September 2nd, 2021
Half Marathon Time In Izmir
The ninth edition of the 9 September Izmir Half Marathon, the traditional event of Izmir, will be staged on Sunday, 5 September.
Having been granted a World Athletics Label for the first time, the race is set to start at 07:00 on Sunday morning. The start will be given in waves of 500 athletes each 3 seconds under the Covid-19 measures.
In addition to the overall classification, the event accommodates nine age groups in men and seven groups on the women’s side. Both male and female winners of the race will pocket 7,500 Turkish Liras while the top master athletes in each age group will receive 750 Liras.
Timing services in Izmir will be provided by Depar Timing. The multi-national Depar Timing team will also be in charge of distributing the transponders during kit collection on 3-4 September.
Detailed information on the event is posted at www.maratonizmir.org.
August 25th, 2021
Aquatics Days Get Underway
Water sports enthusiasts of Istanbul are set to participate in eight different events at four different locations of the city.
Sports Istanbul, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Municipality, adds a seasonable activity to the events organised throughout the year. The citizens will have the opportunity to compete in aquathlon, swimming, sailing, canoe, wind surf, modern pentathlon, water polo and dragonboat between 27 August and 30 August. The competitions will be staged in Maltepe Orhangazi Public Park, Bosphorus, Büyükçekmece and Küçükçekmece.
Depar Timing undertook an important task within the Aquatics Days. The aquathlon challenge, consisting of 1km swimming followed by a 4.2km run in Maltepe Orhangazi Public Park, will be timed by Depar Timing on Saturday, 28 August. The same team of timers will provide its services again in Maltepe coast on Sunday, 29 August, for the 1.5km swimming race, which will feature 18 age group categories in men and women.
Further information on Istanbul Aquatics Days can be found at https://spor.istanbul/su-sporlari-gunleri.
July 25th, 2021
Mountain Biking Returns to Sakarya
After staging a very successful championship last year, Sakarya is set to host two important events on 30 July and 1 August.
International Cycling Union (UCI) accommodates the two events to take place at the Sunflower Bike Valley on its 2021 calendar. Sakarya Mountain Bike Cup will kick off with the women’s race at 10:00 on Friday morning, July the 30th. The start time for the male bikers is 14:00. The women participants will pedal 28.1km while the men cover 37.1km in the event that is labelled as HC (Hors Class - beyond categorization), the most difficult type of climb in any race. Sakarya Mountain Bike Cup is classified by UCI as “XCO” (Cross-Country Olympic), the only cross-country discipline in the Olympics programme.
The Sakarya round of the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series will be held on Sunday 1st of August. Men will step out on the race course at 09:00 to ride 110km. Women will follow at 09:30 and race over a distance of 80.9km. The race is of great significance since it offers top 20 men and women a qualification for the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships.
Sakarya Sunflower Bike Valley hosted the Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, one of the foremost global events in mountain bike racing, last year. The multinational Depar Timing team who provided the timing services at the successful event will be on duty again on 30 July and 1 August.
July 22th, 2021
Towards the 33rd Year At the Bosphorus
Time to start the countdown for the swimmers! 33rd Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race will be held on 22 August.
The race, annually staged by the Turkish Olympic Committee since 1989, will gather once again 2400 swimmers which half of them are non-Turkish citizens. The applications for the international swimmers had been filled by 56 countries within hours when it opened on 1 February. Russian swimmers who show a great interest to the event every year reached their country quota in only 6 minutes and 20 seconds while the quota for Ukraine was filled in 30 minutes. The 1200 swimmers from Turkey went through a selection process which was staged in several cities.
The participants will enter the water in Kanlıca on the Asian side of Istanbul at 10:00 on 22 August and attempt to crossing to the European side where the finish area is located in Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park. Depar Timing will provide the timing services for the 6.5km event.
July 18th, 2021
Pogacar Defends Tour Title
Tadej Pogacar claimed his second Tour de France title in a row. The 23-year-old Slovenian cyclist won three stages on the way.
The new cycling star pulled ahead in the general classification standings after the eighth stage and never gave up the yellow jersey afterwards, winning three of the 21 stages. Besides his overall triumph, the rider of Team Bahrain Victorius also won the awards for the “Best Cyclist Under-25” and the “King of the Mountains” polka dot jersey, a triple he also achieved on his debut last year.
Team Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish topped the points classification of this year’s Tour de France where he won four stages. The 36-year-old Briton reached a total of 34 Tour de France stage wins in his career, matching the record set between 1969 and 1975 by Eddy Merckx, who is considered the greatest cyclist of all time.
In the Tour starting on the 26th of June and finishing on the 18th of July, Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain) won the team classification, with EF Education-Nippo (USA) second and Jumba-Visma (Netherlands) in the third position.
The stage winners of the 108th Tour de France are as follows:
26 June (197.8km): Julian Alaphilippe, France
27 June (183.5km): Mathieu van der Poel, Netherlands
28 June (182.9km): Tim Merlier, Belgium
29 June (150.4km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
30 June (27.2km - Individual time trial): Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
1 July (160.6 km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
2 July (249.1km): Matej Mohoric, Slovenia
3 July (150.8km): Dylan Teuns, Belgium
4 July (144.9km): Ben O'Connor, Australia
5 July: Rest day
6 July (190.7km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
7 July (198.9km): Wout van Aert, Belgium
8 July (159.4km): Nils Politt, Germany
9 July (219.9km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
10 July (183.7km): Bauke Mollema, Netherlands
11 July (191.3km): Sepp Kuss, USA
12 July: Rest day
13 July (169km): Patrick Konrad, Austria
14 July (178.4km): Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
15 July (129.7km): Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
16 July (207km): Matej Mohoric, Slovenia
17 July (30.8km - Individual time trial): Wout van Aert, Belgium
18 July (108.4km): Wout van Aert, Belgium