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FUNDED!!!! IMBA Dig In Project

Thank you for everyone who donated! We’ve hit our goal! More updates and good things to come! CAMBC has been approved by IMBA for their Dig-In project funding program. Our proposal for the project was the phase 3 development of the new Heyward Community Forest/Song Mountain Trail system, adjacent to Ragged Mountain. The Dig In project gives is access to matching funds to accelerate this project. The first $2000 will be matched by IMBA through a grant provided by Shimano. Our goal is to raise $7000 through this program. This project represents the third phase of the Song Mountain Loop … Continue reading

Share the Trails

The County is receiving an uptick in complaints about some cyclists at Ragged Mtn not yielding to hikers, or passing without slowing down, or otherwise not being considerate of other trail users. They’ve asked us to send out a reminder and help spread the word. So please remember these rules of etiquette: * Cyclists yield to all other trail users. This means slow down and come to a stop as you approach others, and step to the side of the trail w your bike. In practice I notice hikers will often wave you on while they step to the side. … Continue reading

CAMBC Q4 2020 Membership Update

November 2020 Winter is coming, eventually.  We hope.  This fall has been amazing—weeks of dry weather and beautiful colors.  On top of that, we have some updates for you. Riding in the time of Covid First, Covid safety practices are still in effect.  We can’t have socials, big trail workdays, and group rides.  We CAN be good role models and help keep our trails open and in good shape, especially as the winter season kicks in. Don’t ride on wet or muddy trails.  Don’t skid.  Don’t ride at crazy speeds on crowded trails. Don’t use or create shortcuts.  Stay on … Continue reading

CAMBC Membership Update – August 2020

It’s been a while since we’ve last communicated with you.  We blame it on Covid as we practice social distancing, doing our part to reduce spread.  Several updates on ongoing projects, trail systems, and our accomplishments are below. Riding in the time of Covid The Covid epidemic has impacted our club’s organized events.  We miss riding with and seeing all of you.  While we wait this out, we are aware that our local trail systems have experienced a considerable increase in usage, both with hikers/runners and new riders.  Here are some encouragements on how to be leaders and responsible riders … Continue reading

Trail Etiquette and Usage Reminder

Fellow mountain bikers and trail users, a quick plea/reminder on recommended trail etiquette and usage for our shared trails in the area. STAY OFF WET TRAILS – our local trails get a lot of use.  Riding them when they are muddy or wet increases the damage to them by providing ruts for water to run in, enlarging puddles and preventing drainage.  General rule of thumb is 24 hours for each inch of rain received.  After 2 inches of rain, give the trail at least 2 days to dry out. Give trails even more time to evaporate if it is cold … Continue reading

CAMBC All Hands Group Photo!

CAMBC, Things have come together nicely for the CAMBC All Hands photo!  Remember, it’s Sunday, May 21, 2pm sharp at the Walnut Creek field by the dam and you’re supposed to bring everyone!  That includes your family, your (legally-leashed) trail dog, your grandpa who bought you that first bike at age 5, that weird uncle who helped you learn to ride, your (legally-leashed) trail cat, that guy you met on a ride once, your (legally-leashed) trail fish…. you get the idea. Here’s a list of cool things that will be happening! I have a huge pile of schwaggy give-aways from … 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

This Saturday! Take a Kid Mountain Biking

CAMBC is hosting another Take a Kid Mountain Biking event this Saturday before the Paranormal Race!  There will be various stations set up for the Kids to practice and learn on and a ton of fun stuff to do while they ride!  Appropriate forkids under the age of 12, including a strider course!  It all kicks off at 1pm on Saturday at the Paranormal field and will culminate in an optionalKids race at 3pm!  You can register for the Kid‘s race at the event on Saturday from 1-2:45pm and get more information about all the events HERE. If there is … Continue reading

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

Come help us celebrate the first annual spring edition of TKMBD. The second Saturday in June is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress.IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA’s … Continue reading

Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beers

On April 23rd, Travis Book and Devil’s Backbone are throwing another party to benefit CAMBC. Great music, great beer, and mountain bike rides. 2016 Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beer is coming April 23rd!! Devils Backbone has donated beer, and Travis Book has lined up some great entertainment. We will be selling collectible steel pint cups for $20. With this cup, you also get 3 beer tickets. All proceeds go to CAMBC, and our local trail building efforts. Here is the schedule of events: 10AM: Group Ride leaves from Sherando Lake State Park. 12PM: Group Ride at Devils Backbone 2PM-6PM: Music, Beer, … Continue reading