OTHER CYCLING GROUPS
In addition to the Charlottesville Bicycle 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 mornings; starting time depends 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.
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."
Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club
Schedule: Beginner rides Tuesday 6 PM
Start Point: Preddy Creek Trail Park
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
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.
Schedule: Friday 6 AM, Saturday 8 AM, Sunday 8 AM
Start Point: Albemarle Bakery
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 Chain Links Bike Team
Schedule: Weekends; varies
Start Point: Varies
Information: Charlottesville Chain Links Bike Team on Facebook
Description: "The Chain Links Bike Team 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a Facebook page where we post pictures, rides, and events at Charlottesville Chain Links Bike Team."