Lockn’ is coming up, and CAMBC is back at the Wheel[house]. We’ll be onsite doing free bike repairs, leading rides on the farm trails, and giving out free high fives. Last year we helped people keep rolling from camp to stage and back day after day, replacing tubes, chains, and performing tuneups. It was a great time, with great music and friends. We still need a few volunteers this year, so please consider signing up. Click here for more details
Hey trail riders, runners, beer lovers, and adrenaline junkies, MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the CLIPS BEER and FILM TOUR, coming to Charlottesville, Washington Park, the evening of September 17, 2013. Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, and proceeds to benefit Better World Betty and Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC). This fun event is FREE! CALL FOR HELPERS: We need folks to help set up and staff stations the day of the event. There are volunteer positions needing filling for setup (10am to 6PM) and staffing (6PM to 11PM) the day of the event, Friday, September 17. You know you don’t … Continue reading
On March 28th, Devil’s Backbone and Travis Book threw CAMBC a party. Travis is a member of the Infamous Stringdusters and a fellow mountain biker. In an effort to help further CAMBC’s trail advocacy, Travis and his hometown brewery, Devil’s Backbone offered up beer and music for over 100 people. Devil’s Backbone gave us 2 kegs of beer, which we served in sweet CAMBC pint glasses. Travis, Dave Stackhouse, John Lewis and others led beginner, intermediate, and advanced rides on and around the Devil’s Backbone property both Saturday and Sunday. Rides included Sherando and Whetstone Ridge. After riding and partying, camping and … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.
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