Time keeping: What’s involved?

The club is seeking to recruit multiple time keepers for 2015 and beyond, to share the role of on the day time keeping.

First off, registration, sign-on and results are all handled by the registration and/or timing coordinator – so you don’t have to worry about that. The registration and timing coordinator will also be there to organise set up and pack up of the timing equipment, so once again, you will not have to stress too much about this. This role is purely monitoring the timing software on the day at an event. It can be done by an individual or pairs if you prefer company.

Many years ago the club purchased software and hardware that enabled the club to move to a far less personnel intensive timing system. The hardware consists of the timing mat, transponders, the decoder and laptops (to run the software). The software is MyLaps Orbits Cycling. This software is very reliable and very informative. Any training you initially receive will be based around teaching you how to navigate this software.

As a time keeper on the day, you will monitor the timing software to ensure that each competitors passings are recorded in the timing software as they pass over the timing mat.

You will develop an understanding of how MyLaps timing software works and learn to manipulate the incoming data to suit the desired outcomes – who was the highest bidder for the Paris Creek dairy pack?

Time keepers will be taught:

  • How to start and re-fuel the clubs generator;
  • How to connect the timing equipment;
  • How to navigate their way through the MyLaps timing software;
  • Handle on-the-day inquiries about members details in the timing software;

Unless you express interest in learning how to, you will not be required to:

  • Organise pre-race registrations and system setup – organised the day before;
  • Formatting, publishing and answering queries about results;

Ideally we are looking for 4-8 people to cover all the races throughout the season. The idea is that one or two people will cover one or two races each, leaving them free to race in the rest of the series.

The club will arrange a suitable time for off-the-job training, followed by on-the-job training over the summer series and other races if required. The current time keeper will still be at each race to assist with set-up and pack-up.

Why this approach? The club has relied heavily on one team/person of the past few years to do the time keeping and have noticed a trend of this burning people out. If the club can develop a small team of people who are able to carry out this role, the duties can be rotated through the the Timing Team.

Expressions of interest/applications should be emailed, in a non-formal manner, to timing@ambc.asn.au.

The end goal is to have 8-10 trained time keepers that can share the load over each season and enable everyone to have a race. The current time keeper – P’An-Tau – has a goal to qualify for the elite winter series prize pool. So he needs to compete in at least 2 x Hammer Nutrition Enduros and 2 x Giant XCOs.

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