Use of GPS device is mandatory in this year’s marathon. Although, you will not have to use it constantly to navigate the route, each individual must have a GPS device in order to start any stage of TransDinara marathon. One GPS device per team also qualifies. For the most of the time, in order to successfully navigate through marathon stages, you’ll be able to rely on 4 kinds of trail markings and signs, including 150 permanent signs like these:
Due to total marathon lenght of 226km, weather conditions, and various kinds of human interferences, marathon track displayed on your GPS device will give a you straight answer in situations where there is confusion or lack in trail markings. Further more, GPS device will come in handy as you approach urban areas, where clear visual marking of the route may become difficult to achieve.
Regarding GPS devices, you are free to use any kind, but we highly recommend that your device is:
– shock resistant
– installed firmly on the bike
– powered by a battery that can last for minimum of 12hrs (or that the battery can be changed on the field)
Most mobile phones are equipped with a GPS module, but do not fit mentioned characteristics, and therefore should not be your primary choice. However, we leave this decision up to you. If you do choose a mobile phone as your primary GPS device, please be sure that it can display marathon route (tracks and waypoints) independently from the mobile provider service (internet connection). Places that you are heading to do not have an internet connection.
WE WILL PROVIDE:
– stage tracks for download (available on this site)
– send all the GPS data needed to all registered participants via email 10 day before marathon starts
– tech support with GPS data transfer to your device on-site (at info desk)
– possibility to purchase alkaline AA and AAA batteries (at info desk)
– 220V grid connection to charge your device within joint accommodation