Club Trials Championship Round 2 : Charity Fundraiser
The 2nd round of the club trials championship takes place at Home Farm, Findon, near Cove next Sunday the 7th of February. A nice short lap for what tends to be a cool winter’s day; the going is a mixture of mud, rocks and a spectacular burn which sits atop some stunning sea cliffs.
The committee has agreed to donate all the proceeds from the Trial to Aberdeenshire flood victims via the Foundation Scotland official appeal. https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/flood-recovery-appeal/donate-aberdeenshire So please come along to support this worthy cause. There will be a donation bucket as well.
The trial will start at 11am prompt. Sign on from 10. Please print off an application form, fill in and bring along. There will also be a separate D&E mini trial for the juniors and please remember we now have a social class for riders who want a ride out but don't want to compete. Also please remember that is an “Open to Scotland” trial so anyone with an SACU trials registration card is eligible to ride. Non BAMCC members most welcome. Please pass the word round we would like to see a decent turnout for this event.
2016 Prize Giving
The 2016 prize giving ceremony will take place on Sunday 24th January. The venue is once again Codona's Sunset Boulevard on Aberdeen's beachfront. The fun starts at 1pm with a game of 10 pin bowling, followed by the prize giving and then a bite to eat. If you came along last year you'll know what a hoot it was. All members plus wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, mistresses, families etc. are duly invited to come along and the best news of all is that is all free of charge! Obviously we need to give the venue some numbers for bowling lanes and catering so if you want to book your spot please get in touch with club secretary Di Stuart by e-mailing email@example.com
Trial Sunday 10th January 2016
At this time (15:00 on 09/01/2016) tomorrow's trial is on! The water levels are quite high but with no rain today we are anticiapting lower levels tomorrow, however the hills are pretty much un-useable and we will sticking to the sections in the burn. Due to the prevailing conditions we have had to cancel the D and E sections as the ground is too muddy and the water too high for the little bikes. If the situation changes overnight we will post here again and also on our Facebook page.
Trials Regulations for 2016
Please find the 2016 edition of the trials rules at this link.
Biggest change this year is the addition of a non competitive Social rider" class designed to get people with bikes along for a ride. Please also remember that although we have 12 round calendar published we are operating without a trials convenor at the moment which means these trials are only going ahead thanks to the willingness of one man who is prepared to do the paperwork. No trial will go ahead without someone to lay it out, so far we have had offers for the first three rounds and these should go ahead. However if an offer is not made to layout any trial it will be cancelled so please give a thought to either helping with the layout or better still volunteer to take on the Trials Convenor job.
Club News December 2015
To All Club Members,
Just a wee roundup of some news from the AGM and also some dates for next year.
Despite what was a rather pathetic turnout for the AGM some lively debate was had and some good decisions made for next year. The club remains in a good financial position and has a strong set of events lined up for next year. The following people were duly elected or remain in post for the next year,
President Bill McGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice President Chris Hamlet (email@example.com)
Treasurer Di Stuart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary Di Stuart
Enduro Convenor Stuart Cooper (email@example.com)
Trials Convenor Vacant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The annual review of membership fees concluded that the current rates of £20 rider membership, £15 non rider and £10 youth will remain unchanged. It was agreed to look at the possibility of a family membership package and a proposal will be put before the committee in January for approval. Entry fees for trials and enduros also remain at their current rates.
The club has negotiated a new arrangement with Grampian Transport Museum which means we will be running the 2016 Convention. The date for this is Sunday 4th
September and more details will follow in due course. We are on the lookout for another couple of members for our Convention subcommittee. This basically means a commitment to another meeting every month as well as getting more involved in the organisation of the Convention. You will have the chance to have a say in what acts we hire, the moped racing, classic bikes etc. If you think you fancy it, please get in touch.
Next year our new enduro convenor has decided to run two one day events at Craiglash in May and one at Lumsden in October. A lot of work was done on the Lumsden loop last year so hopefully the track should be an easier build this year. Craiglash as always will take a lot of marking out. Stuart is fortunate to have a good team of helpers with him and we look forward to two cracking events.
