Last Friday saw us put on a Dry Run of the Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender. The main focus of the day was the Downhill event.
The course is a different course this year. It's about 80% the same as last year's with some alternative lines thrown in.
This year's Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender is the year of the Bonus. There'll be some time bonuses awarded to those riders who opt to undertake certain lines and obstacles on the multi-line DH course.
Here's one of the Matts from 18 Bikes GoPro footage from his run down the DH course last Friday...
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DH TIMING
The Weekender is co-funded by Lancashire County Council. Due to budget cutbacks we've had to change our timing system.
The bottom line is that this year's timing system relies on humans rather than lasers.
The start line is an automatic 5-beep countdown thingy (think Ski Sunday). It's a 5-beeps-then-you-can-go system. The finish line is a human being stopping a clock as the rider's front wheel crosses the line.
So this is not going to be 1/100th second accurate. We estimate a reaction factor of +/- 2/10ths of a second.
The timing will be sufficiently accurate in the grand scheme of things ie. a 1/10th of a second here or there isn't going to affect where you finish in the overall combined results (DH + Trials + XC).
But we are aware that some riders' main 'thing' at the Weekender is the DH.
If you think not having a laser-accurate system is going to impair the Weekender experience please leave a comment below.
Or if you think it's okay, leave a comment too. We need to gauge what people think.