The OMCC Junior Enthusiasts Trials Squad met on Saturday for some more training and Fun activities. Weather the previous day flooded one of the sections so Rocky kindly set another on higher ground. We still had some nice water practice in the sections
Practice included tight turns for the sub juniors and some more serious stuff for the juniors who even got an intro to hopping techniques. Time was spent on how to ride the best line through the section with plenty of practice runs, then in reverse. The format this time was a 4 round mini trials where the parents took on the scoring. Improvements were very noticeable from the beginning of the year
Junior Winners 8-10-22 Harry Moore, Second Mason Brady, Third Kato Di Natale
Sub Junior Winners 8-10-22 First Darcy Mitchener , Mimi Brady, Third Janet Harris
Thanks to the helpers Janina for lunch, Rocky the Cook, Les Patterson, Justin Stone , Mike Brady the trainers
Kids and parents had a great time as shown by the appreciation given to the trainer. Well done kids and parents for contributing to a great day!
Darcy Mitchiner showing his skills through the water
We’ve had confirmation from the AMA that their insurance has been extended a further day and so the club will be open as normal this Sunday. We remain uncertain on opening for the next 6-8 weeks so suggest you get down and enjoy it.
The committee has met this evening and are pursuing a couple of alternative options to keep the club functioning while the AMA are unavailable.
We will keep you updated as soon as we have something to share.
It’s been a while since our last update, and as a result this one is jam packed.
Thursday Twilights are back
Now that the clocks have changed, OMCC will resume with Thursday Twilights opening from Oct 6th (this Thursday).
Please note that Thursdays are a more casual arrangement, and there are no formally assigned ground supervisors to open. 4PM is a loose guide and there are often people down earlier if you want to chance it.
We also do not do bike hire however guests are welcome if coming with other members.
Please join us for self-funded pizza after the ride ($10-15 cash contribution)…just make sure you tell John & Craig you are staying so they order for you.
Winter Series Updates
Our ambitions to host a 5 round winter series have been undone by weather (Rd 2 Scarsdale) and land-holder availability as well as calendar conflicts (Rd 5 Bonnie Doon). As a result, Argyle was our last event under the banner of the winter series. With the launch of the Summer Series we aim to replace some of the lost events.
Argyle, for those who made it, will go down in memory. Read the report here.
We’ve also been informed that the STR event scheduled for Mardan on 6th November has been canceled so we have taken that weekend for the Summer Series. STR will still be going ahead with the Xmas breakup in Woodleigh on 11th Dec.
The Club calendar has been updated with all these changes here.
Summer Series returns for 22-23
…and is bigger and better than last year! There are now two options of Thursday nights (4 rounds) and the traditional Saturday Afternoon (3 rounds).
Looking to start in early November, there will be more communication about this and the dates to members very soon.
AMA Sport Licenses
The AMA communicated to all its members in Early September in an email titled “IMPORTANT – Information About A Sports Licence”.
OMCC and other affiliated clubs were not aware that this was planned nor were we consulted about this. We have since confirmed with the AMA that the Trials discipline is not required to have this.
We were promised that a revised communication from the AMA was going to be sent to all its members but until then please be assured the club has written communication from the AMA that trials riders do not need to have a Sports License on top of their AMA membership to ride trials. Other trials clubs have also had to communicate this to its members on behalf of the AMA.
If you ride other disciplines (e.g. Enduro), please check your obligations with the other clubs & organisaitons.
JETS Youth Training Rd 4
The OMCC JETS are back at it again on Saturday 8th Oct. Details and registration link below. No charge, but registration is essential. Link: https://bit.ly/3wKm6gb
Parents support and help on the day is appreciated.
JETS is our Junior Enthusiast Trials Squad and is OMCCs youth focused training program. There are training days for adult members, but the JETS is just for kids.
New and Day members are welcome by appointment (conditions apply).
Club Meetings including AGM
The next club meeting is Thursday 13th Oct @ 7:30pm at the Club Grounds.
The goal of the October meeting will be to start shaping up the Winter series for 2023, as well as take our lessons and learnings from the 2022 series…plus the usual club business to attend to.
The AGM is scheduled for Thursday 10th Nov @ 7:30pm at the Club Grounds.
The AGM is an important event for OMCC. It gives its members a broad overview of the club’s current directions, financial health and confirms its purpose. It is also the time to revitalise the organisation through the official engagement of members into key elected positions.
We encourage as many members as possible to get down, and if you are able, get involved in the running of the club.
Big things are happening at OMCC, and this can’t be done without passionate and enthusiastic volunteers.
