ACA releases statement on Chip Timing System

From ACA website

Everyone involved with the Superior Morgul Classic appreciates the participation and enthusiasm from our athletes and families over the weekend.

As many of you know, we are still working to create accurate results from the weekend. Overall Omnium results cannot be completed until this has happened.

Of course, the notion in the racing community is that "The chips system was in use, the results should be perfect." The reality is that no scoring system can create perfect results if the event's registration is not accurate. This simple concept defines the situation in which we find ourselves. We have a world class timing system that functions at a very high level. We do not have world class data being inputted into this system.

When this happens, especially at an event that had more than 1,700 athletes in 20+ categories, creating results reverts largely to hand scoring. And this takes time.

Other questions have been:

1. Why were the Superior time trial results so fast? Answer: the event was pre-registration only, and our officials could rely on the results generated by the timing company.

2. Why do we need bib numbers if we have chips? Answer: Chip data includes info on the rider as it relates to the ACA database. It does NOT include category data, as the majority of our athletes can choose one of multiple categories on race day. The bib number is linked to the start list for a particular event, and therefore imperative for scoring. Bib numbers are also the best form of identification in event of an accident during a race.

3. Why do we have a timing system? Answer: The timing system was purchased in order to provide deep, accurate, and timely scoring for all categories (in a larger effort to provide results and a racing experience that is similar to running, triathlon, or mountain bike races). Please note that all these types of events are much simpler to score than a road race or criterium. As everyone knows, this has not been an easy implementation, and I apologize for the confusion that is out there.

4. What do we do now? Answer: We have had a major development with the timing company, in that Orion (the timing company) has opened a North American office in Boulder, which is run by ACA member Paul de Curnou. With his background, attitude, and training, we have seen significant progress in our communication and ability to work with the vendor. In order to address the problems we have with the data being put into the timing software, Paul is working to create day-of registration software that will be shared at no charge with our race promoters. A beta version of this new product will be available in the next three months.

5. What can ACA members do? Answer: Well, you could go on 303 Cycling and anonymously post a lot of vitriol, or you could call me to get an idea of the whole picture. My number is 303-458-5538. The simplest things that ACA members can do is 1) pre-register, and 2) complete registration accurately and legibly.

6. What can I say? Answer: I want to thank the ACA community for your support during this time. We have seen quite a bit of change, and we are appreciative of each and every member. I want to apologize for the confusion that has existed over the last six months. We have been working to define our relationship with USAC and the data flow between our organizations, to refine our database given this new source of information, and to continue using the timing system, which relies on the database to produce results. It is a lot of challenge, and I apologize that we have not communicated as effectively as perhaps we need to.

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Who is responsible for

Who is responsible for correcting the problem within the ACA? My guess is that it is either the tech committee or that no one on ACA staff or board of directors has been given the responsibility. Perhaps it is the tech committee which wouldn't surprise me. Since the merger, they have pretty much established their incompentance when it comes to racing in Colorado.

BRAC Spending $30K to $40K more

BRAC is going to now spend another $30K to $40K more on the Chips for 2013. Seems to be a major disconnect between promoters wants and needs and BRAC Staff and BOD. Riders will have to get one at registration at every race that uses the system. If you don't remember to return it, then no results for you! What could go wrong?

Boulder Racing / WOL is promoting 14 days next year and are using other companies but they are still helping pay for the BRAC system. Wouldn't be surprised if they go independent of BRAC and maybe USAC next year.

Not much of a surprise since

Not much of a surprise since the BRAC leadership have shown themselves to be self serving and out of touch with the membership the last year and a half. Spending more on a system that hasn't proven to be successful doesn't make sense, but neither have those pushing this solution on many additional topics.

WOL and DBC would go

WOL and DBC would go independent the second the ACA tries to race fees to help pay for having to buy a new chip pool every 3-5 years. They stated at the meeting that the battery life only lasts 3-5 years. Where does the money come from when there's only an $11,000 surplus in the annual budget? Is the BOD thinking long term?

The threat and option for

The threat and option for Boulder Racing/WOL to go independent is always there, but I know for a fact that they wouldn't want to screw over the riders who value national rankings and upgrades. The majority of cyclists would love it and Boulder Racing would make more money, yet they won't divide the community until pushed to a breaking point. Personally I'd love to see it happen. They have the infrastructure 100% in place to make that move tomorrow when it comes to insurance, timing, and the marketing database.

The threat and option for

The threat and option for Boulder Racing/WOL to go independent is always there, but I know for a fact that they wouldn't want to screw over the riders who value national rankings and upgrades. The majority of cyclists would love it and Boulder Racing would make more money, yet they won't divide the community until pushed to a breaking point. Personally I'd love to see it happen. They have the infrastructure 100% in place to make that move tomorrow when it comes to insurance, timing, and the marketing database.

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