Columbia Basin Trust supports Golden Cycling Club

This summer the Golden Cycling Club completed the acquisition of a number of hand and power tools to create a trails tool cache.

Golden Cycling Club

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This summer the Golden Cycling Club completed the acquisition of a number of hand and power tools to create a trails tool cache.

Previously, a collection of aging tools had been used by the club for trail construction and maintenance, but by 2011 many of these tools were no longer usable.

This situation was viewed as an opportunity to not just replace tools but to also purchase tools specific to trail building. The club was able to combine its own experience with advice from the International Mountain Biking Association to generate a tool list that included both common place items and trail specific tools.

Last spring the club applied to Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program for $4,100 in funding.

The application was successful and combined with the club’s own funds they were able to establish a tool cache at a total cost of $4,481.55

All the tools were purchased locally and include everything from shovels and pulaskis to macleods and fire rakes.

The club’s volunteers now have access to tools that make for safe and efficient trail building and maintenance.

The new tool cache was first put to use this fall during two successful volunteer days.

Plans are in place for a series of volunteer days next year that will focus on new trail construction.

In 2013 the club will complete the final leg of the CBT Mainline loop and plans to develop a family oriented trail from the new trail head off the Golf Course Road.

The club continues to maintain over 60 kilometres of trails around Golden that attract hikers, runners and equestrians as well as cyclists.