Every month, we continue our selection of the 3 most important events timed by our Macsha Timers around the world! This month you can learn about the three featured events and what made them stand out, whether it was their sporty characteristics, the great results obtained, and/or the details about system configuration.
On Sunday July 5TH, 2015, Tick Tock Timing had the chance to widen its timing range by providing timing to an open water swimming race. We came across this opportunity when their previous timer was unable to operate in salt water with their RFID chip system due to the fact that it would be contaminated by the level of salt in the water. A site survey prior to the start of the race, indicated that the start was going to be massive, and separated in two groups that would leave from a car parking area, with the finish line located 6 miles away on a secluded beach that could not be accessed by car.
Having arrived at 0500hrs on Sunday morning gave us plenty of time to set up and test the equipment prior to the start of the race. Everything was fine with the system. For the swim start and finish we used a combination of floor and side antennas to give us the best possible chance of recording everything as they crossed the line. The start went off at 0900hrs without a hitch, as planned. Gustavo arrived with the start data to upload onto the finish laptop, just in time for the arrival of the swimmers.
The event organiser asked us to move our finish location as he wasn’t happy about the swimmers running up the beach. At the time, closing down the system, disconnecting and moving everything was a pain, as we were all set and ready to go. But as time went on and the swimmers arrived it proved to be a good move.
The first few competitors across the line gave us a lot of confidence again in the systems ability to record the times but as time went on we had a few issues. The first being a rubber mat which we had placed over the floor Mats to protect people’s feet as they crossed the line, this was beginning to get loaded with sand making recording less accurate. Removing this ensured the accuracy was increased.
On the whole, a very successful event with lots of happy participants.
Marcha MTB Fuensalida
La Marcha MTB Fuensalida is managed entirely by Comunabike, from the design and labeling of the circuit, and attracting sponsorship, to the event registration and management. There were 192 participants (a good number for the first edition).
The chip used was MT-Blank, placed in the dorsal. In terms of equipment, we used an 8-port One4All XL with 8 floor antennas and 2 side antennas. The antennas were connected to the One4All as following: we connected the main line, 4 floor antennas, and the 2 side antennas independently and then, the line backup (the other 4 floor antennas) to the two free ports using two separate Spliters.
We placed the main line and the backup together, just below the arch of arrival and then we placed the two side antennas on either side of arrival, a meter behind the line of floor antennas.
In the event we did not have any technical difficulties in terms of timing equipment, everything went as planned! This event was important for us because it was done in the area where we are based, although we were calm as the Mtb is our specialty!
Bahia Corre simultaneously timed two important races in June: one in Santa Rosa (Prov. De La Pampa), where 700 runners participated in two distances, 10km and 5km; and the other race, “The 2 leagues” in Villa Iris, 200 km away from the first.
For the first race, we used our first Macsha system (acquired in 2010), with 2 side antennas, each four meters apart, and 3 floor antennas; we formed a perfect catchment area, using mt-shoe chips. The problem we had was that a port did not work well, so we applied splitters and quickly solved the issue.
In the other race, in Villa Iris, another team of Bahia Corre timed a 10km race, with more than 500 participants, where we used the newest equipment we have, the Ocelot, with dorsal chips and 4 side antennas. So we got excellent timing results.
What we can offer other Timers is our experience in the placement of antennas, as we experiment and observe the behaviour of the systems in each race. We can see that not all timers consider the antenna angles, and sometimes, the wind. We suggest that the side antenna is never placed facing the runners arriving at the finish line, because the potency of these antennas sometimes records the results before the actual arrival, this may cause problems with organization.
What cheerful us is our experience in the placement of the antennas, and we see that not all timers consider neither wind angles. always we advise you never side antenna is facing the runners at the finish; because according to the power of the antennas, reception is before arrival and since according as the chip is positioned, can alter a position.We see also always recommend the proper equipment maintenance and cleaning after the event: an adequate maintenance will prolong the life of Macsha equipment, and indeed our two oldest are in perfect condition. Also, we recommend giving maintenance to the equipment, like, after each race, cleaning everything and putting it away in order. A good maintaining of the equipment will make them last long and give you good results for a long time. Our timing systems are in perfect condition due to this!
Hope you enjoyed the races and learned something new! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, we would be more than happy to help!