Club News



Scottish Trials Championship 2019 Round 1

Date: 11-Mar-2019
You know the new season is truly close when we announce that entries for round 1 of the championship are now open hurrah! Hosted once again by the Bon Accord club at their popular Deeside venue of Craiglash on Sunday 7th April 2019. This trial is set among the big rocks on the hillside of a pine forest and with four routes can provide a test for all ages and abilities. Entries are £20 for adults and £10 for school peoples and include free refreshments at the end of the trial. Closing date is end of the day on Thursday 4th April. If you don't want to ride the trial but still fancy a wee ride out we are always on the look out for observers and helpers so give us a shout to carolyn@bamcc.co.uk

 

Enduro Seminar

Date: 20-Feb-2019
The club will be hosting an enduro seminar on Friday 8th March at 7:30pm in Stonehaven. We do this every three years to make sure we have enough certified officials to keep running our enduros of which we have two this year. If anyone wants to come along and help us out by getting qualified drop us an e-mail to bill@bamcc.co.uk Offer is also open to any club in Scotland who needs to get their officials re-certified.


Shetland Trial News Update

Date: 07-Feb-2019
Entries are now being accepted for the Shetland Two Day Trial. It works like this; You make one entry for the Saturday event and you are entered for the weekend. It is not possible to enter only Saturday or only Sunday. After the organisers get confirmation of a sucessful payment you will be e-mailed within 24 hours with a discount code and instructions on how to book your ferry crossing. Do not lose the code it is worth 30% off the return fare for vehicles and passengers. A succesful entry to the trial does not guarantee you a ferry booking and you are advised to book your ferry as soon as possible after entering the trial. We say it for every trial we run but please read the regs carefully this time as there is some extremely valuable and important information included in them with particular regards about how to minimise your financial outlay. we have limited the entries to 120 but this will depend on ferry capacity as much as anything. Keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates and while you are on Facebook have a look for the S2DT 2019 page which has information from the guys on the ground on Shetland. It's going to be a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Please Note: Our usual refund policy of 24 hours notice does not apply to this event. We will refund entry fees up to 14 days before the event but not after that. The club will not be held liable if you fail to, or cannot book a ferry crossing. We will however do everything possible to get you and your bike to the event and back again.

https://www.tmxnews.co.uk/news/trials/national-two-day-trial-in-the-shetland-islands-coming-this-summer/



Important Changes for Club Trials

Date: 02-Jan-2019
SETTING OUT CLUB TRIALS AND NEW ENTRY PROCEDURES

Setting out Club Trials
Last year the club operated without a trials convenor and it was clear that this position was quickly becoming untenable. The failure of the club to recruit a new convenor at the recent AGM has forced us to come up with a Plan B and this is set out in detail below. Failure of this plan can really only lead to the number of trials we organise being severely reduced. Ultimately it will be a lack of volunteers that will kill off our sport quicker than any government or legislation.
As of 2019, a new structure as to who will ‘set out trials’ will be implemented. As discussed at a number of our committee meetings it has been agreed that from the beginning of the year each committee member will be allocated a trial in the year which they have to organise club members to set out alongside themselves.
The aim is to help introduce club members who are novices to ‘setting out a trial’ by grouping them with an experienced club member to set out an event.
For many year’s events organised by the club have been set out by the same small handful of members and a line must be drawn before these helpful individuals no longer want to offer their services thus causing trials and the club to suffer.
Once the dates of 2019 events are confirmed, expect to be contacted by a member of the committee regarding forth coming events asking for your assistance. If you wish to put yourself forward for events held in a certain location please do so as the club and committee will be very grateful. We will also be asking for names of people who are willing to help via all our channels of communication.
Any member who agrees to help at an event but then has to pull out must find a member to replace them. Continual refusal to help may lead to the member being suspended from the club after a discussion at committee level but we aim to use this very much as a last resort tactic.
Setting out of an event allows those who assisted to participate in the event free of charge, and at the yearly award their name will be entered into a prize draw.
Any club member (that is not part of the committee) who would like to come along to committee meeting is welcome to do so, to see and have an input on items that will be discussed.
Who knows? You may actually enjoy the experience of helping YOUR club.
 
