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."
New Motorcycle Sport book
Word reached us today of a new book that may well be of interest to Bon Accord members. Penned by long time motorcycle sport enthusiast John Moffat, Motorcycle Competition Scotland (1975 – 2005) is a look back at the four main sports of Trials, Enduros, Motocross and Road Racing during that twenty year period. Running to 134 pages the book is illustrated with some glorious photographs of moments in time that will never be seen again. You can order the book via this link http://www.trialmaguk.com/books-video/
but please don’t think about it too long as the book is a limited edition print run. Once the book has covered its cost the author plans to make a donation to the BEN fund, the only registered charity in the UK that helps all motorcycle sport related people.
Entries open for 12th April Championship Trial
Entries are now open for the 1st round of the 2015 Scottish Trials Championship on Sunday 12th April at Craiglash Quarry near Banchory. You can either enter online or download a form and post it back to us. PLEASE make sure you read the regs this time as there have a number of significant changes and failure to comply may result in you not being able to ride the trial. Can I also just clarify that there is indeed an Over 50's Championship class newfor this year but then you would all know that because you have all read the rules.
Prize Giving Ceremony 2015
The date and location for this year's prize giving ceremony has been set for Sunday 1st March 2015 at Codonas on Aberdeen beachfront. In addition to the usual nosh, drinkies and handing over of the trophies this year there is the option of a free game of ten pin bowling. Fun starts at 1pm with the ten pin bowling, followed by a buffet style meal and finally the prize giving, anticipated finishing time is 4 to 4:30pm. All club members, their other halves and families are invited, there is no charge but we do need to know numbers for the bowling and food so you can you let me have names and numbers by Friday 20th February at the latest please. Easiest for me is if you just drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Look forward to seeing you all there.
Trial Sunday 11th January 2015
Just to let everyone know that we are keeping an eye on the weather for the trial on Sunday. So far we are OK with just one tree down which I'm assured will be chainsawed away tomorrow. Further updates will be posted here and on the website Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.
UPDATE: our course setter has assured us that we have had no snow so the trial is go go go for Sunday with an 11am start, parking in usual place please squeeze up in the vans as not much space.
15 single sections 3 laps
11 Beginner/SPC route sections
8 Separate sections for D/E SP
The digger has been in so some new sections for this year.
Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
2014 Club Trials Championship Final Table
The final results table for the 2014 club trials championship are now available in the 2014 events section of the website. The table remains provisional until declared final. This will give everyone enough time to check the table over and get any mistakes checked out. Can I just remind everyone that all rounds counted towards your final score this year. Look forward to seeing you all in 2015.
Enduro day Sunday 23rd
Good to see a lot of riders willing to come out and play, there is room for more and Craiglash is good as always and it still beats x-mas shopping..
Map for the event below. Basically find Banchory and drive toward Aboyne/Ballater and take a right once you see a sign for Craiglash Quarry.
See you Sunday
News for Trial Riders
Just received the latest SACU Trials Newsletter and there are a few points that BAMCC members should note.
1 The Trials Committee will host their Awards Ceremony on the 6th December 2014 at the Army Reserve Centre, Beveridge Square, Livingston EH54 6QF. The event is open to all trials riders and their families and not just those receiving awards. (Please note change of date ) . On the door £2 for Adults.
2 For Scottish Championship - please note all classes will need lanyards fitted for 2015
3 Championship Twinshock class bikes to have drum brakes
On the subject of the trials awards I have been asked if the club will consider running a bus down to Livingston and I will certainly do this if there is enough demand. Get your names and numbers of people to email@example.com asap.
If you want the SACU Trials Newsletter deivered right to your inbox sign up using this link, http://sacu.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=17db5571329e36fb98958cded&id=7b12fc31ee
Enduro practise day - November 23rd at Craiglash.
Feeling the Monday blues? Is the darkness getting to ya'? Fear not, the team that brought you The Battle of Lumsden is back with more!
Enduro practice day at Craiglash forest near Bamchory Sunday 23rd November. 10am to 3pm for £20 - ride (or talk) as much as you like. The usual format of a rideable loop with optional tetchy or harder lines to train on. Excellent chance for beginners to get some valuable bike time and ask questions.
Get it in your calendars before you wake up Christmas shopping at some godforsaken mall.