BRAC Discontinues Timing System!

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ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE BRAC CHIP-TIMING SYSTEM
January 28, 2013

As of January 22, 2013, the Board of Directors has elected to discontinue the use of the BRAC – D&L Sound Chip Timing System in light of recent circumstances that impact the price, support, production and provision of equipment necessary to maintain the system. In late November, 2012, Orion, the French company who manufactures the system, hardware and software, sold the distribution rights to their product to a Belgian company, and released their North American representative from his contract.

Since its inception, our chip-timing efforts have been compromised by technical issues (including those with power and radio frequencies), faulty equipment, and compounded by errors in race registration. Many of these issues have been addressed and improved in the last two years. Our intention, in accordance with the direction provided by the Club Council at our December Annual Meeting, was to re-deploy the timing system in a more efficient manner. However, the change in ownership and distribution of the system, which includes a price increase of nearly 300% for replacement chips, represents an expense that would severely impact the cost of promotion and participation in our races, and compromise the long-term financial health of our organization.

BRAC will continue to work with local service providers and our promoters to ensure the use of appropriate technology (which may include high-speed cameras and race-day chips as offered by professional timing companies) to provide accurate race results as well as a safe and positive racing experience to our members. Racing policy for Cup contests further defines requirements for Gold, Silver and Bronze events to ensure these races meet out standards and expectations.

We appreciate your cooperation over the last two years in our efforts to improve the sport for our athletes, officials, and event directors. We would also like to thank Doug Ashbaugh, Clint Bickmore, Yvonne van Gent, Chris McGee, and our officials for their dedication and thorough efforts in deploying and maintaining this system for the time that it was in use.

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31 Comments

OK, they made a mistake, I

OK, they made a mistake, I hated the timing system too. But...you are deciding not to get a license because they decided to cut their losses and get rid of an unpopular system rather than double down and spend more money on it?

You could have other reasons, it's your money/time, and I respect that, but this makes me like BRAC. I'd rather have them bail out on the timing system then waste more money and frustration on it.

It's a shame...

It's a shame that you chose to not attach your name to this post so that we, as a collective cycling community, can hold you to your promise to "not get a license or race in any BRAC races this year." For all we know you wouldn't be racing regardless the future of the timing system, but just wanted to take a cheap shot at an organization which happens to be run primarily by volunteers.

The volunteer board, voted in place by the club council, moved forward in late 2010 to purchase the timing system. If you're a member of any local racing team hopefully you've expressed your opinion to your club leadership and they have made it known at the club council meetings. Or you've just decided to stay anonymous, grovel in your own misery over the direction of the BRAC and let this fester inside of you until the day came you could finally let it all out by posting anonymous comments on an internet forum.

Let me speak for many other racers and say "thank you" for choosing to stay away from racing because we don't need your negativity at the races or within the racing community. We race in our free time and want to be able to enjoy it.

It's a shame...

It's a shame that you chose to not attach your name to this post so that we, as a collective cycling community, can hold you to your promise to "not get a license or race in any BRAC races this year." For all we know you wouldn't be racing regardless the future of the timing system, but just wanted to take a cheap shot at an organization which happens to be run primarily by volunteers.

The volunteer board, voted in place by the club council, moved forward in late 2010 to purchase the timing system. If you're a member of any local racing team hopefully you've expressed your opinion to your club leadership and they have made it known at the club council meetings. Or you've just decided to stay anonymous, grovel in your own misery over the direction of the BRAC and let this fester inside of you until the day came you could finally let it all out by posting anonymous comments on an internet forum.

Let me speak for many other racers and say "thank you" for choosing to stay away from racing because we don't need your negativity at the races or within the racing community. We race in our free time and want to be able to enjoy it.

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