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TORC Endurance Series Race No. 2 'Beaverdam\New Light Challenge'

Registration is now open for this event!

We will be using a different registration process this year that will make it easier to sort the race data and keep track of series contenders.

Check it out and register at:

Make sure you follow the directions for race registration.  We need: Name, race class and dob

Beaverdam\New Light Challenge!

TORC Endurance Series Race number 2!  Second of four race series combining cash prizes and Bicycle Chain/Clean Macine gift card winnings (each race) with sponsored series winnings at the last race.

Come out to race for money, prizes, swag and support your local IMBA club in their mission to find, build and maintain trails.

The Event

The BD & NL Challenge will connect up the great trails of Beaverdam and New Light to create one of the most unique mountain bike endurance races ever held in the Triangle.

The race will be staged from the parking lot in Beaverdam nearest to the trail head.  Racers will ride Beaverdam's Outer Loop and West Loop in a counterclockwise directions.  Racers will exit the park and ride over to New Light for a lap in a counterclockwise direction.  Racers will return to Beaverdam to ride the South Loop.

Total distance is roughly 33 miles of which a mere 12 is road.


Expert Male
Open Male 19-29
Open Male 30-44
Open Male 45+
Open Female
Singlespeed Male
Junior Male 14-18
Junior Female 14-18
Duo Male
Duo Coed
Duo Female

We have decided to include the duo category for BD/NL and this is how duos will be ranked:

Both team members must start at the same time and both team members must ride the entire course (no relays!).  The finishing time for the team will be an average of the finishing times of each team member.  If one of the team members is not able to complete the course, the team will DNF.

All categories must have a minimum of 3 competitors to constitute a category.  If less than 3 competitors are entered in any category the organizers reserve the right to combine categories.


$45.00 Expert, Open, Single Speed

$30.00 Recreation

$20.00 Juniors

$90.00 Duo

Race series pass: $108 Duo: $216

Recreation: A non-competitive class for riders who wish to take part in the event.  Laps will be timed, but we will not be postings standings in the race results.  Please come ride and learn the Beaverdam and New Light trails.  Feel free to ride as much or as little as you wish. Partake in the experience of an endurance event while helping to support TORC.

Cash Pay Out combined with gift cards: There will be a TORC cash pay out of $200 combined with $100 in gift cards from The Bicycle Chain\The Clean Machine to each of the top male and female Beaverdam\New Light Challenge winners!

TORC Endurance Series Winners: There will be a series prize for each series winner for each of the classes!  The series prizes, given out on the last race of the season, are provided by our TORC Race Series Sponsors listed below on all our races.

Stainless Steel glasses: TORC stainless steel beer glasses for each series class winner.

Music: We will be providing music in the pit area.

Food:  All racers will be served pizza upon finishing (starting at 1 pm) and a gift from Crankarm Brewery.

Race route:

The start/finish line and staging of the BD & NL Challenge will be in the parking lot near the lower trailhead at Beaverdam. Racers will ride the Outer and West Loops. Racers will then ride from the lower trail head to the exit of Beaverdam and make a right hand turn (North) on Highway 50. Racers will proceed Old Weaver and to New Light. Racers will enter the New Light trails and make a complete lap in a counterclockwise direction. Racers will exit New Light and proceed back to Beaverdam. They will make a left hand turn from Highway 50 into Beaverdam. Racers will make a right hand turn into the South Loop at the upper trailhead near the entrance to the park. Racers will complete a full loop of the trail, exiting at the same place they entered. Racers will then proceed to the start/finish line.  For further details, check out these map links:

Course maps:


8:00 Beaverdam Park Gates Open (No charge this time of year.)
9:00 Number handout begins

10:00 Race Begins


(Beaverdam is a State Park and we are prohibited from collecting entrance fees on race day.)  In other words, there will be no race day sign up.  We will only be handing out numbers and collecting waivers from pre-registered, pre-paid riders on the morning of the event.  There will be no exceptions.

