As a Trail Master, if you’ve ever created a NATRC ride timing table, particularly if the speed over various sections changes, you know it’s easy to make a mistake. This is just compounded when there are unexpected trail changes, you are in a hurry, and you have to make last minute adjustments.
I’ve put together an easy to use web page to help you create your timing tables. All you need to know are your waypoints, the distance along the trail to each waypoint, and the pace (mph) for each section. Waypoints can also be designated as P&Rs or as lunch stops and 15 or 45 minutes will be automatically added. With this information, the web page will create the timing table with all the interval and total, distances and times. If the times are not exactly what you want, you can adjust the section pace and the table will update interactively.
The page is setup to create two timing tables; one for Open and one for Novice/CP. This is done because the page also creates a third table. This table shows the expected arrival mid-times for the first and last riders in each Division at each waypoint in clock-time. This table can be very helpful for moving judges around and making sure you will be in front of the first rider. P&R managers also like the table. They know when to expect riders, and when they need to be at the next P&R. This helps determine if they need two teams, or if they need to send part of a team off to the next P&R.
The web page can be used off-line if you load it into your browser before you go off-line. The information you enter is saved as a text string on the Data tab. As this page is meant to work off-line, no data is saved to the cloud. You can copy this text string into any word processor or text editor and save it for use later. You might save the Saturday and Sunday table data, and another set if weather is a concern. If you need to update the table, paste the string back into the textbox and click the “Load Data to Tables” button.
On the Data tab there is also a “Load Example Data to Tables” button which will let you get a feel for the page before you use it for your own ride.