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Old 05-07-09, 07:52 AM   #1
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Chip timing

Who out there is participating in races that use chip timing?

What region are you in?

What do you think of it?

Do you pay more for the chip timing?

Have the results been accurate?

Do you receive the results quickly (or any quicker than the traditional method)?


Here in Minnesota chip timing was implemented this season and it's under hot debate!

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not yours.

it's ok.

yes.

i guess.

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I like the idea of chip timing a lot. Enough to eat the $5 surcharge or $100/season. But WTH is happening in it's local implementation is proving to be a real pickle. I'm wondering how much is the system and how much is the operator. I think the promoter would be really smart to have a financial penalty built into the contract with the chip timing folks to provide timely, accurate results.
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I like the idea of chip timing a lot. Enough to eat the $5 surcharge or $100/season. But WTH is happening in it's local implementation is proving to be a real pickle. I'm wondering how much is the system and how much is the operator. I think the promoter would be really smart to have a financial penalty built into the contract with the chip timing folks to provide timely, accurate results.


it's a 1 surcharge over here, or 27.50 for the season.
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Sure but they do a higher volume, no?
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The Search function is your friend. This subject has been beaten to death but keeps resurrecting itself.

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Sure but they do a higher volume, no?
don't know. how many people are you talking about?
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I have done one cross race and one road race with chip timing. The cross race went off without a hitch and it appeared that all of the lap splits were correct. The road race was a disaster. Some chips didn't read. Some people ended up with impossible lap times. It wrecked the results and they were never able to get them correct, since they were counting on the chip timing and did not have a line camera. I don't know if the cost of registration would have been different without chip timing. Results were posted quickly for the cross race, slowly for the road race (possibly because of the problems).
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You know, I tried that, but I just got threads with you saying that exact same thing a year ago!

I'm looking for recent experience.
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don't know. how many people are you talking about?
~100 per race day. 2/week at best. My error: chip rental for the season is $30, purchase is $95.
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Rob, your team is pretty much the old school big dog of the tribe, are there internal rumblings?
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Rob, your team is pretty much the old school big dog of the tribe, are there internal rumblings?
From the Cat4s there are. I don't know about the other groups... might be able to get a pulse on that this weekend at Sibley RR.

I see no benefit in this system - we still have errors, the results aren't accurate, it takes just as many officials to monitor the system and the race, and it costs more. WTF?
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The answers ain't any different are they?

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From the Cat4s there are. I don't know about the other groups... might be able to get a pulse on that this weekend at Sibley RR.

I see no benefit in this system - we still have errors, the results aren't accurate, it takes just as many officials to monitor the system and the race, and it costs more. WTF?

Your team has the juice to make a push.
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To others outside the area:

The push this year is to do standardized chip timing as much as possible. They're using the AMB system which has the technical resolution to do it, but the results are absolute crap when/if you can get them. Participants, especially lower level pack fodder like myself, want the data (why is immaterial).

The question abound is why it isn't working.
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~100 per race day. 2/week at best. My error: chip rental for the season is $30, purchase is $95.
then it's more or less the same.
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