A good discussion was had today at Rally Point to discuss the best ways to save our singletrack trails from business development and a rocky quarry according to RDU Airport’s proposed land use plans. Here is the Save ORC presentation, please share and please volunteer to spread the word, write your opposing comments to both your government officials and at vision2040.rdu.com. Your comments to us are also welcome!
At the June 28, 2016 Public Workshop #7, the RDU Airport’s land use plan was unveiled. This plan slates several forested areas for commercial development. This development would result in the destruction of irreplaceable, centrally-located forested recreation areas and in the destruction of an important green buffer space between the airport facilities and the very popular Umstead State Park. Ultimately, the destruction of this forested area could negatively affect the hundreds of acres within the Crabtree Creek watershed.
We have created a petition to call attention to this and to let our local government (Wake County) and RDU Airport know that thousands of citizens in the Triangle and in North Carolina want to preserve these forested areas.
Please sign our petition and bring your voice to the table!
The average TORC member has n+1 bikes and it’s always a debate on how to organize and maintain your bikes. One TORC member, Jack Houck, has created a bike stand built out of PVC for his road bike and mountain bikes. Check out his design and let us know if you build one too!
HLCP ‘Berm’ Project yesterday (July 12th) was a huge success!
We built two new berms within a tight ‘S’ turn before a elevated ladder bridge. We shortened the bridge to leave us with a straight shot across the bridge. We also dredged out some sediment from the drainage which also provided us with some excellent shape-able material for our berms.
We had 13 excellent volunteers, we stayed within a 3.5 hour span and left us with some time for a ride through all the trails.
Such a pleasure working with a big group of good people. We got a lot done within a 3.5 hours span and finished with a fun ride. Thank you everyone, as you can see, it makes a huge impression with Ashley and our park relationship.
Some chunk for LCCP. Thanks Ryan, doing a great job:
“Just wanted to post some pictures of the new rock garden we started to build today at LCCP
When completed it will be around 100 feet long and have a beginner and advanced line.
Thanks to all the volunteers today, I hope to have some more come out to finish this project soon.
Let’s get dirty…. and make our trails clean!” Ryan, LCCP TC
Raleigh Singletrack with Selene Yeager
June 12-14th, Selene Yeager visited the Raleigh area. Selene was invited by TLC for Bikes and North Carolina Bicycle Club to check out the Raleigh bicycle scene.
Fit Chick – Selene Yeager is an ultra endurance mountain biker as well as tri-athlete, an author on subjects such as bicycle racing, health and fitness, nutrition, strength as well as a writer for ‘Bicycling’ magazine.
During her visit, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists was invited to speak about the mountain bike scene, NC Greenway Alliance was invited to speak about our greenway systems and Oaks and Spokes was invited to speak about our urban ride venues. Selene got in some quality road, mountain and greenway rides with all of us.
TORC President, David Houskeeper and TORC Activities Director Valeries Myers, along with a few other TORC members, got the distinct pleasure of giving Selene a tour of Lake Crabtree County Park trails as well as some of the ORC area. Despite the heat and the humidity, we had a great ride on some great trails. Like most avid mountain bikers, we quickly fell into the familiar mode of simply enjoying the trails while enjoying good conversation. Twenty-one miles later and 1100′ feet under our wheels, we were tired and Selene was adequately warmed up for her, later in the day, 35 mile greenway ride.
TORC would like to thank Selene for spending some time with us and we thoroughly enjoyed showing her some of our busiest urban trails.
We hope to see her again in the future.
Thank you Selene from all of us at Triangle Off-Road Cyclists.
The second annual Crabtree Time Trial was held in conjunction with TORCFest (formerly known as Fat Tire Festival!). It was an awesome day for mountain biking and racing for little kids and big kids. We had 81 unique racers with a few people doing a “do-over” lap! This year we raised close to a $1000 which will go into our trail building fund. The winners and finish times can be found here. Thanks to Performance Bike, Cycling Spoken Here, The Bicycle Chain, Back Alley Bikes, Bullseye Bicycle, Crank Arm Brewing, Rally Point and our newest sponsor Oak City Cycling Project for supporting the TORC races this past year. If you haven’t done a time trial with us yet, check out the South Loop Time Trial in September or if you are ready for an endurance race, check out the Beaverdam/New Light Challenge on August 23rd! If you are interested in volunteering (aka working) on the races with me, I’d love the help. We always need people to help with keeping track of timing, bib handouts, giving people directions, and setting up and tearing down, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)! – TORC Race Director Sarwat Khattak
The rain held out and we got in our first time trial event at Harris Lake County Park. The route included the Intermediate and Advanced trails for one hard 6-milish lap. There were 35 fantastic racers! This is the first race where we had 5 kids (< age 12) enter and race. Nothing is cooler than seeing a kid race a mountain bike. We also had 3 juniors and a record setting 8 women competing! Another great part about this race was the number of first timers. I love having new people try racing. Perfect weather, perfect trails and an interesting race format made it a great day. Many thanks to Cycling Spoken Here for being the main sponsor for this race and supporting mountain biking in the Triangle! Crank Arm Brewing also provided sponsorship for this event.
The race couldn’t have happened without some great volunteers, I’d like to thank Trina, Ela, Cooper R., John L, Rick E., and Beth for helping run the race. I’d also like to thank Wake County Parks & Rec for allowing us to use the trails for our race and special thanks to Ashley and Joe from Harris Lake County Park. TORC uses the race net money to build and maintain trails and advocate for mountain biking! Join us on June 21st for TORCfest and the Crabtree Time Trial!
TORC is excited to announce that we have contracted with Native Trails and Elevated Trail Design to fulfill the RTP grant project at LCCP.
Using feedback from a poll given earlier and a desire to offer some ‘fun factor’ within the second half of the LCCP trail network, TORC has specifically arranged the grant to use portions of the money towards ‘fun factor’.
Another portion of the grant will be used to extend the dirt jumps farther and to circuit back around towards the beginning of the jump line. As well as working on some of the drainage issues, this will also allow the dirt jumpers to circle back around to top versus walking back up the sides of the jump line.
With this RTP grant contract, along with the current and future work that the trail coordinator and Drew are working on, we hope that LCCP will continue to be the great trail system that it is.
Thank you for all your support.
TORC Sponsorship chair needed
TORC is looking for a sponsorship chair. This volunteer would work closely with our existing sponsors while helping find new sponsors.
They would also work closely with the race director in coordinating race specific sponsors for race prizes. They would work closely with the trails chair in coordinating support from sponsors who would like to help the trail building\maintenance program.
Maintaining a close relationship with these sponsors and helping TORC honor our part of the relationship will be important as well as helping keep updated information on the sponsorship pages and sponsor advertising.
Email me at: email@example.com or pm me if interested
- TORC Briar Chapel Night Ride; Nov 20, 8:00pm
- TORC and TLC Night Ride at Brumley Forest; Nov 22, 5:45pm
- #OptOutside on Black Friday with TORC @ Harris Lake County Park; Nov 24, 10:00am
- #OptOutside on Black Friday with TORC @ Carolina North Forest Ride; Nov 24, 1:45pm
- TORC Night Ride Harris Lake County Park - All Skills; Nov 27, 5:45pm