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Cheap Sources, What and where.

Started by quickkarl. Last reply by quickkarl May 20, 2013. 6 Replies

First Race

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Timing Chips for CX race ?

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Comment by Pirate Race Productions on May 3, 2013 at 10:44am

That's awesome, thanks for the heads up. I may use it for HCCX and I'll tell my friends who run the Dirt Derby about it too.

Comment by brianhancock on May 3, 2013 at 10:37am

So in an effort to find a few newbies to MTB racing my buddy and I started up a short-track cross country race series every other Thursday in May.  Details are HERE if you're interested (Ithaca, Michigan).

We wanted to keep this informal-ish, but also keep the workload fairly light as for scoring.

I found an app for my iPhone called "Webscorer" which works really well for STXC and probably for 'cx too.  I have no affiliation with the developers, etc., but just wanted to throw this out there as a resource for those of you that might be looking for a cheap alternative to digital timing systems.

The 30-day pro trial version allows you to time lap splits, which is a cool feature.  I enter category information (in our case A's and B's), racer names, and racer numbers.

You set the number of laps for the race, hit start, and when each racer goes by for the start of the second lap, you tap on their racer number.

Pretty idiot proof unless you make the awesome mistake of imputing the incorrect number of laps (like I did for race #1 last night!).  

Comment by Mike B on August 28, 2012 at 7:40pm

No I don't charge. I typically have 500 or so racers and family and friends so the vendors do OK. I ask that they comp the officials and race staff. Since they deal with all of the local permits and health dept regs, I figure that they do enough without me taking a cut of their sales. 

Comment by brianhancock on August 27, 2012 at 7:21pm

I buy hot dogs (usually can find these on sale for $1 per pack if you wait long enough), buns, ketchup, and mustard for about 2/3 of my expected crowd.  I also have a pretty large handful of baked goods available at the coffee table (I have a coffee sponsor this year, but my mom is the barista).  

At all of the food tables I have a coffee can marked "Donations appreciated, but not expected."  I usually recover most all of my costs from friendly donors.

Not sure if that helps answer your question - I guess the short answer is no, I don't use external food vendors.  I do use family and friends to cook/serve coffee for me though!

Comment by quickkarl on August 27, 2012 at 6:09pm

we have a small race (70-90) racers. i dont charge, just ask for free or discounted food for the officials and volunteers.

Comment by Pirate Race Productions on August 27, 2012 at 5:57pm

Anyone charge a fee for food vendors, etc to be at their races? Mind share about what you charge, and what your turnout looks like?

Comment by Cyclocross Magazine on August 23, 2012 at 10:46am

Perfect chance to have people tell us why your race is awesome:

responses just might make it online or in print!

Comment by Pirate Race Productions on June 21, 2012 at 5:21pm

awesome, thanks


Comment by Ryan Rickerts on June 21, 2012 at 4:30pm

Pirate Race - yes, those look very similar. The ones I used are white and don't have rubber tips. I think they're too tall/narrow to fall on - they would just bend & pop out of the ground unless someone did something really freaky. I've never seen one break, but the tops will splay if you hit them with a sledgehammer. I can ask my parks dept where they sourced theirs and see if the price is better. I kind of want my own!

Comment by Cincicycles on June 20, 2012 at 7:56pm
What about using a cordless drill and a long half inch drill bit like a plumber may use? Drill into the ground. Even if the ground is rock solid this is an easy way to get your stake in the ground. Then you could insert a wooden dowel rod into the ground and attach or wrap the tape to the top of the dowel rod.

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