GPS Navigation – Part 2

You have loaded your tracks on your device. You are ready to race the Sasquatch. Almost ;o)

We continue with our mini-series of three Q/A sessions with the SEER race directors Gary and Derek.

If you have missed part 1, check it out HERE

Tutorial – How to get our tracks on your device GPS Navigation – Part 1

In part two, read how to take care of your device while riding.

Get expert tips from the SEER team – which zoom settings do they prefer to use?

3) How do I mount/ attach the GPS on the bars? Do I need a protective case?

Choose your favorite mount, which will depend on your device. The SEER team prefers a silicon style case eg. from 2-Ride to protect and mount their devices. We also recommend a screen protector.

4) How do I keep my GPS from getting lost?

The mount will keep it in place but to add extra insurance that your GPS is making it home, a tether is recommended. Some mounts might already come with a tether. Otherwise you will need to improvise (eg. zip tie, lanyard, string).

5) Which Zoom Settings do you recommend?

When using one GPS, we recommend a zoom level of 120ft. Remember, this is a tight course, you do not want to miss a turn.

For two GPS devices, we recommend a setting of 80-120ft for one, and a setting of 200ft for the second one.

6) How could I practice following a track? How do I record it?

The easiest way is to track a few routes while riding a bicycle. This is even possible around your neighborhood. Then go back to the start, pick one of the routes randomly and try to follow the arrow. Practicing on a bicycle will also help you to check out your device/ bar mount.

Be sure your track-back feature is on. Consult with the manual of your device.

7) How do you keep the screen clean?

It might be dusty or rainy on race day, which can get the screen blurry. For a quick clean, you can always simply use your gloves. Additionally you could also use some wet tissues which are stored in your sleeves or in the front pockets of your drink system. Then you can simply pull them out, swipe the screen and continue your ride.

Stay tuned for part 3 if you want the details about the checkpoints and the cut-off time limits.

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