Attendee Cap


Event Rules

All racers MUST burn a red tail light while on the road section of the course.

Racers must demonstrate they have a working red tail light at registration.

All racers must follow all traffic regulations while on the road section of the course.  (There will be NO traffic control.)

All dogs must be leashed at all times.

Portable music (MP3, IPOD, Smart Phone, etc.) players are forbidden.

Pack out your own trash.


We need volunteers!  If you are a racer, perhaps you have a friend/family member who could help out, please have them contact us by emailing [masked]. The following opportunities to volunteer include:

Saturday – Course marking and setup

- One team needed to mark New Light trails.
- One team needed to mark Beaverdam trails.
- Two people to setup the registration area and directional arrows throughout the park
- One person needed to setup directional arrows on Highway 50 and Old Weaver Trail


- Registration 3 to 4 people
- Timing 1 person
- Course Sweeper
- Beaverdam Cleanup 2 or 3 people
- New Light Cleanup 2 or 3 people

Marshals – One person at each of the following locations

- Beaverdam entrance from Highway 50
- Trail crossing at Entrance Booth
- Intersection of 50 and Old Weaver
- New Light entrance from Old Weaver


We thank you for supporting TORC and the TORC Race Series and hope through your race participation we will continue to find, build and maintain trails in the Triangle.






TORC would like to thank the following sponsors for their support for this season's TORC Endurance Series and Triangle Fat Tire Festival.  All of the below listed businesses have dug deep to provide prizes, swag and support for these events.  Please show your thanks by supporting your local or non-local bike shops and businesses.


Listed in alphabetical order:




Back Alley Bikes




Briar Chapel by Newland Communities






Bullseye Bicycle




Crank Arm Brewing







Frank's Cyclery:








Performance Bike




RallyPoint Sports Grill









The Bicycle Chain\The Clean Machine




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  • Steve R.

    No one person puts on a bike race; it's a team effort. I, of course, may miss some folks, but please know your efforts were appreciated.

    Juan Pedraza did a great job with our Paypal based registration system. Sarwat and Trina recruited and managed the volunteers.

    Rob, Corey, Joe, Sarwat, Trina, a couple of Erics and Steves marked the trails and set up.

    Chris, Monica, and John did registration.

    Juan, Vanessa, and John timed.

    Tammy, Steve, John and Chris marshaled.

    Another Chris, plus James, and Zoe cleaned up.

    Trina and Matt rode sweep.

    TORC honchos, Trina, Matt, Housekeeper, and future race director, Sarwat Khattak, all made extraordinary efforts to make the race happen.

    Thanks to Beaverdam and New Light. Special thanks to the people who've built and maintained these trails.

    Finally, thanks to all the racers for coming out and riding. It is your race entry fees that enable us to make investments in the trails we all love.


    2 · February 11, 2014

    • Debbie

      Indeed, Steve. It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round....however you will sorely be missed by me. You have a great way with people, and your smile and jovial spirit will be missed at the center of the races...I'm sure I'm not speaking only for myself. See you on the trail!

      February 11, 2014

  • Stranix

    It was excellent, indeed. I saw the post on tmtb and called the wallet man. Great story there too. Mountain bikers are good folks for sure.
    Will results and times be posted?

    2 · February 10, 2014

    • Juan

      Fresh off the press (the results):­

      February 10, 2014

    • Debbie

      Thank Jim, for giving him a call. I would have never guessed it belonged to a mountain biker... It was 2 miles outside of the park. I posted on TMTB after seeing "The Hub"'s business card in there! :-)

      February 11, 2014

  • Juan

    The results are up:

    February 10, 2014

    • Debbie

      Fantastic job everyone!!! Thanks Juan!

      February 11, 2014

  • Debbie

    Oh...and I found a wallet on the side of the road (unfortunately it was during a long downhill section so I lost momentum). I am pretty sure it isn't any of yours but just putting it out there just in case.