The future of club trials however is far from being cut and dried! With no-one willing to step up and take on the role of trials convenor this leaves the club in a rather tricky position. The good news is that Derek has agreed to do the paperwork for the trials as necessary but he will not be laying out or clearing up any trials. This position is fully supported by the club committee and quite frankly we are lucky to have Derek doing this much.
Where does this leave the club championship then? Well we have set out a provisional twelve round series for next year but none of them will go ahead unless we have someone willing to lay the trial out. We are good for round 1 on the 10th
of January but everything else is very much open to question. What I can tell you with certainty is that if no-one is prepared to layout a trial then it will be cancelled! If you want to help out then please get in touch asap or better still if you fancy taking on the role of trials convenor then please get in touch.
It was also decided that there will be a new category of trials rider starting immediately and this will be the social rider. A rider in the social class can decide to carry a set of score cards but does not need to mark them, he/she does not need to ride the marked sections and if they do, they do not have to stick to one route. However anyone riding in this class will have to stick to the marked route, this is not an excuse to go “off piste”! There are of course no points for the championship to be gained and no awards at the end of the year. What we are trying to do is to encourage people with bikes to get them out of their sheds and use them with hopefully a few stepping up to compete after gaining some confidence.
DATES FOR 2016
10th Jan Bellwanders (open national): Club Trial Rnd. 1
Feb Findon (open national): Club Trial Rnd. 2
March Monymusk: Club Trial Rnd. 3
April SACU Championship Trial Rnd. 1 at Craiglash Forest
24th April Colpy: Club Trial Rnd. 4
May SACU Championship Enduro Rnd. 5 at Craiglash Forest
May Aquhorthies: Club Trial Rnd. 5
June Craiglash (open national): Club Trial Rnd. 6
17th July Lumsden dry (open national): Club Trial Rnd. 7
August Lumsden wet: Club Trial Rnd. 8
September Grampian Motorcycle Convention, Transport Museum, Alford.
18th September Daviot: Club Trial Rnd. 9
October Bridge of Graeme: Club Trial Rnd. 10
October SACU Championship Enduro Rnd. 6 at Lumsden
30th October orrennie: Club Trial Rnd. 11
20th November Craiglash (open national): Club Trial Rnd. 12
All dates remain provisional at this time.
May I just take this opportunity to wish all club members,
their friends and families,
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Club Trials Championship Round 11 Results
The results from last Sunday's (22/11/2015) trial at Craiglash forest can now be found on the Events/2015 page or easier still just click here!
Change of Venue
Due to circumstances beyond the club's control we have been forced to change the venue for this Sunday's (25th) trial. Good news is we are only shifting a mile down the road to Bellwanders. Usual car parking spot will be in use and the start time remains at 11am with signing on from 10am. Please try and bring along a completed entry form as this helps to speed to things along no end. Go to http://www.bamcc.co.uk/events.html
and click on the yellow writing "Bellwanders Wood" to get a google map for the parking location.
Enduro Seminar 16th October 2015
Maybe not the most exciting topic in the world but a necessity if the club wants to run events! Enduro seminar to be run in the evening of the above date starting at about 7pm in the Stonehaven area. Short course covering the basics of the rules and scrutineering which will give you a licence to officiate at enduro's. Without licensed officials we don't run enduros seemples. Need at least 6 names so e-mail email@example.com if you can help.
It's that time of year again when we stop complaining about the "summer" weather and turn our attention towards the first Sunday in September when we run the Grampian Motorcycle Convention for what we hope will be the lucky seventh time. This year we welcome Carl Fogarty and On The Edge stunt team as headliners. With an expected attendance of over 5000 people this event should be the single biggest paying event for the club and the importance of running this event well for the future of this club shouldn't be underestimated. The one thing we need above all else is help from our membership and below you'll find a number of ways that we need help this year. Don't forget that helpers on the day get free admission, some of the best seats in the house and we'll try to keep you fed and watered.
Convention Weekend: 4th/5th/6th September
The Convention doesn't just magically happen on a Sunday we need helpers on the Friday and Saturday to help layout the moped track, get bales into position, get the club stand setup and another hundred and one jobs. If you can help out we'll take a morning or an afternoon, a day or the whole weekend. It's really a case of many hands make light work. If you've never been before come along it's a great day out and even by paying your admission money you're still helping the club.
