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24 Hour Timing Facts

Did you know: Up to 1999 the 24hr trial was timed to the minute as per the original system where riders were timed to the forward minute of arrival. Therefore a rider could be 59 seconds faster and still receive the same score.

Fact: In 1999 a timing system was designed to where riders were time to the 1/10th of a minute (eg: 1 point per 6secs). This system was only used in 3 sections of the event and the rest was still timed to the minute.

Fact: In 2005 the event was upgraded to 1 second timing intervals across all 12 competitive sections, via 12 newly purchased digital clocks as seen  used still today.

Fact: In 2012 it was voted to invest heavily and  use transponder timing (via an interstate contractor), for a three year trial period with the potential to stay on permanently. With serious flaws in the system discovered and a 10 day wait for provisional results that year, they returned in 2013 for another attempt. With much more knowledge of the event known, it was still found to be lacking accuracy due to the requirement of manual data entry via laptop at the start of each section. This was also reported to be a complicated system by numerous control keepers. Data records show that the card system was within 3% accuracy. In 2014 a hurdle developed when it was discovered that not enough equipment was available to support the event and therefore the contractors could not fulfil their duties.

Fact: To completely electronically score the size of the 24hr trial with the same system used, a total of 25 track-side recording boxes are required to be set up around the 200km course days in advance, and maintained longer the 24hr period. (only 15 are available in the country at present) at an approx. cost of $15000 per box, it is still not currently a viable option. Other options are still being considered.