Programme for the AOMCC Annual Rally 2018
(provisionally, subject to changes)
We've tried to put together an attractive Rally programme with something interesting for everyone:
Thursday September 13th:
Opening rally, arrival of participants, registration at cabin 13 with warm welcome, issue of goody bag with information and accommodation key/label + parking permit.
After settling in, get together, exchange stories, visit the city if you like, have a drink, etc. After dinner in the evening have a good time together with old Ariel movies.
Friday September 14th:
One of the best ways to see the Amsterdam city center is from the water during a Canal Cruise. The extensive canal system was built during the Dutch Golden Age to facilitate easy transport of all trade goods.
After a relaxed breakfast, at 09.45 hrs we start a very short walk (7 min.) to a nearby marina, where we will board comfortable longboats (with cover in case it rains) for transportation to the city centre (30 min.) and a 90 min. guided Cruise through the Amsterdam canals (total time approx. 2 hrs). We will disembark in the city centre near our next destination.
This cruise, including one coffee/cappucino/tea per person, and transportation back to the camping (by coach and/or taxibus, at 16.30 hrs) is now fully booked!
After the Canal Cruise everybody can have lunch individually or in groups. For those who plan to visit the Maritime Museum, we suggest the roof restaurant of the nearby Nemo Science Museum, an attractive place for this. Offering a grand view and large spaces, you can choose your favourite cold or hot dish from an extensive buffet. If the weather is good, you can sit outside. For the brewery visitors there are many places to eat nearby.
After lunch there are three options for the afternoon (you can only join one option; as they "happen" simultaneously):
The guided tour of the brewery (approx. 30 min), including tasting a half pint of blond beer in the pub,
costs € 8,50 p. person. Of course it is possible to stay a bit longer and taste some more beers....
As Amsterdam is a popular and very busy city, both cruise & visit options are by pre-booking only, based on availability.
For those who prefer to ride their Ariels, we will supply a route for a visit to the Cruquius steam pump museum near Haarlem.
After dinner we have musical entertainment with "Happy music from all over the world" with the street orchestra Toeters & Bellen. Have drinks, exchange stories and have more fun afterwards until the bar closes.
Saturday September 15th:
After breakfast, you can join in an 'individual' motorcycle ride into the countryside. Form your own little group of riders. We will offer a flexible tour, with many places of interest along the way, so you can make your own choice of what to visit and where to have lunch.
We’ve put together a very attractive saturday run along the ‘Stelling van Amsterdam’. This was a defense line, located 15 to 20 kilometers around Amsterdam. In case of hostilities large parts of the area around Amsterdam would be flooded. The defense line contains 45 forts and was constructed from 1880 to 1920. It is placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The route will be downloadable for Tomtom and Garmin. More details about that later.
After the run, at around 16.30 hrs, please join the Concours d'Elegance: place your bike around the tent field in the appropriate category. Free Bavarian beer (2 barrels) will be available to spice up the Concours.
Around 17.45 hrs we will start the Concours price giving.
And of course at some point there will be the usual club raffle.
Sunday September 16th:
After an early breakfast at around 9.30 hrs, there is a short guided bike run into the city centre, with a brief (free) visit to a unique ancient "begijnhof" (beguinage; like an oasis in the city centre) and a Gallery of the Amsterdam Museum. Around noon, the rally officially ends.
Please Note: if you're leaving on the Sunday, your accomodation must be vacated by 10.00 hrs!
Please don't forget to return your key(s) to Cabin 13.
If you participate in the morning run, we will provide for a safe place to leave your luggage until your departure later (Sunday only!). Check-out campervans & caravans 12.00 hrs,
If you stay in a tent, check-out is 14.00 hrs.
Cruise in the Amsterdam canals
Street orchestra Toeters & Bellen
Many places of interest along the way
Laundry Big Band & singer Léah Kline
The 2018 annual AOMCC rally is organised by Marco Boelis, Anke Nobel and Herman Noort, members of the Dutch Arielclub. We do our best to make this a memorable event and hope you’ll enjoy it.
Have a safe journey!