Club News



Trials Practice Day

Date: 19-Aug-2014
BAMCC practice day
Date – 31st August
Venue – Craiglash Quarry
Signing on – 9:45am to 10:30am
Start Time – 10:30am prompt
Lunch/re-fuel 12:30pm to 1pm
Finish 3pm
Cost £10, First time riders and schoolpersons free

Derek has kindly organised this day to replace the evening session at Aquhorthies which was cancelled earlier in the year. Get your entry forms downloaded now.

Change of Venue

Date: 05-Aug-2014
Please note that the venue for the club trial on Sunday 17th August has been chnged from Correnie Forest near Alford to Aquhorthies near Inverurie. Satrt time remains unchanged at 11am.

Enduro Coaches Wanted!!

Date: 31-Jul-2014
As some of you may know the SACU are rolling out a certified coaching programme to encourage newcomers into the sport and to improve riding standards. An earlier appeal for volunteers to go through the coaching course resulted in a full house of four from the trials riders but no interest at all from the enduro riders. Haven to spoken to the SACU at some length about this the club is now making a further appeal to BAMCC members who ride enduro’s to come forward and qualify as a certified SACU coach. It has been stressed to me on a number of occasions that you DO NOT need to be an ace rider to take on the coaching course. We are looking for riders competing at any level who with a wee bit of training can take a beginner or total newcomer and teach them the basics of off road riding and I know for a fact that this club is not short of riders capable of doing that!
If you want to volunteer you must be prepared to submit to a Disclosure Scotland application (I’m going through it myself at the moment for my own job in the hospital), attend a first aid course, before attending a morning’s training with an SACU assessor ( I think you may have heard of Mr Graham Barron) who will decide whether you get you certificate or not. The club will meet all of the costs involved in gaining your coaching certificate and will encourage you to push on for further training. It would be good (and cost effective) to get the trials guys and enduro guys done over the course of the same weekend, probably in late September / Early October. Please have a think about and get in touch if you want to go for it or if you have any questions. It can only be a good thing for any bike club to have certified SACU coaches so come on guys and gals don’t let this club be left behind.
 
               Bill McGregor  bill@bamcc.co.uk

The Great Scottish Bike Show

Date: 23-Jul-2014
The Bon Accord club will be at the Great Scottish Bike Show at Ingliston near Edinburgh on Saturday & Sunday 9th/10th August where we will be running the ever popular Moped Mayhem. This will be organised like the moped racing at Alford with two twenty minute races on each day with aggregated scores deciding the winners. Usual rules apply; all bikes must be 50cc mopeds with riders sorted into teams of two, three or four, pit stops are compulsory (we check!) and safety gear must be worn and that’s about it. Free camping is available for teams who are riding both days.
Racing a moped flat out at 30mph is one of the easiest and least expensive ways of feeling that adrenaline rush that can only be found in motorcycle sport. With a mixed terrain course riding skills will be tested to the limit and beyond! If you’ve never seen moped racing before you are in for a treat, the action is non stop and frantic. In fact if you don’t laugh there is a good chance we’ll have to check your pulse.
 All the details you need to enter are in the Events section of our website www.bamcc.co.uk while for further details of the Great Scottish Bike Show including special guests Giacomo Agostini, Alex George and The Purple Helmets visit the website at http://www.classicbikeshows.com/event/615/


Come out and play - Pennan Enduro Track

Date: 22-Apr-2014

The Pennan enduro track is rideable and people are starting to sign up! 

 

Saturday the April 13th a group of Buchan and Bon Accord nutters worked a full day to get the enduro track into revision #1. Thanks to the Buchan boys we had more (and bigger) logs than needed, crane tyres and all the machinery at hand. Ben Blades manage to source some tractor tyres which still needs to be put to good use...

 

A big “thank you” to Neil Alexander for excellent digger work and putting up with somewhat unclear instructions from an alien geologist running a bit too close to the digger in sheer excitement. 

 

We still could use a big pile of rocks to make a proper rock heaven, let us know if you have  a big pile.

 

Any questions, comments or sugguestion please get in touch: jeppe@bamcc.co.uk  

 

The route (approx. 2 km) is marked with orange day glo arrows on wooden posts (a more more windproof solution is underway). The flow of the course is roughly like this: 

- Start of on the motorcross track and do some berms, go through the whoops section, over the jump and then look for the entry to the rigth just after the next turn. 

- Either ride the grassy straight as one long chicken run or deal with as many of the obstacles as you dare before a sweeping left turn which will find some more obstacles before going down the hill (this last bit needs some improvements but it is OK for now).

