Re: [messengers] CMWC Guatemala final numbers

Date: 15 Mar 2011 03:17:09 +0100
From: "Andy" <az@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

fuck! it was andy and NICK from minneapolis. that's so embarassing! sorry, nick. my bad.

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>From: az@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>To: messengers@xxxxxxxxx
>Sent: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:03:03
>Hello all,
>I must apologize for taking so long to get back to
>the list with the financial information we promised
>some time ago. Life has a way of getting in the way
>of living sometimes, and combing through our
>numbers proved to be more work and more difficult
>that we envisioned.
>We want to thank all those who sent us donations,
>especially Lane, Safa and the Melbourne BMA
>($550+), Andy and Rich from the Minneapolis BMA
>($800+), and Kao, T2Y, and the entire Tokyo BMA
>($7,500+!). The Tokyo money came from the funds
>raised for them after their own CMWC, but as they
>had managed to recoup much of the losses on their
>own, they generously passed it along to us. Domo
>Before I get in to any of the monetary specifics, I
>think it is important to say a few things. Firstly,
>the organizers of CMWC Guatemala wish we had done a
>better job balancing the budget, and we apologize
>for our initial, hasty comments about our
>overspending. We fully appreciate people's concerns
>about fiscal responsibility and know that this is a
>dangerous trend that must be broken if the CMWC
>tradition is to continue on. Having 2 back-to-back
>Championships that lost significant money may seem
>to point to a core problem with this event, but I
>feel that it is important to realize that the 2
>events had hugely different circumstances and that
>it was just a coincidence that they happened in
>consecutive years. I cannot speak on behalf of the
>Japanese crew, but we all heard about the
>challenges they had, and the exorbitant costs of
>putting on a closed-course Championship in Tokyo.
>Our problems were also significant, but very
>different in nature. I also want to point out that
>ning a profit on these races is the exception, not
>the rule. These things are done for the love, not
>the money.
>CMWC Guatemala was more than just a race in the
>eyes of the organizers, especially Nadir, as well
>as for those who participated. This was the first
>time the CMWC was used as a vehicle to help out a
>local community, as well as the first time it was
>held in a developing nation and the first time it
>was held by people in a city that they did not live
>in. We did not have a BMA or local crew to support
>us, and we went to a city/country that had neither
>money nor industry to help finance us. Of course
>there were many, many people who stepped up and
>volunteered their time and energy, without whom the
>event would not have been possible, but to bring to
>life the dream-event we wanted, we handicapped
>ourselves in ways that no other Championship ever
>has (and in our opinion, probably should not in the
>future). It was a beautiful, amazing, one-of-a-kind
>event, and we are very proud and pleased to have
>gone through with it, but we think this is not the
>best way to organize a messenger Cha
>mpionships. It is too difficult, too costly, and
>too risky to do it this way. It was very cool to
>try once, but we should be very careful and
>cautious if ever a similar bid proposal is made. 
>In addition to the expenses we list below, there
>were many others we do not, most notably the money
>we collectively lost in missed income (Nadir and I
>both spent 2 months in Pana getting prepared before
>hand and cleaning up after wards), as well as
>certain living and travel expenses which normally
>wouldn't be needed. With that said, here are our
>basic numbers:
>Our total income was: $73,466 USD. 
>About $18,600 came in from sponsors, $17,500 came
>in from registration, $11,600 was raised through
>merchandise and beer sales, and $10,300 came from
>donations after the event ended.
>Our total expenditures were: $85,904. 
>$31,000 was spent on pre-race logistics and
>planning (including things like going to Pana to
>scout locations and asses weather damages). $15,600
>was spent on personnel and workers (both before the
>event and during), and $11,000 was spent on La Ocho
>(which is arguably not an official CMWC expense,
>but we list it as such regardless).
>That essentially leaves a debt of $12,438 on Nadir
>(aka La Carrera Cycles). This number was pretty
>much on par with what Nadir anticipated
>shouldering, and we feel is reasonable to consider
>as his shop's "sponsorship" of CMWC 2010.
>We feel that at this point we have closed the books
>on CMWC Guatemala. We are happy with the numbers
>and would like to encourage everybody to look and
>plan forward to CMWC Warsaw and beyond!
>If anybody wishes to sift through all of the
>particular details of our budget, we are posting it
>, but be warned, it is a massive, all encompassing
>document that took us weeks to compile and make
>sense of! Good luck.
>Thank you for your patience, understanding and
>See you in Warsaw!
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