Triangle Off Road Cyclists Needs You!

From: Paul E.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:00 PM
Hello fellow mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts,

My name is Paul Elliot and I'm President of Triangle Off Road Cyclists (TORC). TORC is very pleased that you have taken advantage of our Meetup site and we're even more pleased that so many of you have joined us on rides and at events. I would like to take a moment to let you know of the important work done by TORC volunteers and sponsors and to ask for a little help.

TORC works with six different public and private land managers in the Triangle area to build and maintain over 70 miles of multi-use trail. This effort requires time and money. Our time comes from volunteers and we could really use some help on that front. Trail work, club administration, and fund-raising are just some of the opportunities for involvement. We have a general membership meeting this Saturday. Please join us at Trek Raleigh to learn more about the club's activities and volunteer opportunities. If you can't join us on Saturday but are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities please send me an email and I'll be in touch.

Volunteering is the lifeblood of our club but there are some things that require money. For instance, TORC has been awarded a Recreational Trails Program grant to rehabilitate and add mileage to the trail system at Lake Crabtree County Park. There is a matching component to this grant and so the club will have to contribute $6,700 to the effort. At Harris Lake County Park the club has just allocated $7,500 towards the construction of a skills area and addition of enhanced technical features throughout the trail system. These funds wouldn't be available to us if it weren't for our members and sponsors. Please check out the "Our Sponsors" section of our Meetup to learn more about the great businesses that support trails in this area. Also, if you're not already a member I'm hoping you'll formally join the club. This is a joint membership with both TORC and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). The funds we get from membership help us maintain the trails we all love and expand the amount of trail available in our area. To learn more about becoming a member just click on the big, red JOIN link on the left hand side of this page.

The trails TORC builds and maintains are open to a variety of users - bikers, runners, hikers, etc. Our Meetup rides and events are open to everyone - no membership required. I'm proud of the club's efforts and I think you'll be impressed with the new biking opportunities that will be available in the coming months and years. Please help support these efforts with your time and membership.

I hope to see you Saturday.


Paul Elliot
President, TORC

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