Club News



Scottish Enduro Championship 2022 Round 3

Date: 25-Apr-2022
Entries are now being accepted for Round 3 of the Scottish Enduro championship which will be held on Sunday 15th May at Craiglash Quarry near Banchory in Aberdeenshire. For the first time in two years the riders will be issued with time cards by the organisers so best make sure to get the holes in your pockets sewn up ???? What The Fork will once again be providing the catering and your entry fee will include a free burger and drink. Breakfast rolls will also be available for those not capable of making their own. Head over to our website https://www.bamcc.co.uk/events.html and get those entries coming in folks.



Results for Scottish Championship Trial 2022 Rnd. 1

Date: 11-Apr-2022
The results for the Scottish Championship Trial, round 1 of the 2022 championship are now availble from the Events page of our website. Results remain provisional for 7 days to allow any queries to be sorted. If you have a query on the results please e-mail bill@bamcc.co.uk in the first instance. Big thanks to Carolyn and Donald for compiling the results.


Final Instructions for Craiglash Trial Sunday 10th April

Date: 08-Apr-2022
Championship Trial Riders Brief, Craiglash, Sunday 10th April 2022
  • Remember FACTS, Face coverings, avoid crowds, clean hands regularly, social distancing, self-isolate if you feel unwell
  • Sign on is done in a contactless manner, have your SACU licence with you to present at sign on.
  • You must wear your safety cut out lanyard round your wrist when riding your trials bike at all times.
  • Observers have been told to award you a 5 if you are not wearing your lanyard around your wrist.
  • This is a no stop Trial; observers have been briefed to mark you a 5 if you fail to maintain forward motion while you are in their section.
It’s a 10 :30 start. Please plan to arrive no later than 09:30 to put your bike in Parc Ferme and sign on. You must be ready to ride off at 10:30 prompt. If you are late you may not be able to ride for championship points. Maintain social distancing at the start area and when waiting your turn to walk or ride the sections. No cutting in in front of other riders if there are queues at sections. This will not be tolerated.
We are using the car parking at the side of the public road, the main floor of the quarry is strictly out of bounds due to nesting birds. There must be no practicing in the quarry/parking area! Anyone seen practicing will be asked to leave and not allowed to compete. DO NOT ride on the stone piles!!! Please place your bike in one of the 4 the marked areas in Parc Ferme, according to which class you are riding, prior to sign on.
There is two-way traffic on the public road and the forest road. D&E riders will be riding up and down the forest road to access and egress their trials area near section 1, so please ride slowly on the public road and up the forest road, max 15MPH. Anyone seen speeding on the public road or up the forest road will be asked to leave the trial immediately.
There is a 4 way split to start the trial, a BAMCC rider will escort each group to their respective starting section, riders must be available to leave Parc Ferme at 10:30 prompt. Rider groups will go off at 3 min intervals Group A to section 1, Group B to section 3, Group C to section 6 and Group D to section 10 in that order.
There will be a quick riders safety brief at 10:20.
GROUP A – Premier Class riders and Sportsman will start at section 1.
GROUP B - Over 40’s and over 50’s will start at section 3, suggest over 40’s/50’s do 1 ¾ laps before coming back to the start.
GROUP C - Youth C riders, Adult C, blue over 40 sportsman and youth A riders will start at section 6, yellow route riders only do 2 ½ laps (31 sections) Suggest Youth C, Adult C, over 40 sportsman and youth A do 1 ½ laps before coming back to the start.
GROUP D - Clubman riders and youth B will start at section 10. Suggest clubman riders and youth B do 1 1/4 laps before coming back to the start.
Any rider competing who is escorting a Youth C rider must start with them at section 6, it’s up to them to ensure they are at section 1 on their last ½ lap before the back markers go out at 3:30pm.
We are using observers’ books, no punch cards.
You have 5 minutes to walk the section and then the observer will call you forward to ride the section. You must comply with the observer’s request. We have told the observers to mark you a 5 if you do not ride the section when requested.
Keep your number boards clean and visible to help the observers and the flow of the trial.
There are 12 individual sections. 4 routes in each section to cater for each class.
Yellow – Youth C and Adult C.
Green – Clubman, Youth B, Over 40 & over 50.
Blue – Sportsman, over 40 sportsman, Youth A.
Red – Premier Class
Please keep your breaks between laps to around 10 mins. And observe social distancing at the start area.
We’ve marked the trial route using pink flags, signs on trees and tape. There are not many pink markers on the main forest road, follow the forest road to your split or all the way down to the burn at the far end of the forest track. It’s important that you follow the marked route, storm Arwen brought down many trees in December and going off route means you will certainly encounter fallen trees blocking your way.
Ignore any green or orange arrows, these are not connected with the trial.
So it’s SLOWLY along the public road, turn left SLOWLY up the forest road to the first split. Group A, Premier Class and Sportsman riders turn left to section 1 and 2 as signed.  
Group B, Over 40’s and 50’s slowly up the forest road and continue all the way down the forest track to section 3 in the burn.
Group C, Youth C riders, Adult C, blue over 40 sportsman and youth A riders slowly up the forest road and continue down the forest track until they reach the split for section 6, turn right at the split and continue up and around the forest track until you pick up the pink flags which will take you to section 6.
Group D, Clubman riders and youth B Youth riders slowly up the forest track and continue down the forest track until you reach the sign for sections 12 to 8 at the deer fence. Turn right and follow the trial route in reverse passing sections 12 and 11 until you reach section 10.
Remember this is a no stop Trial, the observers have been briefed and will adhere to the SACU rules. Please don’t argue with the observers. They are marking you as instructed. If you have a complaint, make it with the secretary and the C of C will speak to you at the end of the trial. Remember the Clerk of the Course is the person to clear up any complaints you have not the observer.
It’s a 10:30am start so the back markers will be out at 3:30pm. We are looking to have the trial all wrapped up at about 4:30pm. We have the observers to think about!
You must sign off and hand in your number board whether you complete the Trial or not. We do not want to call emergency services out and have people out searching the woods for you for no reason.
When you sign off you will be given a raffle ticket which will get you a free burger and a drink from our caterers, Café on the Kerb.
Please remember to thank the observers, without them there wouldn’t be a trial! Any questions please ask at sign on? Lastly, and most importantly everyone please enjoy your day.

