Bike Races


“The Orbiter System effectively timed over 3000 cycle participants in 2016, from 5K to 100 mile distances including lap and wave starts.  I would recommend this system to anyone looking for reliability and consistent results”

Mike Ripley

Mud Slinger Events

Accurate Timing for Bike Races.

The only Bike Timing system in the world that can do all this…

Orbiter gains accurate times for bike races because we use “last tag detect seen”. This captures the correct time as shown on the video above, on the line between the two blue barrels. Set up is easy with no wires, cables, or IP addressing. Just turn the battery operated reader ‘on” and go time your race. Plus, you can add additional wireless timing way points quickly just by setting them down and turning the “on” switch.

Real time results with Wi-Fi, Cellular and Satellite communication.

Use the Orbiter 30 lb SPIRE readers for large races, as shown in this video. Or the 15 Lb SLING reader. Both are 24 volt battery operation for exceptional power, and 120 / 220 AC may be used. The SPIRE has built in recharge and power indicator lights. No need for separate and heavy UPS. Optional: Use a Panasonic Toughpad to get instant results and call out results in announcer mode.


Orbiter supports timing 15 different types of Road Races/Rides:

Road Race:

A road course may be from place to place, around a circuit, out and back, or any combination of these. The course shall not cross itself; there must be no chance that riders may have to cut through other groups of riders.  The road race is a timed event.


A criterium is a circuit race held on a small course entirely closed to traffic. The length of the course is between 800 m and 5 km. The minimum width throughout the course should be 7 m.

Gran Fondo: 

Gran Fondo is a massed start ride where the participants may be timed, but no awards are given based on relative performance.

Time Trial:

A time trial competition involves individuals or teams who race against the clock either as a team or individually.  Mainly a road event, it can also be used in the mountain bike discipline.  It is most often point to point.

Mountain Bike:

Cross Country:

A massed-start (which includes waves) competition that is held on a circuit course comprising forest roads, forest or field trails, and unpaved dirt or gravel roads.


A race that is comprised of several different sections that each has its own start and finish.  The length in each section can vary but generally is shorter in duration.  The results are determined on a combination of the times for each section.


A gravity time trial competition consisting of riders racing one at a time, against the clock, down a trail, jeep road, or fire road, or a combination of all three. Downhill races are generally technically challenging with courses often featuring a combination of high speeds, jumps, drop-offs, and other technical trail.

Dual Slalom:

A gated gravity competition where two competitors race head-to-head down two similar but separate courses. Following a qualification round, riders race against each other in an elimination format (heats) to determine a winner. Dual slalom courses often will feature bermed corners, jumps, and other technical trail features.

Short Track Cross Country (STXC):

A shortened cross-country style race in a criterium format, designed to be spectator-friendly and easily televised.

Super D:

A hybrid event combining aspects of the disciplines of Cross Country and Downhill racing. A competition which riders race on a course that has significantly more downhill than uphill sections. These courses are typically devoid of jumps and not as technical in nature as Downhill races; testing both a rider‟s endurance and bike handing skills.

24 hour racing: A solo or team competition raced over a set period of time with the winner determined by the number of total laps completed. Formats include 6 hour, 12 hour, 18 hour, 24 hour etc.


Ridden mainly on the cyclo-cross bike, which is of road origin but adjusted to handle off road terrain.  Mountain bikes are also acceptable in some events.  The course shall be held over varying terrain including roads, country or forest paths, and open terrain alternating in such a way as to ensure changes in the pace of the race and allow the riders to recuperate after difficult sections.  The course shall form a closed circuit of a minimum length of 2.5 km and maximum 3.5 km, of which at least 90% shall be rideable.

Stage Race:

An event with a common entry, run on consecutive days, comprising a sequence of road races (i.e. individual road races, time trials, criteriums) or similar variation of mountain bike races, in which the overall results are determined by cumulative time or points. Riders must successfully complete each stage in order to be eligible for the next one. In stage races by time, the sum of the riders‟ times for each stage determines the final results. In stage races by points, the sum of the riders‟ points for each stage determines the final results. 


Is a set of races in which riders compete for points in each event and final placings are determined by total points in all events. Riders do not have to participate in each event of the omnium unless specified in the event regulations. Different numbers of points may be given in different events.


One of the most difficult races to time, as there are five time points per race (Start, Swim, Transition 1 (TR1), Bike, Transition 1 (TR2), Run, and Finish).   Orbiter readers are autonomously smart and track the participant from segment to segment providing accurate Transition times with ease.   Since each time point is geographically marked confirmed, overall results are produced in near real time.   Orbiter makes Triathlons so easy to time that a novice can time a Triathlon.  All without cables, difficult to set up tripod side antennas, or mats.

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