Rain is no friend of the mountain biker. But with improving trail-building techniques, it appears to be a decreasing threat. Tomorrow's debut of the Briar Chapel mountain bike trail network, part of the new development south of Chapel Hill, is still on, according to TORC spokesman Tim Lee. The TORC volunteers building the trail, between four and five miles of which will be ridable, have taken particular care to make the trail shed rain; thus, even with yesterday's drencher, the trails should be ridable for Saturday's unveiling.
Not so waterproof are the trails out at Beaverdam, which were to host the 2008 Leith BMW Triangle MTB XC Race Series on Sunday. Wet trails and debris have forced cancellation of the event, which had already been rescheduled because of rain from earlier in the month. A double shame considering the negotiating TORC had to go through to get the Falls Lake State Recreation Area to hold the event. An awards ceremony for the top finishers in each category will be held at next Saturday's Fat Tire Festival at Lake Crabtree County Park.