What we're about

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ATTENTION: Please read and act to help preserve RDUforest:

To learn about the situation and find out how to help, check here: http://rduforest.com/

TORC's official statement and position regarding LCCP and the surrounding Old Reedy Creek (ORC) green space:

http://www.meetup.com/torc-nc/messages/boar... (http://www.meetup.com/torc-nc/messages/boards/thread/50020751/)

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.

***Today, TORC is over 750 members strong and growing! 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Triangle-Off-Road-Cyclist-TORC/179388852095254)

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Help us continue to promote, build, and maintain mountain biking in the Triangle. Contact us at www.torc-nc.org.

President: Sarwat Khattak

Vice President: Beth Harrelson

Treasurer: Laura Neely

Executive Secretary: Heather Bailiff

Upcoming events (5+)

THE LAST FRIYAY of 2019! Join us at Lake Crabtree for a Social Ride (all skills)

This is it folks, the last Friyay ride of 2019 !! Come out so we can end the season with a great ride. I moved the times up a little because the park is closing earlier and getting dark earlier. So if you can, sneak out of work early. Thank you everyone that has come out, hope you had fun and had great rides. Thanks to all the event host, ride leaders, sweepers, thank you Drew and his great team at Lake Crabtree and everyone that help and made this a great ride year! Time: Meet at 5:35 pm, ride by 5:50pm. Type of ride: All skills, social ride Speed: 5 - 12 mph Distance: Depends on group, between 6 - 12 miles or less Time spent riding: approx. 1.5 hours PARKING- 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. Details: No-drop ride for all riders, we will split into groups per experience /speed/ skill level. This ride is for all levels. 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. For additional items to bring with you while mountain biking, please visit this link: https://www.imba.com/blog/dig-women-mtb/what-carry-while-riding. 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/support-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. http://torc-nc.org/support-torc/

UNC Outdoor Education Center work day!

Carolina Outdoor Education Center

TORC and UNC OEC staff are excited for the MOU/relationship we have established as well as working with Trails Science on a hybrid project to build trail on UNC OEC property! This will be a two phase project that will ultimately end with 4 miles of multi-use all skill single track trail! A fundraiser is being used to help this project. Check out the fundraiser information here: https://www.meetup.com/torc-nc/events/264540130/ https://www.facebook.com/events/413256709312830/ https://www.trianglemtb.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=42901.0 This is the first public work day for phase 1 of trail building. Here are the details: Date: October 5th Meet time: 8:45am Location: You will be parking at the OEC parking lot: https://campusrec.unc.edu/facility-list/outdoor-education-center-oec/ Someone will be waiting for you at the parking lot to direct you from there to either the mtg place or to the trail work site. Trail work starts at: 9:00 to 9:15am Duration of work day: No more than 3 hours Type of work: Will update with specifics as we get closer to the date. Tools: Tools will be provided. What to bring: sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, appropriate clothing, bug spray and water

Trek Holly Park Harris Lake Advanced Section Sessions

Harris Lake County Park

So many times, we ride Harris Lake and just cruise on by the Black Diamond whoop-t-do section and some of the other things! Well, let's change that! This is not a skills clinic...it's just riders helping out riders. We will meet at Hog Run parking log and take an easy ride to the tech areas and then session them. Flat pedals HIGHLY recommended. Bring water, helmet, sensor of humor...and possibly some bubble wrap. This ride is geared towards intermediate or higher folks. Bring a good supply of water and snacks. Since we will be sessioning, time on trail will be longer than a regular ride. Trail info: https://www.trianglemtb.com/harris.php

Brumley Forest Trail Trimming!

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

Brumley Forest trimming and clearing corridor. Bring your bikes to ride after we are done working! Meet time: 3:45pm Begin work: 4:00pm sharp (want to start on time to be sure to ride) What to bring: gas trimmers and loppers OR any equivalent. Electric bush trimmers, hand clippers, folding saws, swing blades, machetes....scythes. What we will be doing: 2 areas. 1. A group of people will take gas/electric trimmers to cut back the open overgrown sections of the trails. 2. Other group will take tools to trim back the corridor of the remaining parts of the shaded tree covered parts of the trails. Face slappers, low branches etc. Look at the illustration photo I posted to give you more of an idea. You want to trim back a corridor that a 6'5" or taller rider would need to safely ride the trail. Guidelines for corridor: Trail tread for all users- 18"-24" Ceiling for mountain bikers and hikers- 7'-8' Corridor for bikes- 28’ (bare min) 3’ is a good rule What to bring also: Water, gloves, boots or sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for heat and bugs, bug spray...don't forget bike and gear.

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