Help Needed for the Toy Lift Bike Build


Come help build bikes on Dec 3rd

Check out pictures from last years event



Take a Kid Mountain Biking

IMBA TKMBD PosterHoriz FINAL (1)-page-001We will be hosting the annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day at The Tevendale Farm. Event starts at 12:30PM on October 17th. Kids of all ages are welcome.

It’s free! It’s a great way to introduce your kids to mountain biking with a group of volunteers that help to build and maintain the trails in Albemarle. Bring your bikes and helmets. We will start out with a safety check then break up into short supervised rides. We will have water, hot dogs and Clif Bars.

Safety checks will start at 12:30PM and rides will start around 1:30. There will be a kid’s mountain bike race at 3PM, kicking off the annual Paranormal race. Bring your Halloween costumes to be part of the Paranormal fun!


Paranormal is coming!!!

Get ready you costumed MTB freaks! The Paranormal is coming! 6 Hour race at the Tevendale Farm… most laps wins. Lots of food to discourage that next lap.
This is our 14th year in a row putting on a fun grass-roots, family event . One and Two person teams will attack the 8 mile lap of wooded, tight, fast and fun singletrack while dodging rocks, roots, bats and beasts!
Show up in costume and get a time bonus for your solo or duo open team! The course and setup are all new for 2015!
Trek Demos:
Starting at 10AM, come hit the trails and test out Trek’s latest mountain bikes
Free Kids Race:
This is the fifth year we will be doing the Paranormal Kids Race. It’s open for all of the little cyclists 12 and under. They can sign up with their parents between 1:00 and 2:45 on race day. The kids will go off at 3:00 and they should be done in time for the adults to show up for the pre-race meeting at 3:30.
Volunteer Information:It takes a lot of hands to keep the Paranormal running smoothly throughout the evening. If you or someone representing you volunteers with setup, breakdown or race day activites, you race for free. If you are interested in helping out use the event contact link above.Directions:

This is our eight year at the Tevendale Farm, North of Charlottesville.  The trails get better and better every year and this year we have an expanded and all new course and setup.  There will be plenty of parking and some “primitive” race night camping available.  Please no pets and no open fires. Click Here for a Google Map Detailed driving directions: From Rt 29 and 250 in Charlottesville, Head North on 29.  Make a Left onto Hydraulic Road.
Follow this through three lights and make a Left onto Earlysville Road
at the fourth light (Summers market, formerly The Rock Store).  Take Earlysville Road through Earlysville and at the Earlysville General Store stay left onto Buck Mountain Road. Follow this for a few miles until a Right onto Markwood Road.  Follow
Markwood for three-quarters of amile and make a left into a large field across from the Claymont Subdivison.

Advocacy Community

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.

RaggedSince 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 brand new trail at Ragged Mountain. Many people who have been involved in the public hearing and trail building events have asked why the “no biking” signs have remained onsite.

It is up to the community of trail users to push this over the goal line. City Council is set to take up this issue on Oct. 5th at 7:00PM and will consider some language designating these trails as multi-use.

12 speakers will be allowed to sign up at the beginning of the meeting and each has 3 minutes.  Then there may be time at the end of the meeting for more comments.  This is the first of two “readings” to allow City Council to gauge public support.  If the support outweighs opposition, then the Ragged Mt “shared use” rules tentatively may be approved at the next City Council meeting on October 19th.

Please come show your support for bicycling, trail running, and dog walking at Ragged Mountain. Opening these trails to all trail users helps keep up with the growing demand for outdoor experiences in Charlottesville. Shared use trails will also encourage numerous user groups to volunteer in trail building efforts. Moreover, designating these trails as multi-use brings the rules at Ragged Mountain in line with other city and county parks, which have proven popular among all trail users.

We thank everyone for their patience waiting for news at Ragged Mountain. We are pleased to say that our time has come, and we need to show City Council that CAMBC and our partner organizations are dedicated to public trail access. Join us Monday October 5th at 7PM and tell them we want Ragged Mountain.










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


Clips Beer and Film Tour, September 17, 2015

Clips_Dave-Cruiser-BikeHey 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 want to miss this fun event, and you’ll be there anyway, so why not help out your favorite cause and pitch in. There’s positions available for setup, pouring beer, wrist band/ID checkers, beer gypsies, game leaders, and non-profit rep tents.

Volunteers sign up at this link:  To volunteer just follow this link, add your name and contact info. Your entries will automatically be saved. Please don’t overwrite anyone else’s entries. We’ll be in touch with volunteers with details before the event.

This film-traveling, beer-toting, nonprofit-benefiting show is coming to 21 cities coast-to-coast, including Charlottesville. Combine New Belgium’s unique craft brews with inspiring short films at night, and you’ve got this fun-for-all event to wrap up your summer. Gates open at 7PM, films start at dark. New Belgium took their love for beer and film fans and put them together in this one-of-a-kind event. You’ll get to try New Belgium’s most esoteric offerings (up to 18 varieties on tap) and pair them with inspiring short films created by fans. And good news for Charlottesville, 100% of the proceeds from beer sales benefit Better World Betty and CAMBC. There will also be games and contests, local food vendors, and the chance to win the raffle for a New Belgium Cruiser bike! (See the Cruiser Bike and get your raffle tickets at Blue Ridge Cyclery).

