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Triangle Off Road Cyclists Keep Busy During the Dog Days of Summer

ImageGroup Rides, out-of-town trips, new trail construction, and maintenance to existing trails have consumed a good bit of our free time this summer. It's a horrible burden to bear, but somehow I'm sure we'll manage carry on.

We have had good attendance at our scheduled group rides (Monday mornings, Wednesday nights, and the Thursday women's ride). We get to meet old friends and introduce new-comers to the sport. Our local shops continue to give us lots of support with these rides.

For National Trails Day, TORC teamed up with REI, our friends over at Trips for Kids - Triangle (TFK-T), and Wake County Parks and Recreation at Lake Crabtree County Park. We had about 50 folks show up. The Kids from TFK-T rehabbed a short section of closed trail, while other groups performed regular maintenance and built a new rock garden.

Our current trail construction project, Brier Chapel, continues. The project is actually part of a large upscale housing project, and the builder decided to have trails built instead of another golf course. We are getting very close to having enough sections stitched together to actually be able to ride there. Thanks to the hard work of our trail building crew and all the volunteers, when finished we will have a 20+ mile trail system to enjoy.

Our day and overnight trips have been a great success. We've visited the Angler's Ridge trail system in Danville, VA, and the folks from SVMBA have been excellent hosts both times. Our weekend trip to Dupont/Pisgah wouldn't have been the same without the help of some awesome folks from Pisgah Area SORBA. The most recent weekend trip to Tsali was outstanding as usual. All these trips have common themes--great riding, good people and lots of fun.

We also continue to work with our partner, Trips for Kids - Triangle. It's pretty amazing that in a mere 5 months of existence, Trips For Kids - Triangle has participated in over 13 events, ranging from TFK-T rides, to XC races, trail workdays, and cycling festivals. Just this past month TFK-T launched Grassroots Bikes, its own nonprofit bike shop that not only teaches the skills of bicycle mechanics to fragile youth, but also provides a steady stream of income to the TFK-T chapter.

In the coming months we have a few more weekend and day trips, the Triangle Fat Tire Festival and a Women's Skills Clinic. As well as kicking off a fall/winter endurance series in October.