Triathlon races are very interesting sport to be timed with CloudTimer. The main reason is the large distance covered by the athletes, they will be out of sight for the supporters quite fast and regular updates are very much appreciated. When timing a triathlon race with CloudTimer, adding splits does not really add to the costs of timing, like with chip timing. Especially at the finish, the athletes arrive running mostly individual, so there will be no problem keeping up with the manual timing process. Still if things get busy, the workload can be divided among multiple timers, as the app is constantly synchronised via the cloud server.
How to use CloudTimer in a triathlon?
Triathlon is mostly started in batches. When using CloudTimer, it is possible to start both individual (time trial) as per start group (mass start). As the athletes are exiting the water it they might still be close together. A double check on who is passing might be needed. but as the race develops, the athletes will spread and the process of taking splits will get easier along the way.
When timing a time trial race, it is possible to use just use manual timing. If the times have to be more accurate, it is possible to connect the finish button to a Alge Timy or a Tag Heuer CP5xx and send the times to the smartphone at the finish using the CloudTimer Bluebox, the exact time will be online in a matter of seconds.
See also MTB downhill as another possible cycling discipline.
Example results: https://results.cloudtimer.nl/bearsports-cross-duathlon.html
Timing formats for triathlon
For Triathlon, there are basically two formats available: simple and full. They both use the mass start settings to start in groups. It is possible to start multiple categories or start groups at the same time (for example the juniors and the elite).
A simple triathlon race only contains a start, finish swim, finish bike and a finish. The normal triathlon format add the start bike and start run splits. Extra splits can still be added using the dashboard, such as swim laps, bike and run splits.
More about Triathlon timing: Blog