TORCFest at Briar Chapel!

Triangle Off Road Cyclists (TORC)
Triangle Off Road Cyclists (TORC)
Public group

Briar Chapel Great Meadow Park

Intersection Beacon Ridge Boulevard and Great Ridge Parkway · Chapel Hill, NC

How to find us

Great Meadow Park area of Briar Chapel. Physical addresss of park is 161 Salt Cedar Lane. The best place to park is at Woods Charter School.

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TORCFest Schedule of Events:

9:30 to noon:

The Briar Patch XC Race!

Race Fees and Registration:

Adults: $25, ($20 for TORC members), then $30 on race day ($25 for TORC members)!

Juniors: $10, ($5 for TORC members), then $15 on race day ($10 for TORC members)

9:30- Juniors and Beginners: 1 lap

10:30- Sport: 2 laps

10:30- Expert: 3 laps



11am: The first REI skills session will begin, just in time for beginners and juniors to attend after finishing their race lap.

Each skills session will be approximately 40 minutes long and we will have one every hour at 11am, noon, 2pm, and 3pm. (No session at 1pm because of group rides). Each session will be teaching a different set of skills. You can attend as many sessions as you would like.


Noon: Food Trucks and Free Beer Arrive!!!

Bring your driver's license if you will be drinking beer!

Great food will be available for purchase from TORC member, John Conklin's, Flirting with Fire Mobile Pizza and BBQN4U! Racers, grab some food after the race, rest up, and enjoy the music that will be playing at the pavilion!

2 kegs of free craft beer provided by TORC and served by Bottle Revolution! Feel free to BYOB as well. TORC will also be providing non-alcoholic beverages.

12:45- Group Rides will begin!

Be ready to roll out at 12:45 sharp.

Groups will be divided into beginner, intermediate, and youth riders. These rides will be no drop. As you might imagine, we will accommodate various skill levels, though some experience riding on trails is helpful.

We’ll ride for about an hour.

Try a bike demo from one of our local bike shops! So far, Back Alley Bikes will have some Kona's available and REI will have Ghost bikes available.

After the ride, enjoy some food or attend the next REI skills session starting at 2pm.


Throughout the Day (besides food, music, and beer):

Raffles / Membership drive:

Our membership chairs will be at the TORC tent, please stop by with your questions about TORC and let us update you on what TORC does for the mtb. community. Memberships can be done at the TORC tent.

To thank you for being a member, or encourage you to become one, we'll be doing a raffle for members. Lots of great items we’ll be raffling off - just come by the TORC tent to pick up your ticket. One of the items being raffled will be a mountain bike donated by REI! See below for a list of our sponsors and what they will be donating for the raffle.

REI Skills clinics throughout the day!

40-minute skills clinics will be offered throughout the day starting at 11am, on the hour, with 20 minute breaks in between. (No session at 1pm because of group rides.) Different skills will be offered each session. Come to all of them or to whichever ones strike your fancy.

11am: Balance and Weight Transfer

12pm: Cornering

2pm: Getting Over Obstacles

3pm: Jumping!

Skills props will also be set up all day long for you to play on!

Did you know that REI Outdoor School offers other skills classes including Urban Emergency Preparedness, Intro to Map and Compass, Learn to Kayak, SUP, Backcountry Cooking, and Climbing Knot Basics? You can find more details here: (

Bike Demos from our local bike shops:

Big thanks to our local bike shop sponsors for providing everyone with some bike demos. Konas will be offered by Back Alley Bikes and Ghost bikes from REI.

On-Site Chiropractic Adjustments:

Bring your tired cranky hips, knees, feet, wrists, elbows and shoulders, as well as your spines for an awesome adjustment experience. TORC member Dr. Rick Essman from Chapel Hill Chiropractic Centre is going to be on-site doing adjustments. Dr. Rick wants you to become a member of TORC too - If you join for the first time, or are a lapsed member and re-join, Dr. Rick will do your adjustments for free! And if you’re a current member, it’s only $10, and the proceeds go to TORC.

Join now to get the new member offer, then see Dr. Rick on Sunday (first come, first served)!


Take some time to learn about the Umstead Coalition, Triangle Land Conservancy, the proposed RDU Forest Trail Center and the RDU Airport Authority plans to develop all of their land next to Umstead up to and including Lake Crabtree County Park (600+ acres of land), the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League, and TORC. Visit the various bike shop tents that will be providing their services and expertise.


Sponsors and On-site Representation From:

REI- Skills clinics, demo bikes, and mountain bike for raffle!

Performance Bike- 2 SpinDoctor Tool Kits for raffle!

Durham Cycles- $80 gift card for bike tune-up for raffle!

TLC For Bikes- $50 gift card for raffle!

Storm Endurance- helmet for raffle!

Bullseye Bicycles- $25 gift card for raffle!

The Clean Machine/Bicycle Chain- several gift cards for raffle and mechanical support!

Back Alley Bikes- Kona demo bikes!

Cycling Spoken Here- separate raffle for free shock service at their tent

Cycle Surgeon, Trek Bicycle Holly Park, and Oak City Cycling Project will also have a prize in the raffle!

TORC- free beer from Bottle Revolution and free non-alcoholic beverages!

Advocacy Groups:

Save Lake Crabtree

Umstead Coalition

Triangle Land Conservancy

North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League