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Final Instructions for the Championship Trial 23rd May 2021

Date: 21-May-2021
Hello everyone and we hope that you are as excited about Sunday as we are, it’s great to be back riding bikes again after such a long layoff. However Covid is still out there, desperate to make a comeback, please don’t give it the chance to do so. Covid has forced us to make some changes to the way the trial runs and this sheet contains information about what to expect on the day and to help us and you have a safe and enjoyable day. Please read them.
 
Covid Precautions:
 
  • Remember FACTS: Face coverings, Avoid crowds, Clean Hands Regularly, Two metre distancing, Self Isolate if you feel unwell.
  • You can only use the road signposted from Bridge of Canny on the A93 (see maps for further details) There is no access from the Aboyne direction.
  • All occupants of a vehicle will have their temperature taken as they enter.
  • Anybody with a temperature of over 38°C will result in all occupants of the vehicle being sent home.
  • Social distancing is important at all times, even in the sections.
  • Don’t be late! Plan to arrive by 09:30am. We all know things take longer in the Covid era and we need to shut the road completely once everyone has arrived. You will need to be ready to ride at 10:30am sharp.
Start Procedure:
  • You will need to sign on (and off) but this is done in a contactless manner, have your competition licence with you when you come to the start area.
  • One day licence forms should be filled in prior to your arrival at sign on.
  • You will be given a number board, please affix this to the front of your bike. Cable ties and cutters will be available.
  • You will not be given score cards as we are not using them.
  • Once you and your bike are ready to go, park it in the correct Parc Ferme area  A, B, C or D. You can find your correct Parc Ferme area on the rider’s list.
  • The quarry floor is strictly out of bounds thanks to nesting peregrine falcons and anyone caught riding in there will be asked to leave immediately.
  • No riding on the piles of stones, again if you are caught you will be asked to leave.
  • The trial has four starting points to allow us to comply with Covid “bubble” requirements
  • Group A will start at section 7, Group B will start at section 10, Group C will start at section 4 and Group D will start at section 1.
  • Yellow route riders only complete two and a half laps. If you are an adult rider riding round with a Youth C rider please start at section 7 but don’t forget you still have half a lap to do once your yellow route rider has finished.
  • Each group will be lead to their start point by an experienced Bon Accord rider.
  • There is a clearly marked route from Section 12 back to Section 1. There is absolutely no need to visit the start area on every lap, please keep your breaks to a minimum.
Riding the Trial:
  • The trial sections are reached using a closed public road with two way traffic and a piece of forest road. You must keep left and ride slowly on these stretches of road.
  • There may well be D and E class riders on these roads at any time.
  • If you are caught speeding on these roads you will be excluded from the trial.
  • The route of the trial is marked using a combination of pink flags at ground level, signs on trees and tape.
  • Do not follow any orange or green arrows, these were used to mark our enduro course and have yet to be taken down.
  • Keep your number boards clean to help the observers, remember they are scoring using books rather than punch cards.
  • You have 5 minutes to walk the section, after 5 minutes the observer will call you forward to ride. Observe social distancing (where practical) when walking the section.
  • Failure to comply with the observers request will result in you being marked with a five.
  • Do not argue with the observers, they are marking as we have instructed them. This a Non Stop trial as defined in the ACU Handbook TSR 22A
  • Any complaints should be made to the trial secretary who will contact the Clerk of the Course who will speak to you at the end of the trial.
  • Remember the Clerk of the Course is the only person who can resolve your complaints not the observers.
At the end of the trial:
  • Backmarkers will begin closing the sections at 15:30 with the aim of getting everyone off the hill by 16:30. If it’s a long day for you think of the observers.
  • Remember to thank the observers, without them we have no trial.
  • Please hand back your number board at the tent and let us know you have finished.
  • Sorry but Covid restrictions mean there is no catering this year.
  • Please take all your litter home or put it in one of our black bin bags. Do not leave any litter lying around.
***PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HAND IN YOUR NUMBER BOARD AND SIGN OFF, EVEN IF YOU RETIRE EARLY. WE DON’T WANT TO SPEND OUR EVENING LOOKING FOR YOU***
Last and final instruction: Enjoy your day and hopefully next year we can run a more normal trial.




Final Instructions for Enduro 16th May

Date: 14-May-2021
Hello everyone and we hope that you are as excited about Sunday as we are. This sheet contains some information to help us and you have a safe and enjoyable day. Covid is still out there, desperate to make a comeback, please don’t give it the chance to do so.
 
