The OMCC can trace it’s history back to the early 90’s when a group of bikers at RAF Odiham started to organise ride-outs amongst themselves. Over a period of time, this gathered legs with more and more riders showing interest with more meetings being organised.
In 1999, a certain person called Doug (some of you may know him) took over as OIC (Officer in Command) and from there, with the birth of the internet and the capability to communicate ideas and events, the OMCC really took off.
In 2002, the idea of using the airfield for Airfield Riding Days (ARDs) was born, and with a group of enthusiastic military personnel convincing the Station Commander that the use of his airfield was a good thing, the first of many ARD’s took place, that was nearly 20 years ago! Since then, we estimate that in the region of 50 plus ARDs have been held benefiting not only you, our club members, but as you can see from the Charitable Donations page, the wider community.
Of course, the OMCC has not just been about ARD’s, the club has been holding commercial track days for a number of years basing the organisation and the running of them on the hugely successful ARDs. For more information, please see the Track Days page.
In the early 2000’s, the OMCC started to take part in the No Budget Cup to introduce newcomers to the thrill of racing. OMCC traditionally participated in a friendly yet competitive European Endurance racing championship that ventured to circuits such as Zolder, Assen, Zandvoort, Dijon and others. The club pays the race entry fees, provides the race bikes along with assorted parts and spares required to survive a few days abroad (spare wheels, spare parts etc).
Off Road Riding also became part of the club with dirt bikes and all the kit being bought for the use by club members. The bikes have long gone, but the kit is still available for club members to use. In 2021 it is hoped that Off Road Riding will be on the agenda again with trips planned to Wales and the local use of MoD land.
The Club has also successfully run tours over the years, not only around the UK, but also overseas, Battlefield tours of Northern France, tours of Austria, French MotoGP and a tour of the Spanish Pyreeness in Sep 19. Post COVID, further tours are planned to Scotland and hopefully, another Battlefield tour of northern France in 2021.
In recent years, the club has attended the UK MotoGp at Silverstone. By purchasing heavily subsidised tickets, club members have been able to attend for the week at a 1/3rd of normal ticket prices. COVID put paid to the 2020 MotoGp season, so these tickets are being held over for 2021.
As we look to the future, we hope to increase our membership numbers even further and also increase the variation in the club. In 2020, member numbers rose above 400 for the second year in a row. With the use of guest speakers at our monthly meetings (pre-COVID), the numbers there were growing steadily as well until the first lock-down back in March 2020.
We can only hope that post COVID that the club rises to the challenge of generating even better events for a members. The OMCC Committee Members are the real stars of the club, as without them, the club would not be where it is today without them.