Sat, May 8, 2021

Badger Burrow Tour Road Rally

Glacier Square Shopping Center

About this event

SCCA Milwaukee Region Presents

BADGER BURROW TOUR ROAD RALLYE- Cross Plains, Wisconsin

Saturday. May 8, 2021

Join your fellow car enthusiasts for this 5 hour, 120 mile time-speed-distance road rally.  You and a partner (driver and navigator) will be issued a set of Route Instructions that will take you on a scenic journey through the marvelous country roads in the driftless area southwest of Madison, Wisconsin.  This is a "Tour" type rally and there are no traps or tricks - just drive, enjoy the great roads and marvelous scenery and try to arrive at each checkpoint at precisely the right time. Checkpoints will be set up along the way to monitor how well you are following the assigned average speeds.  Awards will be presented to the teams who do the best job of arriving at the checkpoints at the proper times.  This is a rally designed especially for people with little or no rally experience.

Start and finish location:  Glacier's Edge Shopping Center, Cross Plains WI (the Maple Leaf Restaurant has closed, but we will meet near that site)

Schedule: 
   Check-in opens:  9:00 AM         First Car Off:   11:01 AM        First Car Finished:   Approx 4:15 PM

Cost:  $40.00/car,  a minimum of 2 people per car is required, but you may have up to 4 people per car.

Pre-registration is required for this event.  General Instructions that explain more details about how the rally works will be emailed to all registered contestants 2 weeks prior to the event.

IMPORTANT:  This event uses automatic scoring and GPS checkpoints.  You will be timed automatically as your car passes the checkpoint location and your score will be immediately displayed.  Contestants need to use a smart phone during the rally, running the Richta competitor app.  Please download the app from the playstore (android) or apple store (apple).  Please read the appendix of the general instructions for further details.

Sound interesting?  Want further information?  Contact the chairperson:
jay.johannes@smartsensorsystems.com

Event requirements

 2021 Badger Burrow Rallye

Milwaukee Region SCCA

May 8, 2021

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

The object of the rally is to follow the prescribed route and arrive at each control (checkpoint) exactly on time. Contestants will be scored 1 point second for early or late arrival at each control.

These General Instructions and any addenda govern this event.

Conventions

  • Numbers after CZTs, etc. are indicated in minutes and seconds. (for example CZT 13:02:00 means 1 o’clock 2 minutes, no seconds).
  • Official Mileages are given to 0.001 mile at timing lines, Car Zero Times [CZTs], and some other instructions.
  • Checkpoints are noted in the CZT/CAST/CP column of the Route instructions by Ö. Any time you are working on an instruction that does not have a Ö., you are in a Free Zone.
  • Any portion of the rally in a Free zone should be driven at a Safe and Prudent speed no higher than posted Speed Limits.

Course following

Please keep your headlamps on.

The course can be traversed at rally speeds with normal precautions and observing all normal traffic regulations and rules of the road.

Your ability to stay exactly on time will be the determining factor in winning the rally. 

 Official Mileage is reset to zero when the mileage is accompanied with the notation /0.000. Start the rally at the time shown in NRI 1 plus your car number in minutes. There is an odometer calibration check provided beginning at NRI 7.  The purpose of the odometer check is to allow you to compare your odometer with the rallymaster’s and make adjustments if necessary.

All mileages and speed changes associated with an intersection are taken/executed at one of the following in this order of precedence:
1. The Stop or Yield on your right that controls your rally car.
2. The backward facing stop sign or yield sign on your left that controls the road on which you depart the intersection. The exact point of measurement is where the front wheels of your car are at the slimmest view of this sign.
3. The apex or center of the intersection.

 

Route Instructions

The Route Instructions for the Rally are presented in a four column format as shown in the following Example:

NRI

OFFICIAL MILES

CZT/ CAST/CP

INSTRUCTION

  1.  

1.234
/0.000

CZT 14:35:00
CAST 45

“STOP”. END FREE ZONE.
ZERO ODOMETER. RIGHT AT T.
(43.05017 -88.37439)

The numbers in blue and in parenthesis represent the GPS coordinates of that location. These can be entered into most GPS units to direct you to the start of the next timed leg if you are lost. The coordinates in the example are for start parking lot.