  • Remember FACTS: Face coverings, Avoid crowds, Clean Hands Regularly, Two metre distancing, Self Isolate if you feel unwell.
  • You can only use the road signposted from Bridge of Canny on the A93 (see maps for further details) There is no access from the Aboyne direction.
  • All occupants of a vehicle will have their temperature taken as they enter.
  • Anybody with a temperature of over 38°C will result in all occupants of the vehicle being sent home.
  • You will need to sign on but this is done in a contactless manner, have your competition licence with you when you come to the start area.
  • The organisers will not be handing out timecards, it is a rider’s responsibility to look after their own times.
  • A timecard may be downloaded and printed from https://www.scottishenduros.co.uk/99/downloads2021/timecard.pdf
  • You have been provided with a list of start times and lap times.
  • There is no Parc Ferme or scrutineering this year.
  • Environmental mats must be used in the pit area.
  • Please report to the start area no more than 10 minutes before your start time as indicated in the yellow column.
  • You may ride your bike to the start area but please ride slowly and wear a helmet.
  • Engines must be switched off and remain off in the start area until you are called forward on your start minute.
  • Please let faster riders go ahead of you at the special test start line; their lap times are tighter than yours.
  • ***PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE COME TO THE START LINE AND TELL US IF YOU RETIRE. WE DON’T WANT TO SPEND OUR EVENING LOOKING FOR YOU***
  • Enjoy your day!

Entries for events in May are open now.

Date: 26-Apr-2021
Online entries are now being accepted for the following events,

Club Trial @ Monymusk, Sunday 9th May
SACU Championship Enduro Rnd. 3 @ Craiglash, Sunday 16th May: Entries now closed, 90 rider limit has been met. 10/05/21
SACU Championship Trial Rnd.1 @ Craiglash, Sunday 23rd May

All events must be pre-entered as there are no late or on the day entries allowed.
Please familiarise yourself with the Covid restrictions, if you can't or won't obey them then please stay away.
Absolutely no spectators allowed at any events. 

Trials Practice Days 4th and 11th April 2021

Date: 29-Mar-2021
With the slight lifting of covid restrictions we have decided to run two trials practice days as follows,

Sunday 4th April at Craibstone Woods near Dyce: Morning Session 9am - Noon: Afternoon Session 1pm - 4pm: Riders must be residents of Aberdeenshire

Sunday 11th April at Colpy: Morning Session 9am - Noon: Afternoon Session 1pm - 4pm: Riders must be residents of Aberdeenshire

To comply with the current guidelines we can only have 15 riders per session and no-one can enter both sessions. All other Covid precautions will still be in force, social distancing, hand sanitiser, temperature taking etc. Please DO NOT attend if you feel unwell.

Restarting of Club Events April 2021

Date: 18-Mar-2021
To all Club Members,

Another update for you following on from an ad-hoc committee meeting last night.

The good news is that we have been given the go ahead from the SACU to restart events albeit in a very limited capacity with rider numbers limited to just fifteen at the moment. Using this fact and mapping it against the timetable for the lifting of Covid restrictions set out this week by the government we have decided to plan to get our activities going again. The first important date is the 2nd of April which is when the “Stay at Home” restrictions change to “Stay Local” and travel in your local region is permitted again. With this in mind we will aim to organise two trials practice days while restricting travel mileage as far as we can, details are as follows,

4th April:               Craibstone          For residents of Aberdeen and South Aberdeenshire
11th April:             Colpy                 For residents of North Aberdeenshire

Each day will be split into two sessions 9am – 12 noon and 1pm – 4pm and each session will have a maximum of 15 riders. You cannot attend both sessions. The entry fee will be nominal to cover our costs. Also remember that your 2020 licence is still valid for the 2021 season.

The next important date is the 26th April when it is expected that travel countrywide within Scotland can begin again. This will allow us to restart our calendar of events as previously published beginning with a bang on Sunday 16th May with a club trial at Monymusk and hopefully a championship enduro at Craiglash, both subject to any and all restrictions that will still be in place at that time. The next event after that is likely to be the championship trial, also at Craiglash which will now run on the 23rd May (subject to confirmation).
Please understand that these are very much provisional plans based on what we think can be achieved within the current or anticipated restrictions and are subject to the SACU granting us event permits.  The ability to run championship events is likely to be dependent on the whole country being placed in the same tier. We will do our best to keep you updated with the restrictions in force at the time of any events as obviously it is very important that we all obey them. Nothing will shut down our plans faster than an outbreak of Covid, we take our responsibilities to keep everyone safe and healthy seriously.

Our ever lovely club secretary is asking for annual trophies to be returned asap. You can do this by bringing them along to your next event. It’s highly unlikely we will have a prize giving this year but we will get the trophies engraved.

