The Annual General Meeting for the GCC is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at the Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30 and the meeting runs from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Pizza and Whitetooth beer will be for sale. Come socialize, but more importantly see what’s in store for 2018, review 2017s progress, have a chance at joining the board of directors or sign up to be part of a task force. 2018 memberships will be available to purchase. Cash only event. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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GCC is raising its membership fees. That has left an elephant in the room: members have brought to our attention that third party events (eg races, tour operators, skills clinics, etc) should be "be adequately compensating the bike club for the use of the trails".
Well, GCC has been looking into just that over the past 4 months. After many conversations with the bike clubs of Fernie, Cranbrook, Revy, Nelson, Vernon, Penticton, and Rossland; GCC has decided to increase the fees charged to third party events. Most clubs do charge a fee to these event organizers. GCC has come up with a fee structure that adequately reflects GCC's specific financial situation.
In case you didn't know, GCC has been either charging a fee to these events or receiving a donation from them for the past 3 years. The fees for 2018 will be the same as 2017 for all returning events (that way these events will have reasonable time to prepare for the increase).
For new events in 2018, and for all events in 2019 onward, the fee schedule will be as follows.
Fee Schedule for 2019:
***NOTE: all fees are per participant per day
Non-profits who do not charge a participant fee: $0 Non-profits who do charge a participant fee: follow the fees as in all the other categories For Profit skills clinics and tour operators: $5 (fee waived for participants with a club membership) Running races: $5 XC events: $6 plus $1 per timed descent within the course Enduro: $8 DH: $8 24hr races: $6 but 24hr races will be consider 2 days, as they happen over a 2 day period.
In addition to the above fees, all races are subject to a rehabilitation fee to cover the costs of damaged sections of trail resulting from the race. This fee will be determined by a pre-race and post-race assessment by GCC and event representatives.
Much consideration, conversation, and time has gone into this issue. GCC held conversations with some event organizers in order to get their input as well. Event organizers understand GCC's intent (ie. recouping the costs of maintaining and developing trails), however, these event organizers explained how such a move will impact their ability to hold a race that is financially viable for them. GCC acknowledged the economic benefits and sporting opportunities that the events brought to Golden. The event organizers acknowledged the costs that GCC shoulders as steward of the trail networks.
Simply put, it costs money to maintain and develop trails. With the increase in fees for third party events, and GCC's recent membership increase, GCC is attempting to share these costs across all user groups in a reasonable manner. The updated fee structure for third party events will provide a consistent policy that is fair to all events, and fair to all trail users. ... See MoreSee Less
This is a good start but how much thinking has really been put into this?
How can a trail runner have a similar impact on the trail as a xc mountain bike ? A difference 5$ VS 6$ ? Are you using any sort of “non subjective” way to measure the real impact a runner will have on all type of trails to decide how to charge ?
In the competing world, how long is a “day” of racing in these events? In average, a race like ST6 or TransBC Enduro should have roughly between 4-8 hours of riding time on race days. So lets take 6hr of riding as an example. This would cost 6$ per racer based on your rates. During the Golden 24, there is 4 time that amount of riding and you are only charging 12$. Should the GCC not try to capitalize more on an event like this?
Not For Profit:
All Not-For-Profit (NFP) societies don’t operate within the same financial structure. In Canada, the main 2 types of NFP are : Members Funded and Non Member Funded. One has the benefit of being able to operate with the membership funds collected from members. The other one will have to be creative and find other ways to finance their operations. A NFP society that doesn’t rely on members will be subjected to other source of income. A common one is to apply for government funding. But as easy it might seem to actually get this source of finance, it is often not a reliable way to provide long term sustainability because of the fundings uncertainties. The GCC should know that. Therefore, non-members funded NFP societies will have to find a different way to provide their services and ensure that their operations will be covered for the future. It is common practice for NFP societies to charge certain fees for their services in order to provide support the jobs they create and support their community. This doesn’t mean that the NFP societies are actually making profit and it is very subjective to think so if you haven’t seen their books. If profits are made, this means that a NFP organization can actually reinvest in their operations and provide free services and products and even provide the organization with some reasonable growth.
In my opinion, the GCC is discriminating by taxing a NFP society that charges for some of their operations. The GCC should look at the big picture and evaluate, on a case by case basis, how the NFP society is actually giving back to the community and how they help the GCC in return by ensuring that they are impacting the members positively. Having an “non-subjective” look at the “actions” of the NFP societies should give you a good hint on weather or not you should tax the NFP society for their operations. Its the actions that speaks for themselves. Its not about not paying to play, its about paying for a fee that as been thought off and is just and fair for the different types of trail users.
