Wendell Falls Community Trails Grand Opening

Wendell Falls officially opened their Avid Trails system with a day full of bicycles and community. TORC (Triangle Off Road Cyclists) took charge of the hosted races and skills area as the local authority on all things mountain biking. They perfectly balanced the competitive nature with the riders’ desire to learn and improve. The timed races brought all levels of riders onto the community trails system, while the temporary skills area set up near the Farmhouse gave everyone a chance to get on their bikes between bites of delicious food. The day brought whole families out to enjoy Wendell Falls on their bikes.

Wendell Falls and the Grounds Cafe took care of everyone while they weren’t balancing on two wheels. They served tasty drinks and burgers and providing entertainment. Craig Thompson from the band Old Habits sang some acoustic tunes and even took a few requests. Most of all, it was a great showing of the hospitality for which the community is so well known.

Our team was on hand to take in all the fun, get feedback from riders and enjoy the community. It was great seeing friends we made during the build. It was also fun to see the trails stand up to such heavy single day use.  We didn’t mind getting in some riding time ourselves before the day was done. Planning, designing and building trails is a lot of fun, but seeing so many others having a great time on them, and eventually getting in some riding of our own holds a special place in our hearts.

 

Justin Lax, President Avid Trails, rides the most challenging line at Wendell Falls.

Justin Lax, President Avid Trails, rides the most challenging line of the Wendell Falls community trail system.

 

Matt Henderson is followed by Justin Lax down the challenging drop on the Wendell Falls community trails system.

Matt Henderson precedes Justin Lax down the challenging drop on the Wendell Falls community trails system while the rest of the crew looks on.

 

A ride makes their way through the community trails at Wendell Falls.

A ride makes their way through the community trails at Wendell Falls.

 

A rider weaves through the woods in one of Wendell Falls’ many open space parks.

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