There are very few riding destinations in our area and fewer freeride destinations.
CAMBr West feels the solution is to build free public trails and parks through partnerships with local land managers.
Our Organization relies on volunteers like you to accomplish these goals. So please don’t be shy, your contributions make a difference.Click here to join CAMBr WestWho is CAMBr West?
We are a group of riders who don't think in terms of limits. We think big and we act big. Whether it's railing the gnarly singletrack of Oswego or getting ready for big air in the new Plainfield Bike Park, you can count on CAMBr west to be there.What is this bike park I keep hearing about?
CAMBr West has partnered up with the Plainfield Park District on a joint project: The Plainfield Bike Park.
In January of 2007, Challenge Park in Joliet, IL got rid of all two wheeled sports. Three Plainfield residents, Kevin Marley, Russell Rogers, and Mark Baudler approached the Plainfield Park District (PPD) with a proposal for the bike park. The PPD has been 100% supportive and excited from day one.
Thanks to Kevin Marley's great grant writing expertise, CAMBr West was awarded the Bikes Belong, Kona / IMBA, and REI grants. It has been amazing to see the support of the industry in this style of riding. CAMBr West also raised money at the Plainfield Fest thanks to a bike raffle supported by Trek.
The bike park has two goals: 1) To cater to all levels of riders 2) To build and maintain a safe environment for riders to grow in their sport. The bike park will consist of four sections. First is the jump line. There will be a large start hill that leads to several table-top dirt jumps ranging from small, 2 foot jumps all the way up to large, 7 foot jumps – it's all about progression. The second section is the rhythm section complete with flowing berms, table-top jumps, and rollers. The third section is the pump track. Pump tracks are a great way to get your heart rate up while practicing the fundamentals of cycling. There will be several berms, rollers, and options. The fourth section is a skills section with lines for beginners all the way up to experts. Look for logs, rocks, skinnies, spines, and picnic tables.
We hope to be breaking ground in the late spring of 2008 with the grand opening in the summer of 2008 and the first event in the fall of 2008. Check back for 2008 workdays.
The bike park will be located at Van Horn East Park in Plainfield. Van Horn East is located on Frontage Road between Caton Farm Road and Rt. 30. The spot is ideal. The park will easily be seen from I-55 and is less than one mile from the I-55 and Rt. 30 interchange.What are the details on the trails in Oswego?
It's true, there is amazing singletrack in Oswego, IL. In November of 2005, Mark Baudler, Russell Rogers and John Mohler approached the Oswegoland Park District about the Saw Wee Kee trails. The trails were first developed about 20 years ago by equestrians on an old strip mine. Since 2005, CAMBr has helped to clean up and make the trails accessible to all. So many equestrians, hikers, joggers, cyclists, and naturalists have thanked us for our efforts.
The fact that Saw Wee Kee is an old strip mine gives this 8+ mile trail system a unique feel for Illinois. Most of the terrain is very rocky and dry. There are also many quick, steep climbs and drops. Watch out for the great drop on Anaconda! There might only be just over 8 miles of singletrack, but it sure feels like 20 miles after a good ride here
Saw Wee Kee is located just off Rt 71 and Orchard Road. Turn on Budlong road off of Orchard, just north of Rt. 71. This street leads you along the Fox River and into Saw Wee Kee Park. The main trail head is at the second gravel parking lot and is on the left side of the road.CAMBr West 2008 Activities include but are not limited to:
- Ground breaking at the bike park
- Grand Opening at the bike park
- First annual competition event at the bike park
- Many work days at the bike park and Saw Wee Kee
- Ramp demo at the Plainfield Fest
- 2nd annual Saw Wee Kee Campout
- 3rd annual CAMBr West Picnic
- Special members only events