Presentation of 2016 Awards
The date and venue for the presentation of awards from the 2016 season has now been set as Saturday 4th March 2017 with the venue being the Newmachar Golf Club. Start time is 7pm and the evening will consist of that old club favourite the quiz night along with the presentation of awards and of course plenty to eat and drink! All club members and their partners/other halves/wifes/husbands and families are cordially invited. Please e-mail club secretary Di Stuart (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the number of people coming along so that we can give the caterers a fighting chance of making enough grub. If you've won a trophy of any sort Di will be in touch real soon to make sure you don't miss your big day. Thanks to John Stuart for organising the venue and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Bon Accord AGM Wednesday 14th December 2016
Just a wee reminder that the AGM of the club will be held this Wednesday 14th December starting at 7:30pm. Venue is the Broadstraik Inn, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. Set your Sat Nav for AB32 6TL. It's not the most exciting evening of the year I grant you but it is vital for the club to continue and thrive. Be nice to see some different faces for a change and also for the club to find out what you the members actually want the club to do. The club remains in good financial health and there are some interesting ideas bubbling away in the background but we can't do it all without manpower. One thing I can guarantee is that you won't be roped into anything that you don't want to do and that's a promise. Did I mention that there is free tea, coffee and biscuits at half time? Hope to see you there.
The Bon Accord Xmas Cracker Fun Day Sunday 18th December
The Bon Accord Club are looking to say goodbye to another great season of competition with a bang on Sunday 18th December when we host a combined fun day for Enduro and Trials riders on a completly new piece of ground in the Howe of the Mearns at South Drumtochty forest. The event is open to anyone with the appropriate SACU competition licence or Trials Registration card, which will need to be produced at sign on. Anyone who doesn't have an SACU licence will be able to obtain a "day licence" which will cost a further £5. The entry fee has been kept low at a miserly £15 for adults and £5 for kids on trials bikes. You don't have to be a Bon Accord Club member but we will have membership forms available if you like what we do. Entry forms will be available on the day and must be filled in before you can take part. Start time will be 10am and we anticipate running until about 2pm which will give us just about enough time to clear up before the light fades. The start / finish area will be signposted from the B966 Fettercairn to Auchenblae road, coming from the south use the turn off from the A90 just after the North Water Bridge and head for Fettercairn and then pick up the signs for Stonehaven. From the north use the turn off from the A90 just north of Fordoun marked B966 and follow the signs for Fettercairn. See our other post for details of free training opportunities.
Now the bad bit! South Drumtochty forest is owned and operated by the Forestery Commission and after a lot of hard work we have their gracious permission to use this bit of land on this particular day. This is NOT, I repeat NOT a licence to take a motorcycle anytime you fancy into this forest. To do so will almost certainly cost us the use of this land in the future and jeapordise our future relationship with the FC. We have already reported several riders and vehicles to the police and they have all been spoken to! As a club we will not hesitate to revoke your membership and push the SACU to remove your competion licence if we discover you have been using this forest without permission. Apologies if this seems a bit OTT but as a club we must do everything we can to make sure that the sport that we all love has a viable future.
Robbie Allan Off Road Experience
Exciting opportunity for members to try out offroad riding at Fun Day on 18 December 2016
The Club and Robbie Allan Offroad Experience at Tinto Park Moto have a long standing association and they will be attending our Fun Day with a selection of their Honda training fleet which members can book out and have an introductory session to offroad riding. There will be a number of 30 minute sessions availible on a first come first served basis where a bike , riding gear and tuition will be provided free of charge.
These sessions are aimed at those who currently don't have a bike and are looking to experience the thrill of offroad riding on either a trials or enduro bike. In addition there will be smaller bikes availible a CRF 125 and CRF 110 which are perfect for children to get started on. Robbie and the team can help with children who have never ridden a bike before but want to try or those just wanting to gain a bit of confidence.
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to take the first step into all disciplines of offroad motorcycle sport so contact us now with your details and sizes and we will link in with Robbie to allocate all availible sessions.
Entries now open for Enduro on 9th October
Entries are now open for the seventh and final round of the 2016 Scottish enduro championship which will be run on Sunday the 9th of October at Craiglash Quarry near Banchory, Aberdeenshire. The 10 mile course is run through a forest on mainly firm, rocky ground although there may be a couple of bogs to catch the unwary! The forest is on the side of a hill so there is a fair change of elevation through the course. Should be a good event and we look forward to seeing you there and we will have Martin our caterer back so your entry fee gets you a free burger and soft drink.
An Evening with Steve Parrish
To the Club members who put their name down for a "An Evening with Steve Parrish" the talk will start at 7:30pm sharp so don't be late! Park in the car park outside the museum come in under the arch and turn hard right and head for the Collections Centre or the big green bus shed as it sometimes called. Promises to be a great night and we look forward to seeing you.
To all those nice people who have volunteered to help us set up at the Convention this year. We are looking at a 10am start time on both Friday and Saturday. Lots of bales and tyres to shift for safety and moped course building. Not glamorous but has to be done and hopefully many hands can amke light work. Also looking for an enduro bike and maybe a race bike to go into the club tent on Sunday to give the public something to look at. Lastly we have a couple of the Purple Helmets guys looking for a moped to ride if anyone fancies having an extra team mate or two. Get in touch email@example.com please.
