So I like the Chariot race, but considering how extremely important the start is on this race (especially on a 250m track), I end up leaving them feeling a bit "meh". So and so always looks like they went early, or the holder held them too long, or someone get's DQ'd for a false start, etc, etc. It seems like every other race has a problem like this.
Not to mention once you get into actual time trial events and people's feelings start getting hurt. Seems like the starting gate solves all of this. Giordana velodrome doesn't currently have any gates (at least that I'm aware of) and I was curious how much they cost. Do most tracks have their own or do they just rent them from someone like Swiss Timing for big events? How much do these things cost?
Seems like it would be relatively easy to build your own, if you have some welding and electronics skills. I've got the electronics part and I'd consider working with someone to build some DIY ones. Linking two or more together doesn't seem that difficult either. Seems like the hydraulics to run the brakes are the hardest part, and then getting them to release really, really quickly at the exact right time. You could certainly do better than a human holder without getting to the 1/1000th of a second accuracy of a UCI qualified Swiss Timing/Tissot Timing one.