Zone4 timing is hitting the world stage with their GoChip technology this spring in Bermuda.
‘We are super excited that we’re timing big events like this. Timing the World Triathlon in Bermuda as well as Triathlon World Championship in Edmonton in August shows how Zone4’s systems are trusted at the elite level,’ says Zone4 founder, Dan Roycroft.
Zone4 will be sending a small team of timing experts from their head office in Canmore, Alberta to Bermuda in April. To get into the swing of things they decided to go for a x-country ski in their Bermuda shorts!
Zone4’s roots are in X-country skiing, but they’re now timing Enduro Mountain Bike races, Alpine Skiing, Running Races and Triathlons.
‘We’re experiencing amazing growth in the company and doing events like the World Triathlon in Bermuda is inline with our strategy to take our GoChip and Software to races around the world,’ says Dan.
Things are humming around Zone4 these days. Hundreds of new GoChips have been built to meet the demand for x-country ski races and loppets happening across Canada and the US.
In the fall we created a tutorial series to help clubs brush up on their Zone4 timing skills. We go over testing timing points at home and in the field, setting up timing loops in the snow, testing your chip batteries, trouble shooting and more.
Get ahead of the game and check out this tutorial series hosted by Zone4 timing experts before your next event!
‘Cross Country Skiing, in particular Sprint Heats, are by far the most challenging races to time. You have to be perfect and have results published within moments of each heat, so the right athletes can get advanced on to the semis and finals. That puts such a high bar on the performance of the equipment, the timing team, and all the procedures around the event,’ says Dan Roycroft, founder of Zone4. ‘It’s great seeing coaches tracking our live results on their phones, gathering data on where athletes are gaining and losing time in each heat’.
Zone4 race timers take you behind the scene at this years NorAm Super Tour x-country ski race at the Canmore Nordic Centre. 700 atheletes, sprint heats, race set up and live timing are featured in this video.
Zone 4 was timing the Biathlon Canada, Biathlon Selection Trials earlier this month at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Over the three day event, athletes had to contend with a wide range of temperatures, snow and variable winds.
Matt Strum (part-time Zone 4 staff) skied fast and shot clean during his final race and made the IBU Cup tour in December. Now he has a chance at a World Cup spot after Christmas. You can chip in and help Matt realize his dream here. Go Matt!
Enthusiastic volunteers were on course working out their systems for the rest of the season. Zone 4 staff got to see our timing system in action allowing athletes, coaches, and fans to check live results during the event! Remember when you had to check the paper results at the end of the race? Learn more about our timing system for Biathlon here.
Click on this fun video to catch some of the early ski season excitement in the Zone 4 hometown of Canmore, AB.