One final note for anyone who uses Tillymorgan for practice, can you please park in the back car park rather than driving through the farm. A map with the revised parking area is shown for reference and your co-operation with this would be much appreciated.


Covid Update

Date: 07-Jan-2021
As a result of the decision reached at last night's committee meeting we have to tell you that there will be no events run by the club in January due to the current lockdown restrictions. This means the trial that was scheduled for the 24th is now postponed rather than cancelled. We will look forward to running events again when the restrictions are eased and will review our position at regular intervals. You may still go out for practice but this will need to be done in pairs if you wish to comply with the law of the land. Please note at this time the Bellwanders area is NOT in use for practice. Our popular Trials season tickets will be available once we have a start date for the season and an idea about how many rounds we can hold. Sorry it's not the news you were wanting to hear but as always we have a duty to maintain the safety of our riders, officials and of course the public at large.

Championship Results and Festive Greetings

Date: 24-Dec-2020
And so we approach the end of 2020, a year the likes of which none of us have experienced before and hopefully will never have to experience again! Despite all the problems we still managed to run an eight round club trials championship and the final results tables are now available on the Events Page. Congratulations to all our winners and while it looks unlikely that we will be able to hold a prize giving evening, we will find a way of making sure you get your trophies. My thanks once again to everyone who put in so much effort behind the scenes to make sure that we could run events at all. Finally to our members, their family and friends we would just like to say Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year when it comes. It might not be the festive season that a lot of us were expecting but I'm sure we can make the best of it and above all stay safe so that we gather again soon.





Festive Fun Trials Practice Day : CANCELLED

Date: 22-Dec-2020
Following a further review of the new restrictions imposed on the country on Saturday and discussions with the club committee we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that our Festive Fun Day planned for the 27th is now cancelled. With Covid numbers in Grampian still rising steeply we felt that this was the safest course of action for everyone involved. All entry monies will be refunded in due course.

Festive Fun Trials Practice Day

Date: 11-Dec-2020
Ho Ho Hold on a minute! Christmas day and boxing day have both been and gone and now your fed up eating left over turkey, getting thrashed on the Playstation by the kids and having to be nice to the relatives to the point where your extended bubble is about to burst! What you need then is an excuse to get out in the fresh air for some clean living and exercise. Well it just so happens we can help this year as we have organised a day out at our favourite location of Craiglash Quarry on Sunday 27th December with a 10am start. Beginners and novices particularly welcome, we can pair you up with some of the senior riders for hints and tips. We'll have free tea, coffee, cake and mince pies with prizes for the best Christmas fancy dress or jumper. Bring the cash that Santa gave you and snap up some snazzy BAMCC merchandise including Bobble Hats, Beanie Hats, Snoods and Caps, if you don't have cash then you can always pay by card. Come along and lets give 2020 the send off it truly deserves. Having said that Covid restrictions will still be in force and applied, maximum number of riders for this event is 60.

Colpy Results

Date: 08-Dec-2020
The results from the club trial at Colpy on Sunday 6th December are now available on the Events page. Thanks to the 40 riders who turned out on a cold and wet day for what turned out to be a rather good trial. Big thanks to Bob and Callum for setting it out, excellent job lads, you can certainly do it again. Thanks to Dave for sign on and the scores. Sadly that's it for 2020 although many of us will be glad to see the back of it I suspect. Don't panic though not too long to wait until we are back again, the first trial of the 2021 season will be on Sunday 10th January at Bellwanders just outside Stonehaven. Who knows what conditions will be imposed on us next year but we'll keep an eye on it and do our very best to make sure our events comply with all the restrictions and are Covid safe.

Illegal riding again!

Date: 09-Nov-2020
To the three "gentlemen" who were illegally riding in Craiglash forest on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations your incredibly selfish actions have once again brought the very future of our sport into question. If you refuse to stop your activities the landowners will soon stop anyone from using this ground including hundreds of people every year who can be bothered to abide by the law. At the very least surely its's not asking too much of you to at least take your litter home…  A reminder again folks, the club does work in co-operation with the landowners, their factors and the law to clamp down on illegal riding as this is the biggest risk to the future of our sport. Lord knows it 's hard enough finding landowners who will let us use their ground without this kind of moronic behaviour making our job ten times harder. If you spot illegal riding, please , please report it to the nearest police station.



