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Club Update – August 2020

As of 1st August 2020, following a concentrated approach, we have been unable to secure permission from Police Scotland, the Highland Council and NHS Highland to satisfy the requirements of the Scottish ACU, to allow the club to apply for permits to allow recommencement of promoting trials events, albeit on a small, restricted scale.

The committee, like our members, feel a sense of frustration at this time, as we have already secured the express permission of our landowners to safely recommence trials with the necessary social distancing and precautions to twart the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) by introducing spaced parking, staggered starts and the usual PPE and hand sanitising methods etc.

In light of the hurdles the committee are facing currently, we are now actively discussing alternatives that are open to the club committee and we will be informing members of our decision, backed by the directors of the company that operates the club, in due course.

Rest assured, the club committee are committed to recommence our sport, sooner rather than later.

Our decisions will be based on giving our members what they want, to ride their bikes in our events, fully insured, to protect our very supportive landowners and keep them suitably indemnified so that we may continue to promote events, in a safe manner, as we have done for over 35 years.

The club committee will be meeting virtually on Monday, 3rd August 2020 at 8pm to discuss these alternatives, and will be reporting to every member whom we hold e-mail addresses for during the week commencing 3rd August.

Statement issued on behalf of Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd directors on Saturday 1st August, 2020.

The Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club is a trading style of Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland – SC294182.

2020 Memberships now closed

NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF IDMCC:

At the committee meeting held this evening 13th July, 2020, it was decided to close the club membership register for 2020. No new members will be accepted from 13/07/2020 until 01/12/2020.

This has been done to allow management of the return to events for the remainder of the year which will be limited in number and will require pre-entry.

Details will be intimated to paid up members by e-mail shortly.

It was felt that we should cater for members who have supported our club pre-Covid19.

The committee hope that prospective members can appreciate our decision and hope that you will support the club in 2021.

Closed to Club trials and official Practice days will be resuming shortly, but not Open To Scotland or any National trials will be held in 2020.

John Moffat, Club & Company Secretary

Return to Club Events

The Scottish ACU, which is our sport’s governing body has been working with Scottish Government to arrange a return to sporting events and practice for trials.

In 10th July 2020 the SACU issued a statement detailing a return to motorcycle organised and insured events durinbg the second half of 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic.

A copy of the statement has been sent by e-mail to all paid up 2020 club members.

Please note that the trials we will be organising for the forseeable future will be Closed To Club members only, not national or restricted type events and not Open To Scotland.

The numbers allowed at events will be restricted by location and facilities and payment for entry fees will be taken in a contactless debit or credit card payment when arriving at the venue.

Covid-19

May 2020:

Due to the worldwide pandemic caused by Covid-19, the Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd has suspended all events, activities and meetings until further notice.

Please also note that the SACU offices are also closed at this time. All motorcycle events are suspended until at least 31st May 2020 or further notice.

Notification of start-up will be given on this website, the club official facebook page and e-mails to current club members for the 2020 season.

Coronavirus (covid-19)

Due to the current state of affairs in the UK and Scotland, the Scottish ACU, our governing body, has taken the very difficult decision this morning, 16th March 2020, to cancel all motorcycle events until at least the 31st May 2020.
This means that no events promoted by the Inverness & Dusrtrict MCC Ltd will take place during that period, this includes: Open To Scotland, National, Club Trials, Practice or Training Days, as we do not have valid insurance permits during this period.
Please note:
We would strongly advise that during this period that you DO NOT private practice on any land that the IDMCC normally use for events, as you do not have any liability insurance cover through the Inverness & District MCC or Scottish ACU.By doing so, you may be putting the landowner at risk if you were to have, or to cause, an accident with a motorcycle on their property.The Directors and Committee of the Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd will not be held responsible or liable under any circumstances if a member is injured or causes injury to third parties during private practice sessions.

The full statement by the SACU is detailed below:
“SACU Statement to Members – Coronavirus-19The 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. – Sandy Mack MBE., Chairman-SACU”

John Moffat Company Secretary – Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd

Highland Classic Entries

The entry facility for this years’ Highland Classic Two Day Trial – The FANTIC MOTOR Edition, opens on Saturday 1st February at 00:01.

The event has become very popular in the last seven years with over-subscription being a ‘byproduct’ of the event’s success. Entries are taken on a ‘first come, first entered’ basis. Only the Regulations and Entry Form are available as a PDF download from this website and the club’s facebook page. There is no online entry facility and no ballot of riders.

This year is expected to be no exception and the entry opening day is a Saturday sees many entrants choosing to either hand deliver or courier their entry form to the Entries Secretary, John Moffat.

Those who are intending entering should be prepared to ensure:

Complete the entry form fully and clearly, especially the e-mail address as the confirmation of entry will be sent to entrants by e-mail.

All mandatory fields in the entry form should be completed including the tee-shirt size.

Riders who are under 35 years of age as at 13th June 2020 must ensure they tick the appropriate route in the left hand side. Under 35 riders are restricted to A or B Route, Pre’65 or Twinshock only.

Remember to enclose the correct entry fee of £60 per rider. No internet banking payment facility is available. Only Cheques or Postal Orders are acceptable, do not pay by cash, even if the entry is hand delivered.

Entries are receipted in order of delivery which includes multiple entries in one envelope, the topmost form is first and so on.

Retain pages 1 & 2 of the regulations for information, Do not send pages 1 & 2 back with your official entry form!

If hand delivering your entry please be aware that this is to a private dwelling house, so be courteous to the neighbours if doing so in the early hours of the morning or late at night. Simply post the entry through the letterbox please.

No confirmation of entries will be made available at the delivery address.

Regulations and the Official Entry Form will be available:

HERE

Good Luck!

Highland Classic Entries 2020

The Regulations and Entry Form for the 2020 Highland Classic Two Day Trial – FANTIC MOTOR Edition will be available from midnight on 31st January on the Highland Classic page and on the IDMCC facebook page.

Entries will be limited to 160 Adult solo riders plus a finite number of Signature Riders, plus our Guest of Honour and any Special Guest riders. No mono-shock machines will be eligible to compete.

  1. Entries will open at Midnight on 31st January, so available from 00.01 on Saturday 1st February 2020.
  2. The Forms will be available as a download ‘pdf’ file on facebook and on the IDMCC website. Appropriate links will be posted on facebook.
  3. Entries are open to SACU, ACU & MCUI registration card and licence holders.
  4. Entries can be sent by Royal Mail, Commercial Courier and hand delivery only to the ‘Entry Secretary’ named on the Regulations.
  5. E-mail or electronic entries will not be accepted and are automatically voided and rejected.
  6. Please read the Regulations carefully and complete the entry form fully.
  7. Remember to enclose the entry fee of £60, payable to ‘Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club’ and remember to complete your tee-shirt size and e-mail address.
  8. ‘Signature Riders’ will complete the same form and will be selected shortly after the entries close, either when full or after Saturday 11th April. They will be advised of their status upgrade by e-mail.
  9. Entries will be confirmed by e-mail only.
  10. Cheques and Postal Orders will be banked within 3 days of the entries closing.

SportsInsure launch insurance portal

The Scottish ACU arranges event insurance through SportsInsure, an Aon company who specialise in motorsport insurance cover.

Inverness & District are a responsible club who promote motorcycle trials events in as safe a manner as is possible. However we cannot do this without the backing of insurance cover.

SportsInsure have just launched an online portal where you can gain important information about the cover that is afforded at any trials event that IDMCC organise and promote.

Have a look at the new portal, it has your interest at heart as well as our landowners, committee and directors.