Scottish Championship Trial Round 1
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.
Enduro Practice Day
We are holding another one of our very popular Enduro training days on Sunday 16th March at Lumsden. The venue is signposted just off the B9002 road. Start time is 10am and should finish around 3pm. Entry fee is £20 per rider, an SACU licence is needed but One Event Licences are available at an additional cost of £12. Entry forms can be downloaded now from the Events Page and it would help greatly if you bring an entry form that is already filled in. The format is the same as last year with an easy basic circuit round which can be found extra loops of varying degrees of difficulty. These days are a great way to get into the sport or get your bike setup properly or learn new techniques or even just sit and speak bikes with some like minded loonies. See you there!
Prize Giving Ceremony
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
before March 24th
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.
The minutes from the 2013 AGM have now been published on the website in the 2013 Events section. Click on the results button!
Club Trials Championship Round 1 Results
The provisional results from todays trial are now on the Events page in the 2014 section. A massive thank you to our new trials convenor Oli who did a tremendous job today getting everyone signed on and having a set of scores produced before 9pm and to make his day even better he won the trial outright! If you spot any errors or omissions drop me ean e-mail email@example.com and if you want your name spelled correctly give Oli a chance and write your name legibly (English is only his second language after all). A great turn out today of 51 riders with some regulars, some returnees and lots of new faces. To the guys who turned up from Fife, we hope you had a good day out and you will be welcome back any time. Judging from the feedback I got today the trial was just about spot on for severity so another thank you to Murray Whittaker for taking the time and trouble to lay it out. Last but by no means least thanks to Ken Whittaker for letting us use his superb little bit of woods. See you all on February 16th at Findon.
How we work out our Enduro Champions
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
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.
Hare and Hounds
Club Trials Championship Round 1 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
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
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
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.
2013 Club Trials Championship Table
The results are all in and much midnight oil has been burned on the old abacus to sort out the final positions in the various Championship Classes. The full table is available on the Events page but let's congratulate the overall championship winner Duncan Mitchell with 188 points compared to runner up Murray Whittaker's 178 points. Intermediate Champion is Robert James, Over 40's goes to Jock Stuart, Gavin Lewis takes the title of best Novice, Gordon Morrison wins the Pre65/Twinshock battle by a slender 4 points while Mickey Freeman comes top in the beginner class. Our Schoolboy winners are Callum Morrison (he lasted half a season before he grew up to become a fully fledged adult!), Daniel Dunn, Harry Sherriffs, Mathew Forbes and Arron Stuart. See you all at the prize giving in January.
Craiglash Super Sunday
Only one word fit for purpose here, WOW!!! What a way to end the 2013 season. For those who turned up at Craiglash yesterday you will know what I'm talking about and for the rest of you well let me enlighten you a bit. Sunday the 17th of November saw the running of the 11th and final round of the club trials championship running in the top half of the forest on the quarry side. Fifteen "entertaining" sections had been set by our outgoing trials convenor and perhaps he was just having a wee bit of revenge. There were some pretty big but grippy rocks to have a full throttle blast at and of course what goes up must come down. Despite being a wee bit harder than normal I saw nothing but happy smiling faces as everyone got to grips with the course.
At the same time on the west side of Craiglash forest Dax and his team of helpers had set out another Enduro practice loop. A basic track to follow with harder bits branching off the main loop, something to suit every ability of rider combined with the chance to try something a wee bit more difficult. Now we do ocasionally like to blow our own trumpet here at BAMCC but yesterday not one negative word and when guys are travelling from the borders to ride you know you've got it pretty well damn near perfect. For enduro riders finding somewhere to ride is even harder than for a trials bike so the opportunity just to come and ride, learn new skills and techniques, play with your suspension setings or a myriad of other things is completely invaluable.
I must mention my "Man of the Day". Step forward a relatively new member of the club Mr Andrew Dettl who turned up at 10am for his first club outing with an enduro bike and a trials bike and when asked whether he wanted to ride the enduro or the trial simply replied both! And full credit to you Andrew because that's exactly what you did and the last time I saw you on the enduro loop at about 2:30pm throwing the Husky at the scenery you still had a massive grin on your face. Welcome to the club Andrew.
To both Chris and Dax a big Thank You for your input over the last year, it has been vital to moving the club forward yet again this year. Not forgetting everyone else who has taken the time and trouble to layout, pick up and adminster any kind of event this year for the club. Feel proud of yourselves and the club for together we have put together another outstanding year of off road riding.
Craiglash Super Sunday!!
Forget all the politics and guff you've seen on the net this week and get your bum along to Craiglash forest this Sunday 17th November and do what you like doing best, ride your bike! The Bon Accord season comes to a close this weekend with a spectacular double bill.
The 11th and final round of the club trials championship kicks off at 10:30am (please note the early start time) with many class winners still to be decided. Parking for the trial can be found just by the main entrance to the quarry on the uphill road as usual. All 15 sections are in the top half of the forest and everyone will complete three laps. Choice of four routes to suit all abilities.
In the bottom half of the forest towards Potarch the guys have laid out another Enduro practice loop with extra hard bits for those who fancy giving them a go. Turn up at 09:30 for sign on and we should get under way by 10:00. Ride as often or as little as you like throughout the day. Remember that the Enduro parking is NOT at the quarry this time. Parking is just off the little unclassified road that rums between the A93 and the B993 and is signposted Tillydrine. With 43 entries so far it promises to be another cracking day out.
Trials Licence Consultation from the SACU
To all trials riders,
We have been contacted by the SACU today regarding possible changes to the licence and insurance structure for next year. Please read the linked file and send any comments you may have (good or bad) back to me firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not contact the SACU directly as I will collate the responses I get and put forward a view on behalf of the club. I would like to get a reply back to the SACU by the start of next week so don't hand around too long please The full version of the SACU document can be found here.