With a focus on Canmore and area, CAMBA's mandate is to advocate for mountain biking and strive for a vibrant and exciting trail system for all ages and abilities.
CAMBA is actively engaged in a number of exciting trail projects.
The Quarry Lake Mountain Bike trail network will be located in the forested area between the Quarry Lake parking lot and Peaks Drive. This area has a large existing network of trails that are not formalized and used by a variety of user groups. This project will create a trail network (one climbing trail and two descending options) that includes some existing trails and some new sections of trail.
A new trail concept that’s received preliminary approval and will be built at the Nordic Centre. It may come across as a hybrid trail, as we have project with a couple of very distinct styles. You’ll see enduro-esque sections, and freeride flow zones. We’re excited to move this piece forward since it’s been overdue as part of the Nordic Centre’s intended inventory.
Ongoing maintenance and upkeep at the Skills Park on Benchlands Trail. This park offers users dirt jumps, log and rock skinny riding and other features. CAMBA will be organizing maintenance nights monthly running June through September. Each night offers the opportunity for work and play with a Jump Jam taking place after the maintenance is done.
The Razor’s Edge Connector includes approximately 2 km of new trail between the Razor’s Edge and Quaite Valley Trails. The construction of this northwest connector will direct users off McConnell Ridge prior to its approach to the TransCanada Highway. The purpose of the connector trail is to increase public safety by moving people away from the busy highway and back to the trailhead via a new single-track trail. Building this connector is an important step in Alberta Environment and Parks recognizing Razor’s Edge as a designated trail.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic CAMBA has suspended all social events indefinitely.
Chad is a Professional Engineer who works in the Alberta oil and gas industry and has been a part of the Canmore community since 2013. Chad joined the CAMBA board as Vice-President and has since switched roles with founder Wanda Bogdane, to take on the role of President. He brings experience with project management and working with government, external regulatory bodies and stakeholders. He also has experience in fundraising, most recently with his involvement with Fast and Female, an organization dedicated to keeping young girls in sport. Chad loves single malt whisky, IPA’s, his vinyl collection and also dabbles in road cycling (shhh!). He loves to chit chat and is always up for a conversation about tires, bike tech and 80's metal. Giving back to the community and trails that he loves is the fuel that pumps his engines. That and scotch.
Wanda brings a long-term recreational riding perspective with tons of international riding experience, offering a global mountain biking point of view. A local entrepreneur, she’s the operator of Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Festival, launched in Canmore in 2017.
Andrew is a professional firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department and is CAMBA's Trail Director. When he's not working, if he isn't out riding trails, he's out digging them. And if that's not the case, he's likely thinking trails. Andrew works hard to turn vision into reality, from complete trail systems down to the perfect corner. Andrew assists in the creation of systems and processes for future trail development, management and maintenance. He also acts as a liaison for CAMBA, working with the Town of Canmore, CTA, Alberta Parks, RMCC and other stakeholders.
Jay Balabas works behind the scenes to help CAMBA with social media and by spreading the CAMBA love through his shop, the Bicycle Cafe. He’s been instrumental in working with the board to help our promotional items look stylin, by attending CTA trail days and forging relationships with the Canmore Nordic Centre staff. At meetings, his insights have been invaluable whether from the shop floor, enduro scene or as a well traveled rider (founder of TransCR Enduro 2017 in Costa Rica). Respected for way more than just his super rad Shiba Jasper, we’re stoked that Jay has chosen to spend some of his time helping Canmore’s trails through CAMBA.
Having moved to the valley in 2002, Paul Kerfoot quickly realized his passion for biking. His buddy rented him a sweet (maybe not) giant warp and Paul hurled myself down the first hill - then it was on. Paul has since raced elite downhill and currently races pro men's enduro in the Kootenay and BC, and Canadian National enduro series. Paul has also been a professional bike mechanic for over a decade and has had the pleasure to wrench at prestigious events including the BC bike race, Trans Rockies and 24 Hours of Adrenaline. As well as managing Outside Bike & Ski, Paul enjoys being a big part of the local bike community, and joins CAMBA as the Community Outreach Director. Whether it's going for epic XC, gnarly DH, getting upside down on dirt jumps, cruiser riding or sending as big of jumps, Paul finds that there's not much that can beat fun on 2 wheels.
Tyson is highly involved in trail discussions and projects, CAMBA events, and community support.
Derek Graham’s (aka "D-Wreck”) life changed after asking what people do in Canmore after ski season is over. He can be found riding his trail bike in the Bow Valley and getting out for as many DH bike road trips as his body allows. His road bike is a new-found training tool and in winter (in between skiing) he can be found on his Fat bike. Rumour has it a Dirt Jumper has been ordered because B-Line is a few blocks from his office. Derek relocated to the Bow Valley in 2013 to join a Calgary based aerospace communication company as the Chief Technology Officer. He brings a diverse set of skills to the CAMBA board as a General Director.
Sarah was born and raised in Calgary. Growing up, she had the good fortune to participate in various recreational activities, including equine pursuits (three-day eventing, and later focusing on dressage), and downhill skiing. Sometime after Sarah became responsible for financing here own recreation, she came to the conclusion that she ought to pursue activities that would not cost her money while she was sleeping. Sarah bid the horses farewell and discovered mountain biking. Recreating in the mountains became a major part of her life, and like so many before her, made what was planned to be a six-month move to the Bow Valley in 2009. It’s been a really long six months – she is still here! Following a stint commuting to downtown Calgary where Sarah had a career as a landman, she decided to leave the city lights behind, personally and professionally. She enrolled in law school and now practices in Canmore with Perren Blackett Law, a change of career and scenery that she has found very satisfactory on all fronts. Sarah is pleased to bring her background in negotiations and legal matters to assist CAMBA with the realization of the big dreams this organization has for our local trails.
Nathan is responsible for keeping track of CAMBA finances. He is an avid mountain biker with many years of experience in the bike industry at Rebound Cycle. Now working as a real estate agent here in Canmore, he can also be found coaching the Rampage Mountain Bike Program with the RMCC. He loves all things bike related, and mostly enjoys helping people discover a passion for the sport.
CAMBA is extremely lucky to be supported by a number of generous organizations.
Getting an accurate picture of trail usage in our area is critical to our advocacy efforts. We deploy TRAFx Trail Counters on trails around Canmore as we work towards reducing user conflicts on our busy trails. Being able to gather reliable data on user numbers on our trails is invaluable for future planning and management of our trail system.