Entry Procedure for Club Trials
It was agreed at the AGM that for this year the cost of entering a club trial on the day of the trial would rise from £15 to £20. However if a rider chooses to enter a club trial via on our online system the cost remains at £15. The online system will remain open until 23:59 of the Friday before the trial on a Sunday, I.E. The first trial of the year is on Sunday 13th January so the online system will close at 23:59 on Friday 11th January. This allows us a day to prepare the relevant paperwork required to run the trial.
One day licences will still be available but these will rise from £6 to £10. This has been done specifically to encourage people to purchase a trials registration card at just £12 which lasts for a whole year and is basically the same form which just has to be filled in once. Honestly folks it’s a complete no brainer, get yourself a licence!
 New club members who are riding their first trial will still have their one day licence fee paid for by the club.
With fewer bits of paperwork flying about at Sunday morning sign on it is to be hoped that the queues we saw last year will be considerably lessened this year although a bit of organisation on the part of the riders would also help to alleviate this problem. A couple of examples being, bring along a filled in entry form if you can’t enter online and bring the exact amount of money.
Also new for this year as a bit of an experiment is the availability of a club trials season ticket. Enter just once and ride the club trials all year long (You’ll still have to enter the Championship and National Trials though). The season tickets are on sale now at £150 for adults and £50 for juniors, in the case of the adult season ticket this represents a potential saving of £70.
Speaking of nationals and championships we will also be implementing a system of entry fees where committing early will save you money, similar to buying a flight on Easyjet or Ryanair. Last season, in common with every other club in the land, we had a real fight to get riders to commit to events and as an organiser it’s absolutely no fun going into the week of the event not knowing whether you have enough riders to break even financially let alone actually make a bit of a profit.

Shetland Trial
We’ve talked about if often enough but finally we are going to the Shetland Isles for a two day trial on the 29th and 30th of June. The logistics are somewhat complicated but bear with us and we’ll get there. Ferries and accommodation are being booked up and once we have all the relevant details we will let you know. Please don’t go booking anything up right now as we should have discount packages in place soon. There is a lot of interest in this weekend but Bon Accord members will get the first bite at the cherry. More details as soon as we get them.

The Bon Accord MCC committee would like to thank all club members for their continuous support over previous years and for years to come. Wishing  you all great sport in 2019.

Club Trials: Changes for 2019

Date: 22-Dec-2018
Following on from the club's AGM several changes have been made to the way Club Trials will be run in 2019. The first thing to notice is that from now until 12th January you can purchase a season ticket for all club trials (does not include championship or national trials), this means you only need to enter once every season as you are automatically entered into every club trial. The cost of the adult season ticket is £150, juniors are £50, which means you will get 11 trials for the price of ten. Depending on the popularity of this option we may keep it going on a sliding scale until mid season.

As no-one came forward to be Trials Convenor at the AGM, the committee members will now be in charge of organising the club trials, they in turn will be contacting club members for their help and as we always say if everyone does a little bit the load will be much lighter. If anyone wishes to volunteer to help out with a particular trial then please come forward as soon as possible by either speaking to a committee member or e-mail bill@bamcc.co.uk The way trials are now run will be e-mailed to you in more detail soon. It's fair to say that if this approach doesn't work then the number of club trials will have to be drastically reduced from 2020 onwards. This seems to be a national problem with many clubs having similar problems so we have to find a solution that will allow our sport to continue.

The entry process for club trials has changed slightly as we have no Trials Convenor. Club trials can now be enterd via our online system at a cost of £15 for adults and £5 for kids, however entries made via the paper entry form on the day of the trial will now cost £20 for Adults and £5 for kids. The one day licence fee has been increased to £10 to encourage members to purchase a trials registration card at £12 and also to make our change giving a bit easier.

Your club officials for 2019 are as follows: President Bill McGregor, Vice President John Hird, Secretary Di Stuart, Treasurer Di Stuart, Enduro Convenor Stuart Cooper,
Trials Co-ordinator Chris Douglas. The committee is made up of the following members, Steve Deans, Iain Robertson, Derek Ramsay, irene Cooper, Trevor Gibb, Jock Stuart, Murray Whittaker, David McPherson, Dave Donald, Graeme Hay, Robert James. I would like to put on record my thanks to all of them for their enthusiasm and I look forward to working with them and all club members during 2019.