Scottish Championship Trial 2022 Rnd. 1

Date: 12-Mar-2022
Entries are now being accepted for round 1 of the 2022 SACU Scottish Trials Championship. Bon Accord are pleased to be hosting the first round again this year at our popular Craiglash venue near Banchory in Aberdeenshire. All adult and youth championship classes are catered for from youth Class E right through to the Adult Premier Class. Late in December last year Storm Arwen absolutely devestated many, many forests in the north east corner of Scotland and Craiglash was far from immune as you will see. However the club and the landowners have worked hard to clear the worst of the fallen trees away from our route and we are confident that we can bring you a great and safe event. We will have catering on site which will be available for breakfast rolls etc in the morning and then will feed you at the conclusion of the trial.

While Covid restrictions have been relaxed we can't afford to be complacement and so we would ask that you bear social distancing in mind when you park and when you gather in groups. Masks do not need to be worn but hand sanitiser will be provided. A little common sense will go a long way......

As is the norm in these posts we can't put on this trial without observers so if you can help us please get in touch Carolyn@bamcc.co.uk  We will give you all the bits and pieces you need including a packed lunch and a rucksack to carry them in. At the end of the event there will be a free burger and drink waiting for you and if you're lucky you may have won a prize in our Observers draw. Thanks to our volunteers thus far. Look forward to seeing you all on the 10th of April.

 

Presentation of 2021 Awards

Date: 02-Feb-2022
Apologies for forgetting to post this sooner but we will be having an awards evening this year on Saturday 19th February starting at 7pm for 7:30pm. Venue is once again the Newmachar Golf Club where in addition to the prize giving we will be enjoying a buffet supper and a quiz night. It's always been a good night in the past so please come along if you can especially as it costs nothing! All club members, families and friends are welcome, all we need to know is how many people are coming along which you can do by e-mailing di@bamcc.co.uk



New route colours for Club Trials

Date: 30-Dec-2021
At the last AGM it was decided that the route colours for our club trials should be the same as the colours for the Scottish Championship trials to avoid confusion and to help our club riders ride better in the championship rounds. Accordingly when the entries open for the Bellwanders trial you will have a different choice of classes and colours. You should be able to work out which route and class you need to enter from the matrix shown below but if not just drop us an e-mail bill@bamcc.co.uk and I'll do my best to sort out your confusion. We don't expect the section marking to be perfect from day one so please bear with us as the new systems bed in and I'm sure we soon all get the hang of it. Please remember that the class you enter the first trial of the year in determines which class you score championship points in for the rest of the year.


