We're determined to make RaceClocker better and better. Based on your feedback we continuosly improve the user experience for both the race manager, for the audience and most importantly for the marshalls or volunteers helping you out with race timing in the field. Below an overview of the most recent changes.
Time trial races in cycling often start at an exact time. From now on we have a feature that supports this. In the countdown timer a switch is embedded that will auto start the race at the clock time specified. The countdown timer will start running at the selected clock time minus the set interval. So for example when the start time of your race is set at 09:00am sharp and riders depart with an interval of 1 minute than the countdown to start for the first rider will begin at 8:59:00.
To make analysis of your race results easier, we've added more view options for race results that include categories or more than one split point. We've included two 'toggle' switches: the first toggles between intervals (time between actual split and the previous split) or split times (time between actual split and start time). The second switch turns a categorized race results into a flat list, in order to make it easier to compare between participants irrespective of category.
To set the order of participants in your race has now more options. Up till now you could either drag/drop participants one by one in order to change the start order of time trial races, or you could change the order in Excel and upload an updated CSV file. What we've now added is the ability to 'sort' the participants list based on the column headers in the participants editor. You can quick sort the start list alphabetically by category, by name or by club or sort numerical by bib number.
Time Trial races are often held with a fixed time interval between individual or team starts. Think of the Tour de France cyclists starting from the launch pad every other minut. RaceClocker now includes a new mode in the start timer to countdown race starts at a fixed interval that can be set between 5 seconds to 3 minutes. The timer can be projected on a large display at race start so it's clear for each particpant when to take off. A demo video of this new mode is on our Facebook pages.
In some race types penalties are assigned to crews or participants based on a referee's decision. Up till now penalties could only be included by finalizing results outside of RaceClocker. The edit mode in the Timer Dashboard now enables the race manager to add a time penalty to any of the participants. The penalty time - in seconds - will be added to the overall time and indicated in an additional column, both in the dashboard as well as in the ranked results.
RaceClocker now supports a timing mode based on bib number entry. From either an on-screen touch keypad or a physical keyboard on a laptop or desktop computer, a bib number can be quickly entered and the corresponding race participant will appear instantly. When no time stamp has been registered for this racer then an orange timer button appears. Tapping the button or hitting the space bar or Enter key on a keyboard will make the timing.
The Results page has been update significantly. The download file now includes both the original time stamps as well as the full results on separate worksheets. Quick links have been added to share results on Facebook and Twitter. And for race venues the page now has the option to automatically refresh (every 60 seconds), so results are displayed soon after they come in.
By popular request, RaceClocker now supports splits (or laps). If you want your race participants or spectators to see how racers rank at various points in the race or for example at the transition points in a triatlon, now you can. RaceClocker includes a maximum of three split points. In the results the total time of each segment is displayed, including the ranking at that point.
As a race manager, you can now organize and follow race timing in 'real time' via the dashboard. It includes a live overview of all timings, including a running stopwatch per participant in the 'Result' column. As soon as one of the timers registers a time stamp, it appears in the dashboard. You can follow along how the race unfolds and verify whether all time stamps are correctly captured on the server. From the dashboard you can launch any timer in the current browser or send a link to the timer via email or a chat-app.
When a race timer makes a mistake we've added the option to assign any time stamp to another racer in the race. This feature is accessed via the icon with 'crossing arrows' next to each time stamp. When another participant is tapped on next, the corresponding times are swapped.
As a race manager, you can change or update any time stamp in the race. In case an error was made or when a race participant was missed, it can be corrected here. We always recommend to have an additional timing system available like a video camera recording or stopwatch backup in case of missed times.
When you involve one or more other individuals in the timing of your event, they don't need to worry about user names and passwords anymore. You as the race manager can simply send a secure link from the new Timer Dashboard to the person timing the race. (you can also just copy the link to the clipboard and send via whatsapp or any other communication app). The recipient opens the link and the timer buttons appear in the browser on their phone or laptop. They don't need to worry about anything else than focusing on accurately timing the race.
We have massively improved RaceClocker with regard to connectivity problems. Whenever a timer out in the field is suffering from a bad internet connection, that will no longer result in lost timing events. When the browser is no longer connected to the internet, the user is notified and can simply continue with the timing task. As soon as the connection is restored, all results are then automatically synched with the RaceClocker server again and will appear on the dashboard and in the results.
And there's much more new stuff. Take a look at How it works for more in-depth information.
Also note that with all the new changes your old races can't be 'timed' again. They're still in your account and you can still view, share and download an Excel file of the results, but they can't be re-used for a new event.