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


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

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Tool Donation to RTF

RTF_Logo_Green_RoundThe 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 that help us give back to the trails. Thank you for coming out to volunteer at club events like pouring beer at the Pavillion, Better World Betty Clips Festival, SM100 aid stations, and the XTerra. The club gets paid for it’s volunteers at these events, which lets us reinvest that money into making Charlottesville an awesome place to ride.



New Trails Coming to the Belmont Area

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.

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

(From Scott Paisley)

Hi All,

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 myself 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, 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?

I’m inviting people to the Festival of the Book to hear Ralph and moderator Suzanne Morse, and then to meet afterward to discuss how we can best work with the city to ensure the best results for these critical pieces of Charlottesville’s transportation mix.  Amanda Poncy and Jim Tolbert have arranged that we can have use of the City Council Chamber (site of the Ralph Buehler book event) until 10pm.  This is a great opportunity to hear/voice your concerns and hopes and to hear more about the ideas being presented and the timing of decisions/deadlines for input.  I would like to focus on West Main as this is the project on the fastest development track.  Hope to see you there!

Thanks! Scott Paisley

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[cryout-button-light url=””] Council adopts new ‘complete streets’ policy[/cryout-button-light]-Charlottesville Tomorrow

[cryout-button-light url=””]City of Charlottesville Agenda[/cryout-button-light]-Contains Complete Streets Plan


City Council adopts “complete streets” policy

article from The Cavalier Daily



Plan passes 4-1; aims to improve quality, utility of Charlottesville streets

 Charlottesville City Council adopted a “complete streets” resolution earlier this month to ensure future roads will accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and tree-lined roadways.

“[The new policy will] ensure that transportation infrastructure investments support the making of an attractive, healthy, and safe, walkable and bike-able Charlottesville,” according to Council’s agenda.

The street design policy was initially proposed by councilmember Kathy Galvin in September.

“Context Sensitive Streets simply means that the design, engineering and building of our streets should fit the context they’re in and accommodate the transportation modes that make sense in that context,” Galvin said.

Neighborhood Development Services Director Jim Tolbert said the increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists make this plan necessary for the community.

“Over time the plan should lead to a system of streets that provide for all users,” Tolbert said.

Council approved the use of $50,000 from the Capital Improvement Program Contingency Account to pay outside consultants who will aid city staff with the project. Groups of staff members will work with advisers from the PLACE Design Task Force, Planning Commission, Tree Commission and the Bike/Pedestrian Committee.

Council proposed a similar policy in November 2010, however the policy was not successful.

Council’s vote was 4-1 in favor of the project. Council member Bob Fenwick, who began his term as councilor this January, voted against the project, and said there was no need to spend on outside consultants.

Tolbert said outside experts are needed to supplement current city staff members and offer specialized expertise.

The street design resolution falls under Charlottesville’s 2013 Comprehensive Plan. This extensive proposal includes plans to create streets better equipped for storm water management, cultivate Charlottesville’s “tree canopy,” create transit infrastructure that promotes a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists, and continue to develop the Charlottesville business community.

The Context Sensitive Street Design is one of the policies included in a city-wide slated to begin in July and be completed by March 2015.


Bike ‘n Bake Valentine Scone Sale

Charlottesville Community Bikes is accepting orders for the Annual Bike ’N Bake Valentine Scone Sale. Freshly baked heart-shaped chocolate chip scones and printed card can be delivered by festive costumed bicyclists on Feb. 14 to recipients in the city of Charlottesville or on University of Virginia Central Grounds. Pick-up orders will be available at the Quest Book Shop. A $20 donation is requested for each order; proceeds will go to Books Behind Bars and Charlottesville Community Bikes. Details and online orders are available or 361-1618.

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Thank You Volunteers

I want to thank Teri Kent (Better World Betty) and all the volunteers who helped make Friday night’s Clips

event which couldn’t have happened without you.  Your efforts to build this community event are remarkable.  It was my pleasure to work with each of you to pull off such a great time for all.
 Beer and Film Tour Charlottesville event such a success.  You volunteers were the heart and soul of the


For anyone who missed this fun time, we were blessed with stellar weather and a crowd of 850 to 1000 enjoyed 18+ exotic microbrews and 20+ inspirational films under the stars.  The folks from New Belgium Brewing really know how to promote a fun time.  I knew I was a fan before this event, now I understand what a great employee-owned company it is and what a great bunch of people they are to work with.  It was a great opportunity to mix as a community, hang with friends, and enjoy a great family activity.


We’re hopeful we’ll be able to bring this event back next year.  If you missed it this year, you should make a mental note… this is a fun time that is not to be missed.


Thanks again to all the volunteers and attendees!


Dave Stackhouse

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club


Conquer the Hill, September 7th

The Race

Conquer the Hill is Virginia’s newest mountain bike event held at the scenic Miller School of Albemarle (whose central campus is appropriately referred to as “the hill”). Expect a full day of great racing in a relaxing atmosphere. The race is being held on the same course as the State Championship race for the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series, so come out on May 11 to check out the venue and cheer on the best junior mountain bikers from around the state!

The Course

4 miles of sweet, student-built singletrack featuring challenging climbs, and flowing descents. There are numerous areas to pass as well as plenty of tight, sinuous stretches of trail through dense forests. The course is roughly 40% doubletrack/fireroads and 60% singletrack.

The course map and profile below give a good representation of the layout and topography, however the final course will differ slightly. We will update the course maps and profiles here and on the facebook page as soon as they are finalized.


Please note
: Miller School of Albemarle is a private campus and the trails are not open for riding to the general public. If you would like to pre-ride the course, it will be marked and open at the following times:

  • Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am to noon, and then 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Friday, September 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Day-of registration is available for all categories until 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. There will be an additional charge of $5.00 for all day-of registrants with the exception of Junior riders.

Getting There

The Miller School of Albemarle is located just 15 minutes west of Charlottesville, VA at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

1000 Samuel Miller Loop
Charlottesville, VA 22903

As you reach the top of the main entrance, stay left at the fork and follow signs to parking in the grass field on your left.