The GCC should be careful when thinking about adding a tax. Affecting any local businesses or organization that have a larger positive impact on the big picture (community, businesses, tourism, etc) should be dealt with care and a strong focus should be allocated on collaboration instead of authoritarisme.
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Was any approximate revenue figure calculated (based on 2017) under this new structure? Wondering how much money this might generate and how far that will go in terms of paid trail maintenance.
Another thought; would a commitment to perform a set amount of volunteer hours (of trail work) be accepted in exchange for the monetary rates suggested?
The Gentlemen's Leisure Club of GoldenTough call but smart. Infrastructure and organization takes funding and sometimes that is easy to forget, especially if you are coming from a place of altruism. To put it in perspective, The Gents club has to pay $700 for the Mt. 7 Rec Plex to host this year's summer gear swap (and more for the Ski Swap). It sucks, but how did that building get there?
And now for the next big question! 1. What type of trail do you personally want built next? 2. What type of trail do you think the overall Golden community needs built next? Please differentiate the answers. They can be the same type of trail but it is two different questions. Thanks! Don't be shy! ... See MoreSee Less
Bigger jumps on black diamond flow trail! Round out the harder riding in the area
1 month ago · 4
I think the club should build a trail similar to full and half nelson in Squamish.. a trail that is flowy and fun, with hidden doubles and triples that you can hit or roll, a trail that you can ride on a 5" travel bike and ride with your kids or with your buddies.. but mostly because that trail is a major draw to tourists. Golden needs to get the people off the highway and spending money and having fun in our town.
A full day blue/black alpine trail would be a great addition to the local network in terms of increasing bike tourism.
1 month ago · 7
1. A technical black diamond trail to descend back through the cbt network with drops.
2.alpine xc loop (blue) would help make golden a destination(all the other bc towns are doing it...)
Also just putting some serious love into the existing trails on mount 7
1. Biggest pet project: Build a few trails west of Moonrakers, to the top of Canyon Creek/LSD. Would replace the ride on the road.
2. Build a direct connector between Kicking Horse and the top of Canyon Creek (Scalli Mag is grand, but it is a long way down and more importantly, for those tourists who do stay at KH, a long way up). That connector can also serve as main line from which various downhills (black/blue) to MoonRakers could start.
3. Alpine trail for sure - blue - to serve a wide audience.
4. Think club has to serve the local talent and it appears there is a call for more extreme DH. That serves only a small group, but they are also some of the more motivated riders (?). Most tourists will shun double black trails, but then, some might come especially for the attraction (if that were of interest to the club, or Golden)
5. Bring back the rafting in the Lower Canyon - oops - sorry - wrong page
1 month ago · 4
Black flow trail with bigger jumps and more drops.
1. Technical enduro trails. 2. more gravity, less xc.
1 month ago · 2
A trail that connects the networks on all sides of the valley.
Maybe just cause I'm from yyc and don't know the secrets, but last summer a friend and I rode there and found that the CBT side and network wasn't enough for a whole day of riding (and was mostly green), so we had to ride through a semi residential neighborhood, then pound a bunch of highway km to get to mountain shadows.
I ended up drafting a roadie for a bit... people were all friendly, shops were great, trails were super fun. Just seemed like you'd need to drive from trailhead to trailhead to tie it all together.
A fun little network of trails for the littlest crowd. I heard there is a great trail for the 4-5 year old crowd, but it seems like the windstorms affected it last year and we didn’t get to try it. We would love to get our little one riding beyond the pump tracks (which are awesome!).
Attention trail users! The costs of operating a cycling club and all the associated trails are going up so we are discussing raising the cost of a GCC membership from $40 to $50 for an individual, and from $80 to $90 for a family. We think it is still the cheapest season pass available, how about you? YES or NO to the increase? ... See MoreSee Less
Yes to the increase. It’s cheap and having extra cash to fund projects would be great!
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Yup, that's a pretty reasonably priced membership for all the great work you guys do!
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Yes! and maybe some accountability for groups from the city who come and use the trails to train. Annnnd groups and companies who use the trails to coach individuals for profit!
Maybe some weekend marshals like the Nordic club does.