One thing on the freeride timed bit how do you know when to start?
Couple of thoughts on this....
1, Very busy on a Saturday. Also quite public if anyone makes a twat of themselves
2, big jumpy bits and competetive natures don't mix- look at the casualties when we ran timed sections on last years BDW !
3, it's rather short, you might have several riders posting the same times.
Do you not think spooky would be a better idea? Plenty for folk to get their teeth into and the jumps are less extreme for tatty old bikes?
As for timing, 2 sync'd watches, set the riders away at 30 sec intervals with rider 1 going at a pre determined time. Keep it simple- don't bank on walky talkies working. Small White labels with number on, fixed to helmet helps and get rider to shout oot number as the finish helps too. Made timing 30 plus riders at BDW so much easier.
Ian Simonside could help with the timing side of things- he is a UCI Commisaire thingy and knows that shit.