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 want to miss this fun event, and you’ll be there anyway, so why not help out your favorite cause and pitch in.

Volunteers sign up at this link:

Check out or for more information. We hope to see you there!


Join New Belgium Brewing Company and Better World Betty on SEPTEMBER 17 from 7-10pm in Washington Park for the Clips Beer and Film Tour!

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Devil’s Backbone Event a Success!!!

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 bonfires were available near the brewery.

We sold 100 pint glasses, had 60+ riders on 7 different rides, camped with 50 brave souls, and ate an unconscionable amount of bacon and eggs. We made some new friends from outside the Charlottesville Area, and furthered our advocacy message. Thanks to Travis, Devil’s Backbone, all of our volunteers, and of course all the attendees, we raised $1350 for the trails.



Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes!!! March 28th



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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 is going to be a great event.  Kids of all ages, fabulous LOCAL music, food, beer, and trails.  Oh yeah, it’s in the heart of springtime too!  More details as we get them, but plan on attending with the whole family.

Here’s the plan!


Beginner Ride:  12 noon.  Meet at Devils Backbone Brewery parking lot, here:  DBB location.  Sean Denham and Matt Mcclleland are the ride leaders.  This will be a 1 ish hour ride on the flat trails on the Devils Backbone campus.  After the show, Travis Book will also be leading a ride, 6 pm.  Travis lives on site and built most of these trails!

Intermediate Ride:  9 am. Meet at the entrance to Sherando Lake, here:  Sherando Lake Entrance location.  Ride leaders are David Stackhouse and Derek Glass.  This ride will include significant but low grade climbing, lots of excellent single track, and some fun challenging rock gardens.  The route: up White Rock Trail to the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Slacks Overlook, Back down Slacks to Sherando Lake. 2-3 hrs. If you have fun on the Rivanna trail, Ohill, and/or Walnut Creek, this ride is for you! Self supported: bring tubes, food, water, repair equipment, etc.

Advanced Ride:  9 am. Meet at the Turkey Pen trailhead on the Coal Road, Sherando, here;  Coal Road meeting location  Ride leaders are Todd Neimier and Kyle Rodland.  This ride will be a classic Sherando suffer fest.  Expect loads of climbing and some very challenging downhill.  ROCKS.  Possibilities include Torry’s Ridge, Kennedy’s Ridge, etc.  If you have been craving a big mountain ride but don’t know the good routes, this ride is for you.  Please bring plenty of food and water, at least two tubes, spare hanger, patch kit, etc.


Music!:  Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters will begin at about 2pm, and play until 5ish at Devils Backbone Brewery.  Kleen Canteen Stainless pint cups are $20 which includes beer.  Admission is free otherwise.  Food and such will be available via the DBB restaurant.  Raffle tickets, swag, and other fun stuff is to be had!  Join us!!


Camping:  Set up will be available anytime on Saturday.  Camping will be in a nice grassy flat area, next to your vehicle, right on the campus.  Car camping works.  PLEASE rsvp here:  Free camping and breakfast RSVP  If we don’t know you are coming, we won’t have the proper porta-johns and the right amount of food.  Do me a solid favor and hit the link, add your name.  Deadline for camping/breakfast RSVP is Thursday night.  Camping/after party will likely include: campfires, night laps on the trails, and good times for everyone.  Breakfast will be provided by CAMBC on Sunday morning.  If you don’t like  pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice, coffee, etc.  you’re out of luck!



Breakfast starting who knows when…, but probably 7, 8 am or so..

Beginner Ride:  10ish, possibly earlier, meet at DBB:  Ride Leaders are Joe Hoskins and Sean Denham.  This will be a variation on the same rides as Saturday.

Intermediate Ride:  departing DBB at 10ish:  Ride Leaders are David Stackhouse, Geoff Keenan, Matt Mcclelland, Bobby Casteen, and John Maine.  This ride will be a bigger ride than Saturday’s intermediate ride, but similar in terms of difficulty, at Sherando. We will sample some of the classic routes!

Advance Ride:  Ride leaders are John Lewis and Chris Hoy, departs DBB at 10ish for Whetstone Ridge. This ride is one of the more difficult but spectacular rides in the Blue Ridge. Plan on some hike a bikes, rocky chutes, a long flowing downhill, capped with a pavement/gravel climb back to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Plan for mechanicals!! This is a 4-5 hr adventure.

Don’t forget to RSVP (Free camping and breakfast RSVP) for the camping by Thursday. 


Toy Lift Build a Success! Thank You!

13191_10205780811226138_8681401517918956853_nFrom 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!



Toy Lift Bike Build!!!


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 the 190 26″ bikes. The remaining 100 20″ bikes will arrive tomorrow. Come on out and help get bikes to these kids. It is a great time.

Thursday’s bike build team finished the 100 20″ kids bikes, and tuned up a few leftover bikes from the previous year. So far, 320 bikes are ready for homes. Shawn is sourcing another 150 bikes to try to get as many bikes as possible into the hands of the 500+ kids that asked for them. Stay tuned!