At cycling events on a professional or hobby level, as well as in training, data on time and performance contribute to training and competition control.
The data acquisition fulfills the requirements for exact comparability of performances, supports training control, and enhances the spectator experience during live broadcast competitions by providing additional information.
The world's largest cycling event, the Tour de France, attracts up to 60 million viewers – both online and on TV. 1,200 professional cyclists and over 600,000 licensed racing cyclists are organized by the UCI, the world cycling federation. Races in which everyone can participate are attended by up to 40,000 participants. Every year, around 130 million bicycles are sold worldwide – almost twice the number of cars sold (approx. 67 million).
Requirements for technological solutions for data acquisition pursue parallel objectives. In modern cycling, the exact recording of times during competitions, accurate to a thousandth of a second, is not possible by manual timekeeping. In races that are open to everyone in mass sports, manual timekeeping is impossible due to the large number of participants – up to 25,000 at events such as the Cyclassics in Hamburg. Automatic time recording solutions are required in both areas.
A second area is the recording of individual performance, stress, and travel data. This data is intended to intensify the spectator experience in professional races broadcast live on television. In professional and mass sports, performance data is required for training control and evaluation, as well as for comparability.
Data acquisition solutions in cycling have different objectives and differ in the accuracy of the resolution.
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