FAQ

What should be considered when designing track/roadbook?

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Including waypoints and speed zones in the track/roadbook is recommended to have the full Rally Raid experience with the navigation app, but it is optional. RoadbookRally.com and RBR Roadbook Reader app is designed to be aware of these elements in the track.

Please be mindful of the following guidelines (don't worry, our track validator will warn you about any errors):
  • Track analysis on RoadbookRally.com
    It's important to note that the system records and analyzes rider data, including speed, speeding events, GPS, and replay data, only within the segment defined by the first and last waypoints of the track. Data outside this range is not included in the analysis.

    It is considered good practice to place the first waypoint a few hundred meters after the start of the track to avoid accidental waypoint validations that might occur right at the start (e.g., while the rider is getting ready). If the standing start is given by the start judge, you can place the DSS exactly at the track start location, as accidental waypoint validations are impossible for standing starts.

    The last waypoint, regardless of type, should be positioned at the very end of the track to ensure complete coverage of the route. But it is not mandatory.
  • Exactly one Selective Section (SS) is allowed per track/roadbook file
    If you require more than one Selective Section (SS), kindly split your roadbook into two separate roadbook files and create two tracks/sections.
  • Exactly one start (DSS) and one finish (ASS) per track/roadbook file
    DSS (Start Selective Section):
    Roadbook Rally DSS icon
    ASS (Finish Selective Section):
    Roadbook Rally ASS icon
  • Track/roadbook should not start with a waypoint
    The track start area location should be positioned at least 100m + waypoint "validation" radius (usually 90m) before the first waypoint location.
    Reason: to prevent unintentional waypoint validation "detections" from riders waiting in the track start area (not applicable for standing starts).
  • Waypoint Open radius
    To avoid the waypoint opening before it is intended, it is important to ensure that the open radius is correctly sized. For example, if the waypoint intersects another part of the track where the rider will pass, the open radius should be adjusted accordingly to avoid mistakenly opening the waypoint.
    Riders have the option to skip a waypoint or to open the previous or next waypoint using the W- and W+ buttons, respectively. However, by doing so, they will incur a penalty.
  • Waypoint Validation (clear) radius
    Waypoints must be validated/cleared in a sequential order.
    Take into account the rider's speed when they approach the validation/clear radius of the waypoint. If the radius is too small and the speed is too high, the rider may pass by it without the GPS device recording its position.
    Validation radius above 20m is recommended, taking into account factors such as weather, terrain, and obstacles like mountains or buildings. The GPS typically updates once per second.
    Consider higher validation radius values (100-200m) for open terrain when riders will be traveling at high speeds.

    Riders' tripmeters will be recalibrated automatically on waypoint validation.
  • Speed Zones
    When using a speed zone (DZ waypoint), add the appropriate speed icon to indicate the speed limit.
    Speed zones must have a corresponding closing (FZ) waypoint.
    The speed limit inside a Speed Zone can be modified by adding another DZ and speed icon. In other words: If the end of one speed zone is the beginning of a new speed zone, the first FZ indication may be omitted. You can create a new speed zone without closing the previous one (DZ > DZ > FZ).
    Use caution when setting the Open and Clear/Validation radius for DZ and FZ waypoints to avoid intersections with other areas of the track.
    Learn more: How to set speed limits?
  • Additional info for each track type:
    • Roadbook:
      The RoadbookRally.com platform only supports the "OpenRally GPX" digital roadbook format and does not accept PDF files.
    • GPX Trail:
      This mode displays the GPX trail with waypoints on a map for navigation.
      The RoadbookRally.com system will automatically generate waypoints for you if no waypoints found in the uploaded file. Alternatively, you can use tools like Rally Navigator or gpx.studio to manually set speed zones and waypoints for your GPX trace files.
      Drop us an email if you want RoadbookRally to add support for additional third party GPX management tool.

      How to add waypoints using gpx.studio?
      Waypoint creation order is important in gpx.studio because the exported file will contain waypoints in the order you added them. Start by adding the first waypoint, then the second, etc.
      Supported waypoint names: WPE, WPN, WPM, WPS, WPC, WPP, PC, CP, CHECKPOINT, WPV, DSS, ASS, DZ, FZ, DN, FN, DT, FT. Unknown waypoints will be converted to WPP.
      Use comment field to set these as needed, seperated by comma:
      S = speed (in km/h)
      O = open (in meters)
      C = clear (in meters)
      Use comment field to set these
      How to add waypoints using ZINC navigator?
      Supported waypoint names: WPE, WPN, WPM, WPS, WPC, WPP, PC, CP, CHECKPOINT, WPV, DSS, ASS, DZ, FZ, DN, FN, DT, FT. Unknown waypoints will be converted to WPP.
      Use "waypoint name" field in ZINC to set these as needed, seperated by comma:
      S = speed (in km/h)
      O = open (in meters)
      C = clear (in meters)
      The first item before the comma must be a waypoint name (see screenshot below). If only a waypoint name is provided, default properties will be set for the waypoint. The 'Proximity' field is utilized as a 'clear' radius if no 'C=' is found in the name field.
      The open radius will be equal to the clear radius if not defined in the 'waypoint name' field. Use comment field to set these


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