountain. Ragged Mountain was in the process of changing hands and coming under City management, and the issue of trail use was on the table. Roughly 100 citizens representing multiple public land use interests showed up. The overwhelming response was a resounding push for multi-use trails at Ragged. Since then, CAMBC has begun working with the city of Charlottesville to begin planning and laying out trail. The club also hosted a two day engagement with professional trail builders to teach local trail builders how to install … Continue reading

CAMBC and UVA

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

CALL TO ACTION: Ragged Mountain Reservoir Area

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

Oct 25th. Take a Kid Mountain Biking!!!

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Come out and support the next generation of ripper-snappers at Preddy Creek. We need club members there to lead rides, cheer the kids on, and show them real trail riding! This event is FREE!

If you have a moment to help up spread the word, please print this flyer and post publicly. We really hope for a big turnout this year! Take a Kid Mountain Biking Flyer