I'm volunteering at the velodrome this summer. I'm also taking the USAC Officials course this weekend. There are (obviously) lots of very short timed events on the velodrome. People are bustin' their butts for weeks/months/years tenths of seconds. If an athlete is doing 2 or 3 all-out efforts per session or 1 per event and I have to be precise to 0.1", the damned thing better work.
As strange as this may sound, it's really hard to find a high quality stopwatch. The stuff in local sporting goods stores is the same crap. The buttons are unreliable at best. It's the most disappointing thing to have an athlete come over and ask "So...how did I do?" and I have to tell him/her that the stopwatch malfunctioned.
Also, are "Stroke Rate" functions from rowing stopwatches capable of counting pedal strokes which occur at much faster rates than rowing strokes? To the uninitiated, the stroke rate timer is clicked for 3-4 strokes and it calculates the Strokes/Min.
I'd like to be able to look at an athlete and click at every pedal stroke and determine their cadence from a distance.
Thanks in advance.