Club Trials Championship Table 2021

Date: 23-Dec-2021
The final positions in the club trials championship for 2021 have just been published on our website at https://www.bamcc.co.uk/events/2021.html  Big congratulations to all our winners and we hope you have enjoyed a good season of competition. We are aiming to have a prize giving next year and this has been provisionally set for Saturday 19th February always assuming that Covid restrictions will allow it. Not long to wait for the 2022 season which begins at Bellwanders on the 9th of January. We will be making some changes to the route marking next year so keep your eye on the website and our social media channels for full details.

Craiglash Quarry

Date: 09-Nov-2021
After a great trial on Sunday it was somewhat disappointing to have an irate quarry manager on the phone this morning. The photos that he sent show that someone had been riding on the berms at the side of the quarry road and on the stones one level up from the quarry floor. This is a working quarry and this type of behaviour does cause them real problems. Maybe it's my fault for not re-enforcing these points at the brief but we have been there often enough for folks to know that riding anywhere in the quarry is a complete no -no. If we can't have your co-operation with these instructions then there is a very real chance that we could lose this venue which would in our eyes be nothing short of disastrous. Please remember that when we park on the quarry floor the only riding you can do is on the road into the forest at a sensible speed and nowhere else. Please respect the wishes of our land owners and help ensure that we can keep using this great venue.

   


Annual General Meeting 2021

Date: 26-Oct-2021
The Annual General Meeting of the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club will be held on Wednesday 8th December starting at 7:30pm. With Covid restrictions suitably relaxed we can finally meet up in person again and so the chosen venue for this meeting will be the seminar room of Curl Aberdeen which is situated just off the Lang Stracht in Aberdeen at Eday Walk lose to Woodend Hospital. Postcode for Sat Navs is AB15 6LN. At this moment in time the club has just under 200 members and we need you to participate, to get your ideas of where the club should be headed, what we do well, what we do badly and how we have come through the pandemic. If you want the club to do more then you have to tell us, as we say every year it's not our club, it's yours. Come along and have your say, we all benefit in the long run. Did we mention the free tea and biscuits?

Team Trial 2021

Date: 18-Sep-2021
Entries are now open for the SACU team trial which will be run at Craiglash on Sunday 10th October 2021 with a 10:30am start time. This year we have two routes again A and B, A is the harder route and consists mainly of green standard championship sections with a few blue standard sections thrown in. The B route consists of yellow standard sections with a few green standard sections. Club teams consisting of four riders from the same club will be eligible to win the SACU Awards but we will accept entries from teams of four with no particular club affiliation howver these teams will not be eligible to win awards. Entry fees include a free burger and drink from What the Fork catering. The online entry form can be found at https://form.jotform.com/202371652513044


Enduro Results available now

Date: 13-Sep-2021
The results from the Enduro on the 12th of September at Craiglash are available now on the events page https://www.bamcc.co.uk/events/2021.html If you any queries please direct them to bill@bamcc.co.uk in the first instance. Big thanks to the team who put in sheds load of effort to make it happen.


Changes of dates and Locations

Date: 21-Aug-2021
Busy period coming up for the club. First up is the last round of the 2021 Scottish Enduro Championship which will be held at Craiglash on the 12th of Seotember and not Drumtochty as previously advertised. This is due to ongoing forestry works in Drumtochty. Still looking for helpers to set out this event ???? give us a shout if you can spare some time.
 
Next up is a club trial which has had a date and location change. The next club trial will be at Daviot near Inverurie on Sunday 26th September. Tillymorgan is not available this year, again due to extensive forestry works. The original date for the Daviot trial will still be in the rotation (24th October) but will now be held at Bellwanders, Stonehaven.
 
We will also be holding the SACU Scottish Team Trial at Craiglash on Sunday 10th October. You might want to start think about organising teams of four or volunteer to help by observing.


 

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.