AIRFIELD RIDING DAYS - FAQ
The format for the day follows along the lines of a regular commercial track day.
 
Arrive at RAF Odiham for 07:00hrs at the main gate. PLEASE do not arrive any earlier!
 
Signing on: Bring your driver’s licence showing a valid, full Category A motorcycle entitlement:- an
ACU license does not count!
 
Scrutineering: Your bike must be noise tested and checked. You will not be allowed on track without
a scrutineering sticker.
 
Mandatory riders’ safety briefing: - 08:00hr Fast & Inters,
 
08:20hrs Novice group.
 
Parc Ferme at 08:55hrs.
 
First group on circuit: 09:00hrs
 
Lunch: 1 hour, timing dependant on factors on the day
 
Close: 17:00hrs

What NOT to bring:

  • Sparky knee sliders ect.
  • A loud exhaust
  • A "Race Face"
  • Gore-tex or similar riding gear
  • Lap-timing equipment!
  • Any bike or rider mounted video camera

...Instead please bring:

  • A friendly attitude to fellow riders
  • Water, bananas, healthy food that will keep you going all day
  • A bike in good condition
  • Zip-together bike leathers, textiles or a one-piece suit
  • Plenty of fuel
  • Your drivers license

Getting Here

Directions to RAF Odiham can be found here.
Once you turn into the station please head straight down to the main gate. Entry is between
07:00 -
07:45hrs. Please do not arrive any earlier as it will impede military personnel access to the base.
Leave enough time for signing on, having your bike checked and making it ready to make your
briefing time.
If you arrive outside of these times you will have to wait for a member of the committee to be free to
collect you from the main gate, which may be some time as you will not be a priority.
We will collect people from the main gate at 09:00hrs and 10:00hrs only.
Please ride carefully and considerately through the surrounding villages when arriving and departing
from RAF Odiham, or when getting fuel. The event is publicised locally and expect the police to be in
attendance close by.

Spectators

You may request when booking your ticket for friends and family to attend by using this link. Last
minute requests will not be accepted, and entry refused. Requests must be made at least 5 working
days BEFORE the ARD due to security clearances.

Access to the Station

RAF Odiham is an active RAF Station. You MUST present some form of photo ID as you enter through the Main Gate. You and any passengers will be checked against the OMCC list. If you or your guest(s) do not have photo ID you will be refused access. No refund will be given if you are unable to attend due to this.

Do not bring along last-minute guests. You and/or your guest will be refused entry.

Also be aware that the armed guards at the gate may search your vehicle.

Although rare, OMCC cannot control any aircraft movements on the day and these will have an impact on the sessions. We will endeavour to make the day run as smoothly as possible but OMCC cannot be held responsible for the loss of track time.

Mandatory Riders Briefing

The mandatory riders briefing will commence promptly at 08:00hrs for the Fast and Inters group and at 08:20hrs for the Novices. Please ensure that you are on-time. It is preferable to leave your wheel change, nervous wee or cup of tea until after the briefing. If you are late, you will miss your first session and will not be able to ride until you have been briefed.
 
Once the brief is complete you will be given a briefing attendance wristband to confirm you have attended. This wristband will be checked before every session.
 
If you are late to the briefing, do NOT complain. It is your own fault. It will only delay your personal briefing even further.

Signing On - Do this FIRST on arrival!!

You will need to complete an Indemnity Form on the day which can be found at the right hand side OMCC tent. Fill it out and present it at the relevant desk for your group placing.
 
Remember that you will need to legally prove you have a motorcycle licence, so please bring your valid documentation.

An ACU license will not be accepted.

If you cannot produce your driving licence on the day you will be removed from the event and no refund will be issued. We have no method of contacting the DVLA to check.

Noise testing

You will need to have your bike noise tested. We use the same limits as the ACU, specifically 105dB static.
 
If your bike is tested with a baffle fitted, do not attempt to remove it later. We will know, and you will be removed from the event and banned from further ARDs.
 
Your bike will receive a sticker to confirm it has passed noise testing. These stickers are checked in Parc Ferme and you will not be allowed out on the circuit if you do not have one of these stickers along with your group and briefing wristbands
 
If you bring more than one bike to ride at the ARD, each bike will require noise testing and a sticker.
If you are found to have swapped stickers between bikes you will be removed from the event, banned and no refund will be given.

Rider Groups

We divide the riders into 3 groups - Novice, Intermediate, Experienced with each session being 20 minutes long per group.
  • NOVICE: - For those who have only done a couple, or never done, a track day before.
  • INTERMEDIATE: - For those who have done a number of track days but do not feel confident enough for the experienced group.
  • EXPERIENCED: - For those who have done a number of track days before and feel confident in their riding abilities.
You will have the opportunity to state your group preference at the time you purchase your place at the ARD. Final decision regarding group allocation will be decided by the OMCC. Any discrepancies
will be adjudicated by the OMCC's Chief Instructor.
 
We may suggest that you change groups based on your abilities on circuit during the event as judged by our team of instructors. You may also request a change of group during the day though not every request may be able to be accommodated as we have strict group numbers. We will always do our best to ensure similar ability riders are in the same group.

Facilities

There is usually a food van serving tea & coffee, burgers, hotdogs etc. throughout the day. Please be aware that Event Staff (committee, paramedics, marshals, instructors, etc) will have priority during
lunch as are required to run the event, so please, give up your spot in the queue when they come for lunch. If you delay them, you are only delaying yourself and everyone else.

Tyres4Bikes are also usually present with tyre changing facilities, tyre stock and general have spares for repairs should you need them during the day. If you need a change of tyres or think that you may need them, please don't spring it on them on the day, try and let them know prior to the event so that they can ensure that they will have something that will fit your bike.

There are also portaloos on-site for both men and ladies.

Video cameras

Due to the number of cameras that have detached themselves from bikes over the years resulting in lots of bits on the track that could be sucked up into aircraft engines, NO cameras are permitted on ARDs.

Fuel

There are no refuel facilities at the circuit.

There are two petrol stations within 1.5 miles of RAF Odiham. The entry/exit gate will only be open until 07:45hrs and will reopen at the lunch break for 30 min between 12:15 and 12:45hrs, please remember to remove tape covering lights, indicators, mirrors etc. before you ride on the road. In addition, any fuel or oil spills on site, please report this to the control tent.
 
We do not have the manpower to be opening and closing the gate during the day, so lunch time will be your only opportunity to refuel.

Track Discipline

A full briefing will be given to you and the circuit is fully marshalled.

This is an ARD not a race meeting.

We have a zero-tolerance factor for people who mess about and put others at risk. If you want to practice your racing overtakes please go elsewhere.
 
Lastly, there will also be two ambulances on site should any incidents occur.

Have FUN!!

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience to be found around the paddock area so please reach out to fellow riders if you need help with anything from spannering to coffee.

Please use the Instructors if you want help with finding your way around the circuit or simply want advice on your riding. They are a friendly bunch and very experienced [is that another way of saying 'old'? Haha]