Agenda for Club AGM 12/12/2018

Date: 09-Dec-2018
This is the agenda for the club's AGM on Wednesday evening. Please remember it's your club and you can have your say but you will need to be at the AGM. We say it every year but it would be nice to see new faces.

  1. Members present
  2. Members apologies
  3. Approval of last year’s minutes
  4. President’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report including the accounts for the year ended 30/10/18
  6. Election of Officials
                                             President: To be elected
                                             Vice President: John Hird (No action required)
                                             Secretary: To be elected
                                             Treasurer: To be elected
                                             Enduro Convenor: Stuart Cooper (No action required)
                                             Trials Convenor: To be elected Election of Committee Members
  1. Coffee Break
  2. Review of Club Membership Fees
  3. Organising club trials if no convenor can be elected
  4. Entry fees for club trial/ Free entry for junior riders on electric bikes
  5. Next year’s events
  6. The future of the Grampian Motorcycle Convention
  7. Any Other Business: Proposals, ideas and comments from the floor
    Closure of the 2018 Bon Accord MCC AGM

Licences for 2019

Date: 28-Nov-2018
OK people listen up! Our ever lovely club secretary stuffed some 160 envelopes today with your 2019 licence application forms and popped them in the post. Hopefully between now and the weekend these should start to fall through your letter boxes. If you don't get one you'll need to get onto the lovely Di Stuart, di@bamcc.co.uk It's possible we have missed you although it's more likely that you haven't renewed your club membership. Also remember that your 2018 licence is valid until the end of January 2019 so no need to panic just yet. Licence fees are unchanged for 2019 at £50 for Enduro and just £12 for a Trials card. Honestly folks even if you're only thinking about riding trials next year buy a trials card, you'll save money and time by not having to fill out the day licence forms. Take the hint please ????

Notice of AGM 2018

Date: 13-Nov-2018
Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of ‘The Bon Accord Motorcycle Club Ltd’ will be held for the purpose of the Election of Office Bearers and Members of the Committee and the transaction of any other competent business and will take place in the Upper Function Room of the Sportsmans Club, 11 Queens Road, Aberdeen  on Wednesday 12th of December 2018 commencing at 7:30pm, to which all Paid Up Members and Directors are invited to attend. Any Motions or proposals for discussion at the Annual General Meeting should be sent in writing to the address shown no later than the 10th of December 2018.  Apologies for non attendance should be forwarded the Secretary as soon as is possible prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting as shown above. Members holding current valid BAMCC memberships can attend and vote on motions. Non members are welcome to come along to observe and speak but are not permitted to vote.

With the formal stuff out of the way I would also like to remind you all that this is your chance to have your say on how your club is being run and what events you want us to run. We'll explain what we have done this year, what we would like to do next year and where we have spent your money. You are not going to be forced into any position that you don't want to do. You can throw any ideas you may have out to discussion and who knows what might become of them. If it helps we have free tea, coffee and biscuits. There is ample free parking to the rear of the building so there are no excuses. On behalf of the committee I look forward to seeing as many as possible of the membership on the evening and we will have the AGM agenda published before the end of the month.

                       Regards,
                              Bill McGregor
                              Club President



We want your photos!

Date: 08-Oct-2018
The club has decided to print some calendars this year mainly to generate a bit of publicity for the club and to let the biking public see what we get up to during the course of a year virtually on their doorsteps. With this in mind we are asking club members to submit their own personal favourite motorcycle sport photographs from 2018 for possible inclusion in the calendar. The rules are as follows, 1)you should be a club member, 2) the photo should have taken during 2018, 3) the photo should depict motorcycle sport in some way, 4) the photo needs to be in landscape mode and 5) most importantly you must own the copyright of the photograph. Entries need to be submitted by Friday 26th October and the results will be announced on Wednesday 31st October. Anyone whose photo is included in the calendar will get an acknowledgement and of course a free calendar while the copyright will always remain the property of the photographer and will not be reproduced further without permission. The number of calendars printed depends on whether we can attract a bit of sponsorship but will be limited in number. All entries should be e-mailed in the first instance to bill@bamcc.co.uk. Good Luck!


