An Informational Resource for Cyclists in Central Virginia.
The Charlottesville Bicycle Club is a loosely-organized group of cyclists dedicated to riding as often as we can the hills, valleys, and occasionally the mountains of the greater Charlottesville region.
Becoming a member is as easy as it gets: just show up (on time) for one of our Saturday or Sunday rides (see the Ride Schedule). If you want to get formal about it, sign up for our email list (see below). Club rides are free and open to all. If you ride with us, you of course do so entirely at your own risk.
Requirements For Riders
All riders are required to have a helmet; a rear-view mirror is recommended. You are also expected to have adequate fluids and a road-worthy bicycle in good repair. Many rides, but not all, will include the opportunity to stop at a store to replenish supplies.
You should if possible be prepared to fix a flat tire and perform other minor repairs. If you are new to cycling and are not comfortable with these procedures, don't let that stop you. However, you might want to talk to a more experienced member before the ride so the group is prepared to help if necessary.
Finally, we recommend that you to be able to ride at an average speed of at least 14-15 miles per hour over 25-30 miles or more. If you aren't yet at that level, or aren't sure if you are, see the New Rider Information page for suggestions.
Safety On The Road
The club considers safety to be our very highest priority. Please review the information on the Safety page before you join us for a ride.
Official Email List
In addition to the Ride Schedule posted on this site, we send out an email each week (usually on Friday) detailing the Saturday and Sunday rides, complete with links to their respective maps and cue sheets. The list may occasionally be used for other important notices as things come up. See the Contacts page to subscribe.
The club also maintains a Google Groups discussion group by which any member of the group can can send messages or replies to other members. See the Contacts page for a link to the discussion group, from where you can request membership.
The club is primarily a road cycling group. At various times however, particularly in the winter, we also arrange gravel road rides which require a mountain, gravel, or hybrid bike. See the Gravel Routes page for more information, and see the Contacts page for a link to the separate gravel ride discussion group, from where you can request membership.
For the time being, we are no longer planning winter rides in advance. See the Ride Schedule page for more information, and see the Contacts page for a link to the separate winter ride discussion group, from where you can request membership.
We hope that you will find this site helpful, and your questions and comments are welcomed.