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.
After considerable debate and deliberation the CAMBA board of directors has voted to withdraw from the IMBA Chapter Program. CAMBA became an IMBA chapter in 2012 very early in the development of the chapter program. Over time it has become apparent that CAMBA, as a mature and well developed trail advocacy organization, does not experience the same level of needs as other smaller and younger clubs and associations around the country and was not realizing a commensurate return on our revenue sharing arrangement with IMBA.
“CAMBA still believes in and supports the IMBA mission,” notes CAMBA executive director Ron Bergin. “We fully intend to continue our support for IMBA into the future.”
CAMBA is obligated by our chapter charter agreement to continue to function as a chapter through a 60-day notice period that will expire in early May. Until that time current members may receive renewal notices from IMBA and membership revenue will continue to be shared with IMBA. CAMBA will roll out its own membership program in early May. CAMBA members with questions about their membership should contact CAMBA directly at email@example.com or (715)798-3599.
IMBA has experienced a number of setbacks in recent months, precipitated by the loss of Subaru as a major sponsor as well as other sponsors. This has required numerous cutbacks in the organization, as well as to services offered through the chapter program. The Associate Regional Directors have been eliminated leaving only a few Regional Directors nationwide to assist local chapters. The widely appreciated IMBA Trail Care Crews are also gone.
When CAMBA became a chapter in 2012, a key feature of the program was the cost savings possible by obtaining group liability insurance coverage for CAMBA through IMBA. The new program offers no help with liability insurance to chapters.
Central to the decision to withdraw from the chapter program has been the revenue share structure. Upon becoming a chapter, CAMBA agreed to share membership revenue with IMBA on a 60%-IMBA/40%-CAMBA basis. As CAMBA developed its 2017 budget it became quite apparent that this percentage of membership revenue could play an important role in meeting our local needs. “We have several significant initiatives underway for the 2017 season,” relates Bergin, “and these additional funds will help us balance our budget.”
Extensive efforts have been made and are continuing to be considered by IMBA to rework the function and offerings of the chapter program. To date none of the new offerings of the second and third iterations of the chapter program provide sufficient incentive for CAMBA to continue in the program. As previously noted, CAMBA thoroughly believes in and supports IMBA’s mission to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes. CAMBA will continue to play a role as a strong regional trail advocacy organization and assist IMBA in any way possible.
We look forward to your continued support as CAMBA returns to its roots as an independent trail advocacy organization working for you, the rider, to advocate for and to provide, maintain and keep improving our great system of mountain bike trails.
The Fifth Annual Fat Bike Race After Party fundraiser after the Fat Bike Birkie on Saturday, March 11, 2017 was an unqualified success. Not only did everyone have a great time, but the event raised over $8,000 in support of continued trail improvements and grooming for winter biking. Thanks to everyone who turned out and purchased raffle tickets or bid during the silent auction.
And a special thanks to the Sawmill Saloon in beautiful downtown Seeley, the gracious and generous host for the event. Thanks Cindy & Drew for all your help.
And a BIG thanks to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation presenter of the Fat Bike Birkie for their tremendous cooperation and support of this event. THANKS!
The financial success of the After Party would not have been possible without the generous donations of the following businesses and supporters. Thank you so much for your donation and support!
Industry Nine Componentry
NL Do It Best Hardware
Lupine Lighting Systems
New Moon Ski and Bike
Woolf Tooth Components
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Mountain Bike Radio
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
Riverbrook Bike and Ski
Sheboygan Bicycle Company
The Rivers Eatery
Hidden Bay Graphics
L&M Fleet Supply
Big Fat Race = BIG FAT FUN
Forty fat bikers can now consider themselves Big Fat Race Founders after their participation in the inaugural Seeley Big Fat Race on Sunday, January 22. Presented by CAMBA’s Fat Bike Committee, the organizers were very happy with the turnout and positive responses from the riders. The race had to be rescheduled from January 22 when warm conditions and rain rendered the trails too soft to ride. Cooling temperatures and a little snow made for great race conditions this past weekend.
The emphasis on the race was fun over intense competition. Riders were started like the LeMans auto race, where drivers run to their cars, jump in and take off. Other twists on conventional bike races included a very informal timing system, where there were no bib numbers and riders just shouted their names to the timing crew as they finished. In addition, every rider got to draw a card for a merchandise prize along the course.
Riders thoroughly enjoyed the racecourse and the casual atmosphere of the race. The CAMBA Fat Bike team was pleased with race logistics and encouraged about the future of the race, which is a fundraiser to help support development, maintenance and grooming of the local fat bike trails. They are also grateful to the Sawyer County Forest, Urenholdt Forest and several private landowners as well as the Sawmill Saloon for their support and cooperation.
To view 2017 Big Fat Race results, click here.
CAMBA Women's Mountain Bike Weekend
June 9-11, 2017
Beginner and intermediate mountain bikers are invited to a weekend of fun on the beautiful CAMBA trails near Seeley, Wisconsin. Learn mountain biking skills in a friendly, safe and supportive environment with certified coaches, experience the trails in the CAMBA system, and join other women with a shared goal of becoming a better mountain biker.
Registration is now open and is limited to 50 participants.
To register, go to:
For more information visit: http://www.cambatrails.org/page/show/2363157-women-s-mountain-bike-weekend.
March 23: All CAMBA Trails are now closed for spring.
Please note the following special circumstances:
Makwa Trail - just north of Gravel Pit Rd. Trailhead is rerouted around the water crossing.