Kiwanis Cruise | 7.9mi/396ft elevation
A nice little loop! Hops on Crabtree Creek greenway at Raleigh boulevard, and heads north. Shortly after entering the greenway, there's an optional gravel fire road to the left if you're feeling spicy! It connects back to the greenway, which is closed between Atlantic and Capital, so the route jumps off the trail and takes Capital about 50 feet to Hodges, which takes you back to the greenway. There is a light at Capital & a sidewalk, so it's not too scary to ride or too hard to wheel onto the sidewalk for safety. From there, it's easy cruising to Kiwanis Park for a sit and a snack, and then back to the shop via some neighborhood streets. You'll get to try out the new Wade Ave bike/walk underpass too!
In a Jam | 21.8mi/777ft elevation
Turtle Hole Ride | 71.5mi/3327ft elevation
A nice long ride that takes you on some well-cycled roads & a few stretches of greenway out to the Eno River (and back to Raleigh). There are a few gas stations along the way for resupply stops, and you'll ride through downtown Durham too. The trailhead that leads to the river is at the end of a residential street, and it's a 10 minute hike down to the water for a swim. You can easily cut the ride in half by taking the train from Durham back to Raleigh when you're all tuckered out.
This 30+ mile mixed terrain ride heads west from OCCP through Downtown Raleigh past North Carolina State University and Meredith College to the Rocky Branch Greenway. You ride through the hilly North Carolina Museum of Art, past Schenck Forest and through Umstead State Park. There are two water fountains and a bike repair stand in Umstead and many services along the route in and out of town. Start your ride at Yellow Dog Bread across from the shop and swing by Boulted Bread on South Street on the way back into town before returning to OCCP. You’ll need the fuel. Umstead is hilly and a blast to ride it’s crushed limestone trails. Yield to horses and pedestrians. Check out the route and queue sheet here on Ride with GPS.
A Tetractus, or Tetractys, or Tetrad is a mystical triangular figure consisting of ten points. Thus, here are ten TORC trails within the Triangle (Mileage of trails are from TORC directly and may not be exact to what MTBproject.com has listed):
- Briar Chapel (12 miles)
- Brumley Nature Preserve (8 miles)
- Carolina North Forest (18 miles)
- Harris Lake (10 miles)
- Lake Crabtree (9 miles)
- Little River (7 miles)
- New Light (10 miles)
- RTP (4.5 miles)
- Solite (0.5 miles)
- Wendell Falls (3 miles – currently under construction and trail length may increase over time.)
Read more about the challenge in our blog post.