Club News



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.

Club Merchandise

Date: 22-Aug-2020
If you are coming along to the trial tomorrow you will have the first chance to see some of our new club merchandise in the flesh. We have in stock lovely new bandandas or snoods at £6 ea, beannie hats at £12 ea, adult bobble hats at £12 each, adult caps at £12 each, and kids bobble hats at £10 each. Also available to order are softshell jackets in a variety of sizes and colours these cost £45. If you want to buy anything we have setup a paypal link https://paypal.me/BonAccordMCC Don't forget to tell us what you want to purchase including the colour and please add £2.50 to the total if you want us to post your items to you.

 

 

 


Lumsden Trial Update

Date: 19-Aug-2020
An additional 7 entries for the Lumsden trial this Sunday have become free today after the announcement that Aberdeen will remain locked down for another week. Quick reminder that you must enter online and that entries close at 23:59 on Friday evening. The club have made a considerable effort to get this event going so it would be nice if you could show your support. A massive sorry to the 7 guys whose entries we had to withdraw today but don't worry your time will come

Lumsden Trial Entries 23rd August

Date: 12-Aug-2020

To enter the Lumsden trial on the 23rd of August

 

1.         You must be a Bon Accord club member

2.         You must have an SACU trials registration card

3.         No day licences can be issued or on the day entries accepted

4.         All riders must enter online

5.         Entries close at 23:59 on the 21st of August

6.         Rider numbers are limited to just 40

7.         If we go over this number a reserve list will be created

8.         First on the reserve list gets first chance to enter if a space opens up

9.         Entries from people in Aberdeen city lockdown area will be accepted

10.      If the lockdown restrictions are not lifted next week you will not be allowed to ride

11.     Your entry money will be refunded in full if you can’t ride

12.      Entries will open around about 8am on the 13th of August

  Any other questions please ask below or e-mail bill@bamcc.co.uk Covid rules will be enforced so read them and be prepared to abide by them.


Scorecard Punches now required to ride

Date: 10-Aug-2020

If you have been keeping up to date with the information we have sent you via e-mail then you'll know that one measure we have taken to prevent cross infection is to insist that everyone has their own scorecard punch. Now most of you will already have at least one lying about somewhere so please go and dig it out but if you don't here are a couple of links where they can be bought and they aren't going to break the bank at £3. Just remember, no punch, no ride, no exceptions!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rapesco-PF25A001-Sin…/…/ref=sr_1_6…

https://www.ebay.co.uk/…/Rapesco-PF25A001-Sin…/202867583806…


Restarting Motorcycle Sport and new Covid19 Rules

Date: 07-Aug-2020

The committee of the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club hope that this e-mail finds you all safe and well. It seems like an awful long time ago now since we managed to run round 3 of the club trials championship at Craibstone Woods with the promise of a busy year ahead. Little did any of us know that fine March day that it would be nearly six months before we would even stand a chance of all meeting again to take part in the sport that we all hold so dear. I think everyone would recognise that health concerns always come before sport and maybe it takes something like a pandemic to put life into some sort of perspective.

 The good news is that we have finally had the go ahead from the SACU to restart the sport, albeit in a slow methodical fashion with many Covid restrictions in place. This week’s lockdown in Aberdeen is a timely reminder to all of us that coronavirus hasn’t gone away and doesn’t need much of an opportunity to rear its ugly head again. As we look to restart I must emphasise that all of us need to take responsibility for our own actions and to be mindful of the harm that we can do to so many others. We have had no option but to set out a series of new rules to allow us to run events and I’ll say this now for the benefit of all members, if you can’t be bothered to read the new rules or you think they’re stupid or you just can’t be bothered to abide with them then please do not enter our events.  We have put an awful lot of effort into getting our paperwork sorted and purchasing all the necessary signage and PPE but it’s all for your benefit, not ours. We as a club have a duty of care to our members and you the members in turn have a duty of care to your fellow members and the wider population. We have absolutely no desire to be the source of another outbreak complete with all the negative publicity that goes along with it. A virus outbreak caused by our activities would almost certainly mean no more events this year.

Covid Rules for all Events

The new rules which run in parallel with the existing discipline rules have been designed to protect the riders, the officials, the landowners and the wider public. If you want an idea of how seriously we take these rules look no further than the current furore surrounding the Aberdeen football players who chose to break their rules. In a similar fashion we cannot tolerate anyone breaking these rules, no hard and fast punishments have been set down and we certainly hope that we won’t have to meet to discuss this.

