What we’re about
Promoting – Building – Maintaining
Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) is a nonprofit volunteer organization (501) (C) (3) 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.
Thank you for those that have joined. TORC is becoming a stronger and stronger influence within the Triangle NC area. The bigger our numbers and the larger pool of leaders and volunteers to draw from, directly means more success in our area for more trails and happier land managers/owners. Please look at the big picture for our local mountain bike advocacy efforts and join and volunteer to help.
If you haven’t already joined, for as little as $39 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.
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 https://www.meetup.com/torc-nc#calendar.
Search for “Triangle Off-Road Cyclists” and connect with other local mountain bikers on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Triangle-Off-Road-Cyclist-TORC/179388852095254.
Help us continue to promote, build, and maintain mountain biking in the Triangle. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website www.torc-nc.org for more information!
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Trail Tuesday night ride....casual style ... at Williamson PreserveBailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve, Raleigh, NC
PLEASE CHECK https://www.trianglemtb.com/ FOR TRAIL STATUS.*
If the trail is closed the ride is canceled.
***Layer up cause it gets cold!***
This is a casual no drop ride for riders of all skill levels who want to ride and socialize. This is not a race or a Strava KOM fest.
We will split into 2 groups if there are enough riders.... a casual group and a super casual (pronounced "OMG Cindy is so slow") group.
Both groups will be no drop and will stop to regroup often to ensure no one (namely Cindy) is left behind.
We will meet between 5:30-5:45pm and hit the trail at 6:00pm.
We hang out to chitchat (and make fun of Jeff) after the ride ... (sometimes with hot cocoa and baked goods) so come for the ride, stay for the laughs (and cocoa).
Traffic sucks on the way to Williamson so give yourself more time to get there then you think you will need. Please be ready to ride at 6:00pm
We will meet at the white barn on the opposite side of the church from the main trail head parking lot. Parking here is by special permission for the ride. (Parking here without special permission from TLC is not allowed and considered trespassing so please only park here with TLC's permission.)
PLEASE SEE THE LINK BELOW FOR PARKING. DO NOT PARK AT THE REGULAR PARKING LOT.
Mountain bike, helmet, and light are required.
NO ONE CAN RIDE WITHOUT A HELMET.
Gloves, water bottle/pack, mini-tool, spare tube, and pump/CO2 highly recommended.
Message me with any questions you may have.
Please fill out the 2024 TORC ride waiver. The link is below. It only needs to be filled out 1 time per year.
HOW TO HELP TORC HELP YOU:
If you aren't a member of TORC please consider joining. Trails are not cheap to build or easy to maintain. So much goes on behind the scenes at all the trails. If you love trails please consider joining TORC to help support the work TORC does.
If you prefer not to join but would like to donate TORC you may do so at
Scroll to the bottom and you will see how to donate directly to TORC.
Also please consider donating to Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC). https://www.triangleland.org/give/donate
P.S. All the cool kids wear mismatched socks on Trail Tuesday.
- Lake Crabtree Night RideLake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville, NC
That time of year again, night rides at Crabtree. If you are experienced at these rides, please consider leading or sweeping so we can keep the ride groups small. We do have to be out of the park before 8PM. Please read the details below and if you have any questions, let me know.
You only need to sign the TORC waiver once for the night ride season and then sign in the attendance sheet for every night ride so Wake County can collect participation data.
Print out and bring your waiver to the ride:
Time: Meet at 5:45pm, ride by 6:00pm.
Type of ride: All skills, social night ride
Speed: 5 - 12 mph
Distance: Depends on group, between 6 - 12 miles or less
Time spent riding: approx. 1.5 hours
Please park in the back of the boat rental lot. We’ll meet in the lot close to the restrooms to avoid clogging up the parking lot entrance.
Difficulty: Lake Crabtree is one of the easiest and fun trails to ride with ride-arounds for all obstacles. All riders are welcome, but I would recommend that you are comfortable riding Crabtree in the daylight before you attempt this ride.
Details: No-drop ride for all riders, we will split into groups per experience /speed/ skill level. This ride is for all levels and if this is your first time I will make sure there is a group that will suit your comfort level. Lake Crabtree County Park is a great location for beginners. Expect easy to slightly moderate elevation changes. All trail obstacles have ride a rounds. Pace will be dependent on the experience and skill levels of the attendees.
You must wear a helmet while riding on the trails. Make sure you have plenty of water. Of course you will need a light, helmet/handlebar or both. It doesn't have to be expense and you can ask more experience riders or on forums for recommendations.
Being part of TORC Meetup isn't quite the same as being a TORC member. Join TORC for as little as $39 at http://torc-nc.org/join-torc/
This fee helps to finance trail building and maintenance, and rewards you with discounts on TORC races and at many of the local bike shops. Membership means leverage, so please join us in representing our dirt-loving interests in the Triangle.
- Forest Ridge Mountain Bike Trail Group RideForest Ridge Park, Wake Forest, NC
6:30pm Mountain Bike Group Ride, all levels. Meet at the round about next to the jungle gym at 6:20pm for trail talk and ride at 6:30pm. Ride length depends on light conditions. Look at Trianglemtb.com for trail open/closures for the ride.
2023 Season waiver: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=303766
Please consider joining the TORC, we are a 501c3 org and part of your membership fee goes back to TORC to finance trail maintenance and trail building. You can sign up as an individual basic membership for $39. Membership will help represent our dirt loving interests in the Triangle: https://www.torc-nc.org/join-torc/
- Noon ORC intermediate rideTown of Cary Parking Lot, Cary, NC
Meet at 11:45, roll at noon.
We'll ride Crabtree or 286 depending on what the group wants to do. Plan on 10-15 miles at an intermediate pace.
If the trails are closed then the ride will be in Umstead.
Please fill out the 2024 TORC waiver
(Only needs to be filled out once a year.)
What to bring:
Mountain bike in good working condition