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Old 12-14-09, 05:35 PM
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Chip timing systems

There have been a few discussions in the forum on the pros and cons of chip timing systems for road racing. I can't recall, however, any specific discussions of the different setups available. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has personal experience with, or knowledge of, the Times-7 system.

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If you have honest competitors the chip timing systems work. If you want to cheat the system it is really easy. All you have to do is mount a dummy chip on your bike and have a teammate wave the active one across the finish line. And there is no pee or blood test to disqualify you.
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If you have honest competitors the chip timing systems work. If you want to cheat the system it is really easy. All you have to do is mount a dummy chip on your bike and have a teammate wave the active one across the finish line. And there is no pee or blood test to disqualify you.
Are you serious? People do that? How focking desperate do you have to be to do that?
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Are you serious? People do that? How focking desperate do you have to be to do that?
I don't know of anyone that does it, but you certainly could.
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You could strap your chip to the bumper of the pace car, too. I've been tempted to try that just for fun.
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Nothing is perfect. They switched to the AMB-IT system in 08 from the previous camera only system here in FL.
On occasion, results still get screwed up and people inevitably still argue with the officials. There have been times in RR's when multiple fields have been on the road, the person at the computer shut the mat off because the fields were all split up with huge gaps in between the packs. This is to keep the people riding around at the start/finish from tripping the mat... problem is, the person operating the timing system forgets to turn the mat back on when riders come through causing them to lose laps which jacks the results up.
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Thanks for the feedback. Guess no one, however, is familiar with this specific system. Interesting note about turning the mat on and off!
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