To time or not to time, that is the question.
Rideventures has been asking participants about event timing recently. And the results have been surprising.
A survey for the upcoming Ride Clywd got 44% wanting timing, but then 56% didn't want it or weren't bothered. Another poll on Facebook was more negative - 55% didn't want electronic timing, 17% weren't bothered (so 72% total) , and just 28% wanted it.
Timing is usually a big thing, isn't it?
Its long been that sportives are electronic timed. You get a chip, you put it on your bike or helmet, you set off going past/over the timing point. And when you come back you go over/past the same point and you get a time. All the results are published online.
That's the way, isn't it?
Least it was the way things started out 15 years ago - individual times and being like a proper continental sportive was the way for an event to be.
How come less than half the participants want it now-a-days?
Garmin, Strava, apps on your phone, GPS tracking services - people can have so much information - their path, their heart-rate, their power, how they did on particular hills. Much more info than a mere "time". If you are into performance and knowing how you went then you'll have a device and be tracking all this info. Won't you?
I guess, one thing that's missing from all this individual tracking is online results. Without event timing there'd be no published list of times. Some people see that as a good thing - they don't want their times published.
For Ride Clwyd we're heading towards what feels like a radical change - no timing. What do you think?