RaceTec is an online entry & race timing company. While currently operating as a business unit of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, RaceTec processes online entries and event timing of cycling and running events around the country.
A chip is actually a Tiris transponder which is uniquely coded, so that every one can be identified.
For cycling, you should wear it either on your ankle (using the velcro strap), or on your front fork using a specially provided bike mount.
DO NOT attach your chip to:
- the front fork (metal in your axle/skewer will cause interference)
- your shoe lace (wether the chip lies horizontally or vertically, there is the metal of the pedal between the chip and the ground)
- any other metal tube of the bicycle
For running, the chip must be positioned vertically on your shoe laces to read over the timing mats. This position applies to runners only.
When the chip enters an electrical field, it is charged and releases a signal. Timing mats situated on the ground at the start and finish of an event are used to read this signal, and from this calculate a time for each athlete. Your time starts when the gun for your group is fired. Chips read optimally when they are positioned vertically, and when they have no metal between them and the ground.
No, you can only buy one. Owning a RaceTec Timing Chip means that you will build a profile of all the races that you have participated in over time (provided they are timed by RaceTec), which helps with your seeding for future events.
No, the profile loaded onto the Timing Chip is unique to its owner. Remember that your RaceTec timing chip also contains all your personal, medical and emergency information and can "speak" on your behalf when you are unable to (by entering the chip number, the organisers & medical personnel gain immediate access to your personal information).
Riding / running with somebody else's chip can also result in disqualification.
You can only transfer the timing chip if it has never been used. If it has been used, there will be results linked to it and these cannot be transferred.
Please do not wear more than one timing chip at a time. They will interfere with each other causing neither of the chips reading over the timing mats! If you happen to have more than one, try to stick to one you regularly use.
No. As RaceTec used to operate under Winning Time, these chips can still be used and will still work at events timed by RaceTec. However, if you would like to use a RaceTec chip, you are welcome to buy a new one.
If you already own a yellow Winning Time chip, don't panic, these chips are still being used and work with our new equipment. However chips purchased from now onwards will be the orange and green RaceTec chips.
If you have bought a chip online, your chip number will only be allocated when you collect the chip from us at an event timed by RaceTec. This prevents the problem of us not having your chip on the day you choose to collect it.
Generally we sell chips only at an event. That way we can be sure that we get the details of the person we have given the chip to, and capture those details on our system. However it is possible that you have bought a chip through the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge then your chip will be packed in your race pack for you.
If you purchase your chip through any event hosted on the RaceTec online entry system, you can collect the chip at the next RaceTec timed event you participate in.
We provide an online entry and/or timing service to a large number of road cycling and MTB events around the country, including the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge, the Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast and the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna MTB.
We are busy breaking into the running market and provide race timing to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
There is no need to activate your timing chip. You can have it tested at the RaceTec stand at the number collection for an event. You only need to do this if you suspect that your timing chip no longer works.
Yes, both cyclists must wear a timing chip. You must make sure that the two timing chips are not closer than 50cm apart as they scramble each others signal and the result is that neither will work.