Oset Cup Sunday 7th October

Date: 28-Sep-2018
Apologies for the delay but we are now accepting entries for our round of the Oset Cup on Sunday 7th October at Bellwanders Woods just outside Stonehaven. This trial is open to youth riders on electric bikes only. There will be 3 laps of ten sections with each section having three routes suitable for E, D, C and B class riders. To make up for the short notice of this trial entries are now free and anyone who has already paid will receive a refund shortly. All we ask is that you download an entry form from our website http://www.bamcc.co.uk/…/181-2018-oset-cup-trial-regs-bellw… and bring it along already filled in.


Drumtochty Enduro Results

Date: 24-Sep-2018
The results from the Drumtochty enduro are now avaialble on the events page. A highly sucessful event if a little tough for some, but I heard  just as much praise as well. Huge thank you to Stuart and Irene for their time and effort in making sure that this event happened and to all their helpers. To Irene, Louise, Graeme and Paul thanks for manning the timing and doing it so well and of course to Di for her usual flawless efforts with the paperwork. Thanks to What The Fork for their excellent nosh it was much enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Fraser Norrie on the overall win and that's us done for this season. Let's see what next year brings.


Drumtochty Enduro

Date: 31-Aug-2018
Entries are now open for the final round of the Scottish Enduro championship which will be held on Sunday 23rd September in Drumtochty forest near Auchenblae in Aberdeenshire. Due to restrictions placed on us by the Forestry Commission we can only accept 90 riders and it's strictly first come, first served. It would be nice if riders could commit to this event early rather later so that the club won't be forced to run it at a loss. This is an expensive event to run with the extra charges that the FC take from us for the use of the forest.


Craiglash Super Sunday

Date: 07-Aug-2018
Due to poular demand Craiglash Super Sunday is back! A combined practice day for both Enduro and Trials bike riders with both sets of riders well catered for. Trials riders can set out sections for all ages and abilities with access to some of the best trials ground on the east coast. Experienced riders will be on hand to guide newcomers if required. Enduro riders will have a mini loop with some harder bits and then some really hard bits to have a go at. Extreme enduro enthusiasts can have a go at the trials sections if they dare. All this for the measly sum of £10 for your day if you have an SACU competition licence and £18 if you don't. New riders will be most welcome and indeed are encouraged. You will not get a better day to start your off road riding adventures than this. The fun starts at 10:30am on Sunday 19th August at Craiglash Quarry near Banchory. You will find an entry form and a map to the venue on this website in the Events / 2018 section. No need to pre enter but if you could bring along a filled in entry form this will help with queing for sign on. Sorry but we can only except cash. Final instructions will be issued at the riders brief which should take place at around 10:15am. We look forward to seeing you all there.


Club Trials Championship Rnd. 7 22nd July

Date: 23-Jun-2018
The 7th round of this years club trials championship will be preceded by a fun day on the Saturday (21st July) with the aim of enabling a bit of practising, finding some new sections and a bit of tuition to enable people to find out how to layout sections in a safe and ride-able manner. The landowner has agreed to provide free overnight camping on Saturday and if the weather is suitable the club will stump up for a BBQ. The trial on Sunday will follow the usual format with a start time of 11am. Our thanks to Colin for the use of his ground.



Competition Time!!

Date: 04-May-2018
It's Friday, it's Bank Holiday weekend and it's SSDT Time, what's not to like. For a wee bit of fun we are going to give away two of our exclusive new club t-shirts and two Barry Sheene books. All you have to do is tell us which club rider will finish highest in the SSDT results on Saturday night after the trial has finished and what will his marks total be? One shirt and book for getting the correct rider and one shirt and book for getting nearest the points total without going over! For reference last year it was Kevin White with 421 marks. We have eight riders to choose from, Robbie ALLAN, Chris DOUGLAS, Mark GRANT, Robert JAMES, Keith LESLIE, Alexander STAMPFLI, Kevin WHITE and Duncan WRIGHT. Just e-mail me with the riders last name and a prediction of their total marks lost (eg ALLAN 421). Competition is open to everyone so please share and like far and wide. NB Entries will close at 6pm on Thursday 10th May with the winners being announced on Monday 14th May. Have a guess it costs nothing. Good luck and feet on the pegs lads, to our riders next week and well done to our members who are helping out behind the scenes. All entries to bill@bamcc.co.uk please.



Good Luck.