Colorado, August 2014;
The final stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, which played out in front of a beautiful Colorado backdrop, took the riders from the cycling town of Boulder, over Lookout Mountain and through Golden on the way to the finish in Downtown Denver where Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team took the overall win for the second year in a row. Alex Howes (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp, who has had an impressive performance in America’s biggest stage race, sprinted to the line to take the final stage win with the roar of huge crowds driving him to the finish.
“This is a race that I think has firm footing in the eyes of the world with it broadcasted in so many different countries,” said van Garderen. “I hope we can establish a tradition and soon this race will be one of the biggest historical races in the world.”
CJ Sports Timing uses IPICO Sports’ Power Tags with Finish Lynx at the 2014 USA Pro Challenge Stage Race .
Power Tags and bike clips were assigned, labeled, scanned and distributed to 16 teams of 8 riders each, 128 total participants starting the USA Pro Challenge Stage Race. A introduction sheet was included in with the bag of tags for each team. Instructions were to mount the tags on the left side chain stay 1.2m from the leading edge of the front wheel.
Race consisted of seven stages with a variety of challenges for the athletes and timing equipment. There were two mountain top stages with slow uphill finishes, three stages that involved circuits with fast sprint laps and finishes, one stage with fast sprint finish and no circuits. Weather was especially challenging for the race with rain and cold temperatures for 4 of the 7 stages.
Finish line width was approx 6.7m. Two loops were utilized on the fast finish stages with speeds of top finishers reaching estimated 70kmh and one loop for the mountain stages with finish speeds <30kmh. Distances between the multi loops was played with a bit but seemed best at ~.5m separation between outside of each loop approx 1m from centers. Loops were best positioned straddling the UCI Spec finish line of .7m wide. Stages with one loop saw placement just before the finish line. A third loop with second reader was used for the first stage only. A finishlynx interface with tag reads populating the camera film