TORC/REI weekend: National Trail’s Day and Triangle Fat Tire Festival

festival logo

Triangle Off-Road Cyclists spent a great weekend with REI who was our major sponsor and provided support for our Saturday and Sunday events.

Starting with National Trail’s Day on Saturday the 7th, we had 30+ people show up from TORC and the mountain biking community as well from REI and the hiking\outdoor community.  All present to show Lake Crabtree County Park and Drew Cade (park manager)/County of Wake Forest how much we all love the LCCP trails.  Matt Jenkins (LCCP trail coordinator), provided us with this cool time lapse video and photo compilation.  Check it out:

Then on Sunday the 8th, we had our Triangle Fat Tire Festival:

groupPhoto courtesy of:

Again, REI was there to support the festival and provided a Novara 29er mountain bike to drive TORC membership support and keep our membership chairs busy the whole day, REI supported the Lake Crabtree Time Trial with stacked prizes 3 deep for the race categories as well as swag for the TORC membership drawings.

It’s hard to focus on where to start with so much support coming in from different directions and at different times through out the day but let’s start with the LCCP TT:

tt 3 tt 2 tt 1

Sarwat, and her group of volunteers, pulled together a spectacular race event to accompany the whole festival.  We counted 71 racers who came to have fun racing and to support the race program as well as support the trail building\maintenance program.  Here are our race director’s comments as well as the race results:

“A big thanks to Paul Harwood and his team from REI for supporting this first ever Crabtree Time Trial Race.  And a big thanks to Susan, Beth, Laura, Trina, and Matt for helping with registration and timing. Thanks to Jim H. for the pop-up, setting up the cones for the racers in line, and taking down the pop-up and table (thanks John L.). Thanks to Goldfish for helping me setup the pop-up and with finishing marking the course with tape on Sunday and Matt Watts for marking the course with me on Saturday. Thanks to John, Cindy, Robert P. and John H. for cleaning up the course and of course thanks to Drew Cade and his staff at LCCP for the cones and making it possible to put on race here.””If someone did a do-over lap, both laps are listed in the ranking. I also included the average speed per lap.  One thing to note, I had to make a correction so the times listed now are slightly different than what I had written down at the awards ceremony- however it did not change the top 3 rankings for each category.”

“For those who did place in the top 3 and missed the ceremony, I have your gift cards and will be emailing you shortly to get them to you.
I also included the ranking of the two guys on the unicyclists as a separate category and in their respective age groups.

Thanks for participating! It was great to see you all out there. If you are ready for some endurance races, reserve Oct 25 for 6 hours of BC and Nov 1 for 50 mile/100 miles of Umstead.  More XC races are in the planning stages and will be announced as things get locked in place.

And look out for the Crabtree Time Trial race next year!”

The results are posted here in this Google Doc:

Our overall women, open 45+ and single speed winners!:

tt winners 2 tt winners 1

tt winners 3
Some race photos:

tt 7 tt 6 tt 5

tt 4

Photos courtesy of:

Another small group of volunteers who were truly working a long hard day was our TORC membership chairs and activities chair.  We shall call them:  James, Bryan, Rob and Rob.  While I was off meandering and talking to all the people, these guys were a well oiled machine giving directions, taking memberships, administering raffle tickets, answering questions, selling jerseys and buying me food.  My one attempt to jump in to help was a quick lesson in how unprepared I was…if these guys had not have corrected me, I think half the time trial racers would be down at the boat dock parking lot.  These guys took all of your support and ended with 25 new or renewed TORC IMBA members!  That is great, we all appreciate your support.

novara 10346618_780313162002817_8295526181125010278_n membership 1

Our REI Novara 29er mountain bike winner was Anthony Alston.  Congrats Anthony:

membership winner

We also had some great representation from our friends, our sponsors, our local bike shops.  All three in one.  These folks are some of the best bike mechanics around.  They are folks who are out there on trail building/maintenance work days.  They are folks that hang and ride with us and are our friends.  Our sponsored bike shops started in the fall of last year with 6BC and followed us through the New Light\Beaver Dam Challenge, The Curse of the Crab and culminated at this festival where their sponsorship not only provided for the previous races but also added to the membership drive raffle.  TORC is thankful for their support.  So everyone, support your local bike shops and know that they do more than just run a business.

sponsors 1 sponsors 2

We also had some friends of TORC and other non-profit agencies like:  BikeWalkNC, Triangle Spokes and Bike Smart-Grow Smart who benefit from the fundraising done through the Tour de Fat event coming up on June 21, 2014.  Check it out:

sponsors 3

Don Foltyn and the dirt jump crew had the dirt jumps open and were showing us where the real skill and fearless bike handling can be found.  Don also led the dirt jumps skills clinic.  These guys also set up the Strider race and brought some big time fun and smiles to our future generations of bike riders.  Thanks to you parents who brought out your families/kids to take part in the festivities.

jump clinic dj clinic 1 strider 1 dj clinic 3 dj clinic 2

This leaves us with our group rides and group ride leader volunteers.  Big thanks to our group ride volunteers.  Parker, and his family, came out to lead our kids/family ride.  Anthony Alston, John Holloway and Chris White led our adult multi-skills rides.  Thanks to you folks for volunteering.  Thanks to all our race and festival volunteers.  TORC is a volunteer organization.  We are only as successful as our volunteers and we always should be thankful to those who volunteer to take time out of their personal lives to help the greater mtb community.  We always need trail work volunteers, ride leader volunteers, event volunteers and there is always something someone can do.

rides 1 600_373138322 ride rides 1kids ride

On behalf of the TORC executive committee and our committee of chairs, thank you for coming out and participating in such a great weekend.

See you on the trails.

David Houskeeper,

TORC President