    February 9, 2014

    • Debbie

      Owner found. It belongs to a mountain biker who lost it a month ago. Crazy that it was still there with all the $$$ still inside! He wasn't saved from all the hassle but a least he has some beer money now.

      February 10, 2014

  • Debbie

    Thanks James Brown, for taking pics!!!

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Chadd

      Agreed! Thank you to all the photographers. Especially since I haven't been able to find coverage of the race on ESPN!

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • Keith A.

    That was a fun event...totally kicked my knickers. A hearty thanks to the amazing organizers at TORC and the volunteers who kept everyone moving. Bells rule. BTW, today was my first voyage through New Light and I am amazed I left with all of my skin.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Debbie

    So glad I did this (thx Zoe!!). It was tough considering I didn't realize I was racing when I woke up this morning. I was completely unprepared and even did a full day of riding yesterday. I was dreaming of a DNF before halfway thru the Outer Loop so I am pleased to say I finished. I want to say that's the toughest race I've ever done outside of the 24hr Burn. Thank you Steve for the amazing job you've done in securing this venue and making this race happen!! Thanks to all the volunteers...especially Vanessa's smiling face at the end!! Thanks to the park rangers who kept the trails open and even cheered us on!! :-)

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Debbie

    A friend that's racing is sick. Is the entry transferrable???

    February 9, 2014

    • Kris J.

      Good to see you out there Deb!

      1 · February 9, 2014

    • Debbie

      Thanks Kris!!!

      February 9, 2014

  • Sarwat

    Make sure you bring your red tail light tomorrow! It's gonna be a great race and/or sufferfest.

    2 · February 8, 2014

    • Debbie

      It was a fun challenge.

      February 9, 2014

  • Allan

    Brutal but a good time.

    2 · February 9, 2014

    • Chadd

      Funny how this is the case with so much road between the trails! It a very hard 33 mile race, IMO.

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • Chadd

    Great race. I personally love the required road ride between trails. Thanks especially to all the volunteers. Not sure I felt that way during the final hour of the race, but I do now!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • David H.

    Fantastic race! Thank you! Very well organized, trails were marked very well and all the volunteers were fantastic! Good call on not postponing, the trails were actually in really good shape considering the rainy past weeks. Had a great time. Thanks to Falls Lake and the Beaverdam Rangers.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Dan

    Great race. Thanks for putting it on.

    February 9, 2014

  • James L.

    Thanks everyone. Great race.

    February 9, 2014

  • Kris J.

    Thanks to the volunteers and organizers for an outstanding (yet cold) day of racing!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Dave A.

    Awesome course - thanks Steve!

    February 8, 2014

  • David H.

    Beaver Dam\New Light Challenge race\weather status:

    February 7, 2014

  • Matt

    Any thoughts on how weather will affect this one? Is there a rain date in mind?

    February 2, 2014

    • Kris J.

      Dave, I understand. Trust me I know all the Tread lightly, IMBA Rules and Regs, and TORC MOU. It is a great mission to bring trails to NC and sustain them for future riders. Sometimes NCisms get the best of me. I am a NW rider all my life, and forget the soil diferences at times. I love to ride, and in my experiences I hav'nt had a race canceled unless "adverse" weather was present. Its a good decision, i am just leaving around the 18th for a class again and dont want to miss this.

      February 6, 2014

    • David H.

      Thx. Kris, thought you might. ;) Seemed like a good opportunity to explain so that everyone could read. Crossing my fingers for Sunday.

      3 · February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could race or help, family obligations overtook me :( Not sure who's idea it was to have kids :)

    February 2, 2014

  • Goldfish

    I'll volunteer for registration and heckling

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Matt H.

    I'm thinking about doing this one...believe it or not!

    2 · January 14, 2014

  • Natalie

    I am a of now I am already scheduled to go snowboarding from 9-12/Feb at Snowshoe, WV with a group of friends. If the snow is not good, might just stay here.

    December 23, 2013

  • Trina

    I'll volunteer to be sweeper!

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Glad to do it again, thanks TORC.

    2 · December 6, 2013

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