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The Stinger Bike Rack System is designed primarily for “Triathlon” type (to include “Duathlon”, “X-Terra” and other multi-sport events that feature a bicycle race as part of the overall race) races. Triathlon racing started in 1980 and has had tremendous growth in the past 25 years. It is an International Sport with professional athletes and a full Olympic sport. The amateur base, worldwide, is vast.
A traditional triathlon is a combination of swimming, biking and running in that order. Lengths vary from Sprint events lasting less than one-hour to Ultra events (Ironman) lasting 8 to 16 hours. Fields consist of men and women of all ages, teams, disabled, and so on. Individual races vary from 100 up to 5,000 participants, generally averaging around 500 participants.
Athletes arrive to the race with all their swim, bike and running gear. They check in and are admitted to a “Transition Area” that is usually secured and fenced off from the public. The transition area must feature bike racks that support, in orderly fashion, anywhere from 100 to 5,000 bikes including skinny tire “Road Bikes” and wider tire “Mountain Bikes.” Athletes store their remaining gear on the ground wherever their bike is racked. After completing the swim athletes travel by foot, as quickly as possible, to the transition area. They put on their biking shoes, helmet and so on, grab their bike from the rack and take off Professional triathletes can complete this process in less than 30-seconds, they practice the art of “Transition.” After completing the bike transition, they re-rack it in their “spot,” shed the bike gear, put on running shoes and take off to complete the race. Current bike rack systems are home-made affairs. The most common system consists of a 10′ steel pipe with makeshift A-frame-type legs inserted into the ends, resulting in a giant “saw horse.” There are also 2″×4″ wood versions and many other designs. These are usually made by the race director in his garage. They must break down somehow for transport to the site, be set up, and marked with race numbers. Athletes rack their bikes either by race number or first come first serve. They hang their bike from the cross tube either by the handlebar brakes or the nose of the seat. Either version is unstable, and athletes fight over their space allotment, or move each others bikes, and so on. Many times the racks are unstable and fall over in wind or when an athlete jostles them, causing damage to the bikes. After the race the racks must breakdown, load up, ship, or be unloaded and stored until the next race.
The Stinger Bike Rack System addresses and solves all the problems described above. There is no product currently in the market that is remotely similar to the Stinger. Fabricated in-house by our employees, the Stinger is: