"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Timing and placing for Stage Racing.
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06-06-05, 11:33 AM
I just finished my second stage race of the year and I am pretty pissed off about how the timing and placing goes. I ended up getting beat by guys who I lapped and the Commisioner didn't do much about it when I went to talk to him. What do other provinces and states use for timing and placing? This incedent happend during the circuit race. We use an electronic timer and it is stopped when you finish but certain riders were unlucky and did less laps, therefore winning. Any place use those GPS things like in the Ironman and other triathalons. Are they pretty pricey? I'd wouldn't mind paying a little extra to beat this confusion. Thanks for the help,
06-06-05, 12:46 PM
Careful. The technology for chip timing is far from ready for prime time...i.e. Road Cycling. It works fine for sports in which finishers trickle across the line in small groups at small speeds. Not a field sprint at 30mph.
The other big problem that nobody seems to undersand is that the UCI rules state that it's the leading edge of the front tire that determines the winner. Not the front drop-out. That's a big deal when you can only mount the chip on your skewer - which also negates the quick-change aspect of wheel change.
Sounds like you ran into "human error" with Commissars that possibly weren't paying attention. But I blame that on the timer or camera operator who should have been shooting informal results every lap just to document things... especially since it sounds like the field shattered early.
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