The Ultra System made its debut in one of New Zealand’s largest sports events (and largest cycle) in Taupo on the 24th November. The Taupo Cycle Challenge had been timed before by systems that have since come and gone. When it came to using the latest disposable chip technology, RFID Race Timing Systems was the obvious choice. The low profile soft antenna mats and the reliability of double transponders incorporated into a professional vinyl seat post sticker make Ultra ideal for road cycling. Split points along the 180km route used side antennas which were the best choice for roads that were not closed to vehicle traffic. The event was timed by our new customer TimeIT based in Hastings NZ. Over 10,000 bikes took part making this year’s event one of the worlds largest and most iconic mass cycle rides.
Monthly Archives: November 2012
Over 11,000 runners took part in the Run Geelong on Sunday the 18 November. Despite the early morning rain, conditions cleared by the race was ready to start. All entry fees went towards the Cotton On Foundation which raised over half a million dollars for their charity which is primarily focused on kids health and in particular the redevelopment of the kids ward in Geelong. This is the 2nd year that Ultra was used to time the event with disposable tags and the contract timer Tomato Timing ensured a high level of service at the lowest possible price to ensure the maximum amount of money could go to a good cause. Because Ultra is a system that can read any Gen 2 UHF tag, the timer was able to access the lowest priced quality tags from Smartrac and save large sums of money for the event.
While Australia’s largest triathlon was being timed on one side of Australia, the largest adventure race in the Southern hemisphere was also taking place in Augusta, Western Australia. A staggering 3000+ competed over the weekend. The Anaconda Adventure Race National Series run by Rapid Ascent are all timed by RFID Race Timing Systems technology. In the case of Augusta it was the ever reliable HDD System that has proven itself in over 10,000 events across the globe in a career spanning 6 years. For the upcoming Lorne (Victoria) Anaconda Race it will be Ultra and the UltraTag being used.
The Augusta event was timed by blueChip Timing Pty Ltd and both the Saturday Mini-Anaconda and Sunday main race used the Racetec Mobile Tracker that allowed spectators to view splits and results instantly using their smartphones. This technology has been in use now for over 12 months and greatly enhances the feedback to commentators and spectators on how the leaders are performing as well as their loved ones. Best of all it is incorporated into the complete Racetec package at no extra charge. RFID Race Timing Systems dovetails perfectly into highly developed 3rd party software packages that continue to evolve with novel means of reporting entrant data on the internet.
The iconic Noosa Triathlon held in Queensland, Australia boasted a field size of over 5500 competitors on Sunday making it the biggest triathlon in Australia and the 3rd largest in the world. The Olympic Distance race had over 55 wave starts to fit the enormous crowd on the swim course and the HDD Systems used by Multisport Australia did not miss a beat as over 50,000 timing splits were logged throughout the day.The winners of the elite category were Ashleigh Gentle and Peter Kerr in the women’s and men’s race making it an all Australian affair.