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New technology for Pajarito race

BY JOSE CORRAL
lasports@lamonitor.com

Mountain bike riders only need a smart phone to compete in this year’s Summerfest downhill mountain bike race at Pajarito Mountain.
For the first time in the event’s history, the downhill mountain bike race will be scored by an application that is accessible on any Android or Apple phone or tablet. The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with riders having the opportunity to complete the course unlimited amount of times until 3 p.m.
“It’s not a traditional race,” Pajarito Mountain general manager Tom Long said. “I think it’ll be a very unique way at trying to do a citizens race ride without the formality of competitive racing.”
All competitors will use the BikeParkPRO application to score qualifying runs that will eventually decide the winner of the race. The male and female riders with the fastest times registered by the application will be the winners of the opening summer session at Pajarito.
Previous years included four categories of riders and on-hand officials for the duration of the race. On Saturday, the race will be divided between two categories, men’s and women’s, and officials won’t be present during runs on the course.     

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