Sunday, June 21, 2015 01:00 PM


The Triangle has no mountains to boast of, but that doesn’t stop the region’s thriving cult of mountain bikers from seeking new peaks to conquer. On Sunday, more than 140 off-road cyclists claimed their little slice of two-wheeled heaven in Wake County – the joy of pedaling along the tangled, twisty trails of Lake Crabtree County Park.

The annual festival sponsored by Triangle Off Road Cyclists celebrates the popular outdoor sport, and features time trials, skills clinics and other feats of dexterity. The Morrisville park is also well-suited for casual family rides through the nearly 300 shaded acres of woodland that is becoming widely known as a natural habitat for knobby tires, shock absorbers and clicking gears.

“The festival is for the mountain biking community to get together and have fun,” said David Houskeeper, president of the club known as TORC.

Sunday’s festival also featured the grand opening of new trails, plus newly-restored single-tracks that had been chewed up by years of stump-jumping, slope-surfing and wipe-outs. The two-month restoration and expansion project, covered by a $87,627 grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program, has extended the spaghetti-like maze of trails here to nine miles.

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