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Well, even though the BFV has posted already about this I thought I'd start a thread of my own to collect feedback and comments.
For a while I've been aware that there are more races going on in Sydney than I know about and I've found it a bit hard to get details of the races that I did know about because of the different ways that clubs list and publicise their events. Wouldn't it be neat if there was a single site that you could go to for details of all the races in the area. More than this, I know that there are races out of Sydney that might be fun to travel to, but finding out about them is tricky unless you know the clubs. Cycling NSW does a great job of listing the larger Open events but there are many more races going on every week around the state.
Being a web person by trade I decided to take on the project and build a little web site. In doing the research I discovered races I didn't know about and found race schedules that took a bit of work to uncover. The site is fairly simple at the moment and includes only races in the immediate Sydney area; I hope to expand this as the bugs are ironed out if the site proves useful to the racing community.
So, please take a look at cabici.net.
(the name is just a vaguely Euro-cool sounding bike related non-word, but it might be short for Carreras de Bicicletas, pronunciation will depend on whether you lean towards Spanish (kabisi) or Italian (kabichi)).
I'm happy to take suggestions and corrections either here or via email ( [email protected] ). Bear in mind that this is a spare time project so new features will be added slowly.
Like it a lot as I had the same issue - constantly checking different clubs and sites to find the weekends races and locations etc.
One suggestion I do have - If you could add the ability to filter the races by location that would be great. That, and it might be nice to filter by race type as well (eg: crit, TT, road, track etc)
well done on the initiative though - I will use it :]
Steve, could you list the races by likelihood that I will win? I've been looking for a site that does that, but I can't find any reliable ones.
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Hi igstar, if you're interested in working on Melbourne clubs/races please get in touch. I'm not sure I could do it on my own.
Hi Roman, I think filtering will be useful, I'll put it on the todo list. It will be more relevant if I can expand the number of races listed to different regions. I've already had the suggestion of separating out the Junior races for example.
Hi Marcus, well there has been the suggestion of separately listing the Junior races...
One question for you Steve - How are you sourcing the data and how is that data maintained? Is it a pure manual process? I don't imagine these club sites have nice API's available for you to grab information from
some of the clubs have icalendar feeds, they're relatively easy but there's not much consistency in how the fields are used so a bit of caution is needed. Others have well structured pages that I can scape (Waratahs for example). If that fails then I've just entered them manually. I've got things in there that should help me spot changes to the schedules when I re-load the data but time will tell how manageable this process is. I'm working on improving the manual entry for myself, eg. for adding regular races that are the same each week.
Longer term I think it will be necessary to recruit volunteers to keep things up to date or offer to let clubs manage their own listings. This will only be worthwhile for them if this service takes off so I forsee maintaining it myself for a while until the site takes hold.
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