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No matter what corner of the Triangle you call home, the nonprofit Triangle Off-Road Cyclists, or TORC, can use your hands. A dedicated group of more than 200 members and volunteers, TORC works to build new multi-use trails, maintain alleys and advocate for the sustainability of natural resources in the Triangle.

TORC recently helped with a trail system in Chapel Hill's new green community, Briar Chapel, near Fearrington Village. The trails were opened to the public via an agreement with the developer that TORC volunteers would both help make and monitor them. The local chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, TORC keeps close relationships with the parks departments in Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

Members gather for as many as six bike rides per week across the Triangle, while TORC offers clinics for people of all different skill levels. Membership dues, races and other fundraisers—plus a mix of state and federal grants—help fund such projects and events.

"The best way for people to get involved is by realizing the importance of our mission and joining the club," says TORC's trailbuilding and rides chair, David Houskeeper. "We are here to build and maintain multi-use trails for mountain bikers, hikers and joggers. It's a great resource for people."

See torc-nc.org for more.

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