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Beaverdam and New Light Challenge

What: Beaverdam and New Light Challenge

Where: Falls Lake State Park Beaverdam, 14916 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

When: Saturday 26 August 2017 at 9:30 am

The cycling event has multiple races and is organized by Triangle Off Road Cyclists

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MOAR XC

What: MOAR XC

Where: Lake Crabtree County Park1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

When: Saturday 8 July 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

The mountain biking events has multiple races and is organized by TORC

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Curse at the Crab

What: Curse at the Crab

Where: Lake Crabtree County Park1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

When: Sunday 26 March 2017 10:00 am

The mountain bike race is organized by Triangle Off-Road Cyclists.

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TORC Winter Time Trial Series #5

What: TORC Winter Time Trial Series #5

Where: Briar Chapel, 16 Windy Knoll Cir, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

When: Saturday 11 February 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

This mountain bike event is the final time trial of the series.

 

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TORC Winter Time Trial Series #4

What: TORC Winter Time Trial Series #4

Where: Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560

When: Saturday 4 February from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

This cycling time trial race had 3 mile single track course.

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2016 Cycling Review

With the end of the year approaching, it is time to look back at the cycling events within the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.

Road Racing:

For road cycling racers there were many USA Cycling sanctioned races and series hosted by area bike clubs are businesses. The Keep Raleigh Boring Criterium on 21st of February, the Chatham County Road Race on 5th of March and the Bull City Grand Prix the next day all run by the Carolina Cycling Association. The NCSU Cycling Club hosted the Wolfpack Classic Road Race & Criterium on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April. On May 16th was the Falls Lake Road Race run by Team Spoke Cycles. In May and June was the Backyard Series Criterium. On the Forth of July was the appropriately named Firecracker Ride run by the Capital Cycling Club. Later in the month on the 6th was the Velo4Yellow run by the Raleigh Gyros Cycling Club.

Cyclocross:

Cranking out laps on pavement, on dirt and over obstacles, cyclo-cross provides a variety of challenges for competitors. The Cross Central Series with the local events held at the Dorthea Dix Campus in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina and Rock Quarry Park in Durham in September and October. The North Carolina Cyclo-Cross Series had multiple events around the state, with two in the area. One in Durham and one in Raleigh on consecutive weeks in November.

Mountain Biking:

Triangle Off-Road Cyclists, the local chapter of IMBA, had racing events on single track ride in the woods. The competitive calendar was: Curse at the Crab Race on the 17th of April, Moar XC Racing on the 10th of July, Beaverdam/New Light Challenge on 28th of August, Briar Patch XC on the 18th of September, Umstead Gravel Grinder on 29th of October and 6 Hours of Briar Chapel on 6th of November.

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William B. Umstead State Park – North

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Have an adventure running, biking or horseback riding in the huge 5,599 acre William B. Umstead State Park. The Crabtree Creek Entrance on the northern side of the park is located of US Highway 70 in Raleigh, NC. The mostly forested park is in the center of the growing Raleigh-Durham area.

After turning onto Umstead Parkway, the road goes by the Visitors Center to a pair of parking lots where it ends. From the Visitors Center trail runners can take the Sal Branch Trail loop by Big Lake. At the two parking lots there is the Oak Rock Trail and the Potts Branch Trail that are both short loops. For a longer run and to connect to other trails, take the Sycamore Trail. It crosses Group Camp Road near the intersection with Sycamore Road then crosses the multi-use trail (MUT) that connects the horse trailer parking to the Graylyn MUT then does a loop that crosses the Graylyn MUT twice. The larger MUT are available for trail runners, cyclists and equestrians. Graylyn MUT, as seen in the above picture, connects the Graylyn Gate Entrance to Reedy Creek Trail. Along the trail is the connection to North Turkey Creek MUT, as seen in the picture below, which goes to the intersection with Cedar Ridge MUT.

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Just south of the visitors center of is Group Camp Road and off of it is Sycamore Road which ends at the horse trailer parking where equestrians can access the MUT.

The park hosts a few competitive events during the year: The Umstead 100 mile Endurance Run, Umstead Trail Marathon, Turkey ChaseWalk/Run/Bike for Umstead and Umstead Gravel Grinder.

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Falls Lake State Recreation Area – Beaverdam

Run or bike on the trails and swim or boat on the water at Falls Lake State Recreation Area – Beaverdam. The North Carolina owned area has a shoreline on the enormous 12,000 acre man made reservoir. It has seven access areas including Beaverdam located off Creedmoor Road, NC Highway 50, north of the lake.

Mountain bikers have six and a half miles of beginning or intermediate trails over three loop trails as well as a separate six and a half mile trail for advanced riders.img_1952There is a short loop in the center of the area and an out and back Duck Cove Trail along the lake that can be used for trail running.

For those interested in the water, there is a beach with a roped off section for swimmers

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that can be seen in the picture above. Next to it is a boat ramp for trailers to place a boat in and take it out of the water.

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Harris Lake County Park

Run by the lake, ride on the mountain bike trail or float in your boat at Harris Lake County Park. The mostly wooded 680 acre park is on a peninsula in a man made lake is leased by Wake County. Its located off New Hill Holleman Road in New Hill, NC southwest of Apex.

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For trail runners, there is Peninsula Trail, as seen in the above photo, that follows the lake shore for most of the four and a half mile loop.

The Hog Run Trail is a separate dedicated Mountain Biking trail with three sections for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders.

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For mountain bikers who want to improve their skills, there a course with a variety of challenges beyond what is in the above photo.

For people who want to get out on the lake there are two areas to put your boat into the water. One area is for boats that fit on top of you car, seen below, and another separate the boat landing area for larger vessels.

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Umstead Gravel Grinder

This weekend is the Umstead Gravel Grinder which takes place on the gravel covered multi-use trails within Umstead State Park. Riders have a choice of a 100 mile or 50 mile distance with each lap through the park being sixteen and two thirds miles. A lap starts at Camp Lapihio and goes towards Mid-Gate. After a westward turn onto Reedy Creek Trail, the course goes to turnaround near the Old Reedy Creek Road Gate then goes the length of the park to the South Turkey Creek Trail near the Trenton Road Gate. The first loop begins on the South Turkey Trail and Cedar Ridge Trail before returning briefly to the Reedy Creek Trail. The lap continues on the second loop of the Graylyn Trail, North Turkey Creek Trail and Cedar Ridge Trail before returning again to the Reedy Creek Trail to Mid-Gate and back to camp.

The event is run by Triangle Off-Road Cyclists and benefits the groups trail building activities. The race begins at 8:30 am and last official finisher completes the event by 6:30 pm. There are four categories Open Men (49 and Under), Open Men (50 and Over)
Open Women (18 to 39) and Open Women (40 and Over) with the top three finishes in each receiving prizes.

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