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The Mountain Bike Capital of the Midwest

CAMBA Mountain Bike Trail System - Singletrack Capital of the Midwest

Welcome to the premier system of mountain bike trails in the Midwest, located in and around the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest region of Northwest Wisconsin.

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. CAMBA's vision of a linked system of singletrack trails connecting Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon was achieved in 2016. Additional enhancements and improvements to our world-class trail system continue to be implemented to provide the best possible mountain biking experience.

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Winter Biking - Info & Trail Conditions

For the latest information and trail conditions on winter fat biking in CAMBA Country, click here.

General Conditions

January 19:  ALL CAMBA-FAT TRAILS ARE NOW TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO SOFT TRAIL CONDITIONS.  

EXCEPTION:  Mt. AshWaBay remains open only when the temperature is below freezing.  Please exercise good judgment.

REMINDER:  DO NOT RIDE GROOMED SKI TRAILS EXCEPT WHERE EXPRESSLY ALLOWED.  Biking is allowed only on a few short sections of a few ski trails, and only where necessary to connect sections of groomed bike trails.  The Birkie Trail has no sections currently open for biking.  


Two Great Events on the Same Weekend

Fat Bike Workshop – January 20-21 at the Sawmill Saloon

Seeley Big Fat Race – RESCHEDULED TO January 29 – Downtown Seeley

The winter fat biking season is upon us. If you’re into trails, grooming and/or racing, we’ve got a few things that might be of interest to you.

Fat Bike Workshop

Trail Access & Grooming

CAMBA is partnering with IMBA to present a Fat Bike Workshop on Friday and Saturday, January 20-21, 2017 at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley. The event is geared toward land managers and trails clubs and organizations looking to learn more about bringing fat biking to their trails and how to prepare them for riding.

The working agenda will include:

Friday, January 20

10:00am - 2:00pm: Brigit Brown, Wisconsin State Trails Coordinator, will address issues and steps to take for land managers wanting to incorporate fat biking into their properties, with opportunities for discussion and sharing of best practices.

2:30pm: Demo’s provided by Trek Bicycle and Optional Ride on nearby groomed fat bike trails

4:00 - 6:00pm -  Organizing a Winter Event

Ben Popp of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will address what it takes to put on what has already become the world’s largest fat bike race.

6:30 - 7:30pm: IMBA Chapter Meet-up and Social: Chapter reps and members will have a chance to spend a bit of time together discussing what's going well, challenges, and generally check-in with each other!

7:30pm: Optional Night Ride. Lights in Motion loaner lights provided by New Moon Ski Shop.

 

Saturday, January 21

10:00am - 4:00pm: What's what in grooming! We'll spend the morning in a round table discussion talking grooming. The afternoon will be time to share your techniques, show off the grooming equipment that works for you and see what other groups are using. 

If you want to bring your grooming equipment to display and demonstrate, please email Michelle Barker by January 9, 2017, so we can be sure to have enough space.

5:00-7:00pm -  Group Ride (lights provided)

7:30pm: Dinner at River's Eatery in Cable (not included with registration)

Register online at: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=702 

$45 or $35 for current IMBA members. Space is limited.

Questions or more information, contact Michelle Barker at michelle.barker@imba.com or Ron Bergin at camba@cheqnet.net.

Contact the Lenroot Lodge (715)634-7007 for lodging options and mention the Fat Bike Workshop for a discounted two-night rate.

 

Seeley Big Fat Race - Rescheduled to Jan. 29

Join us on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for a different kind of fat bike race -  a race with a definite twist!

The Seeley Big Fat Race is
a low-key, self-supported, 15-mile fat bike race with a Le Mans style start and finish in Seeley. Take a chance along the course to win a prize, or just flat out haul tail and see how you do at the end of the day. Be sure to bring water, food, tools and anything else you might need on the trail, as you are on your own.

The Sawmill Saloon is the place to be for registration before the race and for fun afterwards.

Registration is $40. You may register online, or at the Sawmill Saloon on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2pm to 4pm or Sunday, Jan. 22 from 7am to 9:30 am.

The race is a fundraiser for the Seeley and CAMBA Fat bike trails. Don't Miss It!

 


Boogie in the Barn Was Divine!

CAMBA’s second annual fund raising gala, Boogie in the Barn, was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended, made a donation, purchased an auction item, or helped organize and and present the event. The weather certainly made things challenging, but in the spirit of the event, almost everyone who purchased a ticket showed up, plus a number of others who purchased tickets at the door.  The rain certainly did not dampen anyone’s spirits.

A particularly big thanks goes out to Matt and Kim Dale for the use of the SylvanDale Barn.  It was an extraordinary venue; you could see people’s eyes light up and jaws drop as they made their way into the barn and its enchanting environs.

Our good friend Dale Vaillancourt and Divine Swine deserve a very special thanks for their generous sponsorship of the evening’s outstanding meal. Similarly, Angry Minnow and the Wine Cave helped make the evening a success through their solid support. Last but not least, our major sponsors Trek and Farmers Insurance helped underwrite some of the costs of the event, for which we are very grateful. And the many volunteers who donated so much of their time also deserve a significant thanks.

