Amateur race timing software?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Tappet, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Tappet

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    I help run an amateur offroad racing club (enduro-type riding). Up until now we've recorded start, lap & finish times the old school way with a stopwatch and pen & paper.

    Does anyone know of software that can be used for this. The focus isn't on split-second accurate timing but rather on having a list of the riders in digital format and perhaps the clock running on the laptop too.

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    Thanks in advance
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  2. kenaroo

    kenaroo I am because i ride

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  3. BAZZER450

    BAZZER450 Been here awhile

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    hmmm we are in the same postion . We are looking into systems the problem is the multiple laps and recording ... one way and the best i think is transponder scoring ..which we use in Canadian National Enduro series as does a lot of other orginizations, or bar code scanning (small bar code on a tag on your helmet ) I will post info as we get it but ... I dont thnk it will be cheap .
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  6. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Our club the Norsemen just started using software for hare scrambles. There should be a 'contact me" somewhere on the website, I am sure that Maggie or Tawnia would give you the info on the scoring software that we use.

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  7. Tappet

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    Thanks, but this looks a little too expensive for our usage
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    Cheers Tom - have dropped them a mail
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  10. David_Moen

    David_Moen Long timer

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    Hey Bazzer! Waiting with baited breath for info on what you find. We should be doing something more sophisticated than paper an pencil up in our neck of the woods too. I can supply things like barcode scanners etc at steep discounts, my company does a lot of point-of-sale business, and I'm willing to supply local clubs hardware at my wholesale cost.

    The challenge I see is getting everyone entered into the system in a hurry just before the race. From my observations, only a precious few would pre-register for an event. Scoring software would make the inevitable class selection and scoring errors an issue of the past though. Last year when I raced the Rock Hound I got in the wrong class somehow, didn't figure it out until I noticed that everyone in my starting group was younger and skinier than me!

    I think you could print up a bunch of barcode labels before the event, then attach them to registration forms. Someone would have to be drafted to the data entry work and scan the codes into the scoring software. Once registration is complete, the laptop and scanner could be moved to scoring tent on the course. I've done scoring, and it can be a bit of a gong show when a group of riders comes in close together and you have someone yelling helmet numbers to someone else who tries to locate them on the scoring sheets etc. An orderly and automated system for carrying this out would be great!

    Within the universe of the Okanagan Hare Scramble Series, none of the race dates overlap, perhaps the clubs could pool talents and funds to come up with a scoring system that could be used at all of the events.



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  11. t1m

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    I came upon this post, from 2010 I see, about your looking for some software to record times. I wanted to mention that a friend of mine had commissioned me to create a program such as this, which I did in Java¬ô to produce the results you're looking for. You can see it at prodrt.com if you're interested.

    If this message is considered spam, I apologize to the moderators.

    Be good out there!



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  12. mattburns

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    I know this is an old thread, but I needed to find a decent race timer.

    There wasn't a good one that was free and simple so I wrote one:

    http://www.awesometimer.com/

    It's browser-based so you can just play with it instantly, but also works offline.

    Hopefully this doesn't count as span since it's free and I'm just trying to be nice!

    Matt
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  13. Racer 188

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    Did you use this software? We tried and loved it but it stops after 10 uses because of licenseand I can't find the company to even make the purchase. We need a software that can do elapsed time up to 2 hours with multiple classes at same time and multiple laps. We are just starting so can't afford mototally or trackside software.
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