In the absence of an NRI at an Intersection, participants should follow the obvious main (principal) road as determined by road centerlines, curve arrows, backed up stop or yield signs, or straight as possible. For the purposes of this Rally, dead ends, cul de sacs, road ends do not exist and should not be followed unless instructed to do so.  Unpaved roads have not intentionally been used, although last minute construction activity occasionally occurs.

Signs

A portion of a route instruction enclosed in quotes refers to a sign (“SIGN”).  The quoted text may be part or all of the sign, but additional words will not appear in between quoted text.  For example, if the route instruction refers to “NORTH VALLEY”, it could refer to NORTH VALLEY ROAD or OLD NORTH VALLEY.  It could not refer to NORTH HIDDEN VALLEY.

A graphic representation of a sign that represents whatever is being referenced (e.g. DOWNHILL). The reference will not be enclosed by quotation marks.

Breaks

Locations for gas, rest rooms, and snack breaks will be indicated in the Route Instructions.  If you are behind schedule at a break, we strongly suggest you shorten the break and get back on time here.

Timing

Timing for the rally is from the previous Car Zero Time (CZT) to that checkpoint.

This rally will utilize a new procedure for timing at controls. Contestants must download the Competitor Richta GPS Checkpoint app and keep this app running on their smartphone at all times during the rally. The appedix at the end of these generals cover this.  The Richta app will monitor your car’s location using GPS and will record your arrival time at each control. The app will record your time of arrival to a resolution of .1 second, compute your score, and display your score to you. It will tell you if you are early or late.

If you are delayed along the rally route for any reason, you may submit a time allowance without any penalty. Hence if you are delayed due to road blockage, slow traffic, getting lost, nature call, or any other reason, do not speed to try to make up the lost time. You submit a time allowance by pressing the TA button on the Richta app. The first button press creates a 10 second time allowance. The second press creates a 20 second time allowance. The third press creates a 30 second time allowance. Each additional press adds 1 minute to your time allowance up to a maximum of 19 minutes 30 seconds. Pressing the TA- button will remove time from your time allowance by the same increments. Your time allowance will persist until the next CZT point, at which point it will reset to zero. It is the contestant’s responsibility to pay attention to the time allowance and be sure that what it shows is what you want. If you are delayed, you must submit a time allowance BEFORE you arrive at the next control. Once you arrive at a control, it is too late to submit a time allowance for the leg that just ended.

It is strongly advised to cross the checkpoint line at the assigned average speed. Do not stop, creep, or back up within 350 feet of any control. If you do, you run the risk of being mistimed. You can think of this as an automatic creeping penalty.

Emergency speeds and signs

If an emergency situation occurs, you will be instructed by a worker along the road at a checkpoint sign. There will be a form that the team must initial to show you have received the instructions. There is also a slim possibility that an emergency sign may need to be placed if something changes on the rally day. These signs will be written on colored plastic dinner plates and put up in an obvious place (most often the support of a Stop sign).  An emergency sign will be identified by the letters SCCA.

Three markings have special meanings as follows:

I - Ignore the road or sign.

NRI <number> - Execute the instruction associated with this number here.

Special Instruction - Just do whatever the sign says.

 

Scoring and penalties

Each 0.1 second early or late

0.1 point.

Maximum timing penalty

60 points (1 minute)

Unsportsmanlike conduct or irresponsible driving, including traffic citations.

Disqualification, or other penalty, at the discretion of the organizers

Time Allowance

No penalty

Final scores for the rally will be posted at the end point.

Time Allowances

Unforeseen events can happen on a Rally. Local traffic slows you, or you get lost. Whatever the reason, we want you to drive safely. Therefore, we encourage you to request a time allowance (TA) for any reason.

Glossary

The following terms are defined for this rallye:

CAST

Change, continue, or commence speed of.

CZT

Car Zero time. Your time here is the CZT + your CAR# (in minutes).

Free Zone

A portion of the rally which is free of timing checkpoints.  You can drive at your own pace.

NRI

Numbered route Instruction.