- Attack the trail along the entire hillside before re-entering the mx track at the other end. Go up the hill and enter the 2nd bit of enduro track to the left, which will give you the chance of some big logs and a wee rock pile. Exit back on to the mx track.

- Repeat, hit the pits for a breather og give the MX track a go for some jump training.

 

Remember that the MX riders have the right of way so it is your responsibility to safely re-join the MX track.

 

Please don’t ride alone, obey the rules, take care of your self and be friendly to others.






Fantastic news for off road riders

Date: 25-Mar-2014
Fantastic news for off road riders in the North East.
Buchan Off-road Motorcycle Club (BOMC) and Bon Accord (BAMCC) have joined forces to build a short enduro training loop around BOMC's MX track at Pennan. Only an hour’s drive from the centre of Aberdeen, the track at Pennan has full planning permission to operate seven days a week (Monday – Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm), 365 days a year this will give Bon Accord members a place to train, practice, develop new skills and techniques or just ride anytime they like. There will be an additional membership fee of £45 to cover BAMCC's contribution to BOMC.
The layout was done this past weekend and there will be a trail building day in April to get all the obstacles (logs, tyres, rocks etc.) in place. Given the short loop of about 2 km we are trying to pack it full of features to keep you on your toes. Think endurocross, enduro and MX in just about equal measures. The track will be altered as we ride along and learn.

For more info, membership or to volunteer for the trail building day contact Jeppe Nygaard jeppe@bamcc.co.uk or Bill McGregor bill@bamcc.co.uk
 
This is what it’s going to cost for the first year of operation if you want ride as soon as possible.
 
Months left on old membership Renewal month To pay now Comment
0 April 45 Incl. next membership period
1 May 45 Incl. next membership period
2 June 8 To cover time to renewal
3 July 11 To cover time to renewal
4 August 15 To cover time to renewal
5 September 19 To cover time to renewal
6 October 22 To cover time to renewal
7 November 26 To cover time to renewal
8 December 30 To cover time to renewal
9 January 34 To cover time to renewal
10 February 38 To cover time to renewal
11 March 42 To cover time to renewal
 
For example if you renewed your membership in October 2013 and you want to ride at Pennan as soon as the track is built it’s going to cost you £22 and then in October 2014 your membership will be £60 and will run until October 2015 as normal.




Scottish Championship Trial Round 1

Date: 06-Mar-2014
Regs and entries for round 1 of the Scottish Trials championship at Craiglash near Banchory on Sunday 6th April are now available on the Events page. You can enter online or download the entry form and post it back to us. Don't hang about as entries close on Monday 31st March and we will not be accepting late entries this year.

Prize Giving Ceremony

Date: 25-Feb-2014
Sunday the 30th of March is the chosen date for the club’s prize giving ceremony to be held at Satrosphere, Constitution Street, Aberdeen The fun kicks off at 1pm and should finish around 4pm. The afternoon will consist of a wee introduction followed by a chance to wander round the Satrosphere where little kids and big kids alike will find something to fascinate and amaze them before we end the day with a bite to eat and the prize giving ceremony.  
Satrosphere is Scotland’s first science centre. Using interactive, hands-on exhibits and live science shows we engage our visitors with science to help them discover more about the world and the science of how things work. A visit to Satrosphere will not only inspire the scientist within but will entertain the whole family. If you want to know more visit their website at www.satrosphere.net
To get the numbers right we need you to let us know in advance if you want to come along and how many people you are bringing. Wives, girlfriends, husbands, boyfriends and kids are all welcome. We had a great day out at Codonas last year and this year should be even better. E-mail your name and how many in your party to bill@bamcc.co.uk before March 24th please.
For anyone who hasn’t been before Satrosphere is centrally located near Aberdeen’s Fun Beach with plenty of free parking adjacent to the centre. Head towards the Esplanade and follow the brown and white tourism signs to Satrosphere. From the city centre, follow Union Street as it veers left into King Street. At the first traffic lights turn right (East North Street) and approach large roundabout where you turn first left into Park Street. Take first right into Constitution Street. Satrosphere is at the far end on the left hand side. . For those of you so inclined you can set your Sat Nav to AB24 5TU.

AGM Minutes

Date: 14-Jan-2014
The minutes from the 2013 AGM have now been published on the website in the 2013 Events section. Click on the results button!

