Timing a cycling event
Let us introduce you to our complete system for timing MTB events and road cycling races. In these events a passive timing system is used, with a disposable tag fixed to a plate located on the bicycle’s handlebar or seatpost.
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Setting up timing points for a cycling event
Use the TS2 system with floor and/or side antennas for setting up the start, finish and intermediate timing points of a cycling event. At the finish it’s advisable to set up a double line for backup, although not as essential as for running sports because the tag on a bicycle will always enter in the same position. In running events, when the tag is fixed to the moving bib, and reading shadows may be created by the runner’s arms, you’d be strongly advised to install a double finish line.
It may happen that due to adverse conditions of terrain or accessibility, or at the request of the organisation, you may be obliged to use side antennas at intermediate timing points.
During many events, the roads are not even closed to traffic.
If you’re forced to use lateral antennas on a finish line, you probably won’t be able to connect them both to the same device, as you won’t be able to pass a cable from one side to the other.
In this case, use one of the side antennas for the finish line and the opposite-side antenna as backup, each connected to a different device. The distance between the two lines must be between 4 and 6 metres. Connect the left antenna to the left channel and the right antenna to the right channel on the configuration screen of each device.
Gran Fondo Quebrantahuesos
To time the last edition of this cyclosportive (latest of 28 editions to date), no less than 18 systems, 12 timers and 70 metres of floor antennas were required. With more than 3,500 metres of height gain, the main complication for timing this cycling challenge is the connectivity at higher altitude checkpoints.
- Huesca (Spain)
- 10.000 participants
- Timed by
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