A total of 28,000 runners took to the streets over the easter weekend at the 44th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town South Africa. A record 11,000 runners took part in the bruising 56km premier event which was won by a rank outsider David Gatebe in blustery conditions. The marathon is considered the most scenic in the world and caps off a busy month with the equally large Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour a few weeks prior. Both events are timed by RaceTec who uses our HDD Systems.
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The Cape Town Cycle Trust runs the largest timed cycle event in the world (Cape Argus Cycle Tour) at over 30,000 riders this year on March 10 . The 109km ride takes in some of incredible scenic coastline and is a annual favourite of any South African who owns a bike. The Cycle Trust owns and operates their own timing system consisting of 14 RFID Race Timing HDD Systems and low frequency transponders.
A week later (17th March) another major timing company in South Africa (Finish Time) used Ultra to time the Spar Womens Race in Cape Town. This event is part of a 6 race series that tours South Africa and this year Cape Town had 18,000 women run either the 10 or 5km event. This entire race course was a sea of purple. Craig Eldridge from Finish Time reported excellent read rates with the disposable tags.
RFID Race Timing Systems is pleased to announce a limited time offer on bundling Racetec and Live-to-Web with any Ultra8 sale for only an additional $500*. That is a saving of $1200 over normal retail pricing for Racetec and the Live-to-Web option! Racetec is the most powerful race scoring and results reporting software available in the world today and uses Microsoft SQL Server** to handle literally millions of splits for any size race with ease. The software is now 10 years in the making having had its genesis at the famous Comrades Marathon in South Africa. The software interfaces perfectly with the Ultra hardware to provide live timing of any timing point. Other software packages boast all sorts of special features but Racetec has been doing these things for years – and does them well. The Live-to-Web option allows timers to push results immediately to a hosted web site with full searchable results displayed in dynamic pages. Racetec also has a fully integrated commentator system (both PC and web based), text messaging, Facebook updates and a results kiosk.
With this one time offer new customers are able to tap into the power and reliability of the software used at many Ironman and Half-Ironman events in the Southern Hemisphere. Racetec and Ultra are the perfect partnership to give you the most professional timing service available today.*Special offer applies to only one sale of an Ultra8 and is valid till June 30, 2013. Racetec license is valid for 1 year. **Most events including large 20,000 person fun runs can be handled with SQL Server Express which is free
Almost 7000 cyclists took to Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under (TDU) before the main peloton on January 25 in South Australia. The TDU is Australia’s premier cycling event attracting cyclists like Andy Schleck and Andre Greipel. The BUPA Challenge is a chance for everyday cyclists to ride one stage of the TDU and complete the 127km ride on the same finishing straight as the big men later in the day. For the second year Ultra was used to track all riders at four start locations and intermediate points along the course. A custom web tracker was developed for the organisers and emergency services personnel to track how many riders were between locations and which riders had yet to finish. All Ultra units were equipped with GSM modems and using OutReach, all times were sent instantly to a webserver that fed the web-tracker. Side antennas also made the job that much easier with the unclosed roads.
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.
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.
Yesterday RFID Race Timing Systems was used for the first time to track over 11,000 riders in the iconic Round the Bay in Victoria. Distances ranged from 25km right up to the massive 250km trek that saw a complete circumnavigation of Port Phillip Bay starting and finishing in Melbourne. The Ultra equipped timing points tracked the riders live throughout the 14hr event and made allowances for the 15km ferry crossing across the turbulent waters between Queenscliffe and Sorrento. The event was timed by Event Timing based in Melbourne for Bicycle Victoria.
Aaron Clarke of Event Timing was very happy with the performance of Ultra, particularly the ease of use of side antennas on roads that were not closed to road traffic. The novel 30 minute ferry crossing can now be treated as a non-timed section because timing points are situated at either side of the crossing. Each riders progress was tracked live via My Race Result giving Bicycle Victoria staff an instant snapshot of how the competitors were progressing for the very first time in the events 20 year history. The Ultra system is now used in almost all the mass participation cycle events in Oceania with the Santos Tour Down Under also contracting RFID Race Timing Systems for the next 3 years. And the largest cycle event in New Zealand, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge will be using Ultra for the first time next month. All these iconic cycle events have switched to Ultra from others timing systems for one simple fact – there is no other high performance system on the market today that comes close to Ultra for reliability and ease of use.
The famous Oslo Marathon in Norway was timed by Ultimate Timing Service using Ultra and disposable transponders placed on the back of the race bibs. Close to 17,500 runners participated in one of five different distances with the winner of the blue ribbon event, the marathon being Øystein Sylta in the mens event in 2:25:42 and Marthe Katrine Myhre in the women’s.
Most of the larger events in Scandinavia are now moving from the old low frequency technology to the latest UHF disposable transponder system Ultra due to the excellent reliability and ease of use with low cost tags. Ultimate Timing Service expects 90% of their running and cycle events to move to Ultra in 2013.