Odo

Odometer.

Pause

To delay a specified time at a point or over a specified distance. The pause time is added to your elapsed time.  Pauses are specified in seconds.  For example, PAUSE 10 means pause 10 seconds.

Sideroad

An intersection of exactly three roads where a road goes generally ahead and another road goes to the left or to the right, but not both.

Stop

An official octagonal stop sign at which the rally vehicle is required to stop.

T

An intersection of exactly three roads having the general shape of the letter T as approached from the base by the contestant. It is not possible to execute the instruction straight at a T.

Traffic Light

A fixed signal light alternating red and green (and frequently including yellow as a transition between green and red) used at an intersection to regulate traffic and which controls the rally vehicle. For rally purposes ONLY ONE TRAFFIC LIGHT MAY EXIST AT AN INTERSECTION.

Miscellaneous

A sweep car may be available behind the last car of the rally to provide assistance. If you get lost or decide to drop out, please contact the Fred Rosevear at (608) 886-8035.

Appendix A – The Competitor Richta GPS Checkpoint App.

General Information for all phones about using the Richta app

You cannot run any other apps on the device that is running the Richta app during the rally.  If you are planning to use any other app during the rally, you’ll have to do so on a different device.

Your phone will NOT need to have cell phone service during the rally in order for this app to work.  The app will have downloaded all necessary information prior to starting the rally.  During the rally it only needs a GPS signal.  We have tested this app many times on this rally course and found that it is reliable at all checkpoint locations and in a wide variety of weather conditions.

You will know that the app is running by noticing the running time-of-day clock.  If the app should stop during the rally, simply pull off the road in a safe location, reboot the app and then continue to rally.  Take a time allowance if necessary.  The app will simply resume where it left off.  No data will be lost, but you must notice if the app stops.  If you pass a control while the app is not running, you will not be timed at that control and you will be scored as a max.  It is your responsibility to pay attention and make sure that the app continues to run on your smartphone.  You must keep a watchful eye on this app to make sure that it remains visible on your smartphone during the rally.  If your phone is displaying something other than the Richta app, it will not record your arrival time at controls.

This app uses a fairly large amount of battery power due to its use of GPS.  You should plan to have your smartphone connected to a power supply during the rally, otherwise you may run out of battery during the rally.  If you encounter any problems downloading the app and registering your car number, please contact Fred Rosevear at rosevearf@gmail.com or (608) 231-2333.

Using the Richta app on an Android smartphone

Contestants with Android smartphones must go to the Google Play Store and download the ‘Competitor – Richta GPS Checkpoints app.  There is no cost to you to download this app.  Press “Accept” to grant permission to use Location services.  Open the app.  Accept the Privacy Policy.  You’ll be asked to select an event.  Choose “Badger Burrow”.  

Enter the password  bbur  . Then you’ll then be asked to enter your car number and a password. This password is your own personal password that you create for this event.  Enter the car number you’ve been assigned and enter a password of your own choosing.  After you’ve done that, press “Save”.  Then press “Add” when it appears.  You should see a screen that looks similar to this.  Confirm that you see “Ver 1.12” in the lower righthand corner.  You’re all set for Badger Burrow.

Using the Richta app on an Apple smartphone

If you’re using an Apple smartphone, go to the Apple App Store and download the “Competitor Richta Checkpoint” app.  There is no cost to you for this app.  Open the app.  Choose “Badger Burrow”.  Enter the password  bbur  .  Press “Continue”.  On the next screen, enter your car number.  The next password is one that you create for yourself for this event.  Create one and enter it.  Press “Done”.  Press “Continue”.  Press “Submit Info” (ignore whatever else shows on this screen).  Choose “Always Allow”.  You should see a screen that looks similar to this.  Confirm that the lower righthand corner reads “ver 1.10”. You’re all set.

Entries (30)

MN
Michael Neuman
JF
Jacob Franz
MS
Michael Schuster
JR
Jeffrey Rogers
BA
Bryan Anders
GS
Gary Starr
AS
Amy Simpson
AT
Andrew Temple

Glacier Square Shopping Center

Cross Plains, WI

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SCCA - Milwaukee Region

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