MTB

1 – 7 November 2017

Running:

The Eve Carson Memorial 5K is run in remembrance of a former UNC student body president’s legacy of outstanding leadership and community service.

Instead of herding cats there is herd of runners benefiting cats at the Purr Partners 5k Run Until They All Have A Home.

Cycling:

As if last weekend’s Umstead Gravel Grinder was not enough to wear out all the mountain bikers, TORC is having the 6 Hours of Briar Chapel this weekend.

The North Carolina Cyclocross series returns to the area with NCCX Race 6 in Durham after Race 2 was held last month in Raleigh.

Driving:

The monthly Cars and Coffee Morrisville car enthusiast gathering where owners bring their own cars and view a variety of others.

Featured:

The City of Oaks Marathon is held on city streets and greenways in Raleigh and is part of the growing list of area marathons.

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6 Hours of Briar Chapel

What: 6 Hours of Briar Chapel

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

When: Sunday 5 November 2017 at 10:00 am

The mountain biking race is organized by TORC

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Umstead Gravel Grinder

What: Umstead Gravel Grinder

Where: William B. Umstead State Park, Camp Lapihio, 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617

When: Saturday 28 October 2017 at 8:30 am

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

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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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