What is a transponder?
Wiktionary defines a transponder as “a radio or radar transceiver that transmits some signal in response to receiving a predetermined signal”
What does this mean, and what does it have to do with BMX?
In BMX, transponders are a device fitted to your bike, which automatically indicate the precise time that the rider passes certain points on the race track, usually the Start Hill and the Finish Line.
They work much like an e-tag on your car, transmitting a signal when you pass particular points on the track. These signals are picked up and processed by some fairly sophisticated equipment which, using GPS technology, is capable of scoring riders to an accuracy of a few 1000ths of a second.
Why MyLaps Sports Timing transponders?
There are lots of different transponder systems on the market today? Why did BMXV go with MyLaps?
Quite simply they’re the best system out there. The sports that use MyLaps transponders include, MotoGP, World Superbikes, the World MX Championships, Indy Cars, NASCAR, the World Enduro Championship and various Olympic sports. In cycling they’re used at various Grand Tours, and in BMX at World, National, and State levels.
If I buy my own transponder can I use it elsewhere?
Once you buy your own MyLaps Sports Timing transponder you can use it at any of the above listed BMX events where they’re using transponder timing.
Will I save money by purchasing my own transponder?
If you race at the National Titles, Champbikx/Probikx Series, and most State Titles, plus an increasing number of major Open race meetings, you will be charged a hire fee for a transponder if you do not have your own one. If you have a personal MyLaps Sports Timing transponder you don’t pay for the hire of one.
Having a personal transponder is like having an e-tag on your car, except every time you use it you save money
How do I buy one?
If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, follow these links for an order form Word.doc PDF
To purchase a transponder online using your credit card follow this link. The price of $150 includes $10.00 Express Post
NOTE: Purchase of transponders from BMXV is only available to Victorian riders.
WHAT DO CLUBS NEED TO DO TO USE TRANSPONDERS AT THEIR RACE MEETINGS? Click here
Ownership of personal transponders as of January 2013
As of January 2013 all BMXV Open licence holders competing at major race meetings will be expected to have their own transponder. For further details read here>>