GPS FORMULA “FIXED TIME TASK”
The format of the competition has no predefined route. Each rider has to travel the most distance, taking in account the realization of an overall perimeter of his track as long as possible in a defined time. The final score will also consider the total altitude gained and the maximum distance achieved from the starting point as well.
All participants will have to leave the starting gate and return at the appointed time in the gate and will be relatively autonomous for the time of race of 30 min, 60min or 90 min to go over the gate and stop their gps. A Fixed Time task gives an individual start time to each rider. A riders’s start time is taken when he crosses the start Area for the first time, to continue and run the task. A start opening/closing time and last goal time will be set.
The race management software will be abled to calculate points after the start Area and those immediately before arrival.
Distance: By distance we mean the total line covered by a rider in the time unit and will be expressed in meters.
Perimeter: The external perimeter of the track is a parameter to distinguish a rider who realizes his distance, always back and forth in the same space by a rider who travels his distance always looking for new spaces.
In the figure 1 (Rider 1) shown, the red line is the distance and the yellow line is the space of the perimeter. As you can see, the system excludes all that is internal from what is external.
You can see the different skills of two riders:
The rider 1: has a relatively low perimeter in relation to the overall distance
Rider 2: performed a good run
This parmeter measures the rider’s ability to get away from the starting point to the maximum, managing to get back in time
The system measures and rewards the rider who will gain more altitude, choosing slopes over flat areas.
In case of avalanche risk the organization can change this parameter up to 0 to avoid that the riders are led to look for steep slopes
Artva in 2 of the 5 diffent spot of the Area
(Aremogna and Pratello spot)
– at least 2 kites (different sizes),
– GPS receiver GPX format capable with update frequency (TBD)
– VHF Radio, Clock water, food, warm clothes, smartphone
Task phases and procedures
For every task the race director will define:
1. a Starting gate (indicated by an UTM coordinates and a radius) that MUST be visualized on the ground with a Flag and a coloured circumference around it (SG1)
2. the Open Window Time (OWT)
3. the Close Window Time (CWT)
4. the Task Duration (TD)
5. the Goal Dead Line (GDL)
Task duration defines the Goal Dead line using the Close window time according to the following scheme:
Task Duration Close Window time (CWT) Goal Dead Line Total time for penalty purposes*
|30 minutes||XX:XX:XX||40 minutes after the CWT||40 Minutes|
|60 minutes||XX:XX:XX||80 minutes after the CWT||80 Minutes|
|90 minutes||XX:XX:XX||120 minutes after the CWT||120 Minutes|
Riders will be given up to 30 minutes every day for every spot visited to familiarize with the conditions and dangers.
The Start Gate is the projection on the ground of a circle centered in SG1. Any rider entering this Area after the OWT will start the task time countdown. For security purposes a second flag will be set in the starting area to make sure the riders will cross the gate with a tail wind. It will be mandatory for the riders to go through these to flags to validate their Start Sequence.
The Organization will make sure that no raider will stop in the Starting Area during the Race phases.
Once the individual time has started the raiders will have the selected Task Duration (30/60/90 min) to perform the task.
Raiders must get back to the start gate (now called Goal) before the end of the assigned Task Duration. The Goal line can be crossed from either sides.
The goal will close as stated at a certain time Raiders crossing the goal line after the closing time will be disqualified for the current task.
Scoring System and Parameter
The final scoring takes in account different parameters along with their particular coefficients. All the calculations will be based on the meters travelled
• Total distance (x1)
• Perimeter (x6). The perimeter of the will be calculated with a complex function. It will be taken in account only the outer edges of the track, the projected on a flat surface and then calculated.
• Total Height gained (x20)
• Maximum distance between 2 points of the track (x15)
A progressive linear penalty will be applied to the the raiders that will cross the Goal late. The selected algorithm is set to apply an increasing percentage of penalty on the total scoring.
This percentage will always reach 100% after the (Total time for penalty purposes)* has expired.
• Passage to prohibited areas cancellation of the run
• If the athlete does not return to the starting point, the run will be canceled
Communications and signals
Flags, acustic signals , radios
6 different signals are needed to communicate with the riders:
– Freeride Phase
– 5 minutes to opening start window
– Start window Open
– Start windows Closed
– Goal Closed
– Races for the day are over
Ranking and complaints
The ranking system will be the official IKA system. The points of the individual runs will not be added up. The runs of 30 minutes should be equated with those of 90 minutes.
Precedences: the precedence system will be that of IKA. However, because in the mountains on a slope two riders can travel one of the stern and the other upwind the precedence will have the rider coming down as it is more in difficulty to stop
1) Flight , during the tasks is strictly forbidden. Walking is allowed, but each rider must cross the Start and Goal cylinders/lines with the kite in the air.
2) The use of GPS receiver with recording capabilities is mandatory. The device must be capable to output a trackfile in “gpx” format with a frequency of at least 1 point every 3 seconds .
3) Maximum number of gpx files to be submitted for each task: 1
4) Engaging the Start cylinder/line before the task beginning is forbidden
5) Stopping inside the Start cylinder/line during the task is fobidden
6 The GPS recorder must be activated (i.e.start logging) before the opening
of the Start cylinder/line
7) the GPS recorder must be turned off (i.e stop logging) after having crossed the Goal cylinder/line
8 Name the gpx files to be submitted for reporting as follows: <Lycranumber> _ <Racenumber>.gpx . (i.e. 12_1.gpx )
9) Task trackfiles must be sent by email before 19:30 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any possible delay to this deadline must be approved by the scorekeeper or one of the referees .
10) The use of a Race category Kite even in a single task will force the rider to be scored in the Race ranking for the whole event.
11) You must be carrying the standard avalanche safety equipment : a working Artva with fully charged batteries (will be checked) , shovel and probe.
12) The use of VHF radio is recommended
13) If less then 30% of the registered riders do not cross the Goal cylinder/line the task will be cancelled. Cancellation can be invoked by the judges anytime for security reasons.
14) The rider’s meeting every morning is mandatory
15) Respect of areas (No Kite Area) – (Danger Zones)
16) Riders must sign daily check-in and check-out.
17) the race parameters can be changed depending on weather and the selected spot.
Vorbidden areas Spot Aremogna