OTHER CYCLING GROUPS

In addition to the Charlottesville Bike Club, there are a number of other formal and informal groups in the area that sponsor regular rides and are open to new riders.  Some of these are mentioned here; this is not a complete list.  If your group is listed here and you would like to add or correct any information, or if your group is not listed and you would like it to be included, contact the site administrator.

Bike Spring Hill

Schedule:     Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 or 10:00 AM depending on the season

Start Point:    Spring Hill Baptist Church, Rt 606 and Rt 641, Greene County.  Park on the East side of the lot, near route 606, in the spaces farther away from the Church.

Information:  bike-spring-hill@googlegroups.com

Description:  "We mostly ride on paved roads, usually between 28 and 35 miles; the route is decided before starting.  We send an email message to the Bike-Spring-Hill Google group on the day before each ride to indicate that there will be somebody on the parking lot, ready to ride on that day.  Average speed is 14-17 miles per hour, depending on the route.  Sometimes we divide into 2 groups but we make sure nobody is left behind." 

Bloomfield Road Riders

Schedule:     Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 PM during Daylight Savings Time

Start Point:    Dick Woods Rd & Bloomfield Rd

Information:  BloomfieldRoadRiders on Facebook

Description:  "During daylight savings time, BRR meets Tuesdays and Thursdays on Dick Woods Road, between the I-64 West Ivy Exit and Bloomfield Road. Wheels down at 5:30. We’re an open no-drop ride with an emphasis on safety, skills building and social fun.  We break into groups and ride one of several accustomed routes, ranging from 20-32 miles. See you out there!"

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club

Schedule:     Beginner rides Tuesday 6 PM

Start Point:   Preddy Creek Trail Park

Information:  www.cambc.org

Description:  "Our goal is to promote sustainable multi-use public trail systems within Charlottesville and surrounding counties. We emphasize responsible trail use and bicycle safety. We strive to foster positive relationships with other trail users, clubs and municipal and federal land managers. We also ride bikes! Check out our upcoming rides, trailwork schedule, and connect with our members."

Crozet Cycling Club

Schedule:     Wednesday & Thursday 6 AM.  Other groups and times available by google group.

Start Point:   Crozet Mudhouse

Information:  CCC on Facebook

Contact:  jim@realcrozetva.com

Description:  Crozet Cycling Club members ride most days of the week. There are several groups: the every weekday group, the 9:30 club which rides at 9:30 AM two days a week, and the Easy Riders group that is comprised of older Crozetians whose motto is "we take slow seriously." Most 6 AM rides are between 15-18 mph, while Thursday is the designated "go as slow as the group needs" and is the most welcoming group.  Weekend rides are negotiated by google group.

Fortuna Cycling

Schedule:     Friday 6 AM, Saturday 8 AM, Sunday 8 AM

Start Point:   Albemarle Bakery

Information:  www.fortunacycling.com

Description:  Fortuna Cycling is very popular among moderately strong to very strong riders.  Their rides are typically moderately paced with some fast sections; short and long routes are available.

The Chaingang

Schedule:     Weekends; varies

Start Point:    Varies

Information:  Chaingang Bike Team on Facebook

Contact:        bobstroh9@gmail.com

Description:  "The Chaingang is a group of friends and acquaintances that bicycle together at least one day most weekends, weather permitting. We consider ourselves social riders, more concerned with enjoying the ride and staying safe than hammering hilly routes. We have a "No Drop" policy that means no one is ever left behind' route maps and cue sheets are available for all rides. Many of our rides end with post-ride drinks or a meal. Our distances tend to get longer as the season progresses, starting with 18-20 miles routes in the winter. Our goals include health and fitness but also making biking friends and encouraging and supporting new riders. We communicate through a google email list; all are welcome.  If you'd like to be added to the list contact bobstroh9@gmail.com. We also have a Facebook page where we post pictures, rides, and events at Charlottesville Chaingang Bike Team."

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