GPS /Good to know/ FAQ
A short video - How to add speed to your GPS
To find out which GPS devices are allowed and detailed GPS Rules and Regulations view section 7. GPS / Navigation
Competitors GPS devices receives signals from satellites.
- To tell you an accurate position a GPS device needs signals from at least 3 satellites. If they get good signals from more than 3 satellites their GPS device provides even more accurate positional information.
- The antenna of the GPS needs a direct view to the sky! The quality of the signal depends on many factors like weather or surroundings. When competitors are riding through a forest, or in a deep valley the signal will not be as accurate as it would be in an open field, bad weather like heavy rain clouds or fog can affect the quality of the signal the GPS receives.
GPS Track - What’s that?
A track is a series of connected GPS points which form a virtual road. Tracks can be up and downloaded from and onto the GPS device, recorded and saved.
At the Red Bull Romaniacs competitors navigate on a 'Custom map track' which we upload onto competitors GPS devices each evening.
When competitors are racing, the GPS device must record where they are driving, when competitors reach the finish we view their recorded track to check that they stayed on the race track.
Waypoints – Possible life-savers
Waypoints are points with exact coordinates. At the Red Bull Romaniacs we use waypoints for fuel points, rescue points and even for media camera points. In case of accidents or emergencies the easiest way to tell someone where you are is by creating a waypoint and providing the coordinates to the Red Bull Romaniacs rescue team.
- by pressing and holding the MARK/ENTER key, on most Garmin GPS devices, you create a waypoint, this displays your exact position.
If track banners are missing or visibility is low
Competitors can use the GPS as a navigation tool to stay on track. In case they are confused about which track to take, or the route banners are missing, viewing the GPS display provides them with the direction to take.
Know the track in advance
A GPS device can help competitors drive more intuitively because it shows in advance which way the track goes, shows in advance a corner coming, or that they can maintain a higher speed because they can see a long straight line track on the GPS.
In case of problems, know where help is located
We use GPS devices as a safety aid (see Waypoints) - in case of problems, competitors can see where our rescue point vehicles are located beside the course.
If competitors go wrong way, you can still find the right track
If competitors miss a turn or leaves the racing track they will not see any more marks on the display. The safest way to find the track again is to return to the point where they left the course track.
Now that competitors know it works, they can practice how to create a WAYPOINT.
Rescue operations are possible! if we know competitors exact GPS position in the wilderness.
Competitors WILL be asked when they hand-in their GPS at registration to demonstrate how to make a Waypoint, how to read it and how to describe it over the phone to a member of the Red Bull Romaniacs rescue team.
GPS training is available, please contact Andre Dragan firstname.lastname@example.org pre-event to organise place and time.
GPS Navigation – How do Competitors use it?
GPS Navigation helps competitors know where they came from, where they are going and gives a direction line to follow how to get there. The Red Bull Romaniacs GPS Team upload each night the next days GPS track image onto competitors GPS device(s).
Before the offroad start, competitors need to turn the GPS on to get a GPS signal. You will then see the day's race track (a line) and a little man/arrow (that's YOU). In order to navigate using the GPS, all you need to do is to keep the little man/arrow on the line (the track).
The zoom level is important
The trick is to set a zoom level that fits your driving:
- a zoom level (120m) will tell a competitor their position on the track more exactly, but they will not see much of the track that follows.
- a zoom level (above 500m) won't tell a competitors position on the track as exactly, but they will be able to anticipate the track and see what is coming ahead.
If competitor want to ride fast - watch the markings
Competitors ride by looking for banners & marks on the track and checking their GPS to see if they are still on the right track. Trying to race by viewing only the GPS track will make their race time slower because too much time viewing the GPS screen, can lead to not seeing the banners & track marks and viewing what's ahead.
- You cannot find any tracks in your GPS memory. Probably your GPS has a custom map installed and you should go to the map screen and look if you see the racetrack.
- You cannot see the racetrack on the map.
- Check that the zoom level is not too high or too low.
- Set it at 200m and look for the track.
- Check also that you have a valid GPS signal (you must NOT see a question mark on your map).
- The racetrack was there but it disappeared.
- Check that the memory card did not pop out from the vibration, some older devices have their map saved to the memory card. Newer models have it saved to the internal memory.
- The map does not move any more. Maybe you touched the joystick on the device and the map is now in a “browse mode”. Usually a “mouse arrow” will appear on your screen. Click back or go back to the main menu and back to the map display. Protect the joystick so that it does not get clicked by mistake.
- Batteries do not last for long. Some devices have the battery type set to the wrong type: it should be set on “Alkaline”. Go to Setup->System->AA Battery Type and change it to “Alkaline”.
Useful advice for competitors
Failure to understand the event rules will ruin your chances of success and a finishers medal.
Read the information pages:- The event Regulations
It is not allowed for service crews, families to ride motorcycles on any part of the racetrack - there will be spot checks by local police and violations will be fined.
Any competitors caught on race tracks marked with blue tape before the event will be disqualified. We use wildlife cameras and track managers to monitor the use of tracks. Red Bull Romaniacs competitors will not be allowed to enter the race (entry fee will NOT be refunded).
NO free riding in the Sibiu area, you would eventually end up on private or restricted access property: This seriously complicates the track approval process for us.
Some Race servicing/motorcycle rental providers offer additional ''setup tours'' away from Red Bull Romaniacs race track areas so that rental motorcycles can be setup and some practice can be done safely pre-event.
A setup practice track near Sibiu is available for all competitors on 24 & 25 July more information and location will be provided closer to the event.
We advice all competitors to carry during the event:-
- a photocopy of the registration document and insurance of the motorcycle competitors are driving during the event.
- a photocopy of your personal driving licence.
Add 2 small stickers with your registration plate number on your rear mudguard.
- Don't risk losing your driving licence, Romania has a zero percent drink limit, taxi's are convenient and not expensive in Sibiu.
- Like most cities in Europe and worldwide Sibiu has a road and pedestrian network of police observation cameras.
- Do not race from traffic lights, or pass traffic lights when at RED !.
- Drive normal, behave normal, keep racing and your enthusiastic driving talents for the hard enduro Red Bull Romaniacs tracks !
Don't forget your race number is on your bike, so your vehicle and YOU can easily be indentified.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, Assuming that competitors can provide service for their own motorcycle in the evening.
Competitors are provided with drinking water and fuel along the course - Fuel for 4 strokes & 2 stroke oil injection and Fuel with 2 stroke Liqui Moly oil added.
There is the option to purchase ''Race service packages and Rental motorcycles'' to save competitors working after exhausting long days in the saddle. Believe us! Competitors need all the minutes of sleep they can get.
Competitors should feel comfortable on the single trails and train their bodies to endure five tough days of competition. On the other hand they don’t have to be a world champions, because the competition’s length needs endurance, safe driving and technique, rather than speed. More information here about Picking the right class
A Roadbook is not required.
A trip master can provide an advantage because it helps determine competitors geographical placement and their mileage, so computing competitor speed and establishing a daily strategy will become easier.
Considering that parts of the track can take place where, in unfavourable conditions, visibility is extremely reduced, having a GPS device fitted is mandatory.
The organisers will ensure the uploading of the competition tracks onto competitors GPS device(s).
Read the Special Regulations section 9. for more information regarding GPS / Navigation.
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