Mountain Bike Shop Hosts 2nd Annual Giving Back Weekend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Blue Ridge Cyclery hosted their second annual Giving Back Weekend to benefit the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC). Ten percent of all sales at both store locations went directly to CAMBC.
CAMBC works with Albemarle County Parks and Rec, the city of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia and the Rivanna Trail Foundation to maintain and build trails.
"To make sure that they are clean, brushed up a little bit when the storms come through we help go out there and cut down trees so that people can pass,” said Jip Palakawongs, store manager.
"There are problems with health. There are problems with mental health. There are problems with the environment - any of those sort of things a bike can be the answer to," said Shawn Tevendale, owner of Blue Ridge Cyclery.
CAMBC ensures the biking trails are well kept and safe.
“Even if you are a walker, jogger and so forth - everyone uses the trails around here at some point in time," said Palakawongs.
Giving Back Weekend is about encouraging more people to try mountain biking.
"Their whole goal is to get more people on mountain bikes and have a better connection for mountain bikes as far as paths and shared use trails," said Tevendale.
Last year Blue Ridge Cyclery raised $3,000 for the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club and hopes to exceed that amount this year.