Case Study: ITU Devonport Triathlon 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Summary Timer: Tomato Timing
Hardware: RFID Race Timing Systems Ultra
Event: Devonport ITU Triathlon 2014
Date: 01-Mar-2014
Location: Devonport, Tasmania, Australia


The HuTag XC-1 was used throughout all races at this event. The results were excellent. Damien Hancox (Tomato Timing) described the performance of the HuTag XC-1 as fantastic. Far better than the previous tags he’d used as it combined excellent performance with great comfort. He found the tags ability to be read vertically, with mats, as well as horizontally, face-on from the side of cycle and run courses, a great feature. This permitted him to capture lap times without using intrusive equipment on the course. This information was then passed to coaches for performance analysis.


Background to the Event

The ITU Devonport Triathlon is a highly prestigious and very well established triathlon and 2014 was its 29th year. It is a highly professional, well-polished event that combines professional and age group races. It features a sea swim from a beach start, closed road multi-lap cycle leg and multi-lap run. Run under International Triathlon rules the triathlon cyclists may draft and so are tightly bunched together.


Timing: Event Analysis

All athletes wore their HuTag XC-1 tag on their ankle attached with neoprene-velcro straps. Athletes would have been encouraged to wear the tag on their left ankle to remove the remote possibility of it becoming entangled in the bicycle chain.


The event started on the beach from a gun start straight into the multi-lap sea swim. The swim features a turn around on land requiring the athlete to breach the waves once again and head back out to sea after running up the beach. HuTag is waterproof so this presented no problems.


Transition entry and exit were captured with Ultra mat antennas reading the tags straight through wetsuits without problems.


Laps on the bike and run legs were captured with patch antennas vertically mounted to the side of the course. The approach reduces risk as no equipment needs to be traversed so there is no possibility of tripping or slipping on mats. From a timing perspective it was particularly interesting as the bike leg was closed road and so drafting was permitted therefore the cyclists were often tightly packed together. This presents little problem to capturing times as the HuTag XC-1 is a fully functioning UHF tag capable of being read many hundreds of times per second.


The finish line was captured with Ultra mat antennas neatly hidden under carpet.



Timing Team: Tomato Timing

Tomato Timing has operated as a provider of timing services to the sports event industry for many years. The timing team has a thorough approach and a professional reputation. They are based in Victoria Australia.



Timing System

Tomato Timing used the RFID Race Timing Ultra System throughout. A combination of low profile Ultra mats and patch antennas were used to collect the chip times from HuTag XC-1 RFID tags. The tags were read both vertically from the ground and horizontally from the side of the various stages of race course.



Hardware: RFID Race Timing Systems

RFID Race Timing Systems have been manufacturing RFID based timing systems since 1996. Owned and operated by Andrew Peterson they are based in Western Australia and sell systems worldwide.


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