Randy Sabien and Friends provided an outstanding evening of music and kept the crowd thoroughly entertained and on the dance floor throughout the evening. And the auctions were equally entertaining.  In the end, the evening’s programming came off smoothly, without a single hitch.

The 2016 Boogie in the Barn helped raise over $16,000 to help support CAMBA’s trail development and maintenance efforts. This event, in conjunction with donations from several large area races, will help CAMBA approach next season’s trail work and related projects with complete confidence knowing that most of the work to which we aspire will be funded.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this great event a success.



 TRAIL CONDITIONS
 
Please go to the Winter Biking page for current trail conditions.
 

Please note the following special circumstances:

Makwa Trail - just north of Gravel Pit Rd. Trailhead is rerouted around the water crossing.

Hatchery Creek Bike Park is closed until spring.
 
The bike park was constructed with a high percentage of clay-based soil.  This is unlike most of our other trails. As such, it remains wet and soft longer that our sandy loam based soils.  It is potentially vulnerable to damage, so please help us preserve this new facility by not riding when wet. 
 
Thanks.

 

GENERAL

Please exercise good judgment when deciding to ride during periods of wet weather. Many of the trails will soak up the precipitation right away and it shouldn’t be an issue, but local conditions may vary. We appreciate your cooperation, understanding, and concern for the trails.
 
Ride safe, have fun & enjoy the great trails and forests we are so lucky to have.

 

 

Note: This is a SELF-SUPPORTED race.




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Urgent Year-End Appeal

To Our Friends and Supporters,

Our year-end appeal this year is particularly urgent. We hope you will help CAMBA meet its financial needs as we close out our main season and begin to transition to winter riding. Our situation is this: One of our standing donations of nearly $20,000 has been considerably delayed and may not come in until the end of 2016. This puts us in an awkward cash flow position with year-end expenses coming due and a shortfall in funds to fully pay them.
 
CAMBA plans its annual budget using anticipated revenue from grants, donations, and other sources based on conservative estimates from past seasons. Funding is never a certain thing for non-profit organizations; things can fall through or be delayed. We plan for surprises, but didn’t anticipate one of this magnitude. One thing has been constant for us from the beginning: in times of need, our community has always stepped up to meet the need. We truly appreciate your understanding and your financial support.
 
Please enjoy the following review of what we’ve done together this year. We look forward to more progress in 2017 as we focus on building and maintaining our wonderful trail system.
 
CAMBA has had a busy and successful year on many fronts. These are some of the major initiatives undertaken in 2016:

• Construction of the Hatchery Creek Bike Park – 90% finished, including a small pump track, a climbing singletrack line, two descending flow/jump lines, and a skills area ($30,000+)
• Begun production of a high-quality promotional video to help us tell our story and reach riders from around the country ($8,000 to date – with partial funding coming from Wis. Dept. of Tourism)
• Advanced Phase 2 of the Mt. Ashwabay project, bringing that phase of the project to near completion and the total mileage to near 16  miles of great trails ($9,600)
• Invested in a six-person trail maintenance crew that worked across the system for several months making improvements, rehabbing older trails, and keeping the CAMBA trails in the best condition possible. Their work included hand construction of over ½ mile of new singletrack on the Ojibwe trail and spot work on just about every CAMBA trail in Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon, as well as routine maintenance in all trail clusters ($37,000) plus related expenses ($11,200)
• Machine built over 1.25 miles of reroutes on the Ojibwe helping bring that trail up to standard and vastly improving the riding experience, plus other machine work on Hatchery, Makwa, and FlowMama ($15,700)
• Produced two high quality trail maps on waterproof paper ($9,500) and revised our trail guide and Area map ($8,400)
• Maintenance and upkeep of our equipment including an unforeseen repair cost for our mini-excavator ($3,000+)
• Continued expansion of winter biking opportunities and trail grooming ($5,000+)

All of these important initiatives plus routine and general operating expenses (insurance, staff, signage, etc.) come at a significant cost, which are all worthwhile and necessary investments in the future of our trail system and organization.
 
We are already looking ahead to next season -  planning, budgeting and working toward making the CAMBA system the best mountain biking destination anywhere.

Our agenda for 2017 is no less ambitious, and includes:
  • Continued emphasis on maintenance and rehabilitating older trails
  • Moving into Phase 3 at Mt. Ashwabay
  • Beginning work on an Ojibwe to Esker connection
  • Completing the Bike Park
  • Completing our Video Marketing and Branding Initiative
  • Developing a new, more user-friendly and contemporary website
  • Improving signage across the entire system including trailheads, highway directional signage, and on-trail directional signs
  • Improving wayfinding systems – with comprehensive GPS data to assist emergency services
We hear all the time how special he CAMBA trail system truly is – and it is the support of our members and trail users that has helped make it all possible.  We hope you will consider making a year-end donation to keep the momentum rolling. As a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization, your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Thanks again for your support. We are looking forward to another outstanding season in 2017.

Click to donate online, via PayPal, or to download a donation form.

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