Original FM/Union Square Weekend: 15th / 16th August
As part of this year's Convention publicity drive we have taken radio advertising on Original 106 FM which will start being aired a couple of weeks before the Convention so keep your lugs peeled. The other big push this year is take the Convention to a more non biking audience so we have hired the main foyer of the Union square shopping centre for the weekend of the 15th/16th August. This is the main atrium part beside the railway station and we are expecting a fair amount of footfall over the weekend. To keep the masses entertained we will have five or six bikes on static display along with two very professional display stands promoting both the club and the Convention. We will be looking for volunteers to work in four - six hour shifts to explain to the public at large what is happening and why you can't just ride an enduro bike up the High St and such answer such similar queries such as "how fast does it go mister?" Setup is takes place very early on the morning of the 15th (about 4am!!) and you will be glad to know that we have enough people to cover that but the rest of the weekend has to be covered yet.
We have allocated an area at the Convention this year for anyone who can produce a valid bike licence to come and have a taster session of trials riding. This will be a fifteen minute lesson done on a first come, first served basis. We'll need three or four people to man this on the day but in addition we need you all to donate any old helmets, boots and gloves you have lying around. Just make sure they are in a reasonable state before you hand in them please, ask yourself the question would I stick my head/feet/hands in there? If the answer is no then maybe they are not for us.
As always we have had leaflets and posters printed up for the Convention but we need to get them to the far corners of our land. So particularly if you live north of Ellon or south of Stonehaven we need you to get a few posters put up in your local pub/garage/chipper or anywhere where folk can see them.
So there you go plenty for you to get your teeth stuck into and all offers of help gratefully received. You can contact the Convention subcommittee as follows,
Bill McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org
or 07887 667959
Brian Abel email@example.com
Chris Hamlet firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Hamlet email@example.com
Donald Young firstname.lastname@example.org
Next committee meeting is at 19:30 on Wednesday 5th August in the Aberdeen Grammar FP Club at 86 Queens Road, Aberdeen it would be good to see a few new faces there and everyone is more than welcome to attend.
Provisional results from Round 1 and Round 2 of the Scottish Championship enduro are now available on the Events page. You now have 7 days to make any queries about the results. These should be made by e-mail to Caroline Thomson at email@example.com On behalf of the club a huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped make it a great weekend. Particular thanks to a great team for the layout of the track (in no specific order) Stuart, Dax, Gordon, John, Keith and the rest. Di Stuart and Emily for manning the clocks (when we finally got one!) Ian Thomson for manning a lollipop, Bob and Brian for the special test timing and all the other club members for their hard work. Last but by no means least Atholl and Caroline for manning the test and producing our results. The weather gods never really shone on us this weekend but fair play to everyone who came along and gave it a go. If you finished the event on Sunday we applaud you, those conditions were simply awful. So now we pass the batton to the Scottish Borders club with their new location at Thirlstane Castle on Sunday 24th May, all the best lads.
Enduro Rider Lists
You can view a list of the entered riders, numbers and classes here for round 1 on Saturday 2nd May
and the list for Round 2 Sunday 3rd May here.
Any errors should be notified to Di Stuart on 01569 763025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Enduro Information
Update 30/04/2015 : Official Statement regarding Enduro Status.
After consultation with the SACU enduro committee this weekend’s enduro run by the Bon Accord club at Lumsden, Aberdeenshire on the 2nd and 3rd of May will have full championship status for all classes on both days. However as there only two entries in the expert class no points can be awarded in this class as a minimum of three riders are required for a class to be points scoring.