Notice of AGM 2020

Date: 26-Oct-2020
As required by the club constitution notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club Ltd. will take place on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 7:30 pm. Due to Covid restrictions currently in force the decision has been taken to have the AGM via a Zoom meeting. The club has been using this software for a few months now to conduct our committee meetings with great success. In order to participate you must click the invitation link and fill in the registration form which simply asks for your name, e-mail address and club membership number. After your registration has been approved you will get a link to join the meeting. Zoom works on just about device your care to mention including I-Phones, I-Pads, Android phones and tablets, Mac computers and of course Windows computers. You will need to install either a mobile app from the Apple App store or the Google Play store or to use a desktop computer visit the Zoom site and download the web client.
                
Meeting Invitation https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpd--orzkoE9U0Uh1gygnQcpQ_RhnyM-1r




Enduro Practice Day: Final Instructions to Riders

Date: 19-Sep-2020
Enduro Practice Day Sunday 20th September
PLEASE READ :Final Instructions to Riders: PLEASE READ!
Corona virus is still with us, it hasn’t gone away this means that events can run only if we mitigate the risks. We are not trying to stop anyone from enjoying their day but we are asking you to obey a few simple extra rules in addition to the normal practice day ones.

  • If you feel unwell please do not travel. We will refund your entry money
  • All occupants of a vehicle must be prepared to have their temperature taken before entering the paddock area.
  • Anyone with a temperature reading of over 38°C will result in all occupants of a vehicle being sent home.
  • Vehicles must be parked with a vehicle’s width between them
  • Social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times
  • Face coverings must be worn when signing on
  • Sign on now consists of showing your licence to the event secretary who will note your attendance
  • Do not ride in the quarry unless you are going to, or coming back from the practice loop
  • Please DO NOT ride on any stone piles sitting on the quarry floor. Anyone caught doing this will be asked to leave the event immediately
  • The road to the loop out of the quarry has two way traffic so please keep left and ride slowly
  • There are riders of many different abilities riding, please be mindful of this at all times
  • Slower riders should be aware of faster riders wanting to get past
  • Faster riders should not just blast past slower riders in a dangerous manner
  • Please take all of your litter home with you
  • A car horn will indicate the start of the event at 10:30am
  • You will not be allowed to leave the quarry to start another loop after 3:30pm.
ANYONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE EVENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
PLEASE STAY HOME AND PHONE THE NHS24 SCOTLAND HELPLINE ON 111

SACU Team Trial Sunday 4th October

Date: 04-Sep-2020
Entries are now open for the Team Trial on Sunday 4th October at Craiglash Quarry near Banchory, Aberdeenshire. SACU affiliated clubs are invited to enter teams of 4 riders (all riders should have a full competition licecnce). Due to Covid restrictions we are limited to 25 teams and entries will close on the 30th of September at 23:59 or when the entry is full, as ever each team must also provide an observer. This year we have a choice of two routes A and B with A being the harder route and will have the difficulty of a green championship route with a few blue sections. Route B will be the easier route and will be a mixture of the green championship route with more than a few yellow sections along the way. All four members of the team must compete on the same route. The team classes available are Adult, Youth, Over 40, Over 50 and Twinshock. Covid restrictions will be in force and will be rigorously applied, please take the time and trouble to read the regulations to make sure you understand them are prepared to follow them. If you are not prepared to comply with the Covid restrictions then please DO NOT ENTER.

Finally the online entries are being handled by a different system this time so please follow this link for the online entry. Finally free catering will be provided for all riders and observers. Get those entry forms (which now hav an option to pay by cheque) filled in asap and we will look forward to seeing you all on the 4th of October.

Enduro Practice Day Sunday 20th September

Date: 01-Sep-2020
Entries are now being accepted for the Enduro practice day on Sunday 20th September. Entries must be made in advance as their will be NO on the day entries. Look on the 2020 Events page for the entry form.

As we have been unable to run our usual championship rounds this year due to the corona virus pandemic we have decided to run a practice day to at least partially help fill the void. A properly marked out enduro loop will be set out in the forest with the aim of testing riders of all abilities. This loop will be available between 10:30am and 3:30pm, a rider can do as many loops as they like. This is a great chance to finally dust off your bike, get out in the fresh air and just ride with no pressure.
 
As ever we do have a few rules around this event and these are listed below, please pay particular attention to the Covid restrictions. If you are unable or unwilling to follow them then please do not enter.


One Event licences are available but must be requested via the online entry form. The OEL form will be e-mailed to you and must be downloaded. filled in and either scanned or photographed before being sent back to us via e-mail. If you turn up on the day of the event not having filled in your OEL you will not be allowed to ride. This is all designed to cut down on the handling of paperwork to prevent the cross infection of the Covid virus.