Transponders for Round 1

Well, what a lovely turn out we’ve got lined up for tomorrow. Just over 120 competitors (including team members). This is great to see and should make for a great race.

My predicament is that I don’t have enough transponders to cover every one. SO, if you own a transponder, and wish to give it back to the club, can you bring it along tomorrow for use in the race.

After the race, we can take it off your hands and arrange an EFT payment for it based on its age during the next week. *Make sure I (PT) take note of your details to ensure this happens*

This is a problem that should be solved after this round.

Look forward to seeing everyone out there!

P’An-Tau

Hammer Nutrition Round 1 and FATCHAT!

Yes! The first round of the Hammer Nutrition enduro series is on this weekend. Registration has been open for forever, so if you haven’t got around to that, well, get around to that. Click here to be awesome. If you’re stuggling to be awesome because of reasons – internet is slow, cat GIFs are chewing up your bandwidth or Netflix is finally playing after 4 days of buffering – send an email to timing@ambc.asn.au and we’ll sort something out.

We head up to Fox Creek for this round, an excellent prelude to the upcoming Dirty Weekend. So if it’s practice you want, it’s practice you’ll get. Smooth loamy forrests, rocky sections on the crops out yonder and not returning from knolls, all fun times to be had.

If you’re after info on the Enduro series – click here. Pretty basic concept – ride for 4 hours and try and beat the person in front of you. If you’re leading, well, good for you. Keep it up.

Also the first round of the Elite series. Make sure you get on board if you want to be eligible to win some cold, hard CASSSSHHHHHHHH!!! at the end of the year.

If you’re looking for enthusiasm and excitement building, well check out the return issue of FATCHAT! Yes, that’s right, a studious club member was recently exposed to an age old club tradition (thanks Aurelia) and decided it’d be a good way to amuse herself. So thanks to Chelsea (with inspiration being received from previous editor – Carlos – through reading), here it is:

Low-resolution version – for copper phone line Internet connections (about 1.5M)
High-resolution version – for optic fibre and looking at REAL pretty pictures (about 5.5M)

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Transponders and the future of registration

All competitors would have been exposed to the system we’ve been trialing over the summer series by which the club has been issuing both a race plate and a transponder for use at the races. Now that the summer series is over, the club has decided to move in this direction for good. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll explain this decision away.

Want to know what to do with your current transponder? Click here.

Why change?
The club has recognized that the current transponder ownership/hire system creates more work for the person entering registrations into the timing system. The current process involves checking transponder numbers entered, assigning hire transponders where required, importing from one database to another (Register Now to MyLaps) and updating the MyLaps database. The new system will be one simple import from a spreadsheet and the registration coordinator can double check transponders at the same time – in bulk. It also saves on time because it removes the need to create race packs, this will also save on resources – paper, bags, etc. – in the long run.

How will the new system work?
The new system removes transponder ownership from competitors and puts all the transponders in the clubs hands. At each race competitors will be issued a race plate and transponder that is to be returned at the end of each race.

What’s the benefit to the club?
The major benefit is the simplification of registration the day prior to an event. The old process took on average nearly 6 hours of double checking, correcting, packaging and data entry. The process over the summer series has taken, on average, two hours. The new system has seen fewer errors on race day and less stress on the timing and registration personnel. On top of this, it means that the club will have a large pool of transponders to call on if required for larger events. MyLaps are also moving to a subscription service for the transponders, so it is much easier for the club to manage this into the future.

What’s the downside to the club?
Cost. The transponders are not cheap and this is the reason the club did not go down this avenue from the beginning.

What about my current transponder?
The club is aware that there are many people who have recently purchased transponders from us. With this in mind, we are offering a full refund to anyone who purchased a transponder from Jan 2014 to current. If you purchased a transponder from the club prior to this, a modified version of the clubs transponder buy back policy will apply, the original is available here. The modified policy will be:

  • Less then 1 year old = you’ll get a full refund
  • 1-2 year old = $40
  • 2-3 year old = $30
  • 3+ years = $10 (it’s had a good run!)

If you wish to, you can hold onto your transponder – if you use it at other clubs races (WVCC for example, use the same timing system).

The club is interested in taking back all old transponders to assist with building a stock pile of hire transponders – dead or not. We will still be looking to refurbish transponders as required. With this in mind, if you have an old one laying around that no longer works, feel free to throw it at us – if it comes with a race plate, even better!

Who to talk to?
To arrange the return of your transponder, discuss the decision or wish to query your refund eligibility, send an email to timing@ambc.asn.au.

We can arrange a convenient drop off location for you and either bank transfer or cash reimbursement, depending on what suits. Please allow some notice if a cash refund is preferred.

Summer Series Round 4 results

We had a couple of accidents requiring ambulance attention. As a result, there was one major adjustment to the A Graders – Ben Hogarth stopping to ensure that both patients would make it to hospital. His results have been adjusted from 8th to 4th as compensation.

Neil Penno (I think it was you – let me know if it wasn’t – or who it was) also given a 5 minute bonus for motoring up the fire road (and returning to his course exit point to re-enter) to notify officials of a crash.

Preliminary results are now up – if you have any disputes, questions or ideas – email timing@ambc.asn.au. Results will be finalised at 6pm on Wednesday 01st April 2015.

The next round is the opening race for the Elite Winter SeriesHammer Nutrition 4 hour Enduro at Fox Creek19 April 2015. Click here to register!

If you constantly forget to register for races – you can register for all AMBC 2015 winter series races. There will be no discount for doing this – a few members have asked for this to be facilitated though, so here you go! Click here for 2015 AMBC XC Series Registration

Wishing a speedy recovery to those injured today.

Big thanks to the medical providers today – St. Johns and SA Ambulance service. We know it’s your job, but your assistance is always appreciated.

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Summer Series Round 4 final reminder

Don’t forget to register for the final round by 10am tomorrow (Saturday) – click here

The race is in the top section of Eagle MTB Park and parking will be around this area. If you’re driving up, enter off the old free-way (Mt. Barker Rd) and follow the main fire road all the way through to the other side – you’ll see a bunch of us standing around looking important.

If you’re riding up – you can enter from either side. You are also awesome. Because riding rocks. I should know, I do it.

The course is a good one. Great lead in to the winter series of races. Typical Eagle MTB Park surfaces – pro tip (well, I’m almost pro) = a Maxxis Ardent up front was/is probably not the right tyre choice, but it did make do for a couple of practice laps.

For those who are wondering, the club is changing the way we do registrations. As a result there is no option for a race pack. More info on this will be given later, but for now, know that it is not a glitch – you do not need to purchase a race pack for the day.

I think this is in the race as well. Everyone should at least try to ride it……logs are FUN! Just ask Ren and Stimpy -

#log in the race. #rollsoveryourneighboursdog IT'S LOG! #adelaidemtbclub #eaglemtbpark practice laps? Who does them, just ride it.

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