Enduro rules can be found here 

H&H rules can be found here

Practice Day rules can be found here

Trials rules can be found here

Any questions regarding these new rules should be addressed to bill@bamcc.co.uk


Latest SACU update on restarting Motorcycle Sport

Date: 10-Jul-2020
10th July 2020
SACU COVID-19 UPDATE
The Directors of the SACU hope that you and your families are well.
The First Minister issued more direction to Scotland by announcing Phase 3 and the easing of restrictions in Scotland. We may travel more than 5 miles for leisure activities. However we must try to stay within our local area and the 2 meter social distance rule will remain in place.
The Board of Directors held a virtual meeting on Friday 3rd July to plan what is safe and within the Government guidelines for our members whilst taking part in motorcycle activities. The SACU office opened on Monday the 6th July and will only be open for the following hours:
 Monday 0900- 1630
 Wednesday 0900 - 1630
 Friday 0900 – 1330
The office will remain closed to the public for the safety of the staff and this must be adhered to.
SACU licenses will now be issued to those who require them.
Permits for events will be issued under Government Guidelines as below.
The discipline Chairman’s and the Board have been working hard to put the necessary procedures in place with Risk Assessments and Operating Procedures to allow us to return to our sport in a safe and controlled manner. These will be issued to clubs to aid them to return under the SACU and Government Guidelines.
From the 13th July ALL disciplines will be able to conduct practice in limited numbers (This will be dictated by the size of the venue)
 Trials - Will be able to conduct Practice and Closed to Club events.
 MX – Practice only.
 Enduro – Practice Only.
 H&H – Practice Only.
 Road Race – Practice Only.
The SACU will issue a set of Operating Procedures and a Risk Assessment for each discipline and the type of event they will run. These must be followed and in place before a permit will be issued. Clubs must ensure that they gain permission from the Land owners, Local Police and Local Authority to meet with the guidelines issued by the SACU Insurance Company.
Scottish Auto-Cycle Union Limited is a company limited by guarantee with registered number SC121963
Not all disciplines will be able to return to competition straight away due to the numbers involved in their events, however, as we move forward and restriction are eased, we will assess the Government Guidelines and issue more guidance to those disciplines for the return to competition..
The Board has made the decision that SACU licenses will be extended and more details will follow shortly.
For 2020 the following SACU Championships have been cancelled, Trials, Road Racing and Enduro. We hope that we may still be able to hold a Motocross, Quad and Hare & Hound Championships later in the year government guidelines allowing.
From the Board of Directors please stay safe and act responsibly .
Yours in Sport
Aye
Sandy
Major Sandy Mack MBE
SACU Chairman
Scottish Government website: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/pages/exercise/

Covid 19 Update

Date: 30-May-2020
To All Members; below is the latest update from the SACU with regards to Covid 19 and restarting motorcycle events. Your patience at this time is greatly appreciated, however we must respect the advice we are given and wait until the time and conditions are right before we get going again. It would be wise to prepare yourself for that the fact that events will look a bit different going forward with the dreaded phrase Social Distancing playing a big part.

Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU)

29th May 2020

SACU COVID-19 UPDATE

The Directors of the SACU hope that you and your families are well.

The First Minister issued direction to Scotland on the 28th May announcing Scotland should still “Stay at Home” and continue to socially distance until the R rate drops to a safe level.

The First Minister also advised that we are now in a position where phase 1 of the recovery plan can begin.
This means a relaxation of the rules around outdoor exercise in that we may exercise outside as much as we want, but we must stay within our local area (5 mile radius is recommended). It also means a return to some outdoor non-contact sports as part of that phased return. Full details of what that means is available on the Scottish Government website:
https://www.gov.scot/…/coronavirus-covid-1…/pages/exercise/…

We understand that SACU members are also keen to return to participation and we are currently working with sportscotland and Scottish Government in this difficult time to develop the pathway to us re-starting our sports disciplines in a safe manner to not burden the NHS and other emergency services. We fully understand the frustrations of our members and we will do everything we can to ensure a quick but safe return to motorcycling.

We have been made aware of proposed events this weekend. A return to motorcycle sport is not yet permitted under the Scottish Government guidelines and SACU has not issued any event permits. We would like to remind members that SACU is the sole permit issuing authority for Scotland so events currently being promoted are unlawful and we would strongly advise our members not to participate.

The situation is very fluid, and we continue to monitor the daily changes with our partners. Event permits will be issued at the earliest opportunity, when it is safe to do so.

The SACU Board of Directors will hold virtual meetings post Scottish Government announcements when we will review the situation and deliver clear direction to our clubs and members on how we will move forward.

