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TORC's Meetup Organizer\Trail Chair Letter

From: David H.
Sent on: Sunday, February 19, 2012 3:37 PM

TORC Trail Chair Letter

Here is a brief update on what’s going and a call for volunteers. 

Lot’s of opportunity to help build and maintain trails throughout the Triangle for this New Year.  Here is a brief list of what is going on:

Harris Lake skills area:  Harris Lake has allowed us to build an intermediate cross country friendly skills area.  We’ve built some varied features so far and have room to plan and build more.  We need to finish our lines that are flowy cross country friendly jumps\drops related features.  We have lots of room on our return uphill lines for slow speed technical features such as differing styles of skinnies and other slow speed features.  We also have some maintenance issues that we want to take care of and some beginner features to line the beginner loop.

Campus Hills:  Campus Hills is a Gateway trail located in Durham.  We were awarded a grant to use on this project and contracted to build a good portion of trail.  We will need to use some volunteer hours and have posted a work day\grand opening to finish off the trail work.

Briar Chapel:  Currently we have a hybrid project going on for the Bennett Mountain section of Briar Chapel.  Hand built trail is going in through the roughest rockiest section.  We’ve contracted to have the rest of the trail (connecting the beginning and end) to be done.

These are active projects that their progress depends heavily on the sheer amount of volunteers willing and able to come out.


Forest Ridge is progressing slowly but surely.  We haven’t received enough definitive information to post publicly yet but know that things are moving along.


We plan on holding a trail building workshop soon.  We have a great host that most likely can provide a big screen TV and DVD player, allows food, beer and provides trail to practice what is covered in the workshop.  We will also host a ride afterward.  Stay tuned for information soon.

Related to the trail building workshop, we are in need of trail coordinators.  We specifically need a TC for Little River Regional Park.  We also need trail crew leaders and more trail experienced builders.  If anyone is interested in being a trail coordinator, willing to help lead crews for trail building\maintenance or just plain interested in doing trail work, get in touch with me.


I know there are many of us who would like to do more but just don’t have the time.  I know some of you have young families, big families, busy jobs, home projects and needs, race training, apprehensive of physical dirty work, beginners trying to grow in the sport…  Hopefully you can find a little bit of time every once in a while to help build and maintain trails so that you are able to have the best opportunity, variability and experience when you ride.

I’m thankful for those who have volunteered and who I’ve worked alongside on trail projects and look forward to more.

David H.

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