WE LOVE OFF ROAD CYCLING! And we put on a fun festival to celebrate mountain biking every year, usually in the fall. Last year, TORCFest was held at Briar Chapel’s Great Meadow Park, on October 13, 2019. The date has not been selected yet for TORCFest 2020 but stay tuned! We’ll update this page and post the details on our meetup page as soon as we know the deal.

What is TORCFest?

It’s open to the public, family friendly, and admission is FREE! There’s something for everyone. Check out the details from last year’s celebration below to get an idea.

TORCFest is put on entirely by amazing volunteers. We are always looking for more volunteers to make events like this happen.


TORCFest 2019: Briar Chapel

Park at Margaret B Pollard Middle School, 3 blocks from the festival. The festival location is the Great Meadow Park in the Briar Chapel neighborhood. This location allows us to use the fabulous Briar Chapel trails that TORC supports.

Registration

When you get to the Great Meadow Park, look for the Registration tent to sign in and get your wristband for activities and demos.


Vendors and Exhibits


Fun Activities

Kids of all ages can decorate their bikes at the “Bike Bling” tent during the festival.

9:15 am Kids under 3 rideBike Bling tent
9:30 am Kids 3-5 y/o ride – Bike Bling tent
10:00 am Family bike paradeBike Bling tent

10:00 am Tubeless Set Up ClinicClean Machine/Bicycle Chain tent

11:00 am Bunny Hop Clinic and CompetitionBullseye Bicycle tent

2:00 pm Suspension Set Up Clinic – Clean Machine/Bicycle Chain tent


Demo Bikes

We are stoked that our local bike shops are bringing demos from Kona, Trek, Ibis, Yeti, Santa Cruz, Juliana, Giant, and more!

A few things to note: demos are not rentals, please stick to the demo loop, and return the bikes ASAP. This way everyone will get a chance to try the bikes.

Signed TORC waivers are required for all demos, sign in at the TORC tent to receive your wristband. Each bike demo may require further signed releases, a photo ID, and a credit card. Helmets required. Bring any special pedals,


Gear Drive

Do you have a bag full of saddles, box full of pedals, a bin full of cranks, or a few old bikes that you no longer need? Bring them to TORCFest to donate to The ReCYCLEry of Carrboro. The ReCYCLEry is a non-profit that teaches bicycle repair and maintenance and allows community members to earn their bikes! You’ll clear out valuable space and contribute to a great cause.


Group Rides

Guided, group rides for all ability levels (including beginners and kids) will be lead by TORC volunteers. Find the schedule and sign up for a ride at the “Group Rides” tent. Rides are limited to 15 participants. Demo bikes not allowed on guided rides. Meet at the “Group Rides” tent 15 minutes before your ride starts.

Self-guided routes and trail map available on Trailforks. Note: all trails are 2 way.

Food Trucks & Beer

$10 gets you beer/cider from Beer Study. All proceeds will be donated to the TORC trail building fund. You can also BYOB.

Rad Raffle

This year, members receive 4 tickets, TORCFest volunteers receive 2 tickets per shift (sign up for your shift here). You’ll be able to put your tickets towards the prizes of your choice! Visit the Raffle tent to collect your tickets. Raffle starts shortly after 3 pm, must be present to win.

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Previous Year Race Results and Photos

TORCFest started out as the Fat Tire Festival back in 2014. Part of the festival was a race, and we had the race portion up until 2017. Starting in 2018, we dropped the race to allow us to focus on all the other fun we had planned.