In line with the SACU Concerns policy the club now consider this issue closed and will not respond to any further correspondence on this matter. All comments, queries or protests should be directed to the chairman of the enduro committee by e-mailing email@example.com or by writing to SACU Office, 28 West Main Street, Uphall, West Lothian, EH52 5DW
Update 23/04/2015 The Bon Accord club's championship enduro will now go ahead as previously indicated on Saturday / Sunday 2nd & 3rd of May. We know this doesn't suit everyone but we made a decision that will satisfy the majority of entered riders. The entries have been re-opened for a further week to give the people who were unsure if the event was even going to run a fair chance to enter. If you asked for a refund please be patient and I will get to you in due course. Our refund system works by putting the money straight back into the account that your debit/credit card is tied to and usually shows up within two banking days. Please accept our apologies for the confusion and inconvenience but with a family funeral planned for the ground that we use and 1000 guests expected from all corners of the globe I'm sure you will understand why we simply couldn't entertain the idea of going ahead this coming weekend.
Due to a bereavement it is now NOT possible to run our rounds of the Scottish Championship Enduro as scheduled on the 25th and 26th of April. The decision reached by the Bon Accord club is to re-schedule the event back by one week and run the event at the same venue with the same course only now the dates will Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May. Sadly our only other realistic possibility is to cancel the event for this year and lose two rounds of the championship. Anyone who has already entered but is unable to make the new dates will of course be entitled to a full refund. Entries will still close at 11:59pm this coming Wednesday (22nd April) at which point the club will be able to make a decision as to whether we have sufficient numbers to go ahead. We have more than enough entries at the moment so it really depends on the number of withdrawals. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience but these changes really are due to circumstances beyond our control.
Championship Trials Results
Provisional results from yesterdays trial are now available on our website at www.bamcc.co.uk/files/events/123-official-results-2015-complete.pdf
You have 7 days to make any queries regarding the scores at which point the scores will become official. On behalf of the club thanks for coming along and we hope you had a great day because we certainly enjoyed having you. A huge thanks to all the dedicated and hard working Bon Accord team and a special thanks to our observers without whom you simply wouldn't be able to ride.
Rider List for Sunday's Trial
Ok so the entry for Sunday's trial is now closed at an amazing 121 riders, thank you all very much for entering. Here is a complete list of riders
if you're names on the list we'll see you on Sunday. If your name isn't on the list and you think it should be then you had better get on the phone to Carolyn quickly (01569 766819) and you'll need a better excuse than the dog ate my internet!
A few pointers for Sunday. First and most importantly, we have been advised that the quarry has been fitted with CCTV cameras and that there must be NO riding on any of the piles of stones
. Failure to observe this rule may well result in a rider not being allowed to start the trial and ultimately it may lead to the club losing the use of the quarry.
All riders must report to sign on which will be beside our trailer in the blue gazebo, there you will be given a rider number which will be clearly affixed to the rider or their machine, remember an observer must be able to see it. Cable ties and cutters will be available. Once your number is affixed you must submit your bike for scrutineering to check that your lanyard works. If you pass your bike will be held in a parc ferme where it will be held until the start of the trial at 10:30 am. There will be no practicing before the trial!
All riders are required to attend the riders brief at 10:15am which will be by the siging on tent.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE RULES AND EVERYONE (OFFICIALS AND RIDERS) WILL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Thank You, Bill McGregor, Bon Accord Club.
Spectator Info for this Sunday
If you need something to do this Sunday between the WSB in the morning and the Moto GP in the evening you could do a lot worse than nip out to Craiglash Quarry just west of Banchory. The Bon Accord club are hosts to the 1st round of this years trials championship. Start time is 10:30am and so far we have 120 entries from all ages and abilities. Spectators are most welcome and why not bring your camera and capture some explosive action. The pits are set in the quarry floor and can be found by turning right just after the Bridge of Canny on the A93. Alternatively head up the A93 and use the car park at Potarch Bridge, cross the road and enter the forest using the obvious road and there will be sections just two minutes up the hill on your left. There are four routes, Red for experts, Blue for Intermediates, Green for Novices and Yellow for beginners. Each bike will have a coloured number plate to allow you and the observer to identify which route they are riding. Trials riding proves beyond doubt that motorcycles can be maximum fun without achieving maximum velocity! If you are interested keep an eye on our website and facebook as we are hoping to arrange some "Try Trials" sessions and hopefully this will be available at the Grampian Motorcycle Convention in September. Oh yes nearly forgot "Motorsport is dangerous and you spectate at your own risk."