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.
Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking in the Triangle area of North Carolina through the promotion of responsible riding, establishment and maintenance of mountain biking trails, and preservation of North Carolina’s natural resources.
TORC is the Triangle area chapter of Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and was founded in August 2005. Prior to TORC’s formation, the Triangle’s mountain bike community had been served by individual mountain bike clubs whose focus was limited to a specific trail network. TORC was formed to unify the region’s smaller clubs into a stronger voice for local mountain bikers. Today, TORC is 331 members strong and growing. If you haven’t already joined, for as little as $30 a year you could be a member of TORC, SORBA and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Visit www.torc-nc.org.
An important part of promoting the sport of mountain biking is extending a welcome to everybody who is enthusiastic and interested in the sport. We offer rides, clinics, and events to accommodate people with all skill levels and the advancement of off-road cycling throughout the Triangle.
We schedule trail workdays throughout the year to build new trail or maintain existing singletrack. Check our events calendar and volunteer at a trail near you! Trail workdays are essential events for TORC and the local mountain biking community at large. They ensure new trail gets built, existing trail remains sustainable, and that we maintain strong relationships with local public and private land managers.
The TORC local chapter of the IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol exists to help maintain safe trails and provide assistance to local mountain bikers.
Volunteer patrollers ride local trails and report trail hazards and other unwanted obstacles. They assist with injured or distressed trail users and interact with other riders, land managers, and emergency care personnel. The TORC Mountain Bike Patrol follows the rules and regulations outlined by IMBA.
TORC’s races are a great way to meet other local mountain bikers and compete. TORC holds several races per year. Each race usually has multiple categories, so that you can compete with others at your skill level as individuals or as a team.
New trail development (and maintenance of existing trails) is important to the preservation of open space and encourages a healthy lifestyle for bikers of all ages. As dedicated stewards of the environment, TORC employs the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) trail-building best practices.
TORC has built strong relationships with Park and Recreation Departments in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. We also have working relationships with private land developers. These partnerships provide local mountain bikers with opportunities for trail access while protecting the future of existing trails.
TORC holds local group rides nearly year-round throughout the various trails for all different skills levels, with beginner rides being some of our most popular. These rides allow participants to meet new people, learn new skills and trail systems, and have fun. Keep an eye on our event calendar - visit http://www.meetup.com/torc-nc#calendar.