Golden Cycling Club hosting poker run to kick off season

An online survey revealed that GCC members are hoping to see more social events this season and the club has taken notice.

The Golden Cycling Club is hoping to see a big turn out for several of its spring events.

An online survey revealed that Golden Cycling Club (GCC) members are hoping to see more organized, social events this season and the club is doing everything it can do to oblige.

The first major event of the year will be a poker run on May 10. The specific route has yet to be completely finalized, but participants of all abilities will have the opportunity to collect stamps from five different stations in order to be dealt a five-card poker hand later in the evening. The main five stations will be located on easily accessible terrain, while a further three stamps are available at undisclosed locations for riders who are feeling a little more adventurous.

“They could be anywhere in the CBT or Moonrakers trail network…when you find the first one it gives a hint of where to go for the second,” explained Steve Wyer, the club’s director of events, rides and races.

Prizes have yet to be determined, but will be given out at the Golden Taps that evening for those who are dealt the best poker hands.

One of the benefits of this format is that it allows everyone to complete the circuit at their own pace.

“Once you’re registered you can ride it in the morning, ride it in the afternoon…you can do it all day and then we all play our cards at the end,” Wyer said.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities can register a week before the event at Derailed or between 10 and 11 a.m. on the day of the event in Spirit Square.

GCC has other events planned over the next couple months, including both an enduro and a cross country toonie race as well as a Strava challenge.

Encouragingly, 20 kids have already signed up for the club’s learn to ride program.

Wyer says that interest in these early season events will dictate the club’s plan for the rest of the summer.

“We’re going to re-evaluate as a committee at the end of the spring and the beginning of the summer so it’s really important that if people are interested in these things that they attend.”