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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Lots of off-road options

The Boulder Roubaix has been an every other year affair for a few years now in order to placate some of the vocal residents in the county. 2013 is it's off year but it should be back in 2014.

The Mead race has seen limited success and I cannot blame Swift for tweaking the format, hopefully, in order to attract more racers. If you really cannot live without a long, dirt road, wheel crushing, "Roubaix"-style race, may I suggest you check out Battenkill or buy a plane ticket to Belgium next Spring. I hear the road courses over there are pretty insane :-) Or, better yet, design and promote your own Spring Classic Road Race and see what kind of response you get.

I'm intrigued by the Weld County RR that has magically appeared on the calendar. I wonder if it will be run on a course similar to the one used back in the 80s/90s.

Too many stoplights now

Yep, some of those roads are now lined with strip malls, gigantic intersections and traffic lights. Wouldn't work at all. Wish the Indian Peaks Stage Race would return though - that one MAY still be viable. Oh, wait, that was BOULDER County. Nevermind...

2013 Parking Lot Crit Calendar is weak

Some of our BRAC surcharge fees need to be used to subsidize the police costs for road races along the Front Range. There should be a Road Race Fund for road races longer than xx ? miles.

Statistically Road Race participation #'s continues to decline except for some select races like Iron Horse, Mt Evans, + Morgul.

The majority of BRAC members want races that are close to home and short, to fit their busy lifestyles. That is one off the biggest reasons cyclocross is so popular here.