Saturday, July 9, 2011

RACES IN REAL TIME:VENUS DE MILES BIKE EVENT

Somebody's watching you...aren't just song lyrics from awhiles back that creep us out - though not most people with location based, social media platforms just booming with biz...

We got our first experience with that when our tri coach texted us that he followed our race splits, in real time-along an Ironman® jaunt we did.

AND then we get an Endorphin report---pages of performance data---an OCDs dream ---with more charts and reams of info, analyzing our effort, every which way-including who we passed on every segment of the triathlon, AND their number, age, where they hailed from...wow.

As one pal mentioned...a future dating service in the making...and providing entrants phone numbers is next. (HA HA---with an opt out provision in the USA, an opt-in provision in Europe where the privacy laws are tougher).

WHATS NEXT FOR RACE TECHNOLOGY-First GPS tracked- real time BIKE RACE

The all-women's Venus de Miles Bike Race (August 28th, 2011) out in beautiful Colorado, is being hailed as the first, GPS tracked road biking event in this country---whereby those so inclined-can follow in real time, where participants ---including the pros--- are along the course.

Partnering with flaik™---a company with the GPS technology to track thousands of participants in an event...and fyi- already used by enthusiastic skiers to tract their tracks, and allow parents to track their kids....

Venus de Miles organizers are giving all entrants a custom flaik™ tag which "...leverages GPS and GSM cell phone technology to determine the real-time location of the person wearing it..."----with data transmitted---and  then available for display on a digital satellite map.

What's cool about that---- race enthusiasts can follow the individual cyclists locations--- and the leaders ---and afterwards, race participants can get a very detailed download on how, what, where, and when, they did on the course-including elevation, speed and distance.

Significantly, this also allows emergency responders to pinpoint exactly where they're needed...if they are.

PLUS: The race, a four courses option of 33, 51, 67 and 100 miler---benefits Greenhouse Scholars, a Boulder based non-profit. And yes, there's a new iPhone app that helps participants in their fundraising efforts too---tracking donations, reaching out to contacts, linking up with social networking sites, etc.

For INFO including registration for what will surely be a very FUN day: www.venusdemiles.com