The 2nd and last working bee of the year is scheduled for 30th Oct.
The place is looking great but we want to keep it that way.
To Do list is:
Pick up glass
Clean/sort/organise section setting gear
Trim grass (I expect it will be long a month from now)
Apply more weed killer around rock/log edges & fenceline
Please come equipped with your own weed killer sprayers, whipper snippers, gardening gloves & hat, and chisel to help get the silicon off the section arrows.
OMCC is proud that we have such active members with a robust turn out at these working bee days. Sausage sizzle BBQ will be provided.
If you are unable to make it and would like to make a donation to the club instead, you can do so here.
There is likely to be a day of retro trials at OMCC with a show & shine, along with some other festivities and possibly some special guests. More detail to follow on this but keep Nov 27th free.
OMCC Xmas Breakup BBQ
Please join us for an end of year celebration, ride and BBQ on December 4th.
Awards and presentations will be handed out and it is a great social day for our club.
Call for Grounds Supervisors
As you know we are a volunteer run club, and it’s helpful to share the load. On Sunday’s our club has a rotating roster of grounds supervisors who open and close the club grounds. It works out about once every 2-3 months and you are paired up with another person so it’s not all on you.
As a thanks, OMCC reduces your membership fees as a small contribution and recognition for your efforts.
As we start to work on the 2023 calendar it would be good to know if we have any new people who can help out. If you can help, please let Simon know: [email protected]
In a few years from now, some of us will be saying…” Remember that trial at Argyle when it poured down!!!”
Well done to all involved in the first AMA Vic Championships held at Argyle this weekend. It’s fair to say the weather was as much of a trial as the sections were. Well done to those who finished no matter what your score.
As heroic as the riding was, so was the commitment from our hardy observers. OMCC is truly grateful for your efforts in some ‘sub-optimal’ conditions.
Thanks to our Interstate riders and TCV members who combined with the OMCC and Southern Trials riders faithful to make this a well-attended event. Also thanks to Ron the Land owner. We appreciate your commitment to run the event given the conditions.
A massive thank you to the team at OMCC and STR who helped set sections, run the event, and packed up in swift order. I think you are the real heroes in this story after giving up two weekends in a row to make this happen.
The Trophy presentation was abandoned due to the looming weather and the drive home made me glad we did, however trophies will be given out in the near future.
We already have people asking about next years event!
Scores and links to a YouTube video of the event are below.
Our OMCC section setting fairies have been very busy getting the Argyle property ready for our Victorian Championships. A massive thank you goes out to the team who have got 15 sections ready for you over the weekend: Reece, Greg, Matt, Geoff, Noah, David, Les & John.
A few event updates for you:
Entries close Thursday 15th @ 9pm. Late entries will not be accepted. Entry Link: https://entryplace.com.au/22VicAMAChampionships
Reminder for entrants to bring an observer. We still need more observers to make this event fully observed.
Day memberships are available if you don’t have an AMA membership. They are $15. Matt is making changes to the website to accommodate this today or tomorrow.
Caravan parking on the high side. The property has had a bit of water and the land owner had requested this.
The online self scrutineering forms will start going out shortly – keep an eye on your emails.
The VIC AMA Winter Series is now well underway with the completion of Round 3 at the fantastic property in Winchelsea.
It was a great turnout with 49 enthusiastic riders who experienced a variety of challenging sections. The conditions were perfect, it was a bit chilly early on but the rain held off all day allowing us to make the most of the well set sections.
A special mention goes out to the land owner for making this property available to us again, and thanks to all those that put in a solid weekend of work to get this event off the ground, your efforts are greatly appreciated.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next event.
OMCC will be hosting Round 3 of the joint STR & OMCC Vic AMA winter series at one of our favourite properties: Winchelsea on Sunday 31st July.
Camping will be available Saturday night. If you are able to help set sections, we will be out there on the Saturday prior and there will be a $25 meal contribution to your evening meal on the Saturday night.
We hope to see all you wonderful trialista’s there!
The series dates are:
Round 1: Sunday 3rd April 2022, Mardan [STR]
Round 2: Sunday 5th June 2022, Scarsdale [STR/OMCC]
Round 3: Sunday 31st July 2022, Winchelsea [OMCC]
Round 4: Sunday 14th August 2022, Bonnie Doon [STR/OMCC]
Round 5: Saturday & Sunday 17-18th September 2022, Argyle [OMCC]
Awards & Presentation: Sunday 4th December 2022, OMCC Club Grounds [OMCC]