For 2016, we will be using a new RFID (“ChipCard”) timing system. In addition to the J-Chip active timing system we have been using since 2012, our new ChipCard timing system provides a unique set of capabilities.
At the heart of this timing system is a durable new plastic ChipCard without batteries that is capable of being read 100,000 times. Each ChipCard is assigned a number that can be matched to the the racers bib number, ensuring that every racer can be accurately identified. The ChipCard is attached to the seatpost with a pair of hook and loop straps.
The chips are read using an antenna mounted at the side of the road, allowing us to provide timing for any size finish without the limitations of a fixed-length timing mat or overhead truss.
Chip cards are given to racers at no charge, and are reusable at any race where we will be providing timing. Lost or missing chip cards can quickly and easily be replaced on race day, and cards can be tested anytime before a race starts.