Scottish Championship for Pre 65 / Twinshocks
The Bon Accord Club are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a round of the new for 2016 Scottish Pre 65 / Twinshock Trials Championship on Sunday 31st July at Bellwanders Wood near Stonehaven. Online entries and postal entries are now available via the 2016 Events page. Don't fret if you don't have a suitable bike as we are running a clubmans class as well so all members can get a ride if they so desire. Usual championship problems remain though so we will be looking for volunteers to come along and help out mainly by observing of course! The club president already has his name down as the first volunteer so come on you lot lets be having you!! The sections will be set out by our very own Pre 65 specialist Mr Murray Whittaker and there are two routes red (harder but not too hard) and blue (dead easy).
With thanks to Donald Young for the use of the photo.
TRIAL CANCELLED SUN JUNE 19TH
Due to waterlogged ground the trial at Delrachie Farm, Ballindalloch has been cancelled. Please do not turn up and expect a trial to happen.
Change of Venue
PLEASE NOTE: The club trial schedulded for Sunday 19th June will not be run at Craiglash as previously advertised. The venue is now Delrachie Farm, Ballindalloch which is a piece of ground that the club have used before albeit many years ago. The start area will be signposted from the Ballindalloch Golf course on the main A95 road.
Enduro Results available now
Provisional results from round 3 of the Scottish Enduro championship are available now in the Events / 2016 section. Thanks to veryone who came along and took part and a great big thank you to everyone who came along and helped us. Too many to mention by name but you know who you are and we couldn't do it without you!
Entry list for Enduro 15/05/2016
Please find the complete list of riders for round 3 of the 2016 Scottish Enduro Championship at this link.
Any ommissions or corrections should be noted asap to club secretary Di Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Championship Enduro Round 3
Entries are now being accepted for what will be Round 3 of the Scottish Enduro championship which is being held on Sunday 15th May at Craiglash Quarry near Banchory, Aberdeenshire. Visit our Events page for more details, regs and secure online entry system. For anyone who hasn't been before Craiglash is forest based event with a lap of around ten miles. Loads of good parking as we use the quarry floor. The going is a mixture of soft (not much bog though!), rocky, tight, twisty, with the odd fast bit and tree lined on the side of a hill. Usually a well organised event with decent lap times. This year we have catering so your entry fee includes a burger and drink when you finish. We have also decided as per the 2016 regs to put up a cup for the non championship ladies class, any lady entering the Sportsmans Class will be automatically entered into the Ladies Class as well to eligible for the cup. However we will need 3riders in the class to make this viable. Any questions just give us a shout email@example.com
1st Round Scottish Trials Championship Riders List
Entries have now closed for this coming Sunday's trial at Craiglash with the total number of riders standing at 108. A full list of riders can be found here.
If you are not on the list but you think you should be then you had better get on the phone quick and give your best "The dog ate my homework" excuses to our trials secretary the lovely Carolyn on 01569 766819. Nice to see some lads from south of the border entered this year, good to have you on board gents and we sincerely hope you enjoy your day with us. Weather forecast looks favourable and we are all set for what should be a great start to the championship. Good luck and keep your feet on the pegs to all riders.
It's not big and it's not clever!
To All Club Members,
The thorny subject of unauthorised riding reared it's ugly head again this morning only this time I got my ears bashed by not one but by two separate sources. Our landlords at Craiglash are not all happy with the level of unauthorised riders entering their land and have asked for our help to curb it and then stop it. As the president of the club I intend to throw my full weight behind their proposal and use any means at my disposal to put a stop to this. If I don't do this, not only do I jeopardise the future use of let's face it, one of the best pieces of ground that we have access to but the complete future of our sport which relies so heavily on the goodwill and co-operation of landowners.
In future any club member with a legitimate reason to be in the forest, maybe looking for new routes or helping to setting out an event will wear one of our yellow Hi-Viz vests with the club logo on the back to make yourself easily identifiable to estate staff. If you don't have one give me a shout and I'll make sure you get one. Please clear any access to the Craiglash forest with Di Stuart the club secretary and make sure you have her OK before you go in. I can't stress how important that this is to allow us to maintain our good relationship with the landowner. All members are strongly encouraged to report to the local police any bikes or riders seen in the forest that are being ridden without permission. Registration numbers and photos of cars with trailers or vans parked at the entrances together with date/time and the closest entry/exit point would be a good starting point. Please do not put yourself in direct danger by approaching anyone directly.
Any Bon Accord club member caught riding in the Craiglash forest without the club's permission will be banned for life, even for a first offence and repeat offenders may well find themselves having their SACU competition licence withdrawn.
The other complaint this morning came from the Forestry Commission who continue to be plagued with bikes in places where they just shouldn't be! We will be joining forces with the Forestry people and the police for a joint publicity campaign trying to point out the positives of actually belonging to a club that has permission to use land. More news to follow on this one.
In the meantime if you have any ideas on how to improve the situation or better still stop it please get in touch.