How we work out our Enduro Champions

Date: 11-Jan-2014
Ok so you didn't win an Enduro or Hare and Hounds trophy last year but hey this is 2014 and now you have something to aim for.  This is how you score points for the club trophies. For both disciplines (Enduro and Hare & Hounds) we will work out the club standings based on points accrued in the national championships.
Any points gained in sportsman class will count directly. Any points gained in clubman B will be multiplied by 1.2 for your total. Any points gained in clubman and over 40s will be multiplied by 1.4 for your total, any points gained in expert and championship will be multiplied by 1.6 for your total. At the end of the season all your points are added up and we produce a first, second and third for both disciplines. We will endeavour to keep an up to date table of points scorers on the website this year. Any questions or problems send us an e-mail.

Enduro Winners 2013

Date: 11-Jan-2014
Congratulations to our Enduro & Hare and Hounds trophy winners for 2013. We look forward to seeing you all at the prize giving in early February.

Enduro
Gordon McGregor 68.4 1st
Stewart Gilchrist 60.2 2nd
Neil McGregor 43 3rd

Hare and Hounds
Hamish Oag 27.6 1st
Jeff Mcleary 24 2nd
Duncan Wright 21 3rd

Club Trials Championship Round 1 2014

Date: 01-Jan-2014
The first round of the 2014 club trials championship will take place at Belwanders Wood near Stonehaven on Sunday 12th January starting at 11:00. Due to the new trials registration card which is now in force the entry fee for this (and future) trial has not been decided. The club committee will set  the entry fees on January 8th so keep your eyes peeled for further information!

Matters arising from the AGM

Date: 14-Dec-2013
The club's AGM was held on the 4th of December and the following people were duly elected, Bill McGregor: President, Brian Abel: Vice President, Di Stuart: Secretary and Treasurer, Dax Edgely: Enduro Convenor, Oli Stampfli: Trials Convenor. The committee for 2014 will be Jeppe Nygaard, Ken Whittaker,  Alastair Brown, Chris Douglas, Gordon McGregor, Derek Ramsay, Carloyn Young, Donald Young, Stuart Cooper, Chris Hamlet, Emily Hamlet 
If you want the club to discuss any issue approach any committee member and it will be discussed at the first available opportunity.

Following a request at the AGM the minutes from the committee meeting will be published on the club website. The minutes from December's meeting are now available on the Events page. At the moment they are marked as results but this will be changed to minutes in due course. The minutes from the AGM will be published in the same manner in due course.

2014 SACU Trials Licence changes

Date: 14-Dec-2013
We have been made aware of changes in the way SACU will issue licences for trials riders next year. From next 31st January trials riders will be issued with a Trials Registration Card rather than a licence. The good news is that this card will only cost £10 and lasts for a complete season. The bad news is that every time you enter a trial you will now have to pay a licence levy of £1.75 and a personal insurance levy of £1. By my simple calculations this means if you do 14 or less trials you will save money but when you enter your 15th trial of the year you will be worse off. We have the new licence forms and are looking at distibuting them early next week after we have cleared up a couple of issues with the SACU. At the moment this change is only for trials riders for all other disciplines the licence fee remains at £50.

Bon Accord AGM

Date: 23-Nov-2013
Wednesday 4th December 2013 is the date for the Annual General Meeting of the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club. Like last year we will be holding the AGM in the large meeting room of the Broadstraik Inn, Westhill to ensure that we have a sufficiently large venue to cope with the expected numbers. Starting time will be 7:30pm with free coffee, teas and biscuits provided.

The AGM is your once a year chance to come along and hear how the club has done this year and what plans and ideas we have for next year. More importantly it’s your  club and you are entitled  (and encouraged) to have your say on the way it’s being run and what you would like the club to do. Come along and get your voice heard, all ideas and suggestions are listened to. The club has a healthy bank balance so the funds are available for good ideas that will attract new members, get us bigger and better venues or make us some more profit.

On the committee front my own post as president will need to be voted on again, as I have served  for 2 years. I am quite happy to stay on for another term unless there is anyone out there who is sure they could do a better job. We will need a new Trials Convenor though as Chris Douglas has stepped down after two years. Before you all rush to let someone else volunteer to do it, don’t forget that without a convenor there will be no club trials championship! Doesn’t have to be just one person either, this job could easily be shared by a couple of people and training will be provided. We don’t press gang people into being committee members against their will but we do look for volunteers prepared to give up one evening a month to ensure that we can all do what we like doing best, riding bikes.

Myself and the rest of the committee look forward to seeing you there.
                                           
                                             Bill McGregor
                                             President BAMCC