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circleinasun
post Mar 18 2012, 08:50 AM
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so what is the "official" rule for race fees. typically its 10 for a single, 20 for a double, and 30 for a triple...nats. not included in this question.
and do tracks reserve the right to inflate prices?

save the higher prices for the gas to get there...
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post Mar 18 2012, 08:53 AM
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Our local single point races range anywhere from 12-15 for class/cruiser and usually open costs around 5 bucks. I think it is up to the track to decide what to charge.
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post Mar 18 2012, 09:00 AM
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There is no "Official" rule. Tracks can charge whatever they think their market will bear.
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post Mar 18 2012, 09:02 AM
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good old days are long gone, i guess...
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post Mar 18 2012, 09:33 AM
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Circleinasun- Did your local rates go up? At our track, Grippen Park BMX in Endicott, NY, we charge $7 Ribbon and $10 Trophy or stamps in the regular season and $12 Trophy or stamps only during winter. We have an annual rent of $4,000 plus heat in the winter for the concessions and restroom area. Back in the 80's it was $3 for ribbon. Volunteers get a free non awards race.

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post Mar 18 2012, 09:54 AM
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I look back at how long it has been $10 for a local around here... That is the only price that hasn't gone up over the past couple of decades.. Yet, I bet almost every expense the local track has to pay every month continues to go up... It is bound to happen at some point..

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post Mar 18 2012, 10:29 AM
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I hope this isnt going to turn into a race fees are too expensive thread, Bmx is by far the cheapest form of two wheel racing ANYWHERE, if fees went up at the same rate as everything else we'd be paying $50 to race and $75 for a trophy! We should all feel like lucky that inflation hasnt hit Bmx like it has the rest of the world, and if a track has to charge a little more to keep the gates open you should just thank em for keeping the gates open.
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post Mar 18 2012, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE (MXNate @ Mar 18 2012, 11:29 AM) *
I hope this isnt going to turn into a race fees are too expensive thread, Bmx is by far the cheapest form of two wheel racing ANYWHERE, if fees went up at the same rate as everything else we'd be paying $50 to race and $75 for a trophy! We should all feel like lucky that inflation hasnt hit Bmx like it has the rest of the world, and if a track has to charge a little more to keep the gates open you should just thank em for keeping the gates open.


Agree. BMX can be the cheapest form of Racing. Locally it is very inexpensive family entertainment.

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post Mar 18 2012, 11:02 AM
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10 is not bad. I think fresno charges 12. Thats a good deal to ride one of the nicest tracks in the country.

good old days are long gone, i guess...

When I started racing sanctioned races in 83, entry fees for a local race cost 5 dollars. That same year a new camry cost about $8,000.

Fast forward to 2012. A local race (the same T.o.'s by the way) cost 10 dollars. A 2012 camry now cost around 23000 if your willing to risk your life driving it. 10 dollars is really not a bad deal.

From another perspective; From 80-83, groups of kids got together and built 3 tracks in my area. One track even had a hinged starting gate. We raced all we wanted for free. Today kids ride trails almost every day for free. We have 3 or more local spots. The kids love being there. Some riding, others are just watching. When your at "the spot", it's still the good old days. The only thing different is the jumps are more challenging.
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post Mar 18 2012, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE (MXNate @ Mar 18 2012, 11:29 AM) *
I hope this isnt going to turn into a race fees are too expensive thread, Bmx is by far the cheapest form of two wheel racing ANYWHERE, if fees went up at the same rate as everything else we'd be paying $50 to race and $75 for a trophy! We should all feel like lucky that inflation hasnt hit Bmx like it has the rest of the world, and if a track has to charge a little more to keep the gates open you should just thank em for keeping the gates open.


There you go. Races fees have lagged well behind inflation, this despite the cost of running races having gone up right in line with the economic curve (save for sanction fees, granted).

My son rides bulls. Even at some non-affiliated rodeo event the entry fee's $45. You go to a semi-pro event it get's over $75 real quick. And that's for one bull ride.

Those guys racing powered wheels run the same kinda' numbers.

No, we got a good deal. Even at $10 above OP's numbers it's a good deal.
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