March 20, 2012
The running of the Tobacco Road Marathon in North Carolina on Sunday 18th March was a great success for organisers and athletes alike.
FS Series timed the event using ULTRA and were absolutely “over the moon” with the performance of their RFID Race Timing system. Jason Biggs with FS Series reported that they used Short Dipole tags with the Ultra.
“Worked like a Charm! We double tagged and it’s probably the best timing race we have done.”
Andrew Peterson from RFID Race Timing was not surprised. “I think the UPM short dipoles (M4) are superior to the Aliens so perhaps this explains better results. Some initial reports also say that the latest Viper M4 from UPM is even better.” Word has it that the Viper M4 is hard to get, however initial results from some timers in Europe are fantastic.
RFID is committed to researching new tags as they become available to the market. As soon as we get our hands on these tags we will compare their performance against the current tags available.
March 12, 2012
The 35th annual Cape Argus Pick and Pay was held on the Sunday 11th March with over 35,000 cyclists taking to the road. The conditions were perfect with the feared south easterly wind that has taken its toll in the past absent this year.
Competition was hot in the elite category with a number of crashes resulting from the intense racing. Incidents marred both the male and female results with the eventual winners Janse van Rensburg and Moolman Pasio.
This iconic event with its origins dating back to 1978 and just a few hundred riders has become the largest individually timed cycle event in the world.
For a number of years now this event has been timed by Racetec SA with RFID Race Timing’s HDD timing system. The reliability of this timing system combined with low profile mats makes it a perfect option for a cycling event of this magnitude.
To see more of this iconic race visit www.cycletour.co.za
March 12, 2012
One of our newest members of the RFID Race Timing network: Active Management Asia has run the 2012 River Kwai Adventure Race with great success.
Two person teams competed on a demanding course that included biking, jungle running, kayaking and river swimming with some surprise obstacles along the course.
The race started at the Bridge on the River Kwai, which was made famous by the POW’s under Japanese control in WW2, and featured in a movie of the same name. The terrain included a variety of scenery from the jungles to rice paddy fields with likely challenges from snakes, spiders, mosquitoes and even stray dogs.
The ULTRA timing system was easily up for the challenge. Using both 4 and 8 port systems the team at Active Management Asia were at ease capturing the split and final times. RFID Managing Director Andrew Peterson made the trip to Thailand to help out with staff training and fine tuning for the race. For more photos of this event click here.
March 6, 2012
Fast becoming one of the most popular sports events in Singapore, OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012 was run on the first weekend in March attracting more than 11,000 participants over the 3 days. The cycling fiesta is a combination of pro events and a range of distance challenges that engage Singapore’s cycling community.
Race timing was contracted to Blue Chip Timing who timed the mass participation events using the ULTRA8 (RFID’s UHF timing system). Based on the success of this system at OCBC Malaysia late last year, Blue Chip employed a combination of the low profile ULTRA mats that are rapidly gaining popularity for cycling events, and the side read antennas to capture start and finish times.
Read more about this event at ocbc.cyclesingapore.com.sg
February 29, 2012
Several dozen marathon runners came together over the weekend to have some fun at Goshen College, and one of them probably set a world record in the process. T & H Timing were trackside using RFID’s ULTRA race timing system to capture the times on the day.
Read more about the ULTRA timing system and how it can transform your timing business.
Or for more on the record check out http://www.etruth.com/article/20120226/NEWS01/702269897
February 2, 2012
“Florida was amazing” is pretty much the summation of the 2012 RFID Race Timing Conference held between the 26th and the 28th of January 2012. Conference participants were treated to the latest innovations and trends in the timing world set on Florida’s spectacular coast.
Held at Deerfield Beach Resort, this was the perfect location for the launch of the new ULTRATAG. Our USA agent Al Harding stole the show with his graphic demonstration of the ULTRATAG being read whilst fully immersed in a glass of water. This spectacle was a real attention grabber with the assembled crowd, highlighting the possibilities for triathlon, mud runs and multi-sport events in general. Using a combination of side read antenna and the ULTRATAG timers quickly identified that this is the UHF solution to the water issue.
Through the formal sessions the Pro-timers attending were captivated by a range of stimulating presentations ranging from an insightful presentation by Andrew Peterson on the future direction of RFID race timing through to the brilliantly practical presentation on “Effective strategies for building your race timing business” from our UK agent Stuart Steele.
Needless to say the informal networking that occurred during the breaks and at the end of each day ensured that new relationships were developed between timers from all parts of the country. The open conversations that resulted in businesses sharing their “tricks of the trade” was not only invaluable to those assembled but illustrated a true camaraderie between timers using RFID Race Timing equipment.
January 21, 2012
ULTRA was used for the first time at the 2012 BUPA Challenge Ride yesterday at Tanunda (South Australia) with over 7000 bike riders taking on Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under prior to the worlds best cyclists finishing the 130km stage in the afternoon. With 4 separate start lines, two finish lines and three mid way splits, the ULTRA System provided reatime tracking of the cyclists for organisers and emergency services. The disposable UHF tags meant no backlogs with recovering transponders and the low profile ULTRAMAT ensured near 100% read rates and safety for the fast finishing road bikes. The highlight was 66 year old Tour de France legend Eddy Merckx (pictured) starting and then riding the shorter 33km ride in front of 600 fellow riders.
January 17, 2012
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We don’t lock our customers into using a single tag type like our competitors, hence the opportunity to reduce costs in your timing business is substantial.
Click on the calculator icon and be amazed at the difference it will make to running your events, then contact us to see how we can make a difference to your timing business.
December 22, 2011
Some 800 cyclists trekked to Bintan, a one hour catamaran ride from Singapore, for the Tour de Bintan which took place from November 11-13 in relatively hot and humid conditions. The ride past traditional fishing villages, dense lush green forests, and beautiful unspoiled beaches included three stages over a total distance of 265Km. BlueChip Timing timed the event with the ULTRA system. The ULTRA mats again proved successfully that they are the number one choice for cycling events.
Tour de Bintan website
December 22, 2011
Just over 500 runners lined up on November 13 for the Clarksburg Half Marathon Championship, one of a number of running events that make up the 45th Annual Clarksburg County Run. The Half Marathon is now a Pacific Association-USA Track and Field Championship race, and many of Northern California’s best runners participate in this race as a tune up for the California International Marathon. The ULTRA chalked up yet another flawless race for A Change of Pace Foundation contributing to the event being an overwhelming success.
Clarksburg County Run website
Pacific Association-USA Track and Field website