Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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As a promoter who had no budget (and still only budgets based on what we got the prior year), we've worked out a good system using a camcorder and either a TiVo or nothing.
Here's how it evolved for us:
Camcorder will get jerseys, bike colors/sizes, helmet, etc., on its own. Costs very little ($300? + a tape or two). We started out when camcorders were $800 so that's what it cost us - we were looking for one with shutter speeds 1/4000 or faster. But you need to have some knowledge of who is who, or have the riders look at the screen with you. Hand held works but it's better to have a tripod or something.
To make things easier we bought a small screen TV (at that point we had a generator). The 15" screen or so was enough to pick out things better, versus the 2" LCD or whatever.
Then we got the TiVo. This allowed us to record "full time" and review what we wanted to review. The generator obviously made it easier. We didn't buy the TiVo, one of the guys brings his to the race after reprogramming it (not sure what's involved but takes time). This way we don't forget to hit record or run out of tape (both of which have happened). TiVo also helps as it has freeze frame, slo-mo forward and backwards.
What's funny is we initially got a lot of "I think I placed 7th but you guys don't have me listed in the top 10".
"We picked out the numbers, I didn't see you there."
"I swear I was 7th, maybe 6th."
"Well, let's look at the tape."
"There's the winner... second.. third.. tenth... fifteenth (guy is fidgeting by now).... twenty first, and there you are, twenty second."
We rarely get them now.
To make things easier on your club race promoter, if everyone pitched in $5-10, you can buy a $250-300 camcorder and a tape and then hand it to the promoter. No more complaints and probably costs less than the race itself.