Nick Reader from Epic Events certainly likes pushing the boundaries with what is capable from a timing perspective for an event. May 2010 saw the first running off Crank Taupo, a combined cross country and down hill mountain bike event. Although the cross country event was relatively straight forward the downhill event was challenging. First was the prologue which was a six hour time period where you could race an many downhill runs as you wanted with all runs timed and then each competitor ranked in order from fastest to slowest with the top 25 men and top 5 women going through to a one run final.
To ensure this worked properly we needed timing points at the top of the run that was running 'live' and then one at the bottom of the hill as well. At the top of the hill we were pushing all the passings over the timing point up to the net and then pulling them down at the bottom, a process that takes less than ten seconds. This enable us to have accurate run times available to display through out the day.
To ensure we were kept busy Nick also had a category where is you did both the cross country and down hill races your combined times were used for a points calculation for the All Mountain winner.
It was certainly a hard day but a rewarding one!