Our Principles
These are the principles by which we will make our decisions:

Safe: We will ensure that transmission of the virus remains suppressed and that our NHS and care services are not overwhelmed.

Lawful: We will respect the rule of law which will include ensuring that any restrictions are justified, necessary and proportionate.

Evidence-based: We will use the best available evidence and analysis.

Fair & Ethical: We will uphold the principles of human dignity, autonomy, respect and equality.

Clear: We will provide clarity to the public to enable compliance, engagement and accountability.

Realistic: We will consider the viability and effectiveness of options.

Collective: We will work with our partners and stakeholders, including the UK Government and other Devolved Nations, ensuring that we meet the specific needs of Scotland.

From the Board of Directors please stay safe and stay at home.

Yours in Sport

Aye

Sandy

Major Sandy Mack MBE
SACU Chairman


Practice Areas are no go!

Date: 02-Apr-2020
Can all members please note that the practice areas at Colpy and Bellwanders are out of use until further notice. We would ask that all club members think twice before using your bike for any practice. #StayHomeSaveLives



Coronavirus Threat Update

Date: 16-Mar-2020
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that SACU controlled motorcycle sport has been suspended until the 31st May due to the threat of Coronavirus infection. THE SACU statement is shown below for clarification. This will impact us for our four events scheduled in April and May. These are the championship trial on the 5th of April, the club trial on the 19th of April and the championship enduro / club trial which were both due to run on the 17th of May. At this time we can't say if these events can be run later in the year although it would be our intention. My next job is start arranging refunds for the people who had already entered the Craiglash trial. All entry monies will be refunded in full. In the meantime please follow advice, keep up the hand washing routine, look after those less able than yourselves and stop panic buying bog rolls (panic buying an extra a motorbike is recommended however). We look forward to the warmer days when we can go back to riding our bikes in groups.

Bill McGregor
Club President

SACU Statement to Members - Coronavirus-19
 
The Board of Directors have made the very hard decision to cancel all SACU permitted events till 31 May 2020. We will assess the situation after this date.
 
This has not been an easy decision for the board, but considering the situation with the spread of the virus we believe this is the best way to proceed in the interest of our members and their families to ensure their wellbeing.
 
We will make every effort to ensure scope for any Scottish Championship events to find other dates in the calendar.
 
I hope you all can understand this decision, and that it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of all involved in Motorcycle Sport.
 
Yours in sport.
 
Aye
 
Sandy Mack MBE
Chairman 
SACU

Coronavirus Threat

Date: 11-Mar-2020
Some information below from the SACU regarding the current coronavirus outbreak. As a club we follow the advice we are given by our governing body and at this time we have no plans to cancel any of our upcoming events, however we will keep abreast of the rapidly changing situation and will take all necessary steps.
 
The SACU is closely monitoring the spread of this virus at the moment. We are acutely aware that our two largest events in the calendar are nearly upon us, The Scottish Six Day Trial (SSDT) and the Pre 65 Trial.
Although the Government has applied some measures at the moment, they will not affect any of our events until the virus escalates.
The government’s position is that there is no reason to close or cancel sporting events as things stand, but contingency plans have been put in place.
If developments mirror those in other parts of Europe, sports events that attract large crowds are likely to be either postponed or played behind closed doors.
If the situation changes and the virus escalates, we will take direction from government and implement the necessary actions required.
As the Governing Body for Motorcycle Sport in Scotland we have taken the tough decision that competitors from Category 1 countries such as Italy will not be allowed to compete in this year’s SSDT and Pre 65.
 
Please follow the link below for advice and guidance.


 

Craibstone Trial Sunday 8th March Results available

Date: 09-Mar-2020
The results from the Craibstone Wood trial are now available on the Events Page. Hope you all enjoyed your day in the woods, it was a good old fashioned trial with lots of glorious mud in a couple of places. A crackin wee venue I'm sure you will all agree, big thanks to Hamish for letting us be there. Next stop Craiglash!


Craibstone Trial Sunday 8th March

Date: 06-Mar-2020
Craibstone Woods is the venue for our March trial and despite the small size of the ground it can provide a fair test for riders of all abilities. Three laps of 15 sections have been laid out already with four routes to keep everyone happy. Parking is a bit tight so keep this in mind please. Craibstone is probably the easiest of all our venues to find as it is litterally one minute from the Aberdeen bypass at the airport junction, just follow the signs for Craibstone / craibstone golf course and you won't miss us. See you all Sunday.